News & Updates

Most Promising New Business Announced

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

"Most Promising New Business" award winner was announced by the Oklahoma Venture Forum on May 13, 2020 during a virtual awards ceremony with more than 80 online participants. The winner's acceptance speech thanked his Oklahoma Scaling Up Business Coach, Stacy Eads - a Greater OKC Chamber Member, and 11-year volunteer with our agency.

Stacy Eads has a long history of volunteering with the OKC Chamber for over 11 years. She's a past Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Ambassador Chairwoman, Rise and Shine Co-Chair, MegaLunch emcee, New Member Orientation Speaker, Enlighten Lunch & Learn Speaker, as well as a former TRDC fundraising volunteer.

This article shares the story of how Stacy Eads is making an impact on the "Most Promising New Business" of 2020 through her Business Coaching methods with Scaling Up.

A plea on behalf of local retail

Monday, May 18, 2020

One of the truly ruinous aspects of this virus has been the response's effect on local retailers. These are people who have "followed the rules" of good independent retailers to create experiences you can't replicate or get online. That is why they have survived in a difficult retail environment to begin with. They have added to the dynamism of what

Melinda Elms & Greg Frederick Named Outstanding OKCPS Principals

Friday, May 15, 2020

Two local principals have been recognized as exemplary educators in Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS). Hawthorne Elementary Principal Melinda Elms and U.S. Grant High School Principal Greg Frederick are the 2020 recipients of the Sam and Charolet Shirley Outstanding Principal award, which is distributed annually by the Foundation for OKCPS.

OCCHD Phase 2 guidelines for businesses

Friday, May 15, 2020

Businesses should be aware of the guidelines provided by the Oklahoma City-County Health Department when considering re-opening as our community enters "Phase 2" of the White House's Guidelines for Opening Up America Again plan as of May 15. All phases of the White House plan advocate policies informed by industry best practices around social distancing and

About Reasonable Accommodation

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Hello from Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Business Services Program! We are inviting businesses to learn about reasonable accommodation training through a free live webinar. This training familiarizes audiences with the concept of reasonable accommodations contained in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Where (Training Platform):  Zoom webinar.

When: May 28, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: About Reasonable Accommodation

OGE Energy Corp. Foundation announces 2020 OGE Positive Energy Scholars, awards total of $180,000 in scholarships

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Three Oklahoma high school seniors, along with their families, were surprised this week to learn that they will receive OGE Positive Energy Scholarships to help pay for college. Per year, each Positive Energy Scholar will receive $15,000, which is renewable annually for up to four years, or a total of $60,000 to cover tuition, fees, books or on-campus room and board.  

Fourth Chamber survey reveals businesses’ concerns as shelter-in-place expires

Thursday, April 30, 2020

As the shelter-in-place order is lifted and the City enters the first phase of re-entry 67% of business proprietors said employee fear is the biggest barrier they’ll have to overcome as they move back to normal operation. The second most-pressing concern is a lack of coronavirus testing and screening, followed by a lack of hand sanitizer and a concern for legal liability.

Chamber's third COVID-19 survey identifies business needs

Monday, April 27, 2020

“Our (third) business surveys confirmed how creative and innovative our business owners are in this market,” said Roy Williams, CEO and president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “In essence over two thirds of our companies have altered and adopted new ways to conduct their business and are still operating.  This all shows the resilience and creativity of our business community.”