Articles by Phil Klutts

About Phil Klutts

Phil is an Edmond native and has managed to keep his wife here instead of traveling the world, which they both enjoy. They have two boys who love the outdoors, adventures, and learning new things. Phil is a problem-solver at heart and enjoys connecting people to the resources they need.

In addition to being the co-owner of Edmond Business, Phil founded the CK Group LLC after working for large and small businesses in the Energy, Construction, and Fitness industries. He focuses on helping small businesses and entrepreneurs improve their systems and processes. CK Group LLC's mission is to eliminate chaos and create clarity for small business by connecting vision, strategy, and implementation.

Sisters, organizers, visionaries

By Phil Klutts | May 17, 2022

Edmond sisters Emily McKnight and Erin Cornell opened Collected Home in 2020 to help local residents with home organization and decluttering. Their services go beyond the traditional organizers with owners who strive to know every client personally and develop plans that will fit their unique lifestyles. Prior to founding Collected Home, McKnight worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 15 years, and Cornell had been taking time off after selling another business. Both looking for a change, the sisters decided to start a home organizing business together.

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Woodward Pizza brings friends from Detroit to Edmond

By Phil Klutts | April 19, 2022

Edmond’s newest pizza restaurant was more than 20 years and 1,000 miles in the making. Woodward Pizza Company recently opened at The Ice House after two teenage friends pursued their lifelong Detroit-style dreams.

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Edmond awards youth baseball & softball league programs

By Phil Klutts | April 5, 2022

The Edmond City Council voted in October 2021 to end a contract with the existing operator of the City’s youth baseball and softball programs, and a Request for Qualifications was then issued for a new entity to manage these popular programs. Thirteen responses were submitted to the RFQ. A panel of City staff and volunteer board members reviewed the submissions and selected six to move on to the next round in the process.

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JMR Realty Founder Jimmy Hughes (Photo: Brent Fuchs)

Homeowners save with new Edmond brokerage

By Phil Klutts | March 15, 2022

During the typical home buying process, traditional real estate commissions hover around 3%. But Edmond-based JMR Realty is helping local homeowners save thousands of dollars on these fees by offering a 1% full-service commission or flat fees altogether. Owner and broker Jimmy Hughes initially brought his homebuilding experience to the real estate world in an effort to offer Edmond homeowners new options to sell their property.

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Communicating numbers and making them count

By Phil Klutts | March 8, 2022

You may or may not be a “numbers person,” and I am willing to bet you have an opinion on which category you fit into. Accountants, analysts, mathematicians, and financial advisors benefit from understanding numbers and enjoy working with digits and equations, at least on some level. For others, the thought of calculating numbers and looking at spreadsheets is enough to find a new job.

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Edmond Chamber Community Award winners

By Phil Klutts | March 1, 2022

Businesses and professionals in Edmond nominate their peers every November for the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Community Awards. These nominations are then discussed and reviewed by multiple committees of Chamber members and volunteers. This year’s winners were honored on February 15th at the 2021 Annual Awards Banquet. The eight awards are given to local businesses and professionals whose contributions make an impact on the Edmond community.

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Local marketing agency serves long-term

By Phil Klutts | February 15, 2022

Entrepreneurs are required to wear many hats including owner, financial expert, decision maker, business developer and often even marketing guru. Oakes Creative House offers entrepreneurs the chance to outsource the marketing aspect, leaving them with more time to focus on their passion. 

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Trust the transition with The First 90 Days

By Phil Klutts | February 8, 2022

Leading a new team is not easy, and guiding a department or company as the new person can be daunting. The stakes have never been higher with all these personnel changes, not to mention the challenging economic landscapes. The First 90 Days is one of the best resources for learning and excelling when you are moving or have moved into a new role. You shouldn’t wait to read this book until you are in a new position. Be proactive and read this book sooner than you need it.

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AXIS powered by FT helps grow businesses

By Phil Klutts | February 1, 2022

Francis Tuttle Technology Center is no stranger to helping businesses succeed. The career-tech was formed in 1979 as part of Oklahoma’s vocational education system to provide professional and career advancement at various levels for high schoolers, higher education students, and adult professionals. Francis Tuttle’s brand new campus on Danforth Road in Edmond is doing more than just training workers with traditional vocational skills. The school also supports local business owners and entrepreneurs.

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Jewelry is a family affair with Silver Leaf Gems

By Phil Klutts | January 18, 2022

Downtown Edmond houses a fun and stylish shop that draws customers from all over Oklahoma and beyond. Just off Broadway, at 15 West Campbell Street, sits a little store with a lot of passion and beauty. Silver Leaf Gems is a family business run by mother Diana Pate and sisters Sondra Reid and Stephanie Carel.

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