PLS Business Services eNewsletter - February 2014




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Financial Fitness

The Pioneer Library System is among the public libraries and systems nationwide that have been selected for a Smart investing@your library grant from the American Library Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation

Inside its libraries, PLS offers free informational brochures and guides on such topics as saving money for college, building a better credit report, keeping a budget, and fighting investor fraud. This information is also available through the PLS website at financialfitness.

Check out these valuable resources and Get moving toward financial freedom.


New Book Releases at Your Library

Thinking in New Boxes is an innovative book that challenges everything you thought you knew about business creativity by breaking creativity down into five steps:

  • Doubt everything
  • Explore options
  • Generate many new and exciting ideas
  • Drive breakthrough results
  • Reevaluate

New York Times bestselling author and applied neuroscience expert Christine Comaford knows what it takes to move people from the Critter State (fight, flight or freeze) into the Smart State, where they have full access to their own creativity, innovation, higher consciousness, and emotional engagement.  Smart Tribes will help you and your team achieve optimal performance and engagement--brilliance--and leave competitors in the dust.


The Game of "IF"

By:  Jennifer Edwards, REI Oklahoma’s Women’s Business Center

The following six questions are an exercise to help you learn more about yourself (and others) and your beliefs about your everyday life, career and business: 

  1. If I gave you $10,000 for your business, what would you spend it on?
  2. If you could change one thing about your business, what would it be?
  3. If you could do your dream job 10 years from now, what would it be?
  4. If money/time was no object, what would you be doing right now?
  5. If you could learn any skill, what would it be?
  6. If you could wish one thing to come true this year, what would it be?

As you plan for the coming year I encourage you to take some time and write down honest responses these questions. Once you identify your values and priorities it’s easier to set goals to accomplish them. Whether it’s long-term or short-term projects, our businesses will only grow into what we want if we focus and are intentional about our time and efforts.  I hope this exercise is enlightening and keeps you going strong in 2014!

Jennifer Edwards is the coordinator of REI Oklahoma’s Women’s Business Center and offices in Oklahoma City.  Contact Jennifer at 405-319-8193 or for more information on REI’s small business resources and trainings.


For more information on any of our business services, please feel free to contact:

Heather Thompson - Moore, SW OKC and Pottawatomie County

Phil Clark - Norman, Noble and McClain County