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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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ABC Holds Mortgage Burning Ceremony

On August 18, ABC of Oklahoma celebrated their success with an official Mortgage Burning Ceremony. The organization has worked hard to develop their association and have managed to pay off the mortgage to the building.

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Golden Dragon Taekwondo Building Completed

The Rupe Helmer Group has announced the completion of the Golden Dragon Taekwondo building located at 91st Street and Memorial Drive in Tulsa. Rupe Helmer Group served as general contractor and NAI Rupe Helmer assisted the owner, Master Seo, with the leasing of part of the building.

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Newton Box, owner of Slim Haney Machining, and his wife Patricia are happy as they cut the ceremonial ribbon to celebrate the success of the company, which has been in business for 54 years. The company has been in its current facility for 10 years and celebrates a milestone of breaking $10 million in sales. Also attending the event were members of the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, representatives from Congressman Bridenstine’s office, and employees, suppliers and customers.

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From left, Paul Sorrentino, owner of restaurant and bar Roosevelt’s; Lelia McCoy, executive vice president and board member with Valley National Bank; and Duane Phillips, owner of 1551 Cherry Street, stand in Roosevelt’s in July. The restaurant opened in August and is located in the newly-constructed building at 1551 Cherry Street with two other restaurants. Valley National Bank provided the funding for the project.

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Business and People Notes

Tulsa City-County Library CEO Dr. Gary Shaffer announces that the Tulsa Library Trust has hired Sarah Jane Gillett as its new executive director. The Tulsa Library Trust serves as the foundation, or 501©(3), for the Tulsa City-County Library.

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Cherry Street Grows

In July, a new building was completed on Cherry Street near Trenton Avenue, which now houses three new restaurants.

Building owner Duane Phillips partnered with Valley National Bank for the $6.5 million project. The 22,000-square-foot building sits on 1.5 acres with a 150-space parking lot behind the building.

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Bailey Named a Top Employer

For the fifth year, Bailey Medical Center of Owasso has been named one of the “100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare. Bailey Medical Center is one of only three Oklahoma health care organizations on the 2016 list.

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Saltuarius RPA Promotes the Benefits of Drones


While drones may be in their infancy, with a long way to go in industry regulation and general consumer understanding, many individuals and businesses have been eager to jump into the front lines of this new technology.

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