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.

Long-time marketing agency rebrands

By Phil Klutts | November 7, 2023

Founded in 2003 as T&S Web Design, Edmondite Tim Priebe’s company underwent its first major evolution in 2014 when it became T&S Online Marketing. Now, a full two decades after opening, it is embracing change once again to better reflect its expanded range of services and its innovative approach to digital marketing. T&S Online Marketing is now Backslash Creative. 

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Exploring Gulf flavors at Edmond Seafood Company

By Phil Klutts | October 30, 2023

In an unassuming building at the corner of Danforth and North Boulevard sits the Edmond Seafood Company. It’s more than just a market for groceries. It’s a culinary bridge that connects the people of Edmond to the rich flavors of the Gulf Coast. 

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“Good Power” by Ginny Rometty

By Phil Klutts | October 12, 2023

Sometimes you pick up a book by happen-stance and it ends up resonating so well that you read it twice. “Good Power” by Ginny Rometty might be my pick for my favorite book this year. It is practical, applicable, enjoyable, and relevant to business in 2023. The subtitle is “Leading positive change in our lives, work, and world.”

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Merging faith and business into a singular focus 

By Phil Klutts | September 28, 2023

In Edmond, there is ample opportunity to explore faith and business concurrently, but does it happen enough? Our community boasts numerous places of worship. Depending on your search criteria, Edmond is home to over 120 churches, a number that swells when considering nearby areas like NW OKC, Logan County, and Luther.

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Sweet pralines, sweeter memories 

By Phil Klutts | September 21, 2023

In the heart of Edmond, there’s a praline maker with a unique story and a heartfelt mission. Karen Harper, an Edmond public school teacher, is the proud owner of Betty’s Famous Pralines, a business that delivers delectable pralines and honors cherished family memories.

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“Confessions of an Advertising Man” by David Ogilvy

By Phil Klutts | September 12, 2023

“Confessions of an Advertising Man” by David Ogilvy is a fantastic book that extends far beyond the realm of advertising, making it a beneficial read for business professionals from all walks of life. While its title might suggest a niche audience, its contents are brimming with wisdom that transcends advertising industry boundaries, offering invaluable insights for those engaged in sales, communication, management, or anyone striving to refine their efficacy in conveying ideas.

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All the buzz on beekeeping

By Phil Klutts | August 22, 2023

The Scott family has done something with Sweet Stingers that many people try to do but often fail short of; built a business that supports their family, teaches their children, and is good for the earth. Justin Scott, his wife Melissa, and their children Lexi and Lucas do this with exciting products and an innovative…

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Practical strategies for work relationships

By Phil Klutts | August 15, 2023

So many aspects of our working lives revolve around the people in our organizations: coworkers, bosses, subordinates, clients, etc. Yet many of us don’t put strategic effort into making them better. In his book, “How to Work With (Almost) Anyone,” Michael Bungay Stanier gives us a framework and tactics to improve our working relationships. He brings forward five questions to complete a “Keystone Conversation” that will lead to what he calls the “Best Possible Relationship.”

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The evolving business world

By Phil Klutts | July 11, 2023

The business world is changing. In reality, the landscape in which we operate is always changing. Right now, however, seems to be an inflection point with massive changes in both the macro and micro scales of business. Murray writes that we could be looking at the “first major change in corporate ideology since at least the 1970s.”

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Top-15 finish for OC PR students

By Phil Klutts | July 4, 2023

In a display of talent and dedication, public relations students from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) have once again showcased their skills by securing a spot among the top-15 colleges in the nation in the prestigious Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Bateman Competition. This achievement marks the third time since 2016 that OC students have earned this recognition.

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