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Junior Achievement Hosts Panel

In honor of National Entrepreneurship Month in November, Junior Achievement of Oklahoma hosted the annual JA Business Success Series on Nov. 30 at the DoubleTree Warren Place. The event featured a panel discussion on the topic of entrepreneurship with four women in the Tulsa community whose businesses represent a wide range of industries: Risha Grant, founder of Risha Grant LLC and Diversity Connex; Staci Taruscio, founder and CEO of Rebellion Energy; Dana Weber, CEO and president Webco Industries, Inc.; and Shannon Wilburn, CEO and co-founder of Just Between Friends Franchise System.

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Innovative Eye Candy Opens on S. Memorial

Recently, Gretchen Denslow said goodbye to her law career to start her own retail company. After growing up in a family of entrepreneurs in the optical business, she has used her background and expertise to create Eye Candy. Eye Candy is an upscale optical shop that sells prescription, non-prescription and sun glasses.

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Vintage-Inspired Toy Mall Opens in B.A.


The fantasy world of crime-fighting superheroes, far away galaxies and superpowers appeals to many, young and old alike. Jenks native Rasoul Ezzat-Ahmadi is no exception.

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Mike Cooper, director of external affairs with AT&T, introduces Mayor Dewey Bartlett at the 2016 State of the City, hosted by the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 15. Read about the Bartlett family history in Tulsa and Bartlett’s plans for the future on page 7.

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Zac Carman, CEO of ConsumerAffairs, accepts the overall Boomtown Award, given to an outstanding nominee who exemplifies TYPros Mission in everyway possible. With him are, from left, Boomtown committee chairs Andrea Gentis and Dillon Waters; Daniel Regan, 2016 TYPros chair; and Stephanie Cameron, 2017 TYPros chair.

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Business and People Notes

Tulsa Community College has named Mark McMullen as chief financial officer. His appointment was approved by the TCC Board of Regents during the Oct. 20 board meeting.

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Propeller, Waller PR Merge to Expand Services

Propeller Communications and Waller & Company, two Tulsa-based marketing and public relations consulting agencies, have joined forces to offer their clients enhanced services and broader staff expertise.

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Business Leaders Inducted into TU Hall of Fame

The University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business inducted three business leaders into its Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on Oct. 6 at Gilcrease Museum. Robin F. Ballenger, Jake Henry Jr. and Doug McMillon were named outstanding business leaders for 2016.

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Business & People Notes

The Tulsa Garden Center announces the appointment of Laura Chalus as executive director.

Chalus specializes in successful fundraising and project management while bringing an entrepreneurial background to her knowledge, skills, and experience in community relations, non profit administration, grants management, and database management. Chalus is passionate about utilizing innovation, best practices, and collaborative partnerships to improve her community by leveraging limited resources and minimizing duplication of services.

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America Needs America’s Natural Gas


The 26th Annual IEPC energy policy conference is planned to be held in Detroit in 2018. Recently, I visited there and the “energy buzz” in Detroit seems to be focusing a great deal on fuel cells, electric vehicles, and natural gas vehicles.

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Marilyn Ihloff an Entrepreneurial Gem in Tulsa


Entrepreneur, successful businesswoman, and devoted wife and mother, Marilyn Ihloff is a crowning jewel in Tulsa’s business crown. Ihloff, founder and president of Ihloff Salon and Day Spa, opened her business in 1980. Using a home equity loan combined with talent, Ihloff established a business recognized in each year from 1998-2016 by Salon Today as one of the 200 fastest growing salons in the nation. Ihloff Salons and Day Spas are also regularly voted “Best of Tulsa” by readers of all of Tulsa’s leading publications.

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Billy’s On the Square a Downtown Tulsa Tradition


Familiarity breeds content.

Few things in downtown Tulsa are as familiar as Billy’s On the Square.

Even fewer things breed the contentment of savoring Billy’s signature Theta burger.

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First State Investment Advisors Celebrates 45 Years of Success


Tulsa-based First State Investment Advisors has been providing Tulsa families with portfolio management and investment expertise since 1971. The firm’s approach to investing and its focus on personalized client service has established First State Investment Advisors as a trusted and consistently successful investment firm with a loyal client roster.

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Honoring Emerging Leaders

DREAMING AND DOING: Honoring Oklahoma’s Emerging Manufacturing Leaders at the recent Dream It Do It Kick-Off Breakfast at the Tulsa Tech Lemley campus are, from left, Joe Genet, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance; Dr. Steven Tiger, Tulsa Tech; Stephanie Cameron, OK2Grow/Dream It Do It Oklahoma, and Phil Albert, Pelco Structural.

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Energy and the Media Highlighted at Conference


The 24th Annual Energy Policy Conference (IEPC) – Roundtable/ Summit was held Aug. 11 at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa. The roundtable was hosted by IEPC, the Energy Advocates and the Master of Energy Program at the University of Tulsa. I served as the moderator of the roundtable.

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