Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - ePOINT - October 2017

ePOINT - October 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In this issue:

Association Health Plans – looking forward

Learn more about this year’s Metro 50 winners

2017 Chamber legislative scorecard released

Learn about the benefits of hiring justice-involved individuals

Two 2007 bond construction projects complete

Welcome new businesses to OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

In case you missed it


 



Association Health Plans – looking forward

 
For many small employers, securing health insurance for your employees continues to be a challenge. It’s complicated. It’s expensive. It’s overwhelming.

Prior to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), associations (like the Chamber) could provide access to health insurance options for their small business members. Chamber Choice, the Chamber’s association plan prior to ACA, was appealing to employers because it supplied fully-insured, quality insurance products in an easy-to-understand format. While that option was eliminated under ACA, the recent executive order signed by the President on Oct. 12 has directed key regulatory agencies to explore, among other things, new rules for association health plans.

While there are several pros and cons that will be vetted in this process, the Chamber is monitoring these changes and will be examining its options to meet the health insurance needs of its members moving forward. The Chamber will keep you informed of any developments that warrant your consideration as you undertake your planning for 2018 and 2019.
 



Learn more about this year’s Metro 50 winners

 

Last month, the annual Metro 50 Awards dinner revealed Greater Oklahoma City’s fastest-growing privately held companies, with more than 2,300 employees and $950 million in revenue represented by the companies being honored. SJ Innovations, LLC (SJI) received the top award, while WeGoLook and Monterey Construction received the second- and third-place awards, respectively.

SJI, which provides information systems and technical communications support, made its first appearance on the Metro 50 list this year after growing its revenues by more than 5,000 percent from 2014 to 2016. Watch their Metro 50 Award video.

With the second-fastest growth, WeGoLook is making its second appearance on the Metro 50 List. From 2014 to 2016, WeGoLook has increased revenue by 862 percent and has added 101 jobs for a total of 116 team members. View the WeGoLook video.

Third-place winner Monterey Construction, who increased revenues by 721 percent from 2014 to 2016, has also been recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country by Inc Magazine. View Monterey Construction’s Metro 50 video.

View the full list of award winners, or read more in the latest issue of the POINT!
 



2017 Chamber legislative scorecard released

 

To keep its members informed on the issues at the State Capitol, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber releases its Legislative Scorecard every year. The scorecard includes information prepared by the statewide Research Institute for Economic Development (RIED) to identify elected officials’ votes on issues important to the business community.

Alongside the RIED scores, the Chamber also assigns a score to legislators based on priority issues advocated by the Chamber during the legislative session. View the 2017 scores.
 



Learn about the benefits of hiring justice-involved individuals

 
On Nov. 2 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, employers are invited to attend a free breakfast and informational discussion about the benefits of hiring individuals involved in the justice system. Hosted by ReMerge, the Second Chance Employer Breakfast includes a panel discussion from the following speakers:

  • Kris Steele, The Education and Employment Ministry
  • Kitt Letcher, Better Business Bureau
  • Thomas Hill, Kimray
  • Dave Husted, M-D Building Products

Current data regarding benefits of hiring formerly incarcerated or justice-involved job seekers will be provided. Attendees will also hear from a ReMerge program participant for more about how employment has changed her life and allowed her to provide for her children.

To attend, RSVP to Rose at 405-208-7206 or at meetings@remergeok.org.

 



Two 2007 bond construction projects complete

 
Students celebrate the grand opening of the Capitol Hill Library.

Oklahoma City recently celebrated the opening of two projects funded through the 2007 general obligation bond package. In September, officials opened the new Municipal Court building located at 700 Couch Drive.

The new court facility represents the ongoing improvements to Oklahoma City’s criminal justice system and was designed with those views in mind. The new court building’s design allows residents to use the customer service windows without first going through a security screening, unlike the old building, and is almost twice the size of the old Court. Read more.

On Oct. 5, leaders celebrated the opening of the renovated Capitol Hill Library, another community investment funded by the 2007 bonds. The 17,000-square-foot library has about 9,400 more square feet of public space than the aging building it replaces and an expanded library collection of more than 35,000 books, magazines, DVDs and other forms of physical media. Read more.
 



Welcome new businesses to OKC

 

Join the Chamber as it welcomes many new businesses with grand openings. Below is a list of upcoming ribbon cuttings, and you can find a complete list at www.okcchamber.com/grandopenings.

  • Mobile Medical Services, 1415 NW 43rd Street (Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m.)
  • Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, 921 NE 23rd Street (Oct. 26, 10 a.m.)
  • SpringHill Suites Oklahoma City Quail Springs, 3201 W Memorial Road (Oct. 26, 2 p.m.)
  • Take 5 Oil Change, 12021 S Western Ave. (Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.)


 



Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

 
The Oklahoma City CVB will welcome the following groups to Oklahoma City in the next few weeks. View a full calendar of upcoming conventions at www.visitokc.com/about/convention-calendar.

  • U.S. Team Roping Championships (Oct. 20-30)
  • Wizard World OKC Comic-Con (Oct. 26-30)
  • AQHA World Championship Quarter Horse Show (Nov. 3-19)


 

 

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