Chamber launches legislative action siteOneVoiceTulsa.com provides news, information and resources about government affairs
The Tulsa Metro Chamber’s newest tool for legislative action, OneVoiceTulsa.com, is a Web site devoted to making the voice of the Tulsa region’s business community heard by local, state and federal officials.
With the creation of the OneVoice legislative agenda each year, the Chamber strives to unite the regional business community in advocating issues of greatest benefit to the region with a collective, unified voice. This site is designed to complement those efforts as a resource center and advocacy tool for issues of importance to members of the business community.
Here you will find up-to-date news and information on policies, issues and positions impacting the Tulsa regional business community at the local, state and federal level. Weekly legislative updates distributed by the Chamber during the state legislative session will be accessible through the site as well. Additionally, the site will feature take-action alerts keeping you aware of critical time-sensitive issues affecting the business community and connecting you with your elected officials to make your voice heard.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber and our OneVoice partners encourage you to explore the site, utilize the resources and allow your voice to be heard.
Support Conference USA Basketball Championship in March
The 2010 C-USA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships are just around the corner. The men will compete at the BOK Center with the women at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. This is BIG. The combined championship will be the first for C-USA and we look forward to building enthusiasm and support within the community.
Please consider the following as gifts during the holiday season:
C-USA All-Session (11 games, 6 sessions)
Men’s Ticket Prices:
• Lower Level sides $302– includes ONEOK Club access
• Lower Level $172
• Upper Level $82 & $67
For more information and to purchase visit www.bokcenter.com
Personal Partner packages with hospitality, parking, advertising (two and four premium tickets, located first five rows) are $1,500 and $3,000 respectively. Please contact the TSC directly about these packages by calling Whitney at 918-560-0246 or email email@example.com.
Nominations now being accepted for 2010 Small Business Awards
The Chamber will honor Tulsa’s rising entrepreneurs at the 2010 Crystal Star Small Business Awards in April, and the nomination process has begun. Business members are invited to nominate an esteemed colleague to receive recognition for his or her business efforts.
The Crystal Star is awarded annually to small business practitioners who, in the judgment of their peers, exemplify professional skill and leadership and are champions in their fields. Nominations are accepted in 10 categories, including:
• Small Business Person
• Entrepreneurial Success
• Small Business Exporter
• Young Entrepreneur
• Family Owned Business
• Financial Services Champion
• Home-Based Business Champion
• Minority Small Business Champion
• Veteran Small Business Champion
• Women in Business Champion
Nominees must be Tulsa Metro Chamber members and in business a minimum of three years. All nominations will be considered and reviewed by the Small Business Awards Committee. Along with Tulsa-area recognition, winners are nominated for state-level awards with a chance to proceed to regional or national level.
Nominations close Jan. 22. Winners will be recognized at the Chamber’s annual awards luncheon Wednesday, April 28, at Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills.
Oral Roberts leaves legacy, ongoing economic impact
Evangelist Oral Roberts, founder of Oral Roberts University and a significant figure in 20th-century Christianity, died last week at 91.
A television ministry pioneer and household name around the country, Roberts built ORU in south Tulsa in the early ‘60s, and 300 freshmen began classes at the school in 1965. Roberts served as the university's first president from its founding until 1993 and remained on as chancellor until his death.
The fully accredited ORU is located on a 500-acre campus with a current enrollment of 3,140 with an approximate employment output of $99 million annually.
“ORU’s impact in our community can be measured in two ways,” said Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. “The bricks and mortar impact, which includes the persons employed by ORU and the taxes collected by the city and state. And beyond the economic impact, ORU’s impact is more subjective but just as important. We are fortunate that Oral Roberts chose Tulsa as his home for the university; its prestigious reputation has benefited the Tulsa region for decades.”
Locally, ORU provides more than $850,000 in taxes annually and more than $2 million to the state. With 23 major buildings, including the 11,000-seat Mabee Center, the campus features distinctive architecture. And the students who attend represent more than 50 countries.
“Many of the students who move to Tulsa to attend ORU remain in the Tulsa region to fill critical jobs,” Neal said.
Roberts preached for several years in various churches in Oklahoma. He studied at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee and Phillips University in Enid and went to seminary at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Roberts wrote more than 50 books and was a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Chamber recognizes employee anniversaries
The Tulsa Metro Chamber honored Chamber veterans celebrating milestone anniversaries this year at the company’s annual Christmas party.
Chamber employees recognized were Tulsa Sports Commission Executive Director Mike Dodson for five years of service; Convention and Visitors Bureau Vice President Amy Huntley, Sales Coordinator Paula Neal, Executive Vice President Matt Pivarnik, and Special Events Manager Elaine Walsh for 10 years of service; Resource Campaign and Affinity Programs Director Karen Humphrey and Director of New Business Development Rusty Linker for 20 years of service; and Accounting/Systems Coordinator Linda Tinkel for 30 years of service.
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.
Messick Banquet Room
Mr. Dean Messick, Owner
1330 E. 58th St.
Tulsa, OK 75105