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Tedford Insurance Maintains Founder’s Legacy

By BLAKE AUSTYN

A long-lasting future in the insurance business was always what George Tedford envisioned for his family, says son Mike Tedford. George Tedford began working in the insurance business in 1964 and founded Tedford Insurance in 1978 in Tulsa.

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Momodou Ceesay Grows Restaurant, Promotes Area

By EMILY RAMSEY

For many Glenpool residents, being on a first name basis with the city Mayor is far from unusual. It’s not uncommon to see him on a regular basis at his name-sake establishment Mamadou’s Restaurant, 14751 S. Casper St., which sits along U.S. Highway 75 in Glenpool.

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River Spirit Casino receives Corps approval; Resort development to proceed

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation and River Spirit Casino announced today it has transacted the required 404 permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With this process complete, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation can now expedite the construction of its planned expansion to build a 27-story hotel and Margaritaville Casino at River Spirit on the banks of the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Okla.

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Raising Cane’s Gives Back to the Community

By EMILY RAMSEY

Raising Cane’s began in Louisiana in 1996, and while it quickly became known for its chicken fingers, company founder Todd Graves endeavors to use his company for a purpose beyond food, one of community and employee focus.

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Long-Time Chef Opens South Tulsa Cafe

By EMILY RAMSEY

Teresa Banks, who opened Café Seville, 10021 S. Yale Ave., in the award-winning Shops of Seville shopping plaza in mid-September, is no stranger to the demands of running a business or a kitchen.

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The Forge Celebrates Fifth Successful Graduate

By EMILY RAMSEY

Business incubator The Forge, 125 W. 3rd St., in downtown Tulsa, recently turned out its fifth graduate since opening in 2010, which is helping to grow the local economy.

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Miss Helen’s, APSCO Celebrate Success

Two of Tulsa’s top small businesses celebrated their past and collective 110 years in business and now look forward to even bigger success in the future. Miss Helen’s Private School marked its 60th anniversary, while manufacturing firm APSCO, Inc. of Tulsa hit a milestone of 50 years in business.

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Business and People Notes

Two Tulsa-area business leaders were recently appointed to the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa Board of Trustees. Sean Kouplen, chairman and CEO of Regent Bank, and Brett Lessley, president of Griffin Management, Inc., will fill open positions on the board.
Kouplen and Lessley join OSU-Trustees Henry Primeaux, chair, Robyn Ewing, Charles Ford, Ed Keller, Dr. Trudy Milner, Tucker Link and Glenda Love. Link and Milner are also on the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.
The trustees oversee operations on the OSU-Tulsa campus, advising on administrative and student services, facilities management and academic offerings. The board also reviews the annual budget for OSU-Tulsa prior to its presentation to the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.

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TCC StartUp Cup Generates Jobs, Growth

A report released recently by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and Tulsa Community College StartUp Cup shows the StartUp Cup competition for entrepreneurs has had a significant economic impact creating 300 full-time jobs and 2,000 part-time or contract positions and adding more than $85.1 million to the Tulsa economy.

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Financial Planning Starts with Setting Goals

By EMILY RAMSEY

After reevaluating his life goals, Gene Bishop, president of Northpoint Wealth Management, recognized what he most wanted out of life and the type of employment he most enjoyed.

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Tulsa Regional Chamber Raises Record Amount

Tulsa Regional Chamber volunteers raised more than $3.65 million for the organization during its 20th-annual resource campaign, edging last year’s record of $3.6 million and easily surpassing its goal of $3.3 million, chamber leaders announced at a victory celebration at Tulsa Country Club recently.

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First National Bank and Trust Co. of Broken Arrow Announces New Board Members

Four local business and community leaders have been elected to the Board of Directors of the First National Bank and Trust Co. of Broken Arrow. First of Broken Arrow Board Chairman Gregory S. Graham, seated left, poses with board members Anne Graham, a community volunteer and principal owner of the institution; and standing from left to right, Chief Operating Officer Mark Poole, Jeffrey D. Hewett, a Broken Arrow-based CPA, and Alan M. Keller, M.D. Hewett and Dr. Keller are new to the bank’s leadership group. Rejoining the board is Anne Graham.

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Business and People Notes

Lee R. Symcox, president and CEO of First Fidelity Bank, a locally owned full-service community bank, has announced the promotion of Bryan Williams as assistant vice president and market manager for the Tulsa market.

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Scott McCoy Stars as Tulsa Business Owner

By GRANT ROWL

Scott McCoy continues his role as a star figure in greater Tulsa events. The former Jenks Trojan quarterback led his team to the Oklahoma State High School Football Championship twice, in 1999 and 2000.

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Well-Known Jeweler Provides Quality

By EMILY RAMSEY

Her passion for creating is what led Michelle Holdgrafer to her career path: jewelry design.

While she may not spend her days designing jewelry pieces, as Bruce G. Weber’s store director, she does get to be surrounded by jewelry every day.

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