Congressional forum featuring U.S. Representative James Lankford Nov. 28
The Chamber will host its third congressional forum of the 2011 series, presented by Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. The forum will feature U.S. Rep. James Lankford and will be held Nov. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa Downtown, 616 W. 7th St.
Congressman Lankford represents Oklahoma’s fifth district and was first elected to the United States Congress on Nov. 2, 2010. He serves on the Budget, Transportation & Infrastructure, and Oversight & Government Reform committees, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform. Congressman Lankford has also emerged as a leader in fighting government regulations that are suffocating business.
The cost to attend the forum is $40 for Chamber members, $50 for non-members. Lunch is provided. To register, call 918.560.0212 or email email@example.com.
Congratulations to Tulsa-based Samson Investment Co. on 40 years in business
Tulsa-based Samson Investment Co. is celebrating four decades of business. Samson was founded in 1971 by the late Charles Schusterman.
Samson currently employs 1,200 people and operates more than 4,000 wells in the U.S. and Gulf of Mexico.
"It has been an amazing 40 years for Samson - from humble beginnings to now being the largest privately held oil and gas company in the United States," said Stacy Schusterman, Samson Chairman and CEO.
Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal noted that Tulsa is known for successful business families that have maintained strong corporate and charitable ties locally.
"As leader of the Samson Investment Company, Stacy Schusterman has added her own chapter in the family's history book by growing the corporation into a successful, self-sustaining energy powerhouse," Neal said. "However, much credit is also due to a talented employee group with a strong work ethic."
Tulsa Metro Chamber announces Direct Energy will nearly double its Tulsa area workforce
The Tulsa Metro Chamber hosted a press conference Nov. 16 at which Direct Energy, one of North America’s largest energy and energy-related services companies, announced plans to expand its customer operations center in Tulsa, bringing 115 new jobs and significant economic impact to the Tulsa metro area.
Direct Energy began housing operations in Tulsa more than 10 years ago and currently employs around 160 people. Its Tulsa office serves as an operations base for the company’s growing residential energy business in Texas, across the Northeast and in Canada.
“We are very pleased that Direct Energy is continuing its commitment to the Tulsa area and that they are planning to hire locally to fill the newly-announced positions,” said Mike Neal, President and the CEO of Tulsa Metro Chamber. “This is great news that will have a significant impact.”
Chamber meets with newly elected officials and travels to D.C.
Chamber staff and volunteer leaders provided newly elected Tulsa City Councilors with an overview of Chamber programs and initiatives. The councilors were given information on how Chamber programs support the mission of attracting and retaining jobs and individuals in the Tulsa region.
The new councilors stated they are looking forward to working with the Chamber, and voiced their support of programs such as the enthusiasm surrounding the annual Intercity Visit.
Chamber gets to know Speaker-designate T.W. Shannon
Chamber staff, regional partners and volunteer leaders sat down recently with the newly elected Speaker-designate T.W. Shannon to discuss the Tulsa region’s legislative priorities. Regional partners highlighted the OneVoice agenda and the significance of having a cohesive voice at the state capitol. Attendees also provided an overview of the 2012 OneVoice state legislative agenda.
Chamber and community leaders discuss economy in Washington D.C.
Chamber leaders and area CEOs traveled to Washington D.C. last week to meet with Oklahoma’s federal delegation and other officials. The trip was scheduled in reaction to discussions and concerns about economic conditions across the nation. Chamber staff and volunteer leaders expressed the value of the federal OneVoice agenda and other priorities that, if enacted, will help economic development efforts in the Tulsa region. Attendees also discussed the economic outlook with White House Business Council members.
Three Tulsans inducted into Oklahoma Hall of FameSteven J. Malcolm, former CEO of Williams Cos. and 2011 Tulsa's Future chair, former Oklahoma first lady Cathy Keating and legendary basketball player Marques Haynes were inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame last week.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame event, sponsored by the Oklahoma Heritage Association, recognizes the accomplishments of Oklahomans who’s personal and professional contributions have bettered their communities and the state. The Chamber congratulates these three pillars in the Tulsa community on receiving the prestigious honor.
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Chamber staff participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week
For the fifth consecutive year, entrepreneurs, business leaders and educators participated in Tulsa’ Global Entrepreneurship Week, held last week. The Tulsa Metro Chamber was a sponsor of the event. All of the events during the week were coordinated by Tulsa's Economic Development Commission Entrepreneurship Committee.
