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Convention and Visitors Bureau offers unique Tulsa gifts
TYPros announces 2010 leadership team
Census safety tips
Affordable insurance option for members
Avoid these mistakes when building business credit
A new approach to focus groups
Chamber welcomes new businesses



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Convention and Visitors Bureau offers unique Tulsa gifts

Tulsa ornaments and snow globes available for purchase

A limited number of 2009 Tulsa holiday ornaments and snow globes featuring the Tulsa skyline are available for purchase through the Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The two-dimensional ornament features the Arkansas River and comes individually packaged in a green perma-suede folder. The ornaments cost $18 each with optional stands available for purchase at an additional cost of $4.

The snow globes feature the Tulsa skyline in a traditional glass snow globe and are available for $45 each.

Proceeds from the ornament will benefit the CVB, which works to promote the city to national meeting and convention planners as well as individual visitors.

Ornaments and snow globes are available for shipping. The cost is $5 for one ornament and $2 for each additional ornament and $10 for snow globes. To place an order, please call 918.585.1201 or pick one up at the Visitor Information Office located in the Williams Tower II building at Two W. 2nd St. Ornaments can also be purchased at Lyons Indian Store, 401 E. 11th St.

TYPros announces 2010 leadership team

               Michael Christian,
               2010 TYPros chair
Tulsa’s Young Professionals announced its 24-member leadership team for 2010, including chair, chair-elect and crew leaders. The 6,500-member organization will celebrate its fifth anniversary in April 2010 under the leadership of Michael Christian, assistant vice president of alternative investments at Bank of Oklahoma. Cassie Reese, director of development for the TCC Foundation, will serve as chair-elect.

As chair of the organization, Christian will assist in developing 2010 initiatives and serve as a liaison to the Tulsa Metro Chamber. Involved in TYPros since 2005, Christian graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2005 with a bachelor of science in economics and currently serves as a founding council member of the Downtown Coordinating Council, a member of the Vision 2025 Task Force and a board member of the OSU Alumni Board – Tulsa Chapter. He grew up in Seattle, Wash., and has lived in Tulsa for nearly five years.

”I’m excited to serves as chair of one of the largest and most dynamic young professional organizations in the country,” Christian said. “Over the next year, we will be focusing on projects that further downtown Tulsa in becoming an economic hub and entertainment destination throughout the region. We will also continue to enhance our relationships with local employers and support them in attracting talented young professionals to Tulsa.”

Reese, a long-time member of TYPros and past marketing crew co-leader, will assist the chair and prepare and identify goals for 2011. Reese graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2000 with a bachelor of science in journalism. She has nearly a decade of experience in public relations, marketing and fundraising and is currently a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and a board intern for the Tulsa Ballet.

“TYPros has greatly impacted my life and I have been privileged to experience first-hand the amazing opportunities the organization provides its membership,” Reese said. “I now want to give back in the most meaningful way I can.”

The 2010 crew leaders include:
Ambassadors Crew
Leader: Geoff Patterson, Patterson Realtors
Co-leader: Chris Guglielmo

Business Development Crew
Leader: Amie Roberg, CastleCom

Colleges and Universities Crew
Leader: Kate Hoback, The Addison Group
Co-leader: Derrick Baptist, Cox Communications

Community Re-Development Crew
Leader: Jonathan Bolzle, KMO Development
Co-leader: Brittany Sawyer

Diversity Crew
Leader: Jared Vazquez, Accent Realtors
Co-leader: Noah Spiegel, Tulsa Opera, Inc.

