Tulsa Metro Chamber will host gubernatorial debate
The Tulsa Metro Chamber will sponsor one of only two gubernatorial debates as announced by the campaigns for Republican gubernatorial nominee Mary Fallin and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jari Askins.
The first debate will be sponsored and hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma on October 18, 2010. The Tulsa Metro Chamber will sponsor the second debate on October 28, 2010, on the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa campus. Both debates will begin at 7 p.m. and last for one hour.
“The Chamber is honored the parties invited our organization to host the debate and speaks well to the relationship the Chamber has developed over the years with both U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO.
A limited number of tickets will be available to the public the first week of October. There is no cost to attend, and tickets will be on a first come, first serve basis. Details on ticket availability, format and broadcast information will be available on the Chamber web site at www.tulsachamber.com and through weekly communications in the coming weeks. .
For more information, contact Sheila Curley at (918) 560-0258 or at Sheilacurley@tulsachamber.com.
Runoff elections tomorrow
Runoff primary elections are tomorrow for Republican State Insurance Commissioner and Democrat State House District 66.
For more information on where and when to vote, visit www.tulsacounty.org.
Drillers break all-time season attendance record
Friday night was a victorious evening for the Tulsa Drillers as they celebrated a 9-6 win over the Midland RockHounds and welcomed the 351,930th fan into the stadium to break their all-time season attendance record set in 1999.
The Jannasch family, made up of Nathan and Andrea and their two children, Carter and Allison, of Broken Arrow, were collectively recognized as the 351,930th fan awarded a commemorative jersey, the evening’s first pitch baseball, four season tickets to the Drillers in 2011, and one month's interest on $351,930 paid in Driller Dollars ($293).
Friday night’s attendance was 7,402. Professional baseball has been played in Tulsa since 1905.
The Drillers will take on the Frisco RoughRiders tonight at 7:05 p.m.
Read more from this Tulsa World article.
Tulsa Shock ends season with a win; optimistic for 2011
A season finale 84-71 win over the Chicago Sky Saturday night at the BOK Center was a strong ending to what has been a less than stellar 6-28 season record, but more encouraging are the team’s owners and coach’s enthusiasm for next year.
"Absolutely we'll be back," said Bill Cameron, one of the Shock’s majority owners, in a Tulsa World interview. "I can't wait to get started on next year. For the first time, we'll have the whole offseason to get ready. This year, from the time we were notified we had a team to the start of the season, we just didn't have much time to prepare. This offseason I'm really looking forward to making great progress based on what we did this year."
With an average game attendance of 4,829, Cameron is encouraged by the fan support garnered despite a losing season, and feels the offseason preparations will help get the team to a winning season and an average per game attendance of 6,000.
"With this sort of fan support with the win-loss record we've had this season, I cannot wait until we are a playoff team," Cameron said. "The energy in this building when we have a playoff team is going to be incredible."
Head Coach Nolan Richardson also reiterated that he would return for the second year of a three-year contract.
"There's no doubt in my mind I'm going to be back," Richardson said. "I'm in this for the long haul. I'm going to overhaul this basketball team and we're going to play some exciting basketball for our fans in Tulsa to be excited and happy about.
"We've had great fan support all year when you consider our win-loss record. When we get the product on the court, these seats will be filled. I have no worries about that."
Read more from this Tulsa World article.
Chamber enhances workforce attraction website
Launched in 2007 as part of the Chamber’s workforce attraction initiative, ChooseTulsaJobs.com continues to be improved in order to effectively connect Tulsa-area employers with qualified talent. In spring 2009, a new site was introduced with enhanced search features, a database of hundreds of job listings and information to help companies and recruiters sell Tulsa to prospective employees.
ChooseTulsaJobs is also now participating in social media with a Facebook page (facebook.com/choosetulsajobs) and Twitter account (@choosetulsajobs). A variety of information is communicated through the outlets, including Tulsa-related news, employment tips, links to resources and job openings.
Is your company taking advantage of ChooseTulsaJobs.com? The talent recruitment site includes:
• Job search
• Job postings starting as low as $100 per year
• HR, recruitment and retention tools
• Relocation information and assistance
• Cost of living calculator
• List of regional industries and headquartered companies
• Information about living and working in the Tulsa community
• Targeted website advertising opportunities for companies
• Displaced/in-transition worker assistance
Workforce attraction is part of the Chamber’s economic development plan, Tulsa’s Future. For more information about workforce attraction efforts or participating in ChooseTulsaJobs.com, contact Denise Reid at 918.560.0255 or email@example.com.
