BCBS Reaches Building Sale Agreement

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma has reached an agreement for the sale of the 1215 S. Boulder and surrounding parking lots to First United Methodist Church. The closing date is targeted for December 2011.

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Tulsa Chamber Presents Annual Small Business Awards

Tulsa Metro Chamber honored emerging entrepreneurs and the best in small business at the 2011 Crystal Star Small Business Awards luncheon, May 17 at The Hyatt Regency. Rebecca Manzer, co-owner of Certified Carpet Cleaning & Restoration, was named Small Business Person of the Year.

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Visit Tulsa Honors Local Heroes for Visitors

VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Hotel & Lodging Association recognized local citizens who are impacting the local economy by bringing meetings and events to Tulsa and top-performing hospitality professionals at a luncheon presented by Scissortail at the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown.

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Allen Gonzalez Hosts Open House

Allen Gonzalez, a local financial advisor for the financial services firm Edward Jones, invited the community to attend an open house on June 7 at his newly renovated office at 1517 S. Harvard Ave.

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AVB Welcomes New Staff Member

POSITION: Licia Kellerstrass has joined the Bank family. A celebration was held recently to welcome her to the position. From left are Kelley Rash, Licia Kellerstrass and President of Bank Jim Boze.

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Stava Holds Open House

Stava Building Corporation recently held an open house for its 1525 W. 36th Pl. S. location. From left are John Stava, Levan Kelly, Betty Kelly, Sandy Stava and Don Robinson of Nashville.

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Arvest Exceeds Campaign Goal

On April 1, Arvest Bank launched its first-ever initiative to fight hunger in the 90 communities it serves through a two month, bank-wide effort to provide 1 million meals or more to those in need. It recently announced that it exceeded the campaign goal by raising a total of 1.2 million meals in the fight against hunger.

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Spirit Award Judges Announce Top 25 Finalists

The top 25 business models have been selected to move on to the next round of the fifth annual SpiritBank/Tulsa Community College Entrepreneurial Spirit Award competition. One of them will win the top $30,000 prize plus priceless advice from coaches and judges throughout the competition.

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Business and People Notes

Bank is pleased to announce that Rebecca Collins has been promoted to senior vice president and bank secrecy act officer. With over 22-years of service to , she is responsible for deposit operations.

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Littlefield, SMG Announce New Strategic Partnership

Littlefield Brand Development has announced plans to merge its media department with the Southwest Media Group, forming a new strategic partnership.

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June Sales Tax Collections Up 2.7 percent; Use Tax Collections Up 11.9 percent

Mayor Dewey Bartlett said today the City of Tulsa’s sales tax revenue for mid-April to mid-May as reported by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, is up 2.7 percent compared to the same period last year.

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Newsmakers Honored by AWC for Achievements


The Association of Women in Communications held its annual Newmakers Luncheon May 17 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa. The event honors women who have made a difference in their communities and for what they have done for the advancement of women.

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Taxation the Big Beneficiary of Oil Production


As of May 6, 2011 the cost of a gallon of gas (national average) was $4 per gallon, an increase of 11.98 cents in the two weeks since April 22, 2011. Many people, influenced by pundits and media coverage, place all of the blame for the higher gas prices squarely on “big oil” and the higher oil prices. The argument seems to be that oil companies make far too much profit, they alone are driving up the price of gas, it’s not fair, and oil companies should be taxed more because they make too much profit. It is a specious argument. Most consumers do not understand the economics of oil and how it relates to gas prices.

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Sustainable Enterprise Conference Held

Legendary energy entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens, left, and environmental business leader Robert F. Kennedy Jr., center, headlined the first Sustainable Enterprise Conference hosted by the Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business. The conference was held April 20 at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa in conjunction with the Tulsa Business Forum, and it was offered in cooperation with the Tulsa Metro Chamber. The moderator was President Burns Hargis, right.

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Edward Jones Move

Joseph Kidwell of Edward Jones Investments has moved his office from 5053 S. Yale Ave. to the Park Tower Bldg, 5314 S. Yale Ave. in Tulsa. The new phone number is 918-477-7787.

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