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01/06/2014

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Chamber announces nearly 6,000 jobs in 2013
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The Tulsa Regional Chamber, through its Tulsa’s Future regional economic development plan, announced nearly 6,000 new jobs in northeast Oklahoma during 2013, a number that surpasses last year’s job creation numbers by more than 2,000 jobs.

The Chamber-led Tulsa’s Future plan, which includes 140 investors from throughout the Tulsa region, has a goal to create 15,000 primary jobs between 2011 and 2015 with an annual wage of $50,000 or greater. The program’s initial goal of 10,000 jobs was extended in 2013 to 15,000 jobs for the program’s five-year term.

“The strong job creation and continued economic growth our region experienced in 2013 placed the Tulsa region in the spotlight as an area where a diverse collection of companies can thrive,” said Justin McLaughlin, senior vice president of economic development for the Chamber. “Among our peer regions and on a nationwide scale, northeast Oklahoma is establishing itself as a top-tier location for business attraction and existing business expansion.”

Read more on TulsaChamber.com.

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Tulsa jumps ahead on list of regions gaining jobs

A recent report from nonprofit, nonpartisan economic think-tank the Milken Institute shows the Tulsa area has made significant gains in employment growth when compared with other regions.

The report uses a number of criteria to rank both large and small cities, including job growth, wage growth and high-tech industry growth. Tulsa is ranked 42nd on the list in the category for large metro areas, up from 118th in last year’s report. The region also is making impressive gains in wage growth over previous years.

View the full report here.

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Get involved to enhance your Chamber membership
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Membership in the Tulsa Regional Chamber represents an investment in your business and your community. Make your business’ New Year resolution to utilize your Chamber membership by volunteering for a committee or task force. Your input and participation is vital to the success of the Chamber’s program of work, and there are many opportunities to get involved and plug in to some of the largest issues affecting the region’s business climate and quality of life.

Education

The Chamber’s workforce and education division has volunteer opportunities for career pathway navigators who will work with a middle or high school classroom either as one-time speakers discussing their professions or as returning mentors during school hours.Partners In Education and Chamber members can showcase their companies for no cost at upcoming career pathway fairs, which have a typical attendance of 350 students and parents.

Interested Chamber members can contact Kuma Browne, kumabrowne@tulsachamber.com

Tulsa Run

Tulsa Run volunteer opportunities range from registration and various locations at the Expo, water stations, race course personnel, registrant packet assembly and Finish Line Fest. The 2014 Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run date is Oct. 25.

Interested Chamber members can contact Katie Nicholas, katienicholas@tulsasports.org.

Resource Campaign 2014

This campaign provides 25 percent of the Chamber’s annual operating budget. More than 160 volunteers generate revenue by selling sponsorships for programs, events, publications and memberships during the 10-week campaign. The campaign provides an opportunity to network and to earn commission. In addition, top producers can win a trip.

Interested Chamber members can contact Karen Humphrey, karenhumphrey@tulsachamber.com

Small Business Committees

Committees work to foster and empower business opportunities in our community. Each committee provides services that address financial, educational, legislative and other concerns. Members must join a small business committee to be considered for the Small Business Council.

Interested Chamber members can contact Heather Davis, heatherdavis@tulsachamber.com.

Looking for more exciting ways to be involved?

Click here for the full 2014 involvement brochure highlighting all Chamber programs that utilize volunteers.

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Nominations open for Small Business Awards
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The Tulsa Regional Chamber will honor emerging entrepreneurs and Tulsa-area small business leaders at the 2014 Crystal Star Small Business Awards in October. A revised award nomination process is being implemented this year, with an easy-to-use online nomination feature included. Printed applications are available as well.

The Crystal Star awards are presented annually following a rigorous application and judging process. Award winners potentially can go on to compete for state and national honors. The awards were created to recognize that small business is the foundation of the American economy.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 14.

Click here to nominate a regional small business leader or to learn more.

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TYPros announces Tulsa Zoo as new community partner
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Tulsa’s Young Professionals, a workforce initiative of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, announced a donation of $12,395 Monday to its 2013 community partner, the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, as it concluded the fifth year of its Community Partner program, which has now raised more than $78,000 since 2009 for nonprofit organizations working to improve quality of life in the Tulsa area.

TYPros also announced its 2014 community partner, the Tulsa Zoo, which is working to implement a master plan that would significantly improve its offerings. Like in past partnerships, TYPros will collect money for its 2014 community partner at numerous events throughout the year. Money is also raised with help from businesses hosting events.

For more about TYPros, visit TYPros.org.

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Chamber's Hospitality Club a great way to make new business contacts

The Tulsa Regional Chamber’s long-standing “Hospitality Club” presents employees of member companies a fun and unique way to build business relationships, welcome members to the Chamber and make lasting friendships along the way. Plus, volunteers for the Hospitality Club can earn points for participation and receive recognition for achievements.

“Being a part of the Hospitality Club has given me the chance to get to know other Chamber members and meet local business owners. I am looking forward to seeing the continual opportunities and benefits of being on the Hospitality Club in 2014,” said club representative Jeff Moore, Safety First Supply Company.

Hospitality Club volunteers assist with table facilitation at Breakfast Network, greeting and registration at After Hours events and Member Briefings, and help to represent the Chamber at member-company grand openings, ribbon cuttings and open houses.

For more information or to get involved, contact Claire Lemaster at clairelemaster@tulsachamber.com.

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Chamber announces promotions
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The Tulsa Regional Chamber kicked off 2014 by announcing two internal promotions. Ruth Littlefield was promoted to the role of senior vice president of membership development & relations, and Allison Walden to the role of vice president of development. Littlefield has served in the role of vice president since 2008, and Walden in the director of development role since 2010.

“Promoting from within is a practice the Chamber readily embraces, and we are confident the promotions of Ruth and Allison will further strengthen continuous improvement within the organization,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Chamber.

Littlefield has been responsible for developing the resource and membership division’s program of work to accomplish the chamber’s strategic plan through the recruitment and retention of new and existing members. She oversees and exercises control of a $2.5 million membership division budget with 2,700 members throughout northeast Oklahoma. Littlefield also oversees the organization’s information technology department.

Walden manages the donor-relations strategies associated with the Tulsa’s Future and VisitTulsa campaigns, and provides strategic direction to ancillary initiatives associated with the Chamber, including political action committees and grant writing for special projects.

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Noted professor/author to visit Tulsa and reveal how branding propels business growth
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Some of the strongest brands were built by people without any marketing experience. How they did it may help add value to the brands you serve. The Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Regional Chamber have partnered to host an intimate gathering with NYU Professor David Vinjamuri.

Communications professionals and the general public are invited to join the author of Accidental Branding when he visits Tulsa to discuss new and exciting changes in the marketing field.

Friday, Jan. 10
9 a.m.
Hardesty Regional Library
8316 E 93rd St.

This event is free to attend. RSVP to events@tulsachamber.com

For more about the author and Accidental Branding, visit www.accidentalbranding.com.

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Chamber welcomes new businesses

Each month the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Hospitality Club welcomes new businesses and new Chamber members to the community by assisting with ribbon cuttings and groundbreaking announcements.

New members

AmeriPride Linen & Apparel Services
Jones Design Studio
Savoy Restaurant
The Tulsa Voice

Ribbon cuttings

Meltdown fitness RC

Meltdown Fitness
Ms. Berni Cooper, Owner
2648 E. 11th St.
(918) 747-3355
www.meltodwnfitnesstulsa.com

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