News from 36 Degrees North
Do you want to know the key to career success? Watch this workshop to learn how to find your unique purpose and craft a flexible life plan. In this class, we discuss and craft three documents-The Plan, The Brand and The Schedule- that together will give you a blueprint for success and catapult you to the next level.
36°N member Lee Easton is the founder and president of AeroVision, a company that helps businesses convert to the age of digital marketing and analytics. AeroVision offers services like aerial surveys, web and app development, SEO strategy, photography and videography.
We are so excited to start the summer off with a new addition to the 36 Degrees North team! Rachel Brown just joined our staff as a community associate. She will serve 36°N by greeting members and guests and connecting them with the resources they need day-to-day in our space. When you see Rachel up front, make sure to give her a warm welcome or high-five as you pass by. Till then, learn more about her below.
Julie Skye is the principal of Skye Advisors LLC. She builds and manages investment portfolios that incorporate clients’ values into their investments. Her work focuses on environmental impact, social impact and governance (also called the “Triple Bottom Line”), which is a powerful tool in identifying risks before they show up in stock prices.
This workshop is designed to give business owners, nonprofit leaders and marketing professionals an introduction to podcast production- with the end goal of elevating their brands and helping them establish authority in their industries.
36ºN member William Nozak, founder of Nozak Consulting, is paving the way in search engine optimization. His company helps businesses rank better in Google, Yahoo! and Bing through website design, content consulting and reputation management.
36°N member Victoria McArtor is the cofounder of MUSED. Organization. MUSED. is Tulsa's only poetry and collaborative arts nonprofit. Their mission is to create a community of better readers– not only of poetry– but also of our thoughts, our actions and our social responsibilities.
Tulsa Startup Series is one of Tulsa’s most popular pitch competitions. It’s a great opportunity for startup founders to get in front of an audience and win a little cash to move their ideas forward. The winner of each bi-monthly live pitch walks away with $2,500, a three-month 36 Degrees North membership and a business mentor. April’s competition focused on physical products. Here’s a recap of the five finalists who took the stage this month.
36ºN member Ryan Redding is the founder of DP Marketing Strategies, a full-service digital marketing agency for home service companies, plumbers and HVAC technicians.
Learn how to get the most bang for your buck with your Facebook and Instagram ads. In this deep-dive workshop for startup founders, small business owners and marketing professionals, we start by covering campaign objectives, detailed targeting, ad design and budgets. Then we spend a majority of the time walking through specific audience questions and examples- building out campaigns from start to finish and answering any and all questions along the way.
36ºN member Jeff Ray is the co-founder and principal of Synthetic Equity Strategies, a business strategy consulting firm that partners with or acquires businesses in low-to-mid markets. SES differentiates itself by playing an active, hands-on role with every company they partner with or invest in; this helps connect and align all components of the business to improve performance, create sustainability and build wealth.
Stephanie Conduff is the founder and CEO of Leche Lounge. Her business empowers employers to meet legal requirements for pumping or nursing mothers in the workplace. They offer portable lactation spaces that can be placed temporarily or permanently on site to empower families and businesses.
PJ Ebadi is the digital marketing manager of KiZE Concepts, an all-natural energy bar company focused on loving people through everything they do. Each KiZE purchase helps feed the hungry both locally and globally through partnerships with nonprofits like the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Hope House Haiti.
36ºN member Robin Jones is the owner and marketing director of Robin Jones Marketing, LLC. She specializes in "footprint marketing" for the dental industry, offering a hands-on, tailored approach for each unique practice.
Oklahomans have a unique bent towards an entrepreneurial mentality. That was particularly evident at last week’s 2019 Oklahoma Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Forum, an event in which entrepreneurs and community leaders from across the state showcased efforts to support and encourage both high-growth startups and small businesses. The forum was a chance to share ideas, ask questions and connect local entrepreneurs to the myriad of business resources the state has to offer.
36°N member Mark Hellman Regouby is the founder of Running of the Bulls, Inc., the largest tour operator at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. His company has hosted over 16,000 travelers and loves introducing people to the World's Largest Fiesta.
36 Degrees North is a 501(c)(3) organization led by the Executive Director, who reports directly to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The Executive Director is 36°N’s internal and external leader with high visibility throughout the local, regional and national venture communities. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong growth leadership or adaptation to change within an industry, preferably as either an entrepreneur or as an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder and must provide examples of strong connections within the local, state, and national levels. The ideal candidate will have a successful record of partnerships with external organizations responsible for economic development, entrepreneurship, business incubation, and/or community outreach. The ideal candidate also has experience managing or working with community partners across a broad range of industries and sectors.
