Shock debuts on ESPN tomorrow night
The Tulsa Shock will make their ESPN debut tomorrow night, May 25 at 6 p.m. and Chamber members are invited to attend for a special discounted ticket price.
Help fill the arena with fans as the Tulsa Shock takes on the Phoenix Mercury. Specially priced Chamber tickets are:
• ONEOK Club- regularly $70,
Tulsa Metro Chamber price $50
• Sideline Seating- regularly $39,
Tulsa Metro Chamber price $20
• Corner Seating- regularly $31,
Tulsa Metro Chamber price $15
A limited number of tickets are available so call Tana Karn at 918.949.9708 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org today to reserve your seats.
Young professionals prefer green-friendly employers
Today’s companies can attract Generation Y employees by embracing sustainability in a public way, according to a recent report from Johnson Controls. The report reveals 18- to 25-year-olds want employers to go beyond minimum environmental compliance to offer recycling bins, water-saving devices, solar panels and standby devices on electrical equipment. In addition, 98 percent of young professionals 26-35 years old aspire to work in a greener office. Research for the report was gathered from 5,000 young professionals and students at universities worldwide.
Metro regions across the nation are facing an impending workforce shortage. Chamber Economist Bob Ball forecasted in 2004 that in the next 10 years, only 1,711 will enter the workforce population and 58,132 will exit the workforce due to retirement. The total net decline is 56,421 in the Tulsa MSA. Therefore, Tulsa-area companies have much competition to attract and retain young employees.
In addition to sustainable practices, the Johnson Controls report also determined young professionals’ top priorities for the workplace include office location, flexibility and social environment.
Click here to view the article and learn more about what Gen Y looks for in an employer.
John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park opening soon
The John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation will present a series of events to commemorate the opening of the Reconciliation Park next week in Tulsa. The center is a consortium of organizations devoted to equality, racial justice and social harmony. Tulsa Metro Chamber advocated for state funding for Reconciliation Park as part of its OneVoice agenda in 2008.
The Reconciliation Park opening and ribbon cutting is scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 2 between Detroit and Elgin south of the Martin Luther King Freeway (I-244). There is no cost to attend, and the public is invited.
A national symposium, “Reconciliation in America: Moving Beyond Racial Violence,” is scheduled for June 2-4 at the Doubletree Hotel Tulsa Downtown, 616 W. Seventh St. Cost is $175 per person. The public is invited to attend a free town hall and keynote address during the symposium given by Paul Finkelman, Thursday, June 4. The town hall is at 3:30 p.m., and the keynote presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. Tulsa Metro Chamber is a sponsor of the symposium.
Learn more about the center and next week’s events online at jhfcenter.org.
Tulsa companies honored by U.S. Chamber
The U.S. Chamber honored Tulsa-based AmericanChecked Inc., Helicomb International and Tulsa Tube Bending with prestigious Blue Ribbon Awards at America’s Small Business Summit last week in the nation’s capital. Tulsa Metro Chamber nominated the three companies for the award.
“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.”
In addition to the Blue Ribbon honorees, Tulsa’s Avansic Inc., received the Free Enterprise award, which is given to 25 companies in the U.S. for strong business practices and contributions to the economy.
Chamber representatives who attended the event also took the opportunity to visit U.S. Rep. John Sullivan and Sen. Jim Inhofe to discuss Tulsa-area business needs and advocate for business-friendly legislation.
Number of Tulsa’s direct flights increases
Tulsa International Airport has increased its number of direct flights. Non-stop service is now offered to 16 cities with an average of 63 departures per day. The increase assists the Convention and Visitors Bureau in selling Tulsa and is a boon to the Chamber’s economic development division’s business recruitment efforts.
“Tulsa offers companies numerous reasons to relocate or grow a business, and its central location is integral to attracting businesses to the region,” said Jim Fram, the Chamber’s senior vice president of economic development. “Direct flights provide companies and their clients a convenient, affordable opportunity for business travel.”
According to Fram, it is common practice for companies to evaluate a city on its number of direct flights when considering relocating. Tulsa now offers direct flights to the following major markets: Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, Newark, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and St. Louis.
Most recently, American Airlines announced weekend-only direct flights to Miami International Airport. Other airlines offering direct flights across the country include Delta, Southwest, United and Continental.
In addition to quick business travel, direct flights to major markets also make connecting flights simpler and less expensive when traveling abroad.
For more information about flights to and from Tulsa, visit tulsaairports.com.
Chamber requests member feedback
If you recently received an online or printed survey in the mail from the Tulsa Metro Chamber, please take the time to fill it out and submit it online or return it via postal mail.
Information gathered through this survey is used to assess the services and programs offered by the Chamber so we may better fulfill the needs of our members.
If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Ruth Littlefield, vice president of membership, at email@example.com or (918) 560-0280.
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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