Biz Boot Up Ep 22: Being Open to Opportunities to Learn with Liz Barfield and Connor Davis

Welcome to the Business Boot-Up Edition of The Dreamers and Doers Podcast! We believe you are never too young to start a business. We’re bringing you live interviews from the Norman Farmer’s Market in Norman, OK. Each episode will feature one of our student-run businesses where they will be sharing what they’ve learned by starting a business to encourage you to start yours too!

Powered by the Norman Chamber of Commerce and Sponsored by First United Bank.

Liz Barfield: Founder of Social Butterfly Catering

Liz, a native of Albany, Georgia, moved to Norman in May 2012 with her husband’s job. She acclimated quickly into Norman community life by joining Norman Next and graduating from the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Norman Class of 2015, as well as serving on Norman Arts Council, and Sooner Rotary in both members and board leadership positions. She also helped start Moore Involved, patterned after Norman Next. She was raised in a cooking and entertaining family and those southern hospitality roots run deep through Liz’s favorite family recipes today. Liz has spent over 15 years in the hospitality and catering industry. She brings a love of food and connecting food with people to social butterfly catering. Whether it’s a fun theme or helping to nourish and comfort, Liz is passionate about connecting people and having fun with food!

Connor Davis: CPO Wristworld

Wristworld began as an experiential learning project in collaboration with Loveworks Leadership, a non-profit youth leadership organization that teaches leadership, character development and entrepreneurial skills to middle school students and Trifecta Communications, a tech and ad agency based in Oklahoma City. By using augmented reality technology, for months the students worked hard to develop the interactive game world, plot and characters and introduced Wrist World, an AR video game on 4 slap band bracelets in 2018. In 2020, they struck a licensing deal with Hatsune Miku, a popular Japanese vocaloid which opened up international sales. Their product is now available in 100 stores in Oklahoma at Oncue and Love’s Country Stores and also online on Amazon, Walmart.com, Newegg.com, Ebay, and their own website. Connor, now in 10th grade, joined the team as an 8th grade student and is now the CPO of Wrist World.

Key Takeaways

  • Enjoy your business (even in the hard times)
  • Be involved with your business, somedays you have to do the dirty work.
  • There is beauty in going off the original path.

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