Back Office Success
In 2007 MJ Brienen made the move to Oklahoma to be closer to her family. She had used QuickBooks for her previous business and she began getting asked by others for help using the software. A Certified Pro Advisor for QuickBooks, MJ started Back Office Success, offering QuickBooks training, bookkeeping and auditing services. After attending the Noble Business Breakfast, she formed a relationship with REI Women’s Business Center and later began training small business owners how to use QuickBooks at WBC sponsored events. She encourages all business owners to do their own books for at least two years to understand that side of the business. She typically teaches one QuickBooks class a month, and has helped more than 100 clients with private tutoring. Another passion of hers is The Workbook of Life, a book originally handwritten by her father about recording every day, but important, affairs for your family. She rewrote and published the book and makes speaking appearances to promote being guided and prepared. MJ loves teaching classes and working with small business owners to achieve that Ah-Ha moment! Her tagline is “I help frustrated business owners make sense of QuickBooks” and she is very good at it!
Husband-and-wife team, Kevin and Susan Chalk opened Texoma Engraving in July 2014. Susan worked in management for Walmart Corporation for many years but decided on a career shift and became the business office manager for the local university. During this time she became involved with someone who was doing fingerprint pendants. These were sent off to be made but her husband thought they could do the engraving. So the engraving of products began. Later she moved to little league uniforms then to tee shirts and on to other types of apparel. The business does engraving on just about any medium including glass, wood and stainless steel, and they offer screen printing and embroidery on t-shirts, hats and more. Susan completed her Woman Owned Small Business Certificate in 2017.
Susan received start-up assistance, business plan assistance and marketing assistance. She participated in the Bus Trip to Dallas Market Center to learn more about inventory and purchasing as well as networking with other women business owners. She has taken the Quickbooks class and completed the Woman Owned Small Business certification and obtained a certificate required by the Choctaw Nation for their preferred vendor program. Most of all REI WBC provided encouragement and support.
When Susan’s job at the university ended she opened a storefront in a rented space. It soon became apparent she would outgrow that space. Now, Susan has purchased a 4,000 sq ft building and will be moving into a larger space to accommodate all the machines that have been added and have space for a showroom. There are now 4 employees working in the business and revenue has tripled.
Contact Susan at email@example.com or 580.775.7333.
Laura Ransbottom has been a client and friend of the Women’s Business Center since we started serving the Tulsa area. PF Unlimited in Tulsa specializes in promotional items, printing, corporate apparel, warehousing, graphic design and more!
Founded in and locally-owned since 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, PF Unlimited enjoys the longevity afforded to only those companies who remain consistently client-focused and can be repeatedly relied upon to provide quality products and creative solutions on budget and on schedule. With a comprehensive suite of customizable client services including procurement, production management, graphic design, forms management, warehousing, inventory management, eSolutions, branded online company stores, fulfillment, reporting, and distribution/logistics systems, PF Unlimited is a single-source printing and promotional marketing supplier delivering value across enterprise disciplines including Management, Marketing, Procurement, Human Resources, and Finance.
Visit www.p-funlimited.com for more info.
Over The Fence Farms
What began as a hobby making pickles, has now turned into three successful businesses. In July 2012, Linda and Jerry Beguin opened Over the Fence Farms in Enid, Oklahoma. REI Women’s Business Center assisted with strategies for their growth and day-to-day operations. The company developed quickly while housed in the Business Development Center at Autry Technology Center growing to employ 7 and have their products in more than 30 retail stores by the end of 2013. Today, they offer a variety of products which can be found online and at various retailers, operate Spotted Cow Packaging, co-packing service and Barn Door Gourmet, and online business, and have plans to double their manufacturing and co-packing facility as well as number of employees. For more info on this prosperous Oklahoma company visit http://www.overthefencefarms.com/
Save for the 19th century pipe and monocle, Leah Wietholter is a modern day Sherlock Holmes. As a Certified Fraud Examiner, licensed private investigator, and owner of Workman Forensics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Leah Wietholter solves the mystery of the missing money for her clients. And as with most great adventures, Leah’s began with humble means and great potential.
While working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wietholter discovered an interest and talent for a profession rarely ventured by women: forensic accounting. Following employment with the FBI, Wietholter worked in public accounting for two years further specializing in this field as a Senior Certified Fraud Examiner. With nothing but invaluable experience and determination, Wietholter developed the concept for Workman Forensics, and within three months, the business was up and running in an appropriately unique office on 15th Street.
A participant and guest speaker with REI Women’s Business Center workshops, Wietholter loves being an entrepreneur in Oklahoma and actively participating in the community by volunteering with non-profit organizations such as Junior Achievement of Oklahoma and the Resonance Center for Women. Wietholter also serves as President for the Tulsa Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, a member of the ACFE Chapter Awards Committee and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Advisory Board.
During 2012, Wietholter was the City of Tulsa Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Tulsa Women’s Foundation Pinnacle Award recipient for business/corporate. Workman Forensics was nominated for both the Bixby Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year and New Business of the Year awards.
To learn more about Leah’s successful business, visit www.workmanforensics.com.