It is time to sharpen your small business knowledge with the Midland College (MC)
Business & Economic Development Center (BEDC) as it invites all to a FREE lecture
featuring Richard Steinberg, the owner of Midland's Bear Claw Knife and Shear. The
talk will be Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wagner and Brown Auditorium in the
Allison Fine Arts Building on the MC main campus. No reservations are needed. Questions
can be directed to Letticia Martinez, BEDC project assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (432) 686-4912.
Steinberg will discuss managing a successful small business and the challenges, including
COVID-19. His father was a jeweler and gemologist with a small retail store where
Steinberg was introduced to the 1970’s classic retail style.
“Retail was very different back then,” Steinberg recalled. “In some ways it was more
difficult and, in some ways, much easier. Though the retail business has become much
more technical and complex, the fundamentals remain the same.”
Bear Claw Knife and Shear was founded in 1986, and it recently moved into the online
world with bcknife.com The popular Midland store has more than knives, such as cooking/baking accessories
and services such as sharpening and laser engraving.
“I am excited to sit down and reflect on my time in this community,” Steinberg said.
“I hope the story of Bear Claw Knife and Shear can inspire other small business owners
in Midland. I started out strictly sharpening; now I get to bring my love of high-end
knives and love of cooking fresh foods to all of Midland every day. I cannot wait
to share my thoughts on the future of retail and business in general.”
The lecture will be moderated by MC President Dr. Steve Thomas.
The MC BEDC’s mission is to help people increase credit scores, purchase homes and
start or expand businesses. It provides free business, credit and housing counseling,
and related classes and workshops year-round. The BEDC is a collaborative effort between
MC and the City of Midland.