36ºN member Mat Zalk is the owner and property manager of Keyrenter Tulsa. He specializes in the acquisition, renovation and operation of single and multi-family properties. Mat also serves as a “big brother” for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma (and encourages you to do the same!).
Taking your business international is one of those daunting ideas that leaves people one of two ways - all in or all out. CCK Strategies, a Tulsa-based CPA firm that specializes in strategic plans for new and prospering entrepreneurs, recently hosted a workshop in our space addressing some of the hesitations that keep business owners from leaping into a global market. Here are the common misconceptions they say prevent entrepreneurs from even considering international expansion.
At the end of January, we celebrated our third anniversary as Tulsa's Basecamp for Entrepreneurs- and wow, did we have a lot to celebrate. Since opening our doors, our mission has been to be the best place for entrepreneurs to find high-quality workspace, a tight-knit community and connections to helpful resources, so they can focus on creating long-lasting, impactful businesses. 2018 was our strongest year yet, helping a record number of business owners and their teams connect and grow. For more details (including some specific, big wins), our 2018 impact report is below. Thank you to each and every one of you who made the past year great. We're excited to see what's in store for the year ahead!
If you’re trying to increase your following on Instagram, chances are you’re buying into certain trends that are actually hindering your progress. Desiree Yearby, a PR specialist and adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University, recently taught a class at 36 Degrees North on how to develop your personal brand on social media, and during the class, she addressed some key Instagram faux pas. Here are the four things she says could be hurting your following, rather than helping it.
36 Degrees North is excited to announce Kojo Asamoa-Caesar as our new interim executive director. Kojo will serve 36°N by helping us maintain our momentum during the search for a permanent leader. He will step into the position following the departure of current Executive Director Dustin Curzon, whose last day will be Friday, January 25.
36°N members, partners and supporters- I am writing to let you know about a new chapter for 36 Degrees North. On January 25th, I will leave my position as Executive Director of 36 Degrees North to pursue a new opportunity as Head of Operations at Gitwit, a digital product and marketing agency here in Tulsa.
Listen to the second season of the F Word Podcast!
Building a restaurant in an up-and-coming part of town is risky on multiple levels. Yet Mike Bausch, the founder of Andolini’s Pizzeria, continues to do it, opening up locations in areas that many would call “dead.” In our final episode of The F Word Season Two, listen as Mike explains the theory behind his expansion and how his life experiences (like a stint in the Marine Corps) prepared him for inevitable failures along the way.
We are excited to end the year by adding a new member to the 36 Degrees North team! Katelyn Grubb is joining us as our new communications coordinator. She will serve the 36°N community by helping us boost awareness of our mission, programs, partners and members through social media, email marketing and other digital platforms.
If you make a deal on Shark Tank, the future of your company is all set, right…? Unfortunately not. Listen as Adam Teague, the founder of Two Guys Bow Tie, talks about the highs and lows of life after his big TV debut- and how his international success lead to an even more profitable company called Plank and Mill.
A chemist fed up with the bureaucracy of a large corporation takes the leap to start his own company. Thanks to some grit, great people skills and a bit of luck, Dr. Dayal Meshri has become a global leader of chemical manufacturing with his company Advanced Research Chemicals. His clients include brands like General Motors, Panasonic and Intel, who all depend on him for the components to power their products. Listen as Dr. Meshri talks about overcoming fears and a difficult childhood to build his wildly successful company- and using his success to give back.
KKT Architects, one of Tulsa’s top architecture firms, is responsible for designing many of the city’s landmarks. Over time, the company has proven itself to be resilient through both internal and external trials and changes. Under the current leadership of Andy Kinslow and Sarah Gould, the firm continues to grow and take on some of Tulsa’s biggest projects. But what many don’t know, is that one of the co-owners almost didn’t become an architect at all. Listen as Sarah shares her story of overcoming personal failure and unexpected hurdles to land in her dream job.
A landmark in Tulsa since 1952, the Admiral Twin Drive-In still draws crowds each summer seeking a fun, nostalgic night out. It’s alive and well today thanks to owner Blake Smith, who’s been immersed in the theater industry his entire life. And while the Admiral Twin continues to see success, Smith’s other local, indoor theaters have been dramatically impacted by the ever-evolving nature of the movie industry, forcing him to close multiple locations in the past few years. Listen as Blake talks about adapting to change and making hard choices in the midst of unexpected trials.