What is the small business health care tax credit?
Health reform legislation includes credit to assist small businesses with the cost of covering employees.
The tax credit, effective Jan. 1, 2010, can cover up to 35 percent of the premiums a small business pays to cover its workers. In 2014, the rate will increase to 50 percent.
Qualifying firms must have less than the equivalent of 25 full-time workers, pay average annual wages below $50,000 and cover at least 50 percent of health care costs for their workers. Businesses can claim the credit for 2010-2013 and for any two years afterward. The IRS offers a three-step worksheet to help small businesses determine whether they qualify.
The following websites offer further information:
www.YouTube.com (Search “Small Business Health Care Tax Credit”)
Former chairman honored
David Page, market president for J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. and 2009 Tulsa Metro Chamber chairman of the board, was honored by the Executive Women International of Tulsa association as the 2010 Executive of the Year at a banquet this month.
Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal presented Page with the award.
“It is my honor to be a part of recognizing such an outstanding individual,” said Neal. “We, at the Chamber, are certainly better for the leadership he provided last year and continue to look to him as a trusted advisor, counselor and friend. And we were honored to be asked by EWI to help show their appreciation for his contributions to their organization as well.”
EWI brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement.
What we’re working on:Executive:
• Regional Chamber Coalition meeting.
• Congressional Forum with Senator Jim Inhofe.
• Meeting with Oklahoma State Chamber, Oklahoma City Chamber and Chamber leadership to discuss SQ 744.
• Individual meetings with city councilors.
• Tulsa’s Future II meetings with Market Street Services.
• VisitTulsa strategic planning session with Dr. Leo Presley.
• Hosting two prospective companies visiting Tulsa to consider new business locations.
• Attending the Tulsa Area Partnership executive team meeting.
• Submitting an RFP for two projects and conducting a building search for a call center project for the city of Tulsa.
• Launching program graduation at TCC for first candidates of entrepreneurial certification program.
• Attending a Sourcelink partners luncheon to discuss primary resources and next generation for the program.
• Meeting with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to discuss NBAA, Aerospace Strategic Plan and National Aerospace Week.
• Completing forecasts for INCOG.
• VisitTulsa Strategic Planning session.
• Meeting with representatives from California regarding the St. Martin’s video and actual tour for House of Nights.
• VisitTulsa team is meeting with Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.
• Working on final touches to welcome the AMHR Nationals to Tulsa in September.
• Preparing for OSAE to come to Tulsa for their monthly luncheon.
• Revising annual publications for reprint in 2011.
Tulsa Sports Commission:
• NCAA marketing and sales brainstorms.
• NCAA downtown entertainment meetings.
• Tulsa Tough event recap and planning.
• Potential “created events” growth meetings.
• Golf tournament wrap-up.
Education and Workforce
• Developing survey, scheduling steering committee meeting, planning Adult Enrollment Blitz and meeting with the National Talent Dividend Network in Cincinnati for the Chamber’s Talent Dividend Project.
• Planning and finalizing agenda for the Employer Workforce Outlook.
• Recruiting CEOs for a Return On Inclusion event strategy breakfast
• Hosting Call Center Roundtable webinar via ChooseTulsaJobs.com
• Retention and recruitment of new members.
Marketing and Communications:
• Preparing supporting materials for ONEOK Field ballpark assessment presentation.
• Reviewing and revising Tulsa Sports Commission website.
• Marketing and promoting upcoming events.
• Completing content for a Tulsa’s Future collateral piece.
• Implementing a media buy for ChooseTulsaJobs.com.
• Determining marketing plan for downtown development division.
• Finalizing concept for an economic development trade show display.
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.
Welcome new members:
Grand Lake Association
Jim Rackleff Co., Inc.
Low Energy Homes LLC
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
Play N Trade Video Games – Gateway
Residential Title & Escrow Services, Inc.
RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)
Senior Select & Select Life Management
Smoke N Grill Cafe
The Metropolitan Environmental Trust
Tulsa Natural Health and Wellness Spa
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Aloft Tulsa Hotel
Ken Morgan, General Manager
6716 S. 104th E. Ave
Tulsa, OK 74133
Courtyard by Marriott/Atlas Life
Jeff Hartman, Owner/Operator
415 S. Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK 74103
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