Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - ePOINT - September 2015

ePOINT - September 2015

 
 
 
 
 
 
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In this issue:

Celebrate Oklahoma Health Center at breakfast

See Greater Grads new website for interns, companies hiring and more

Shop in new stores opening in Oklahoma City

Workers’ compensation rates fell in Oklahoma for third straight year

Attend Metro 50 Dinner and Awards Program

Sign up for the Chamber’s golf tournaments

Practical Politics seminar for potential candidates on Oct. 21

Buy an exhibitor booth for SchmoozaPalooza on Oct. 29

Upcoming conventions and events in Oklahoma City

OKC startup proclaiming area’s good news

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Celebrate Oklahoma Health Center at breakfast

 

This month, the Chamber will join the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation in showcasing its contributions to the city’s economy at the Oklahoma Health Center Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center, 741 N Phillips Ave.

The breakfast will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation and showcase the health center’s 23 member organizations.

Speakers will include some of Oklahoma’s foremost voices in the health and medical communities: Dr. Dewayne Andrews, dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and vice president for health affairs at OU Health Sciences Center (OUHSC); Dr. Jason Sanders, senior vice president and provost of OUHSC; Carl Edwards, chairman of the Presbyterian Health Foundation; and Dr. Paul Kincade, president of research at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, will moderate the panel discussion on how the foundation’s organizations are making a positive impact on Oklahoma’s economy through research, healthcare, social services and education.

Seats may be purchased individually for $35. Register.

Special thanks to Host Sponsor Midtown Renaissance and Signature Sponsor Presbyterian Health Foundation.
 



See Greater Grads new website for interns, companies hiring and more

 

The Chamber launched the Greater Grads program in 2006 as part of our efforts to recruit and retain young talent in the community. The program includes three initiatives – the website, Greater Grads Career Fair and the InternOKC summer program.

This month, Greater Grads re-launched its website to continue the efforts of recruiting and retaining young talent in Oklahoma City. On the newly redesigned www.GreaterGrads.com, college students and prospective interns can learn about what it’s like to live and work in Oklahoma City, research internships, get job-search tips or learn about career fairs. And companies looking for interns can post internships or learn how to create an internship program, among other things.

Enjoy all the resources available in one place at the newly redesigned www.GreaterGrads.com.
 



Shop in new stores opening in Oklahoma City

 
   
Hundreds of shoppers lined up on Sept. 3 to shop at H&M’s first store in Oklahoma at Quail Springs Mall. The fashion retailer spans two stories and is nearly 23,000 square feet.

The clothing store is not the only retailer that’s opening in Oklahoma City this month.

Cabela’s at Chisholm Creek at Western and Memorial will hold its grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 17. The North Face is opening at Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City on Friday, Sept. 18.

Also opening this fall at the Outlet Shoppes are Charlotte Russe, Express Factory Store, Charming Charlie, and Sperry Topsider. Earlier this month Madewell, a J.Crew concept store, opened at Penn Square Mall.

So shop in Oklahoma City, and stay up to date with retail news at the Chamber’s retail website, www.okcretail.com.
 



Workers’ compensation rates fell in Oklahoma for third straight year

 
The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) reported this month that the cost of workers’ compensation is falling by 14.8 percent for the next year. This marks the third year in a row that rates have decreased, all since the Oklahoma Legislature passed Senate Bill 1062 in 2013.

The law, which the Greater Oklahoma City supported and for which the Chamber successfully fought to uphold in court, changed the state’s workers’ compensation system from a judicial system to an administrative one and allowed companies to opt out of it as long as they provided the same benefits to injured workers. It was designed to be cost effective and to streamline the system.

The State Chamber of Oklahoma noted in a release that state businesses have saved more than $368 million since the reform passed, a number that reduced costs by one-third.
 



Attend Metro 50 Dinner and Awards Program

 
   
Join the Chamber and representatives from the area’s 50 fastest-growing privately held businesses from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Metro 50 Dinner and Awards Program at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63.

At the dinner, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will reveal the rankings of the 50 companies, but you can see the alphabetical list of Metro 50 winners online.

Tickets are $100 for individuals and $1,250 for corporate tables of 10. Register.

Special thanks to Metro 50 sponsors: Bank of Oklahoma, Cox Business, EY, Express Employment Professionals, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, The Journal Record Publishing Company, OGE Energy Corp. and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
 



Sign up for the Chamber’s golf tournaments

 

It’s not too late to bring your clients, business prospects and friends to play golf in October on one of the region’s most beautiful courses, the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd.

The Chamber will host golf tournaments on Oct. 12, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26.

Each day’s tournaments will field 36 four-person teams playing a scramble format. Each team enjoys 18 holes of golf, putting green and driving range privileges, breakfast, snacks and lunch. First-, second-, and third-place winners in all three flights receive prizes. Each player will receive a goody bag, including a lifetime membership to Topgolf. All are 9 a.m. shotgun starts.

Four-person teams are available for $1,200 each round. Gain additional recognition as a hole and team sponsor for $1,600.

Register.

Special thanks to Signature Sponsor Topgolf.
 



Practical Politics seminar for potential candidates on Oct. 21

 
If you are interested in running for public office, sign up to attend the Practical Politics seminar.

The seminar will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, in the Gardner Conference Center at Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder.

Potential candidates will attend workshops about running effective campaigns, fundraising, being an effective servant and more. Speakers include strategists, state elected officials and more.

Cost is $35, which includes breakfast and lunch.

Register.

Special thanks to Host Sponsor Oklahoma City University.
 



Buy an exhibitor booth for SchmoozaPalooza on Oct. 29

 

For as little as $300, you can showcase your products and services at the Chamber’s premiere networking event, SchmoozaPalooza, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Oklahoma Expo Hall at State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd.

This Halloween-themed trade show features a booth-decorating contest, costume contest, food from 20 restaurants, live music by Ali Harter and fun networking as people attend to promote their company, make new contacts and generate sales leads. Tag #SchmoozaPalooza on social media, and text BOO to 71441 to win prizes during the event.

Buy a booth.

Thanks to Signature Sponsor Verizon and Host Sponsor State Fair Park.
 



Upcoming conventions and events in Oklahoma City

 
Find more in the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s convention calendar. While you’re online, explore the CVB’s website.
 



OKC startup proclaiming area’s good news

 
An Oklahoma City startup company has launched a positive business news site and invites companies to share their success stories.

JustGOODNews.Biz (JGN) selected Oklahoma City to be its first featured community for the new site and is currently marketing its successes to a national and Oklahoma audience. Other communities will follow. The website is designed to connect subscribers with companies for valuable news, investment opportunities, jobs and more.

The site will also divide news by sectors, such as manufacturing, aerospace and aviation, energy, technology, retail, health care and bio.
 



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