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Chamber-assisted existing businesses add 2,849 jobs to economy in FY16

Chamber launches criminal justice reform website

2016 Oklahoma State Fair currently underway

SchmoozaPalooza booths available to Chamber members

Dunlap Codding honored as BCA 10 Award winner

OKC CVB reports successful fiscal year

Creative Oklahoma to host Jamie Gallagher at its Innovation Series

Welcome new businesses to OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

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Chamber-assisted existing businesses add 2,849 jobs to economy in FY16

 

The Chamber’s Business Retention and Expansion Report indicated that existing Chamber-assisted companies added or announced 2,849 jobs during FY 16, with capital investments totaling more than $303 million.

The Chamber’s BRE Report summarized hundreds of conversations with 378 companies visited in FY16. Of the businesses interviewed, 75 percent of businesses still rate the local business climate as satisfactory despite a softening of the business conditions in Oklahoma City. The report found that 96 percent of businesses are satisfied with the cost of living in the region, and 89 percent are satisfied with the cost of doing business. On the other end of the spectrum, businesses expressed some level of dissatisfaction with the local road network and personal income tax.
 



Chamber launches criminal justice reform website

 
In December 2015, the Chamber launched the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Reform Project to work for smart, safe criminal justice reform in Oklahoma County. The task force recently launched a website and email newsletter to update people of its work and on the work of the VERA Institute of Justice in Oklahoma City. Visit the website and sign up to receive news at www.smartsafeokco.com.
 



2016 Oklahoma State Fair currently underway

 

“A Great Deal of Fun” 2016 Oklahoma State Fair kicked off last Thursday, Sept. 15, for its 11-day run at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. From music performances and live demonstrations to inventive food options and Made-In-Oklahoma products, the Oklahoma State Fair will have plenty of entertainment for everyone through its closing day on Sept. 25. Read last week's A Better Life blog posts for more details about this year’s fair, or visit www.okstatefair.com for a full schedule of events.
 



SchmoozaPalooza booths available to Chamber members

 

With an audience of more than 700 business professionals and a fun atmosphere, there is no better place to promote your product, service or company than the Chamber’s SchmoozaPalooza Trade Show. Exhibiting is exclusive to Chamber members, and the event will include live entertainment, networking activities, food tastings and door prizes.

The fall SchmoozaPalooza will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Oklahoma Expo Hall at State Fair Park. A $300 exhibitor booth includes a 10-foot-by-10-foot draped space, an eight-foot draped table, two chairs and a professionally printed sign. For maximum exposure, reserve a double booth for $600. Restaurants and caterers can showcase a signature dish through a food sponsorship. For more information or to reserve your booth space, email register@okcchamber.com.
 



Dunlap Codding honored as BCA 10 Award winner

 
Oklahoma City’s Dunlap Codding will be honored next month as one of the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) 10, a national award given annually to 10 businesses around the country for their exceptional commitment to the arts.

Dunlap Codding has shown its support for the arts in Oklahoma City by hosting and facilitating more than 150 arts programs, donating $100,000 in direct support to arts organizations and sponsoring film festivals and concerts. The company offices also include a rotating collection of art from local artists and access to painting, weaving and pottery classes for employees. Read more about the BCA 10 awards.
 



OKC CVB reports successful fiscal year

 
The Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, a division of the Chamber, closed a successful FY16 with a record booking of 384,098 definite room nights produced in convention, sports, group tours and equine markets. The Oklahoma City CVB also received accreditation as a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) through the Destination Marketing Association International certification program during FY16. Read a full recap of the CVB’s year here.
 



Creative Oklahoma to host Jamie Gallagher at its Innovation Series

 
Creative Oklahoma’s upcoming Oklahoma Innovation Series event will feature a conversation with Jamie Gallagher, president of Faber Castell and one of America’s most innovative CEOs, as he discusses creativity as a key success factor in real businesses. The event will take place on Oct. 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown Metro Library. The Oklahoma Innovation Series is a new initiative of Creative Oklahoma that invites nationally- and internationally-recognized business leaders to share their insights on challenges facing businesses in the 21st Century and how they have advanced creativity and innovation within the workplace environment.

To purchase tickets for the event or to learn more information, visit www.stateofcreativity.com.
 



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.

  • VIP Insurance Agency, LLC, 10 E Ayers St. in Edmond (Sept. 21, 4 p.m.)
  • RSC@OKC Innovation Station, 133 W Main St. (Sept. 22, 3:30 p.m.)
  • FitCamp 180, 14314 N Lincoln Blvd. (Sept. 23, 9:45 a.m.)
  • Valliance Bank, 210 Park Ave. (Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m.)
  • The Alley at Port164, 3825 NW 166th St. (Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m.)
  • Bank of Oklahoma, 3800 N MacArthur Blvd. (Sept. 30, 11 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.

  • ITU Long Distance World Triathlon (Sept. 21-25)
  • Association of University Research Parks’ 2016 International Conference (Sept. 25 – Oct. 2)
  • Head of the Oklahoma Regatta (Sept. 29 – Oct. 2)
  • Grand National Morgan Horse Show (Oct. 7-21)


 

 

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