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In this issue:

Market your company to a business-minded audience

Retail recruitment gains momentum

Sign up your company’s interns for InternOKC

New VeloCity features tech startups and the city’s entrepreneurial spirit

Learn about OKC’s entrepreneurial community

Protect OKC events by contacting your legislator

OKC to host softball, volleyball and more

In case you missed it



Market your company to a business-minded audience

Help the Chamber and your company soar by becoming part of the annual Total Resource Development Campaign (TRDC).

Volunteers are your guides to help you promote your business to the Chamber’s more than 4,000 member companies. This annual campaign gives you the opportunity to maximize your marketing efforts and reach a unique, business-minded audience throughout the region.

Sponsorships are available for Chamber events, attended by more than 13,000 people each year, as well as for signage, invitations, and related websites, and publication advertising. Your company can get exposure for as little as $300. Use TRDC to target an educated and engaged audience, whether sponsoring a Chamber event, advertising in Chamber publications and more, both online and in print.

John Higginbotham, Bank of Oklahoma, and Michael Laird, Crowe & Dunlevy, are leading the 2015 campaign as co-chairs.

Learn more in The POINT! or contact a volunteer today.

Retail recruitment gains momentum


You may have heard about recent announcements that the Sweden-based multinational clothing retailer H&M will open its first Oklahoma location at Quail Springs Mall and that Vera Bradley and North Face are opening stores at the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City.

These are just the latest surge of interest in Oklahoma City’s retail market, and the momentum is one the Chamber consistently works to foster by actively recruiting and supporting retail development in Oklahoma City as part of its efforts to promote the region’s economic development.

This week, a Chamber delegation is in Las Vegas to attend the International Council of Shopping Centers RECon Retail and Real Estate Convention.

These delegates go to tout the benefits of locating in the growing economic market of Oklahoma City and hold meetings with retailers, real estate brokers, developers, hoteliers and more in an effort to recruit destination retail to Oklahoma City.

Increasing Oklahoma City’s retail market brings more sales tax dollars in city limits. Read more about the Chamber’s retail efforts at its new website and other recent retail news.

Sign up your company’s interns for InternOKC


There is still time to register your interns for the Chamber’s leadership development program that highlights the benefits of living and working in the Oklahoma City region.

InternOKC is part of the Chamber’s Greater Grads initiative and is one part of the Chamber’s efforts to retain college graduates in the area. This five-week series includes professional development sessions and an introduction to living in Oklahoma City. It also offers a way for interns to connect with each other and engage in the community while they are working here.

InternOKC session dates include an afternoon kickoff session on June 17 and lunch programs on June 24, July 1, July 8 and July 15. The cost to register for the program is $100 per intern, which includes lunch at each session. To register your interns, visit by June 10. For more information, contact Elisa Milbourn at or 297-8951. Read more about the Greater Grads program and why it matters.

Special thanks to InternOKC Signature Sponsor SandRidge Energy, Inc., and Greater Grads Benefactor Sponsors The Boeing Company, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Continental Resources, Devon Energy Corporation, OGE Energy Corp., and SandRidge Energy, Inc.

New VeloCity features tech startups and the city’s entrepreneurial spirit


Check out the latest issue of VeloCity magazine, featuring Oklahoma City as “America’s Startup Engine.” The digital magazine is online now.

Read about the city as a “Biotech Boomtown,” as well as various tech startups and the city’s startup scene. See videos and plenty of photos about the city we love. Also featured are new acclaims, Film Row as a tech hot spot in Oklahoma City and more.

You’ll learn that Oklahoma City is the ‘Ultimate Startup City’ and why. Be inspired. Read VeloCity today.

Learn about OKC’s entrepreneurial community

Once you’ve read VeloCity, you’ll be prepared for what we’re going to talk about at the next Chamber Forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 26, at The Skirvin Hilton, 1 Park Ave.

The Chamber Forum will focus on OKC’s entrepreneurial community and feature panelists Danny Maloney, CEO and co-founder of Tailwind; Craig Shimasaki, co-founder, president and CEO Of Chief Labs; and Kenneth Knoll, chief financial officer of WeGoLook, LLC. Moderating will be Rhonda Hooper, president and CEO of Jordan Advertising and the Chamber’s vice chair of economic development.

Cost to attend is $35 for members and $50 for members. Register.

Special thanks to Host Sponsor The Skirvin Hilton; Series Signature Sponsor Cox Business; and Series Corporate Sponsors ADG and Guernsey.

Protect OKC events by contacting your legislator

The Chamber applauds Gov. Mary Fallin’s wisdom and foresight in vetoing Senate Bill 41, which would have a chilling effect on many popular events that happen at State Fair Park, the Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Oklahoma Boathouse District, Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America Hall of Fame Complex, the Myriad Gardens and more.

But the danger of this bill becoming law isn’t over. Please contact your legislator to urge them to sustain Gov. Fallin’s veto of this bill, which restricts the ability of event organizers to determine whether concealed carry weapons will be allowed at events like the Festival of the Arts, horse shows at the State Fair Park, NCAA and Big XII sporting events and more.

If it goes into effect, this law will place state law in direct conflict with contracts for these events, a move that places their future in Oklahoma City in jeopardy. These events bring millions of dollars to the state’s economy each year, and the loss of them would be devastating for the community, both in terms of economic development and quality of life.

Go online to the Chamber’s Business Advocacy Center to find the name and contact information of your legislators by typing your ZIP code in the box that says “Find your elected officials.” Then email, write or call them today. Please ask them to sustain Gov. Fallin’s veto of Senate Bill 41.

Read more about this issue here.

OKC to host softball, volleyball and more


Take a look at some of the conventions, trade shows and events that Oklahoma City is hosting in the next few weeks, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Read about how conventions boost the city’s economy in this issue of The POINT! Tourism is the city’s third-largest industry, generating $2.9 billion in domestic travel expenditures in the OKC Metropolitan Statistical Area, and it supports more than 35,000 jobs with $969 million in payroll. Among upcoming events and conventions are:

Find more.

In case you missed it

  • Read The POINT! for information about Oklahoma City’s progress on its Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) III, including a look at the downtown public park, modern streetcar system, trails, plans for the convention center, senior health and wellness centers and State Fairgrounds improvements.
  • Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio make the case for public transit and funding in The New York Times.
  • WalletHub has named Oklahoma City as the third best in the country to work for a small business, as well as the 21st best city to start a business for 2015.
  • Travel and Leisure Magazine recently named Oklahoma City as the fifth friendliest city in America, as well as the least rude and snobby in the nation.
  • The state Legislature has proposed concrete plans to finish the vacant American Indian Cultural Center by issuing $25 million in bonds. The private sector, the City of Oklahoma City and the state’s Native American tribes have also committed funds to finish the project. Read more.
  • Researchers and others have come to Oklahoma City in a steady stream to visit General Electric’s Global Research Center, the Center’s general manager told members of the Oklahoma Venture Forum recently.

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Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
123 Park Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102



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