Resource Campaign volunteers raise $1.4 million in first week
“This may be the biggest first week that any resource campaign in the United States has ever had,” said Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal when he addressed the 50-plus volunteers who attended the first weekly reward session of the 2010 Resource Campaign.
Ti Amo’s was the setting for the $1,408,495 total revealed toward the $2.3 million goal. With nine weeks left in the campaign, volunteers have less than half of the total goal amount to raise. This first week total also surpasses the total dollars raised in the first two weeks of the campaign last year.
Campaign Chair Wade Edmundson, president of Summit Bank, was in attendance to hand out maracas to volunteers who raised enough money in the first week to qualify for the incentive trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and offer his sincere thanks and congratulations to all volunteers.
“My congratulations to all of you for an outstanding start to what I believe will be a very successful campaign,” said Edmundson.
The Chamber’s annual Resource Campaign, which generates revenue by selling sponsorships and memberships, officially kicked off on April 6. Approximately 160 volunteers will help raise the $2.3 million goal amount by connecting businesses with Chamber sponsorship opportunities for maximum exposure and return.
If you would like to learn more about available sponsorships or trade opportunities with the Tulsa Metro Chamber, contact Karen Humphrey, campaign director, at email@example.com or call 560-0250.
This annual campaign contributes approximately 23 percent of the Chamber’s total annual budget, all of which is directly returned to Chamber members in the form of business-building events and initiatives that benefit the entire community.
Tulsa Regional Day at the Capitol attendees see OneVoice top priorities pass
More than 150 regional business leaders and area partners were at the Capitol on Wednesday as part of the annual Tulsa Regional Day at the Capitol when Senate passed two top priorities on the OneVoice Legislative Agenda, which are now headed to the governor’s desk for his signature.
The Gilcrease Expressway feasibility study bill and OSU Medical Center funding bill were two main concerns representatives of the Tulsa Metro Chamber addressed at the event on Wednesday and many attendees were in the gallery when the bills passed the Senate.
“This is a perfect example of the importance of not only this particular event, but our entire effort of unifying the region with the creation of the Regional OneVoice Agenda,” said Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. “Our voice, our presence and our influence is growing each year and its evident when we see critical legislation such as these two bills, which we’ve outlined as top priorities and have advocated on behalf, head to the governor’s desk.”
Attendees also heard from elected officials including Lt. Governor Jeri Askins, State Treasurer Scott Meacham, President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee, Attorney General Drew Edmundson and Speaker of the House Chris Benge before splitting into groups to meet with individual legislators.
The event is held annually as part of the Chamber’s commitment to legislative success.
TYPros anniversary recognized in the Tulsa World
The Tulsa Young Professionals organization was recognized for its rapid success over the past five years in a front page story in the Sunday business section of The Tulsa World. TYPros leadership past and present shared their thoughts on how the organization is helping attract and retain top professional talent by creating a supportive community.
State Farm has been a major supporter of TYPros and is the benefactor sponsor of the upcoming anniversary event.
“We are so excited to be able to support Tulsa’s Young Professionals as they celebrate five remarkable years of success,” said Rendi Black, vice-president of agency for Oklahoma, State Farm Insurance. “We look very forward to partnering with them over the next year because we believe in the importance of both bringing and retaining young professionals to our community.”
Click here to read the story.
Tickets are still available for the TYPros Fifth Anniversary event 7-11 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Tulsa Community College Center for Creativity at Ninth and Boston.
Due to the generous support of our sponsors, tickets for TYPros members will remain $35 until midnight, April 21. Tickets will not be sold at the door
For tickets, click here or call Brian Paschal at 918.560.0286
Five year anniversary benefactor sponsor
Past OneVoice priority signed by Gov. Henry
Two years ago Chamber leaders and members of the Tulsa business community named additional funding for endowed chairs as one of the priorities on the OneVoice Legislative Agenda to advocate for that year.
Thus Chamber leaders and members of the business community were thrilled to be at the Capitol on Wednesday when the bill to inject $100 million into the endowed chairs program for higher education was signed by Gov. Brad Henry.
“This is another testament to the effectiveness of coming together as a region to voice our needs to our elected officials,” said Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. “We count this as a huge success and will continue to advocate on behalf of the needs of our educational institutions who supply the workforce our region needs to be successful.”
To learn more about the bill, read this Tulsa World article:
Henry signs bill to aid higher ed program
iJobs program needs employers with opportunities for youth
iJobs is a summer youth employment program from Workforce Oklahoma that targets 16 to 21 year- olds who have limited resources.
Workforce Oklahoma is seeking area employers to host iJobs work experience candidates and provide a meaningful work experience for six to eight weeks beginning late June. The iJob program -- instant jobs -- includes an intensive summer program designed to prepare youth for employment through a comprehensive work readiness training academy followed by a multi-week work experience with an employer.
Serving as a worksite host for the iJobs program incurs no cost by the employer. During the employment period, Workforce Oklahoma serves as the employer of record for all youth participants and pays all wages, taxes and workers’ compensation insurance.
To ensure that employers are comfortable with their iJobs participant, they will have the opportunity to meet, interview and select the candidates that are most suitable for their worksite. In addition, employers will receive ongoing support from Workforce Oklahoma throughout the hosting period.
Help your business and provide real-world experience for a youth that is willing to work. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
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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