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The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa (HBA) announces Jaime Christensen’s promotion to director of marketing and public relations. Christensen will oversee the association’s advertising, public relations and overall marketing. The scope of this position includes developing, editing and publishing Home Building News member magazine, all event publicity including Greater Tulsa Home & Garden Show, Greater Tulsa Parade of Homes, the annual fundraising gala, and many more. As director of marketing and public relations, she will manage the association’s website and social media efforts. Christensen will also guide the HBA’s public relations committee, as well as the charitable foundation, a 501©(3) nonprofit created to provide support and unlock opportunities for organizations that advance housing-related and education initiatives.

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Small Business Stakeholders Honored at Summit

Angela Byers of Byers Creative was named the Tulsa region’s 2014 Small Business Person of the Year as the Tulsa Regional Chamber and the new Small Business Connection awarded 12 small business stakeholders for excellence in front of more than 500 of their peers during the Small Business Summit and Crystal Star Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

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D&L Oil Tools Celebrates Expanded Facility

By EMILY RAMSEY

D&L Oil Tools, a company that provides downhole tools to both domestic and international oil exploration markets, held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new facility, 1915 South 49th West Avenue, Oct. 7. The $4.9 million expansion includes the renovations of a 62,000-square-foot facility, which houses quality assurance, shipping and receiving, assembly, saw and raw materials, engineering, and a new warehouse.

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Barracuda Staffing Living Up to its Namesake

By GRANT ROWL

Kevin Burr got into the staffing business because of advice from his father, John. Kevin was in the mortgage industry after graduating from college in the early 2000s, and at that time his father predicted to his son that the mortgage industry would have economic problems by 2003. Kevin took his father’s advice and looked elsewhere.

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Mill Creek Lumber Remains at Top of Industry

By EMILY RAMSEY

After 80 years in business, adapting to industry changes and customer needs has allowed Mill Creek Lumber and Supply Company to remain a staple within Oklahoma and beyond.

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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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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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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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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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