Tulsa Metro Chamber to inaugurate new chair and announce initiatives for 2012 tomorrow
The Tulsa Metro Chamber will formally inaugurate Becky J. Frank, chairman and CEO of Schnake Turnbo Frank | PR, to succeed Chair Dr. Gerard Clancy, president of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, as the 2012 chair of the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting tomorrow, Jan. 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.
|Becky J. Frank
Chairman and CEO
Schnake Turnbo Frank | PR
More than 1,200 area business leaders, local officials and citizens will be in attendance as Clancy passes the torch to Frank. Also planned for the event is a video presentation featuring a review of 2011 accomplishments, an awards presentation and Frank’s inaugural address unveiling the Chamber’s primary initiatives for 2012.
Annually, more than 3,100 businesses support the activities of the Tulsa Metro Chamber through membership investment. Chamber members include businesses and organizations from more than 70 communities throughout the 10-county metropolitan area and the state of Oklahoma and represent 175,000 area employees.
Representatives from diverse sectors pack Chamber press conference to support American Airlines’ Tulsa-region operations
A record-setting number of partners joined the Tulsa Metro Chamber to announce a unified effort last week to retain American Airlines’ operations in Tulsa.
Dozens of individuals and groups, including business leaders, elected officials, numerous state and local government representatives and area chambers of commerce, packed a press conference Jan. 3 at the Tulsa Metro Chamber offices, voicing their unwavering support both for American’s local operations and the region’s vital aerospace sector.
“It takes a region and a state that is supportive of business and that promotes a business-friendly climate to ensure that our area companies are given every opportunity to succeed,” Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal said while addressing the impressive crowd that gathered at the press conference. “This tremendous show of support, exhibited by the numerous representatives here today from across multiple sectors, is evidence that our region and our state are willing to do whatever is in their power to help business thrive.”
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Senate Task Force on Comprehensive Tax Reform completes final report
The Senate Tax Force on Comprehensive Tax Reform completed its work after studying Oklahoma’s current tax system and considering input from a number of organizations and interested Oklahomans.
The report includes recommendations on reforms which will enable reductions in the top income tax rate from 5.25 to 4.75 percent over a two-year period as well as reducing corporate income taxes from 6 to 5 percent. Additional recommendations would offset those reductions through the elimination of select tax credits and a thorough review of existing tax preferences with an expectation of reduction or elimination of a number of tax credits.
Senator Mike Mazzei, co-chair of the task force, hopes that the taxpayers of Oklahoma will be the main priority of the governor and legislative leaders that as they consider the panel’s proposals. Sen. Rick Brinkley, vice-chair of the task force, says the suggested reforms are aimed at simplifying tax law and reducing rates for individuals and businesses with an overall goal of growing the economy while continuing to make crucial investments in Oklahoma’s core government services.
The Chamber will monitor the development of legislation related to tax reforms once session begins in February.
SourceLink small business center goes virtual in 2012
The SourceLink small business center moved to a virtual-only campus at the start of 2012.
Member research benefits previously accessed by the walk-in center at the Tulsa Metro Chamber will now be accessible via email. All requests may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional resources, please visit www.sourcelinktulsa.com to find participating service providers or call 888.424.9411.
Dr. John Michael Lee to speak at Mayor’s Mentoring BreakfastDr. John Michael Lee, whose extensive research focuses on student access, participation and success in higher education, will speak at the Mayor’s Mentoring Breakfast Jan. 25, the Mayor’s monthly gathering to encourage and discuss the value of mentoring programs available in the city.
Dr. Lee will join the Mayor at the breakfast, hosted by the Chamber in its second-floor conference room, to emphasize the role mentoring plays in young adults’ lives, decisions and futures. Dr. Lee’s work includes the College Completion Agenda, the College Completion Agenda: Latino Edition, and the Annual Survey of School Counselors.
Dr. Lee is currently with College Board and previously served as policy analyst for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Lee earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from New York University, a masters of public administration from Georgia State University and a bachelor of science from Florida A&M University. He is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the National Council on Measurement in Education, the Association for Institutional Research and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Dr. Lee is also the author of American Higher Education without Public HBCUs.
What we're working onNew Business Development
• Attend facility tour of available building
• Complete scheduled appointments agenda with consultants
• Meeting with representatives of the Oklahoma Aerospace Alliance and the Center for Aerospace Supplier Quality
Existing Business Development
• Attending the Oklahoma Venture Forum Monthly meeting
• Meeting with Oklahoma Department of Commerce regarding Governors Trade Mission to Europe
• Attending the Governors Economic Development Marketing Team meeting
• Co-hosting Mayor’s Retention Breakfast for downtown business owners and corporate leaders
• Facilitating Small Business Council Executive meeting
• Attending Bridge Certification meeting city hall
• Attending small business council monthly meeting.
Marketing and Communications
• Hosting Annual Meeting and inauguration of Becky J. Frank
• Assisting internal clients with publications and event productions
• Planning and preparing multiple press announcements
Tulsa Sports Commission
• Traveling to Kansas City for NSCAA conference to recruit teams for AC Milan Heartland Cup
• Hosting 26th-annual Chili Bowl Nationals at Expo Square Jan. 10 -15
• Ongoing event bid preparations
Education and Workforce
• Developing manufacturing workforce strategies with industry representatives and participation in a national webinar
• Mayor's Mentoring breakfast on Jan 25 with Dr. John Michael Lee of College Board, Mayor Bartlett and Mrs. Bartlett
• Health Forum on progress at OSU Medical Center, including a tour, on Jan 31
Tulsa’s Young Professionals
• Planning summer intern series
• Hosting non-profit board intern seminar
• Hosting LED series on tax preparation for YPs.
• Meeting with regional state legislators to discuss top legislative priorities for 2012
• Holding an HR Forum on wellness programming opportunities and challenges for employers
• Hosting members of the Tulsa City Council for our monthly luncheon
• Attending Meeting Professionals International Education luncheon
• Attending Event Services Professionals Association Annual Conference in San Diego, Cali.
• Preparing VIP Packages for Oklahoma Music Educators Association Jan. 17-20.
Chamber welcomes new businessesEach 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.
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