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Market your company to business-minded audience

Join some of OKC’s entrepreneurs at Chamber Forum

Oklahoma City retail represented at ICSC

InternOKC kicks off at Chevy Bricktown Event Center

Fifth District Congressman to speak at Chairman’s Event

Education superintendent will be keynote at State of Schools

Join Chamber for speed-networking MegaLunch

2015 legislative session successful

OKCFEST 2015 — 10 bands. Two days. Thousands of fans.

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Market your company to business-minded audience

The Chamber’s 2015 Total Resource Development Campaign (TRDC) is under way, and now is your chance to become a part of it. The annual campaign gives you the opportunity to maximize your marketing efforts and reach a unique, business-minded audience throughout the region.

It launched on May 7 with a fundraising goal of $3 million, the highest campaign goal in its history. Funds raised go to support the Chamber and its efforts to strengthen the Oklahoma City-area business community through economic development, government relations, education/workforce development and community involvement.

Since the campaign kickoff, Chamber volunteers have connected with local companies and individuals to identify sponsorship, marketing and advertising opportunities available through Chamber programs and publications. Companies that buy sponsorships reach more than 4,000 Chamber members.

Learn more in The POINT or contact a volunteer today.

Join some of OKC’s entrepreneurs at Chamber Forum

Learn about Oklahoma’s entrepreneurial community at the 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 feature panelists Danny Maloney, CEO and co-founder of Tailwind; Craig Shimasaki, co-founder, president and CEO Of Moleculera 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.

Get prepared by reading about Oklahoma’s entrepreneurs in the digital magazine VeloCity.

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

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

Oklahoma City retail represented at ICSC


The retail outlook for Oklahoma City continues to be strong.

Representatives from the Chamber, the City of Oklahoma City and other community development organizations scheduled 26 meetings with development companies, retailers and brokers in May during the International Council of Shopping Centers' global retail real estate convention (RECON) in Las Vegas. The Chamber leads a delegation each year to tout the benefits of locating in the growing economic market of Oklahoma City and recruit retailers, real estate brokers, developers, hoteliers and more. The 26 meetings with people interested in Oklahoma City helped serve that purpose and boost the city's retail scene.

The ICSC visit came soon after announcements that the Sweden-based multinational clothing retailer H&M is opening its first Oklahoma location at Quail Springs Mall and that Vera Bradley and The North Face have new stores at the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City.

Also, TopGolf opened last week in the Chisholm Creek development near Western and Memorial, and Cabela's is under construction there and scheduled to open this fall. Indoor skydiving is coming sometime to the same development with iFLY, the Austin-based skydiving company. And now Chisholm Creek likely will offer even more for visitors -- a new Republic Gastropub and a new multifamily housing development, The Oklahoman recently reported.

Be sure to keep up with the latest retail developments at the Chamber's retail website,, and share the site with those who would be interested in exploring all there is to know about the city's retail scene.

InternOKC kicks off at Chevy Bricktown Event Center


About 385 interns from 72 companies in the Greater Oklahoma City region participated in the June 17 kickoff of InternOKC, the Chamber’s leadership development program that highlights the benefits of living and working in the Oklahoma City region. The event had the highest attendance among all InternOKC kickoff events since the program began 10 years ago. This summer, about 450 interns overall are expected to be part of the program.

Part of the Chamber’s Greater Grads initiative, InternOKC is one part of the Chamber’s efforts to retain college graduates in the area. This group of interns is attending a series of sessions that include professional development topics and information about living in Oklahoma City. They are exploring subjects like networking, communication in the workplace, building a professional image, Oklahoma City developments and businesses and more about the area.

For more information about the Greater Grads initiatives and resources, go online.

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.

Fifth District Congressman to speak at Chairman’s Event

Mark your calendar for the Chairman’s Event from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, featuring U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City.

At the event at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd Street, Russell will provide the Chamber with a legislative update on key federal issues facing Congress and Oklahoma, as well as describe his first few months of service in Washington in the 5th District Congressman.

More information.

Special thanks to Signature Sponsor Cox Communications.

Education superintendent will be keynote at State of Schools

Save the date for the Chamber’s State of the Schools luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd Street.

Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will keynote this year’s event. The program will also include a discussion of educational attainment and reform on a statewide and local level from Natalie Shirley, Oklahoma secretary of education and workforce development, and Robert Neu, superintendent of the Oklahoma City Public School District. Teresa Rose, vice chair of education and workforce development for the Chamber, will present the Chamber’s education initiatives.

Also plan to bring school supplies to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County.

Visit for more information or to register. Special thanks to School Supply/Centerpiece Sponsor American Fidelity Assurance Company.

Join Chamber for speed-networking MegaLunch

MegaLunch is a quarterly speed-networking event that connects Chamber members in a creative way. Because of the event’s computerized rotation schedule, MegaLunch attendees give their 90-second elevator pitch to about 50 other business professionals at the event.

The next MegaLunch will be held Thursday, July 23, at The Yellow Rose Dinner Theater, 1005 SW Forth Street in Moore, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

MegaLunch is only open to Chamber members. To maximize networking opportunities, only one person per member company may attend. Tickets are $35 per person, and advance registration is required.

Register. Special thanks to Host Sponsor, The Yellow Rose Dinner Theater.

2015 legislative session successful

The Chamber succeeded in achieving its legislative priorities during a tough budget year in which the state faced an unexpected $611 million shortfall, more than double the original projection.

These accomplishments included protecting key economic development incentive programs from elimination; creating a fair and data-driven incentive evaluation process; stopping overly broad gun legislation that would have led to high-economic impact events leaving the state; passing legislation to fund the completion of the American Indian Cultural Center; ensuring adequate funding for important state programs; and protecting Oklahoma’s thriving bioscience industry from harmful legislation.

Read the wrap-up report in detail at the Chamber’s Business Advocacy Center.

OKCFEST 2015 — 10 bands. Two days. Thousands of fans.


The stage is set for downtown Oklahoma City’s summer music festival, OKCFEST. Now in its second year, OKCFEST takes place Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, at the corner of Harvey Avenue and SW 2nd in downtown OKC. This year’s two-day festival features rock acts on Friday and a country stage on Saturday. On Friday, June 26th come hear Sammy Hagar and The Circle, Grace Potter, Better than Ezra, Drive-By Truckers and Graham Colton. Stick around for Saturday the 27th for the country line-up with Rascal Flatts, Hank Williams, Jr., Clare Dunn, Lucas Hoge and Corey Kent White. Food trucks and beer will be on site. Get those tickets now at

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