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Just Between Friends Celebrates 20 Years

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In 1997, Just Between Friends was created in a living room in Tulsa when co-founders Daven Tackett and Shannon Wilburn hosted a sale with 17 friends as consignors, and had gross sales of $2,000. The sales caught on with families and grew, so in 2003, they formed Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. Wilburn is now sole owner of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc., which has more than 150 franchises in 28 states with a franchise now in Canada.

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Bixby-Based BTC Broadband Expands Offerings

By EMILY RAMSEY

In January, BTC Broadband announced the expansion of its fiber optic backbone network into Tulsa, which will allow it to offer fiber-based business services in the Tulsa metro beginning this year.

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Amy Bates: A Leader in the Business of Clean

By KYLIE McFERRIN

Gathered up by her parents in 1983 and moved to Tulsa from a small town in Minnesota, Redwood Falls to be exact, little did Amy know that her life would take an unpredictable turn. Her father, a dentist, and her mother, an art teacher, bought a Merry Maids franchise upon arriving in Tulsa.

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Tulsan Becky Dixon Inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame

By JOE MORAN

The mission of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is to tell Oklahoma’s story through its people. It’s fitting, then, that Becky Dixon is among the class who was be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in late 2016.

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Business and People Notes

AVB Bank announces the promotion of Kelli Sowell to executive vice president and her addition to the bank’s executive management team. She serves as AVB’s director of marketing and public relations.

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BTC Broadband Expands Network

TULSA EXPANSION: BTC Broadband President Scott Floyd, third from left, discusses the company’s fiber network with Account Executive Laura Konshak, Sales Manager T.A. Hollis and Senior Account Executive Scott Boultinghouse. In January, BTC Broadband announced the expansion of its fiber optic backbone network into Tulsa, which will allow it to offer fiber-based business services in the Tulsa metro beginning early this year. This year marks 103 years for the Bixby-based company.

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Advisor Encourages Early Financial Planning

By MELISSA CLARK

When individuals begin planning their financial futures, Valerie Zwosta, a financial advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors, says the most important thing is to just get started.

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Energy Education is Critical for Economic Growth

Energy Watch By MARK A. STANBERRY

Future generations are depending on us to keep the American dream alive. For too long we in America have been wasting time blaming the energy industry or the government for failure to adopt a national energy strategy when we each should be responsible for creating the plan.

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Lee’s Bicycles Closes After 103 Years

By ADAM VANDERBURG

What a journey this has been growing up in this business for the last 44 years. My father bought Lee’s when it was at 51st Street and Quaker Avenue. At that time, Lee’s was selling new and used Euro bikes but mostly servicing Yahoo lawnmowers and old bicycle clunkers!

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The Boxyard Opens

FIRST RIBBON CUTTING: Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum prepares to cut the ribbon in recognition of the opening of The Boxyard at his first ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 8 since being sworn in as Tulsa’s mayor on Dec. 5. Holding the ribbon are the retail project’s developers Casey Stowe, left, and Elliot Nelson, founders of project development company Nelson+Stowe.

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Wabi Cycles Relocates to Tulsa from Los Angeles

By KIRBY DAVIS

Bicycle manufacturer Wabi Cycles will complete its downtown Tulsa debut early this year with the rollout of a new racing model.

This will bring its lineup of customizable leisure and town bikes to five.

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GTR Enters 25th Year

By FORREST CAMERON, Ph.D.

Thanks to our readers, advertisers, my family and all who have contributed in any way to the Greater Tulsa Reporter, we enter our 25th year of publication in 2017.
GTR began as a thought in 1992. Growing up in Tulsa, I loved reading the Tulsa World and Tulsa Tribune (the evening paper).

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Williams Toy Drive

Williams Companies employees donated toys to The Salvation Army Dec. 14, showcasing Williams’ commitment to Tulsa’s needs. At right is Tulsa Salvation Army Captain and Area Commander Ken Chapman with Amy Shank, manager of Williams’ Project Development NGL/Petchem, and other Williams employees. 225 Williams employees participated, exemplifying the community spirit and goodwill of the Tulsa-based company.

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Business and People Notes

The Tulsa Press Club has an-nounced its 2017 board of directors. Members of the executive committee include President Michael Overall, Tulsa World; Vice President Nicole Amend, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma; Treasurer Amanda Clinton, Cherokee Nation Businesses; and Secretary Claire Johnson, Camp Fire Green Country.

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Bixby Development at Historic Levels

By EMILY RAMSEY

“Bixby is going through one of the largest development phases of its history,” said Mayor John Easton during his State of the City address, hosted by the Bixby Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 9.

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