Tulsa Chamber named a certified Healthy Business
The Tulsa Metro Chamber will be recognized in a ceremony this month along with other Oklahoma businesses receiving 2009 certification through the Certified Healthy Business Program.
The Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business Program seeks to recognize businesses (both profit and non-profit) working to improve Oklahoma’s health status by providing health and wellness opportunities for their employees. The initiative is sponsored by the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the State Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
To meet the criteria for certification, businesses have to provide positive health and wellness activities for employees thereby contributing to improving the health of all Oklahomans. The Chamber’s wellness efforts include monthly wellness lunches for all staff, a wellness newsletter and special programs to promote health and fitness.
The long-term goal of the Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business Program is to serve as a model to encourage health insurers to consider rate changes for those businesses that become certified. For more about becoming a Certified Healthy Business, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
High-growth companies in Midwest invited to apply for funding
InvestMidwest's 2010 Venture Capital Forum will allow up to 45 Midwest companies, including those in the Tulsa region, to present business plans to an audience of the country's top venture capitalists, corporate and private investors, and investment bankers at the 11th annual event in March in St. Louis. Eligible participants are those who have launched entrepreneurial growth companies in a range of industries, including life sciences, technology/general business and cleantech/alternative energy.
Criteria to apply include: companies must be located within the center corridor of the U.S.; seeking funding from $1 million to $20 million; and have revenue projections of $20 million within five years.
The final application deadline is Jan. 8. Click here for more information or to review the application.