This is a continuing weekly series that highlights members of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. You can see last week’s member story by clicking here.
This interview was conducted with John Bilyeu general manager for Caddo County Ag Center. The business is owned by Bobby and Melody Bilyeu.
Caddo County Ag Center off Central Blvd in Anadarko
How long have you been in business?
We started the 2nd week of June last year so a little over a year.
Why did you choose Anadarko?
This is the community we live in and I’ve lived and grown up here since the 1st grade. Eventually we got tired of driving to Chickasha and thought there is no reason why we shouldn’t have a store like this in Anadarko.
In your words describe your business:
We’re kind of like an agricultural supply with various things like work clothes, lawn and garden, feed for livestock. Imagine we’re kind of like an Anadarko-sized Atwoods where our customers are treated like neighbors because they are in some cases.
Any recent updates at your business?
We are working on getting mixed feed and mixed fertilizer. We are always open to feedback on how we can improve the store to get the right products.
What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?
As a startup, I could think of lots of things because there is always a new challenge. One thing is that after a year of being open we still have people that don’t know we are open. Plus, getting the right inventory while being competitive on price takes a lot of experimentation.
What is the most rewarding part about your job?
Feeling like you’re apart of the community and being able to help your neighbors. I’ve seen more classmates here at the business than you would at a reunion. Anadarko is a good community and it’s nice to interact with the people.
If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?
Having more businesses that are locally owned and operated so our people don’t have to go somewhere else for what they need. To remind people of how it used to be and how we can make it even better than ever.
What has been the best day of running your business?
To be able to help someone not have to drive somewhere else. One thing that we are proud of is starting a local “Paws and Claws” Clinic that provides rabies shots.
Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
As retailers and community members to be informed of what direction we’re going as a city. The Chamber in our mind helps organize the community and helps present a vision for what we want out of our community.
Anything you would like to share with our audience?
Just like to add that people should shop local if they can and support the community however you can whether that is picking up trash or volunteering your time or resources. It’s easy to sit back and complain but we all need to start thinking about what Anadarko could be and putting in the work to make it happen. Our hours are 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information call 405-247-5100.