Government Relations Crew
Leader: Chelsea Harkins, City of Owasso
Co-leader: Thamara Barthelus, Arvest Bank

Next Generation Leadership Crew
Leader: Ross McLaughlin, The Nichols Companies, Inc.
Co-leader: Brian Easlon, Northwestern Mutual

Special Events Crew
Leader: Mark Phillips, Tulstar
Co-leader: Carl Brandvold, Walsh Branding

Sustainability Crew
Leader: Claire Roby, Clean Air-Cool Planet
Co-leader: Clarence Boyd, Selser Schaefer Architects

Immediate Past Chair - Karisha Arnett, Arvest Next

Past Chairs - Andrea Myers, Williams; Marnie Fernandez; Josh Roby, MidFirst Bank; and Shane Fernandez, Crafton Tull Sparks

For more information about Tulsa’s Young Professionals and its work crews, visit www.typros.org

Census safety tips

Recently, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce data center has received phone calls from Oklahomans concerned about scam artists pretending to represent the U.S. Census Bureau. It is not believed anyone has been conned to date; however, the Census Bureau offers the following safety tips:

1. The Census Bureau does not conduct the 2010 Census via e-mail or the Internet . If you think you are the victim of a phishing or e-mail scam from someone falsely representing the U.S. Census Bureau, forward the e-mail or Web site URL to the Census Bureau at itso.fraud.reporting@census.gov and delete the original e-mail from your computer.

2. The Census Bureau does not request credit card numbers, bank account numbers, PIN numbers or passwords. While various surveys do ask questions about income sources, income amounts, household or business expenses and other financial topics, the Bureau will never ask for account numbers or access codes.

3. You can confirm a person actually works for the U.S. Census Bureau. If someone identifies him or herself as a Census Bureau employee, you can verify that information by contacting the National Processing Center at 1.866.226.2864.

4. The Census Bureau offers advice on how to confirm a survey is legitimate. If you have questions about a survey received in the mail, you can consult the Census Bureau’s Are You In a Survey ? page or call the National Processing Center at 1.866.226.2864 for assistance.

5. You can find out what Census activities are currently taking place in your area. If you have questions about address canvassing or public outreach activities taking place in your area, contact the Tulsa Local Census Office at 918.877.3440.

Affordable insurance option for members

For a fourth year, the Tulsa Metro Chamber is partnering with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma to provide more affordable insurance to small businesses as a member benefit.

Chamber Choice is available to members with two to 50 employees.

Benefits include:
o No medical underwriting
o BlueOptions PPO
o Blue Optimize PPO (new this year)
o BlueLincs HMO
o Prescription drug coverage
o Network availability in all 50 states
o Dental coverage available
o Group Term Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and disability coverage available
o Qualified Insure Oklahoma health plans

The Chamber expanded the program in 2006 to offer Chamber Choice to all surrounding chambers of commerce. The program is now offered in Bartlesville, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Collinsville, Glenpool, Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber, Henryetta, Jenks, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Owasso, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Wagoner and Wynona. By partnering with the surrounding communities, the Tulsa Chamber is expanding the program's availability with the goal of keeping the workforce healthy and increasing small business owners' ability to provide for employees.

Today, over 700 employers are enrolled in the Chamber Choice plan covering more than 4,000 individuals.

Click here to download the 2009 Chamber Choice brochure.

To find out more about Chamber Choice, contact your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma representative or call (918) 551-3385 or visit http://www.bcbsok.com/chamber_tulsa.html.

Avoid these mistakes when building business credit

First, there are certain SIC codes that the business credit bureaus and lenders tend to stay away from. These industries include real estate investing, car sales, adult entertainment, travel, lending, restaurants and dry cleaners. Next, don’t use your home or cell phone as a business phone number because they aren’t listed in the 411 national directories. Finally, make sure you apply for credit from vendors that report to a business credit bureau. Simply doing business with any vendor will not help you establish business credit.


A new approach to focus groups

Looking for in-depth feedback from your customers but can’t afford formal focus groups? Try taking a group of them out to dinner. Not only is this an inexpensive way to get in touch with customer perceptions and generate new ideas but often the customer is flattered to be invited. Give serious advance thought to the questions and subject areas you want to explore and include a staff member or outside person who can effectively take on the role of facilitator.

Source: Audience Development

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.

Messick Banquet Room
Dean Messick, Owner
1330 E. 58th Street
Tulsa, OK 74105
Phone: 743.1668

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