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Great Things are Happening in Broken Arrow

Greater Tulsa Economic Report By WES SMITHWICK

No longer a sleepy little bedroom community, Broken Arrow’s population now exceeds more than 108,000 people.

To put that into perspective, that’s five times the size of Jenks, four times the size of Bixby, and more than three times the size of Owasso. When you add the collective populations of Bixby, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa and Owasso, only then can you match that of Broken Arrow. Yet, even with such growth over the past several decades, Broken Arrow retains a small town feel and offers excellent public education opportunities as well as numerous housing options and a terrific quality of life.

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Business and People Notes

Holland Hall announces the following new members of the institutional advancement team: Heather Brasel, director of communications and marketing; Monica Champ, director of annual fund; Beth Goddard, interim director of institutional advancement; Margie Harned Warren, campaign director.

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Macy’s Brings Great News to Region

On Aug. 6, the Macy’s Logistics and Operations Tulsa County Fulfillment Center officially opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony.

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Founders of Energy Advocates Honored by TU

Three founding members of the International Society of the Energy Advocates were honored by representatives from the Energy Advocates of Washington, D.C., and Tulsa and the University of Tulsa’s School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce.

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Dairy Queen Chooses Owasso, Tulsa


Dairy Queen opened at 9495 N. Owasso Expressway on July 13, the first of seven franchised locations planned to open in the greater Tulsa area in the next three years, says Ken Ward, vice president of operations for franchise owner Vasari LLC.

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TTCU Collects School Supplies for Those in Need

Imagine starting the school year without the basic supplies that everyone else in class seems to have. Many children face obstacles to learning – the lack of school supplies shouldn’t be one of them.

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Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber Creates Opportunities

Greater Tulsa Economic Report by FRANCISCO Treviño

In the fall of 1998, a group of dedicated Hispanic business owners and community leaders realized the enormous economic impact and potential of the growing Hispanic community in the Tulsa region. Early in 1999, the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber (GTHCC) was incorporated in the State of Oklahoma, creating Oklahoma’s first Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Since its inception, the GTHCC has worked toward bringing the issues and concerns of the Tulsa region’s Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the local, regional and state economic agenda.

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Business, Civic Leader Larry Mocha Remembered


On June 1, Larry Mocha, president and CEO of APSCO, Inc., at 68 years old, passed away.

Mocha took over as CEO of APSCO in 1984, upon his father’s death. APSCO was started in 1964 by Mocha’s father in the family’s garage. At the time, Mocha, a Nathan Hale graduate, was still in high school. Mocha soon became the company’s first and only employee but, when the company could no longer afford to employ him, he sold insurance. Mocha watched and waited as his father worked to build the business, and, when his father was ready, Mocha rejoined APSCO. By the time the company reached its 50th year, APSCO had established a global presence, expanded its manufacturing capability through innovative product development and acquisitions, obtained ISO certification and created a number of job opportunities in the Tulsa community, all of this largely thanks to Mocha’s leadership.

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TTCU Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

On June 25, TTCU The Credit Union officially broke ground on its new corporate headquarters. Located at 9815 E. 81st St. in Tulsa, next to the TTCU Southeast branch, the six-story, 90,000-square-foot facility will complement existing facilities, provide strategic options for the continued growth of the credit union as well as provide an ideal work environment for hardworking employees who serve the membership daily. As the “central nervous system” of the institution, the new headquarters will enable the TTCU team to provide even greater levels of service to the existing membership and to expand membership in years to come.

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Ginny Schulte, right, co-owner of Southwood Landscape and Garden Center, hosted the annual Ladies Night June 11. This year’s theme was “Vine and Dine.” Six stations were situated where guests could look at the plants while sampling various wines. For more information about Southwood, see

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Business & People Notes

Nancy Phelps has joined the Gatesway Foundation as director of development and grants.

In that role, she will be the chief fundraising officer for the Broken Arrow-based nonprofit agency that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities and will report directly to Gatesway CEO Judi Myers.

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Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Thorstenberg Receives International Econ Designation

Brien Thorstenberg, senior vice president of economic development for the Tulsa Regional Chamber, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of the principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal growth.

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ONB Bank Becomes Central Bank of Oklahoma

ONB Bank became Central Bank of Oklahoma effective June 12, 2015. The bank continues to have the same ownership and the same management team with local decision making. With eight locations in Oklahoma, this change allows for a larger branch network with 140 locations across the region.

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New Jet Service Has Successful Landing


Private jet charters faced a bit of headwind during the recession but use by both individuals and corporations is on the rise, fueled by convenience, safety and time savings.

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Junior Achievement - Business Success Series Luncheon Features Energy Industry Experts

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma hosts the semi-annual JA Business Success Series (BSS) on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 11:30 am at the DoubleTree Warren Place presented by Hewlett Packard.

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