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Chamber Forum to focus on commercial districts

Network with OKC’s Best at SchmoozaPalooza, April 7

Forward OKC contributes to OKC’s aerospace growth

Walk, bike, skate or board along open streets on March 22

Learn about seed investing

Museum to commemorate 20th anniversary of OKC bombing

Meet with defense, economic and transit leaders in Washington

Your ideas matter at the Creativity World Forum 2015

Oklahoma City’s upcoming conventions

In case you missed it



Chamber Forum to focus on commercial districts


Come to lunch on Wednesday, March 25, and hear about the redevelopment of Oklahoma City’s commercial districts. Success stories in commercial districts like Paseo, Midtown, Plaza District, Film Row are inspiring the next wave of redevelopment in the Interstate 240 corridor, Windsor and Uptown 23rd. The Chamber Forum will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel, 1 N Broadway Ave.

The Forum will explore how community-minded investors have combined financial risk, expertise and time to catalyze development. Learn how you can get involved in this continuing revitalization from a roundup of local community leaders.

Percy Kirk, general manager of Cox Communications and the Chamber’s Vice Chair of Marketing and Communications, will moderate a panel discussion that includes:
  • Christina Mallory Chicorask, program director for Uptown 23rd
  • Grant Soderberg, chief financial officer and managing director for Square Deal Capital, as well as an investor in the Windsor Area, centered at NW 23rd and Meridian
  • Vince Howie, executive director for Envision 240
  • Jeff Norman, President of JAH Realty
Cost is $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Register.

Special thanks to Series Signature Sponsor Cox Business.

Network with OKC’s Best at SchmoozaPalooza, April 7


Don’t miss your chance to eat good food from more than 20 local restaurants and network and schmooze at Oklahoma City’s favorite trade show. Enjoy live music from Shakers of Salt, prizes and samples from numerous restaurants including those listed here at the Hollywood-themed SchmoozaPalooza Trade Show from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7.

Preview the latest products and services from more than 100 Chamber member exhibitors at the semi-annual Schmooza, to be held at State Fair Park’s Oklahoma Expo Center, 3200 Stagecoach. Text “okcfame” to 71441 to win prizes and follow the hashtag #SchmoozaPalooza on social media.

Get your tickets today for $10 and booths for $300.

Special thanks to Host Sponsor Oklahoma State Fair Inc. and Signature Sponsor Tapsnap Phototainment.

Forward OKC contributes to OKC’s aerospace growth


Check out The Point! newsletter for information about the Chamber’s Forward OKC program that has contributed greatly to Oklahoma City’s momentum for the last 20 years.

After experiencing the difficulties of a national economic downturn during the late 1980s and 1990s, Chamber leaders recognized the need to give Oklahoma City a new direction and purpose. In 1993, the Chamber devised a five-year economic development strategy to position Oklahoma City as one of the nation’s premier locations for economic growth. Forward Oklahoma City became operational in 1996, and since that time the investments made by Forward Oklahoma City and its three predecessors have played a major role in the successes of Oklahoma City.

Read about this and the growth of aerospace in Oklahoma City in the March issue of The Point!

Walk, bike, skate or board along open streets on March 22

The Uptown 23rd District will close its streets to motorists and open them up to walkers, bikers and others from noon to 4 p.m. in the area along NW 23 between Western and Robinson. During this time, pedestrians can meet with local business owners, order from food trucks and celebrate the charm of this historic OKC neighborhood.

Open Streets OKC is a health and wellness project that the Oklahoma City-Oklahoma County Health Department’s Wellness Now Coalition is promoting along with some of its member organizations – the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, The Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.

Learn more at

Learn about seed investing

An early-stage investment group with ties to Oklahoma State University is offering a seminar about seed investing from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in Stillwater.

Cowboy Technology Angels, the investment group, is co-sponsoring the seminar with its host, Cowboy Technologies, OSU’s catalyst for commercializing university inventions. It will be in the Michael S. Morgan Accelerator Building at the OSU Research Park, 1201 S Innovation Way Drive.

The seminar “Seed Investing as a Team Sport” will expand your understanding of business investing, help you locate a team of like-minded investors in your region and provide you with new tools to help optimize your investment dollars.

Regular cost is $225, but Chamber members can attend for $190. To get the $35 off, use discount code of OKCCC2664 when registering. Register.

Museum to commemorate 20th anniversary of OKC bombing

On April 19, 2015, Oklahoma City will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, the largest domestic terrorist attack on American soil that killed 168 people. In order to honor the victims of the attack and educate others about the impacts of violence, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum recently reopened its facilities with 35 new interactive exhibits, hundreds of never-before-seen artifacts and thousands of video and oral histories.

The museum’s remodel and exhibit additions were the result of a $15 million capital campaign.

In addition to the reopening, the museum is launching the Oklahoma Standard campaign to encourage everyone to commit acts of kindness, service and honor during the month of April. The campaign is designed to engage everyone in the community, including individuals, businesses and organizations.

Read more in The Point!

Meet with defense, economic and transit leaders in Washington

It’s not too late to join the Chamber on a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., in April to advocate for pro-business legislation at the nation’s capital. The D.C. Visit will be Wednesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 16.

Attendees will have personal briefings with U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford and U.S. Representatives Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, Steve Russell, Markwayne Mullin and Jim Bridenstine.

The Oklahoma group also will attend meetings on military defense and the impact of federal tax and regulatory policy on economic development, and it will receive more information on the opportunities and challenges for cities creating regional transit systems.

Cost is $750 and includes one night’s lodging at The Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave., and all affiliated events. Air travel to and from Washington, D.C., is not included, giving attendees the option to extend their stay for additional business in the area.

RSVP by emailing Meredith Manley or by calling 405.297.8964. More information.

Your ideas matter at the Creativity World Forum 2015

Tickets are still available for the 2015 Creative World Forum in Oklahoma City from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker.

Hosted by Creative Oklahoma, the forum, with a theme of with a theme of “All Our Futures: Ideas That Matter,” will welcome creative-minded entrepreneurs, business professionals, educators, artists and students from around the world. Take advantage of the chance to network with them.

The lineup of speakers includes Michael Strautmanis, vice president of strategic programs for corporate citizenship for The Walt Disney Co.; and Stephan Turnipseed, president emeritus and executive director of strategic partnerships, LEGO Education; among many other renowned and innovative luminaries.

Be part of the discussion on Facebook and Twitter, and submit your ideas for panel discussions on social media, with the hashtag #yourideasmatter.

For World Creativity Forum sponsorship information, go online. Tickets for the forum start at $200 for students and educators and $285 for individuals. Chamber members can attend for $225 by registering with the code “Chamber2015.” Register to attend.

Oklahoma City’s upcoming conventions

Take a look at some of the conventions and trade shows that Oklahoma City is hosting in the next few weeks, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Find more. Among them are:

In case you missed it


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