Biz Boot Up 32: Taking Risks with Ed Copelin and Bros Know

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 Loveworks Leadership 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!

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Ed Copelin: Owner of Copelin’s Office Center

Ed Copelin grew up in Western Oklahoma and came to Norman to work in the energy and banking industries until establishing his office supply company amid the 1980s Oil Bust.

Copelin’s Office Center has been a fixture near the corner of University Boulevard and Main Street for many years, evolving with the times to capture new business in a changing market. Today, the store is known as much for its teaching tools and toys as it is for its office supplies and its office furniture.

Ed has been married to his wife, Lin, for 50 years, and they share the family business with their three children, Jill, Chad and Brad.

Abram Atchley and Duke Alvis: Bros Know

Abram Beck Atchley is a vivacious ten year old who enjoys baseball and choir. Alongside his business partner, fellow 4th grader and best bud, Duke Alvis who loves math, football, and ice cream, they joined the Loveworks Business Boot Up program and started The Bros Know company in order to begin their journey of entrepreneurship.

Key Takeaways

  • Entrepreneurs take risk
  • Relationships are key/be involved with your community
  • Adapt to your customer
  • The value of a good partner

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