ePOINT - May 2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
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SQ 788 is NOT medical, would negatively impact businesses

OKC ranked best place to start a business

Read OKC launches summer reading program

Metro 50 award application due June 1

Welcome new businesses and celebrate grand openings in OKC

Upcoming conventions in Oklahoma City

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SQ 788 is NOT medical, would negatively impact businesses

 

The Board of Directors of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber recently voted to oppose State Question 788, the so-called medical marijuana bill that would create a protected class of citizen and potentially prevent businesses from operating a drug-free workplace. SQ 788 is NOT simple medical marijuana. Key components that make this legislation dangerous are:

  • Unlike a normal doctor’s prescription, a medical marijuana license lasts for two years.
  • Any Oklahoma board-certified physician, including veterinarians, dentists and chiropractors, would be able to write that prescription.
  • This poorly written proposed public policy would limit, if not abolish, a company’s ability to have a drug-free workplace.
  • Restaurants, hotels and publicly owned parks and buildings would potentially not be able to regulate the use of medical marijuana on their property.
The proposal essentially creates a special class of citizen that cannot be discriminated against for those holding a medical marijuana license, and the consequences would be disturbing. In order to defeat SQ 788 at the polls on June 26, the Chamber joined the SQ 788 is NOT Medical coalition. Learn more.
 



OKC ranked best place to start a business

 

For the second year in a row, WalletHub named Oklahoma City the No. 1 city to start a business. After weighing 182 cities and 19 relevant metrics, Oklahoma City topped the list because of its business environment, access to resources and business costs. Learn more.
 



Read OKC launches summer reading program

 

ReadOKC, a literacy project of the Oklahoma City Schools Compact, launched its summer reading program yesterday with a celebration at Johnson Elementary. This is the fourth reading challenge since the program launched last year.

The initiative challenges OKCPS elementary students to read 20 minutes a day during summer break, for a total cumulative goal of 1 million minutes read throughout the summer. By focusing on reading during school breaks, the initiative hopes to encourage a love of reading while combatting the “summer slide” experienced by non-reading students when outside of the classroom.
 



Metro 50 award application due June 1

 

It’s not too late to get recognized for your company’s growth! Applications for the Metro 50 Awards, a program that honors the metro area’s fastest-growing, privately held companies, will be accepted until Friday, June 1.

The Metro 50 Awards allow both emerging companies, as well as companies that have exhibited a substantial history as an established business, to be recognized. Besides demonstrating positive growth in revenues, Metro 50 companies display growth in the number of employees, creativity and entrepreneurship, and business development through the expansion of facilities and customer base or markets. View all the qualifications.

Special thanks to Metro 50 Sponsors American Fidelity Assurance Company/INSURICA, Bank of Oklahoma, Cox Business, EY, Express Employment Professionals, The Journal Record Publishing Company, OGE Energy Corp. and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
 



Welcome new businesses and celebrate grand openings in OKC

 

Join the Chamber as it welcomes new businesses and celebrates business expansions with grand openings. Below is a list of upcoming ribbon cuttings, and you can find a complete list at www.okcchamber.com/grandopenings.

  • Wood Window Rescue, 1720 NW 5th St. (May 17, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Scissortail Gifts/Destination Oklahoma, 120 S EK Gaylord Blvd. (May 18, 2 p.m.)
  • 405 Yoga, 1004 N Hudson Ave. (May 19, 4:30 p.m.)
  • Outreach Home Care, 4045 NW 64th St, Suite 190 (May 24, 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.

  • Big 12 Baseball Championship 2018 (May 23-26)
  • Women’s College World Series 2018 (May 29 – June 6)
  • deadCenter Film Festival (June 7-10)
  • Red Earth Native American Festival (June 6-11)


 

 

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