Tulsa has fared much better than the U.S. throughout the recession. Even with the downward adjustment in the U.S. GDP, Tulsa should show sustained, positive gains in jobs in the first half of the fourth quarter of 2010 in some industry sectors. Positive signs for Tulsa employment growth are: 1) hiring at employment-service companies (temporary employment) by companies whose business has grown and is expected to grow, but are not ready to hire full-time; and 2) the number of employees changing jobs is increasing, indicating employees’ believing they aren’t in danger of losing their current jobs. Year-end employment in Tulsa should be unchanged to slightly below the level at year-end 2009.
Chamber partners with TEDC to offer entrepreneurial education
A program to assist entrepreneurs with establishing a vision and strategy to grow their company and create long-term sustainability. The program is targeted specifically to entrepreneurs who have experience running their businesses and will focus on skills needed to maximize cash flow for future profitability, lead with clarity and build and maintain a competitive advantage.
GrowthVenture is sponsored by the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s SourceLink Business Center and is offered to small business owners who have been in business at least two years. The program is scheduled from 2:30-5:30 p.m., on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 21. Cost for the program is $499; space is limited. Click here to register. Full scholarships will be offered to 15 Chamber members. To apply for a scholarship, click here. Deadline to apply is Sept. 6.
A program to help aspiring or early-stage entrepreneurs evaluate and perfect their business concept in a safe, supportive environment with experts, mentors and coaches. The program provides the opportunity for participants to explore entrepreneurship, identify and meet market needs, begin building infrastructure for business operations and more. NewVenture will be held from 6-9 p.m., on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 21.
NewVenture is sponsored by the Tulsa Metro Chamber and The Forge, TYPros’ business development center. Cost for the program is $499; space is limited. Click here to register. Fifteen full scholarships are available to those who qualify. To apply for a scholarship, click here. Deadline to apply is Sept. 6.
Both programs will be held at TEDC, 907 S. Detroit Ave., Suite 1001. For questions or information about these programs, contact Warren Unsicker at 918.560.0235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What we’re working on:Executive
• Hosting Congressional Forum with Senator Tom Coburn.
• Participating in the Foundation for Tulsa Public Schools Golf Classic.
• Attending the State Chamber grand opening and ribbon cutting.
• Hosting Tulsa’s Future II planning meeting.
• Attending Downtown Coordinating Council meeting.
• Facilitating meetings with the mayor and city councilors.
• Meeting with an overseas company looking to form a business relationship with the Chamber.
• Hosting a site visit for a major company.
• Creating next generation goals and strategies for the Business Retention and Expansion program.
• Meeting with a major property owner in Downtown Tulsa.
• Working with a manufacturing company on the consolidation of five locations into one facility.
• Hosting an orientation for new members of the Small Business Council.
• Updating and enhancing the Minority Business Champion program.
• Facilitating small committee meetings focusing on the development of a multi-jurisdictional local cash incentive fund.
• Attending small taskforce meetings evaluating funding opportunities for land acquisition to be used for future local incentive purposes.
• Hosting a booth at the Tulsa Pipeline Expo.
Education and Workforce
• Hosting a kickoff breakfast for Partners In Education participants and partners.
• Recruiting volunteers for College Access Career Readiness program.
• Working on a Talent Dividend marketing plan to encourage adults to finish their college degree.
• Working on a regional public colleges and universities joint plan to increase enrollment.
• Hosting a number of education and health forums and events.
Tulsa’s Young Professionals
• Preparing for the second annual Green Gala event.
• Partnering with Leadership Tulsa and KRMG to plan an election event for late September.
• Promoting the FastTrac entrepreneurial events.
• Conducting a brainstorming session with general membership.
• Creating a marketing plan for the TYPros Green Gala event.
• Submitting an editorial piece to American British Business magazine about Tulsa’s economic development opportunities.
• Submitting an editorial piece to Area Development magazine about Tulsa’s economic development potential.
• Implementing a Search Engine Marketing plan for ChooseTulsaJobs.com.
• Creating collateral materials for the Tulsa’s Future II campaign.
• Assisting area companies with announcements.
• Submitting information to Conventions South magazine on new and renovated Tulsa venues, attractions and hospitality partners.
• Creating and disseminating VisitTulsa monthly enewsletter.
• Testing Tulsa Sports Commission’s beta site.
• Promoting Chamber events.
• Scheduling and organizing remaining congressional forums, Mayor’s State of the City and Senate Pro Tempore Forum for 2010.
• Participating in the OK Prosperity project to educate voters about the upcoming November elections.
• Organizing voter registration drive.
• Monitoring legislative interim studies.
• Securing endorsements for the 2011 OneVoice agenda
Membership Development and Services
• New member orientation.
• Membership data verifications.
• New member recruitment.
• Membership retention.
• Compiling Resource Campaign Thank You edition.
• Tracking sponsorship fulfillment.
• Conducting two ribbon cuttings.
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
Bartlesville Community Center
Crown Neon Signs, Inc.
Excellent and Elegant Events
Hoffman Printing, LLC
Insphere Insurance Solutions
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
Power Roofing and Exteriors
Prattville Tag Agency
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Rodan & Fields Dermatologists
The Edwards Firm
Totem Trucking Services
Town of Depew / PWA
Walt's Motors, Inc
Ron Owens, CEO
5053 S. 79th East Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74145
Tracy Conrad, Director
4053 Southwest Boulevard
Tulsa, OK 74107
Steve Mackin, President and CEO
10109 E. 79th Street
Tulsa, OK 74133
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