Edmond Young Professionals

http://www.edmondchamber.com

“Edmond Young Professionals is an organization comprised of a diverse group of professionals in their 20s – 30s, or young at heart, who are looking to advance their careers and build relationships with local community and business leaders. EYP broadens the base of activities and organizations available to young professionals by organizing a framework for social, cultural, educational and community service activities. What We Do: Networking: 6-8 events through out the year which provide an opportunity to network with other young professionals in the Edmond area. Forums: Quarterly educational events Service: Provide an outlet for YP’s to give back to our community through service projects, mentoring and special events. Why EYP? Engaging a group of young professionals in the Edmond community through a dynamic mix of social, professional, and cultural encounters. Empowering young professionals to shape and impact the future of Edmond by providing a variety of service opportunities throughout the community. Enlightening young professionals by creating unique learning opportunities intended to foster growth, personally and professionally.”

Terra and I both try to go to EYP events. They are great way to network and also learn from others experience. This last Tuesday there was an EYP luncheon. We ate lunch and listened to a panel of small business owners. Randy Allen, Brian Ferrell and Mark Blevins took time out of their busy schedules to come share with us. These entrepreneurs are all very successful in what they do and want to help all of the young professionals to be successful as well. A couple points that really stuck out to us were:

-Don’t quit your full time job when you are starting something new. You always want something to fall back on when money gets tight, because it will.

-Especially in this time of economic struggle, banks usually do not want to take the risk, so ask your “angels.” “Angels” are friends or family that would invest or help you get off and running.

-Always, always, always have a business plan. Start with a one or two year plan and as you grow make the changes necessary for the following years.

-Figure out what your talents and strong points are and hire people to do the things that aren’t your number one talent. Hire yourself last.

-Never say no! Brain Ferrell said “Don’t say no.” Make and way and take the chance to learn something new.

Hopefully these couple points will help you out as well and maybe you can get involved with EYP! If you have any questions or want more information email us at Terra@realestateinedmond.com or Kiley@realestateinedmond.com.

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