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Networking: One of the five skills of innovation
Conference USA action live in Tulsa this week
U.S. Chamber awards Blue Ribbon to three Tulsa companies
Oklahoma Scholars program seeking volunteers
U.S. Census Bureau asks citizens to stand up and be counted
Training groups for Tulsa Tough now forming
February Volunteer of the Month
Chamber welcomes new businesses



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Networking: One of the five skills of innovation

Practice your networking skills at tomorrow’s Breakfast Network

Professors from Harvard Business School, Insead and Brigham Young University conducted a six-year study of more than 3,000 executives and 500 innovative entrepreneurs to find that one of the five skills of true innovators is networking.

According to the research, networking innovators go out of their way to meet people with different ideas and perspectives. This allows them to see patterns before others can.

To assist small and emerging business owners, the Tulsa Metro Chamber offers many networking events throughout the year as part of the Circuit Networking Series and the next opportunity for innovators to mingle is happening tomorrow morning at Breakfast Network. Pre-registration is closed, but onsite registration will be open before the event, which occurs from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center, 6808 S. 107th E. Ave.

This installment of Breakfast Network will include special guest speaker Jeff Magee. For the past 22 years Magee has lead the team at Jeff Magee International/JMI, Inc. as one of the industry’s leading human capital talent management and development niche’ firms. He is a Certified Speaking Professional, a Certified Management Consultant and a Certified Professional Direct Marketer and has been recognized as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” known as TOYA by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. He also publishes Performance Magazine.

The Circuit Breakfast Network series provides an excellent opportunity to connect with other professionals, promote your business and build your contact list with more than 200 area business professionals. Bring plenty of business cards for the two table rotations.

Cost to register at the door is $25. For more information, contact Elaine Walsh at 560.0298, e-mail elainewalsh@tulsachamber.com or visit TulsaChamber.com.

The other four skills of innovation identified by researchers were associating, questioning, observing and experimenting.

Conference USA action live in Tulsa this week

Individual game tickets available at BOKCenter.com

Basketball fans will descend on Tulsa this week as the city hosts the Conference USA Men and Women’s Championships beginning today through Sat., March 13.

TU fans and Northeast Oklahoma residents have a rare opportunity to see the action live as it unfolds and two collegiate basketball teams walk away champions.

But beyond the entertainment factor, the C-USA Championships provide an opportunity for Tulsa to show it has the space, interest and community support to attract large sporting events and competitions to the region. By making a great showing, Tulsa will be a strong contender for similar events of this or greater caliber.

The Women’s competition tips off today at the Donald W. Reynolds Center and the men will begin competing Wed., March 10 at the BOK Center. Special packages are being offered by some of Tulsa's finest downtown hotels and can be found online at VisitTulsa.com under the "Take Advantage" section.

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
Personal Partner packages with hospitality, parking, advertising (two and four premium tickets, located first five rows) are $1,500 and $3,000 respectively.

Local event sponsors include Tulsa World, Cox, Cox Radio, Lamar, Tulsa Community College, Bank of Oklahoma, Bill Knight Ford, Flying Colors, Hinkle Creative Design Services, Odyssey Digital Printing, Oklahoma Offset, Spears Travel, TU Advertising Program, Irving Productions, Jim Knight Design, Robert Billings Productions and Linda Layman Agency.

For more information, contact Whitney Miller or Debbie Majors at the Tulsa Sports Commission or call 918-560-0205. To purchase tickets directly visit BOKCenter.com

For updated news and information about the Tulsa Sports Commission and Conference USA Championships, add the organization to your social networks by following @TulsaSportsCom on Twitter and becoming a fan of the Tulsa Sports Commission on Facebook.

Read more about the C-USA Championships and see a complete bracket in local news coverage:
C-USA tournament set to begin in Tulsa
It's tournament time in Tulsa
C-USA Tournament bracket is set

U.S. Chamber awards Blue Ribbon to three Tulsa companies

The U.S. Chamber will honor Tulsa-based AmericanChecked Inc., Helicomb International and Tulsa Tube Bending with the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award at America’s Small Business Summit May 17-19 in Washington, D.C. Tulsa Metro Chamber nominated the three companies for the national award, and each has the opportunity to be selected as a finalist for America’s Small Business of the Year.

“It is an extraordinary honor for these small businesses to receive national recognition for their achievements,” said Kinnee Tilly, vice president of business retention, expansion and small business for the Tulsa Metro Chamber. “Having three honorees from Tulsa exemplifies the strength of our entrepreneurial community.”

