The Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority (CIEDA) is delighted to welcome Terri May Peters as a new member of its staff. Peters will lead the organization’s small business development effort and oversee Connect Claremore.
A graduate of Chelsea High School and Rogers State University, Peters joins CIEDA with over 20 years of experience in economic and small business development and a passion for promoting entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining CIEDA, Peters started CEO Partners, a business consulting organization for various community, economic and business development projects. Through this initiative, Peters provides support to business owners through marketing research, leadership coaching, and strategic planning and execution.
“In 2020, CIEDA launched Connect Claremore to better support local businesses in the aftermath of the COVID crisis,” said Meggie Froman-Knight, Executive Director of CIEDA. “I am confident that under Terri’s leadership and guidance, Connect will continue to refine its reach to ensure that the program is relevant, aligned with other community efforts and advocates for this vital sector of our economy.
Today in Rogers County, over 80 percent of organizations have fewer than ten employees. Connect Claremore aims to help, advise and assist in the retention and expansion of local businesses to maintain and strengthen the local economy. To gain valuable insight into the challenges facing business owners, Peters will meet with business owners to offer help and solutions as well as develop training opportunities tailored to the needs of the community.
“I really believe in the mindset that a rising tide lifts all boats,” said Peters. “I like to see others win and achieve their goals. I look forward to representing CIEDA and working with our small business partners to cultivate an ecosystem for owners and entrepreneurs in our region to successfully assess, plan, launch and grow their businesses.
In her spare time, you can find Terri crafting, saving, performing random acts of kindness, and attending community events, like Food Truck Thursday and Dickens on the Boulevard. She lives in Claremore with her husband Jason and her two dogs and is proud to have lived in Rogers County for 33 years.
Peters officially began his role with CIEDA on September 1. If you are a small business owner and need assistance, you can contact Terri at [email protected] to arrange your free one-on-one consultation.