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Jackie Cooper Breaks Ground for 3rd Tulsa Location

Tulsa community and business leaders recently joined Jackie Cooper Imports of Tulsa executive management, staff and Infiniti USA representatives at 88th Street and South Memorial Drive for the groundbreaking of the company’s third Tulsa location. The eight-acre site is the future location of a stand-alone Jackie Cooper Infiniti retail and service facility. Estimated construction cost is $10 million.

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White River Fish Market Expands to B.A.

By GRANT ROWL

Broken Arrow civic leaders and others participated in a ribbon cutting on Jan. 30 for the new White River Fish Market and Restaurant in B.A., located at 1105 E. Kenosha St., which is at the southeast corner of 71st Street and Lynn Lane in the County Line Shopping Center. This is the first expansion in the restaurant’s over 80 year history.

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State Homebuilders Induct Five into Hall of Fame

Five legends of Oklahoma’s home building industry were inducted into the Oklahoma Housing Hall of Fame recently during the annual Installation Banquet and Hall of Fame induction ceremony of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association (OSHBA).

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Jenks Agent Receives State Award

In February, Justin Carlton and his Jenks-based State Farm Insurance team were awarded the Excellence designation from the Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business. They were the only State Farm office in Oklahoma to receive this honor.
Carlton attributes the award to the results of his office’s corporate wellness program, Nihi – the Cherokee word for “You.”

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Business & People Notes

Tulsa attorney Kimberly K. Hays recently took an oath of office as Oklahoma Bar Association president-elect, automatically becoming president Jan. 1, 2018. Also being sworn in as a member-at-large was James R. Hicks. They will be part of the OBA’s 17-member Board of Governors, which meets monthly and governs the association.

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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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