“The Global Entreprenuership Week is a great opportunity each year for emerging businesses to exchange ideas with others and be inspired on the journey of entrepreneurship,” said Kinnee Tilly, vice president for business retention, expansion and small business for the Chamber.
This year's global week events included networking and resource summits, presentations on patents, trademarks, communications and more. Winners for the SpiritBank/TCC Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and Tulsey Awards were also announced last week.
Chamber congratulates SpiritBank/Tulsa Community College
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s SpiritBank/Tulsa Community College Entrepreneurial Spirit Award competition. Award recipients were honored recently in a ceremony the Tulsa Community College Center for Creativity.
Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winners
More than 100 entrepreneurs submitted entries. Over the past several months, the competitors were narrowed to 25, then 12 semifinalists and finally the seven finalists, who gave their last pitches to judges earlier this month. Kristen Ross, founder of PregoFIT, won the $30,000 grand prize from SpiritBank. PregoFIT offers a DVD and online video series of customized total-body workouts designed for each month of pregnancy.
The $5,000 second prize went to Jan Laub, owner of Twin Foods Inc., which makes products that improve home-cooked recipes. Her first product, Granny's Good Ol' Fashion Bacon Drippings, is a high-quality rendered bacon fat that adds a smoky flavor to dishes. The $2,500 third prize was awarded to Cathy Fox, founder of Enclosables LLC, a line of fun, high-value gifts that fit into postage-paid greeting cards. Fox also is a graduate of TCC's Launch program for entrepreneurs.
Tulsey Awards recognize entrepreneurs, small business leaders
A newly elected city councilor and the just-named Spirit Award grand prize winner were among several entrepreneurs who won 2011 Tulsey Awards.
This was the second time in the four-year history of the Tulseys that entrepreneur, and now a newly elected city councilor, Blake Ewing, won Entrepreneur of the Year. Ewing previously won the award in 2009 for his nomination as Restaurateur of the Year.
This year, Ewing was nominated for and won the serial category and received more than 7,500 votes to once again be named Entrepreneur of the Year.
Ewing is the owner of Joe Momma's Restaurant, Boomtown Tees, The Max Retropub and Back Alley Blues & BBQ, which are located in downtown's Blue Dome District. He also is in the process of opening other ventures, including the Archer Market and The Phoenix Café, which are expected to open this winter.
What We’re Working OnExecutive Office
• Hosting Joint 2011/2012 Executive Committee meeting
• Hosting Joint Tulsa/Oklahoma City Executive Committee meeting
• Hosting CEO Investor Relations visits
Communications, Events and Marketing
• Planning forum featuring Congressman James Lankford
• Planning annual meeting and annual report content
• Downtown Development
Facilitating and participating in a Wichita benchmarking visit with a small group of Tulsa Business leaders
• Attend Business Collaboration Lunch with Flintco
• Continue Lead Development Calls
• Meeting with manufacturing company regarding expansion and workforce needs
Education and Workforce
• Education Guide
• Review RFPs for workforce analysis
• Intern In Tulsa Guide – “Hire Education”
• Attending the Jerry Lasker Memorial Interchange dedication
• Presenting the OneVoice Legislative Agenda to Glenpool, Sand Springs, and Sapulpa city councils.
• Attending SBC event planning meeting
• Meeting with Communications staff regarding SBC
• Meeting with SBC Marketing team
Tulsa Sports Commission
• ABA BMX Grand Nationals event preparation and support
• Supporting University of Tulsa Golden Hurricanes in Friday’s standoff for the Conference USA West Division title
• Developing new event bids
•Planning Street Cred 2012
•Organizing Board Intern Kickoff event
•Working on End of the Year party for Leadership Team
• Preparing for database transition to Simpleview
• Working with the Downtown Ball Drop for NYE
• Finishing the 2012 Visitors Guide
Chamber welcomes new businesses
Each month the Tulsa Metro Chamber's Hospitality Club welcomes new businesses and new Chamber members to the community by assisting with ribbon cuttings and groundbreaking announcements.
Breathe America-Tulsa, LLC
Charles S. Monroe, CPA, PC
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Old Village Wine & Spirits
Oologah Lake Leader
State Beauty Supply SW
Wightman Family Law
CNG Auto Sales
Ted Massad, Owner
3726 S. Memorial
Tulsa, OK 74145
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Midtown
Steve Nabilsi, General Manager
4518 E. Skelly Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74135
Community Health Connection, Inc.
Lori Adams, Acting CEO
2321 E. 3rd St.
Tulsa, OK 74104
Clary Sage College
Teresa Knox, Owner
3131 S. Sheridan Road
Tulsa, OK 74135