Nominee - gina bradford
Tulsa entrepreneurs are unique in the world. How have your endeavor(s) added value to our community and the future of Tulsa?
My first two years in business I've set aside a significant amount of time doing pro bono or reduced rate work for non-profits that desperately needed website or technology help. This year alone I've worked with the Special Olympics, Tulsa County Medical Society, Big Brothers and Big Sister, Scholarships to Success, San Miguel Schools and Oklahomans for Equality.
If you aren’t failing, you aren’t succeeding. Share with us some of your failures to better understand how you have taken the lessons learned and applied them to support getting to where you are today.
I've learned several lessons the hard way. First lesson is some potential clients will bring you in, pick your brain and then do all your ideas without you. Naively I had this happen several times before I realized I had to guard my creative ideas otherwise clients will just take them and move forward without my services. Now I keep my ideas a little closer to the vest until the contract is signed.
Being creative is vital to an entrepreneurial endeavors success. Share an out-of-the-box experience that has made you stronger as an entrepreneur.
I've found many of my clients only want to deal with one person and one company so I've put together a network of freelancers and small companies that I can bring in depending on the client needs. If I only offered what me and my team can do I would no longer be in business. I am still the point person to the client but I manage the multiple freelances so my clients don't have to. I didn't start out with this as my business model but it is working for my clients and business is growing for me and the freelancers I use on a regular basis
Tell us a story that involved you that either at the time or looking back makes you laugh.
I went to a new client site with my high-end camera and took a number of photos of the business in action. I spent about an hour taking photos of the staff performing their very hands on work. I noticed my camera was acting a little strange and towards the end of the shoot I realized I had no memory card in the camera. I had two choices: admit I just wasted an hour of the CEO's time or pretend to take a few more pictures and then in a few days schedule a reshoot. Which do you think I did?sU
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