To be eligible for the Blue Ribbon Award, businesses must have fewer than 250 employees and gross annual revenues of less than $20 million. Applicants for the award are judged on staff training, community involvement, customer services, business strategies and goals. The awards ceremony will take place during the Small Business Summit, a well-attended annual event featuring a guest list that often includes the president of the United States.

In addition to the Blue Ribbon honorees, Tulsa’s Avansic Inc., will receive the Free Enterprise award, which is given to 25 companies in the U.S. for strong business practices and contributions to the economy.

Tulsa companies need your vote
The Chamber encourages its members to vote for one of Tulsa’s Blue Ribbon winners to receive the Community Excellence Award, which is selected by popular vote via the Web site, www.uschambersummit.com. Voting takes place between March 1-12; the winner is announced at the Summit.

Oklahoma Scholars program seeking volunteers

Now in its sixth year, the Chamber’s Oklahoma Scholars program encourages high school students to complete a more rigorous course of study. Oklahoma Scholars is a partnership between Tulsa Metro Chamber and Tulsa Public Schools that calls on area businesses and school volunteers to assist in encouraging students to complete challenging courses during high school to better prepare for jobs or higher education post-graduation.

The Scholars Course of Study gives area students the foundation needed to succeed in a technical school, community college, university, military or industry. With a Scholars background, an individual is a more appealing employment candidate and more likely to complete training or education that leads to better jobs with better pay.

The Chamber is seeking volunteers to give presentations about the program to eighth-grade students this spring. If you are interested in becoming an Oklahoma Scholar volunteer presenter, please contact Heather Johnson at 918.560.0218 or heatherjohnson@tulsachamber.com.

U.S. Census Bureau asks citizens to stand up and be counted

Taken every 10 years, the U.S. Census counts every resident living in the United States and can affect the number of seats Oklahoma occupies in the House of Representatives. The information the census collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services including hospitals, job training centers, schools, bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects, and emergency services.

With funding at stake, it is essential for all Oklahoma residents to fill in the census form; the questionnaire will take the average household about 10 minutes to complete.

Businesses can partner with the U.S Census Bureau to promote participation by helping to educate employees and customers about the importance of the count. Click here to learn more about becoming a partner and helping inform your fellow Oklahomans.

Training groups for Tulsa Tough now forming

The fifth annual Tulsa Tough Ride & Race is scheduled for June 4-6, 2010, and training groups are forming now.

The three-day cycling event features tour rides and races for every skill level. The Tulsa Bicycle Club is hosting training rides for Oklahoma Freewheel and Tulsa Tough each week beginning Sat., March 13 to help riders train and prepare for the event. To sign up for the training rides or for more information, visit tulsabicycleclub.com or download the TBC Training Rides schedule located here.

Tulsa Tough Ride & Race, created in 2006 by the Tulsa Sports Commission and the Tulsa Wheelmen, is designed for new and experienced riders through competitive races and tour rides showcasing the beautiful city of Tulsa and surrounding communities. Riders, racers and spectators can participate in a number of events and activities from professional-level races, recreation and tour rides, kids and youth activities to live music and vendors during the three-day cycling event.

Add Tulsa Tough as a friend on facebook and follow @tulsa_tough on twitter for updated news and information about the event. To learn more about the three-day cycling event, visit tulsatough.com.

Tulsa Tough Ride & Race is designed to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles and is a qualifying activity in the Mayor’s Million Miles program.

February Volunteer of the Month

The Hospitality Club represents the Chamber at member special events such as grand openings, ribbon cuttings, open houses and assist at Chamber networking events. If you are interested in joining the Hospitality Club, please contact Karen Humphrey at karenhumphrey@tulsachamber.com.

Carl Novara, Farmers Insurance *Novara Insurance Agency

Quota Masters
Kirk Davidson, Davidson Maintenance Service
Sam Fisher, Custom Heating & Air Conditioning
Cyndy Harnett, Kelly Services, Inc.
Deb Karstens, Karstens Travel
Joy Kelly, SpiritBank
Marvin Krueger, Melaleuca, Inc.
Amy Williams, The Tulsa World
Bob Wilson, 5R, Inc.

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.

Goodwill Industries-Job Connection
David Oliver, President
2800 Southwest Boulevard
Tulsa, OK 74107
Phone: 584-7291

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