OKC Attorney Weaves Strategic Alliances between Small Firms, Industry Giants

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It took Phil Busey a couple of decades to find his true calling.

Busey, an attorney who heads The Busey Group in northwest Oklahoma City, is a Native American whose success came when he found a blend of pride in heritage and the drive to help the little guy - the small businessman who doesn't always have someone in his corner.

The Busey Group umbrella covers Busey Resource Group, Delaware Resource Group and First Eagle Enterprises. And the five-year-old enterprise is booming.

Simply put, Busey is a matchmaker.

My goal is to line up small companies with large corporations to form strategic alliances because they are very important in the government contracting world, said Busey, a graduate of Classen High School, Oklahoma City University and OCU's law school.

The former adjunct faculty member at OCU Law School took his big chance in 2000 and formed The Busey Group. He had designs on helping small businesses and Native American businesses realize that they are in demand by huge corporations.

Busey helps small business, tribal governments, Native American and veteran-owned companies find a path to success through receiving services for minority contracting alliances.

Busey's companies began with $59,000 in annual revenue. Today, the gross revenue has reached $7.5 million.

I've practiced law in Oklahoma for almost 28 years, and for the first 20 I was with very large firms, representing primarily large financial institutions, he said. I grew up as a member of the Cherokee Nation, and by blood I'm Delaware. I got interested in working with small minority businesses in the early 1990s and felt like they weren't getting the opportunity to have some of the representation and opportunities that large corporations have.

His interest in government programs began in 1993.

I started working with Society Asset Management Corp. as outside counsel on a project, he said. It's based in Cleveland, Ohio, and a subsidiary of Society Bank. I was hired to put together a Native American partnership for them to make investments with tribal governments. That was one of the first experiences I had with tribes. In that case, I wasn't representing a tribe or a Native American company, I was representing a bank. I began to see the passion I had to work with small business and Native American companies, and started doing more in that area.

Busey took his shot in 2000.

On a leap of faith, I started my own company, he said. I'd been encouraged to do that for some time but I never really took the step. With a family I was always concerned about long-term success. But we did it anyway. We started with very little capital and I really wouldn't have done it any other way.

I started with myself, one office and one telephone, he said. My first focus of Busey Resource Group, the first company I founded, was to provide business consulting support for small businesses.

Tribes have been tied mostly to the gaming industry. …

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