Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers Adds Two

Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers recently added two new members to their staff. Kelly Johnson and Kelsy Taylor will bring experience to the positions and are both continuing to learn about the publication and their new roles.

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Crowne Plaza a Great “Staycation” Choice

By K.J. WEBB

With summer approaching most people think about going on a vacation. In these challenging economic times a long-term far away vacation may not be realistic. A great alternative is a “staycation,” a vacation taken while staying in your hometown. Vacationing in your hometown has several benefits: saving money, avoiding the stress of travel and, for most people, not worrying about getting lost.

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PSO Executes a Long-Term Purchase Agreement

(TULSA) – Public Service Company of Oklahoma (), a subsidiary of American Electric Power (: ), and Exelon Generation Company , a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, have executed a long-term purchase power agreement () for which an application seeking its approval is expected to be filed with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (). The is for the purchase of up to 520 megawatts of electric generation from the Green Country Generating Station, located in Jenks.

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Family Route

Dr. Larry E. Wofford, the Davis D. Bovaird Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Tulsa and also the owner of the Route 66 Harley Davidson store in Tulsa, gives a tour of his Harley Davidson facility during the April meeting of the Family Owned Business Institute (FOBI).

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Business & People Notes

Amber Neville has joined Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers where she will serve as the Account Executive and Feature Writer. Neville earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in Promotional Marketing and Finance from Northern Arizona University in 2003. Neville will assist advertisers with meeting their marketing goals. Neville was previously a contributing writer for the newspaper and will continue to write the TYPros Next Generation Series about Tulsa Young Professionals.

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Flintco Powwow

GTR Newspapers attended the Grand Opening of Flintco’s Native American Division Thursday, May 27. The event offered the opportunity to enjoy traditional Native American food and entertainment at the new office location in Tulsa.

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Tulsa Metro Chamber Encourages Local Business

The Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Let’s Do Business program has signed up more than 600 participants committed to searching the Tulsa region for businesses to fulfill their needs for products and services before considering sending business out of the area.

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Conference Assists Small Businesses

Helping Hand: The Conference to Assist Northeast Oklahoma Small Businesses will provide information and advice next month to benefit small businesses in the area. Speakers will also share tips to keep businesses on track in this economy.

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(TULSA) – The Oklahoma Business Moving Forward Conference to Assist Northeast Oklahoma Small Businesses will be held next month on June 4 from 8:30 to 3:00. The conference will take place at the Tulsa Technology Center’s Lemley Campus in the Career Services Building located at 3420 S. Memorial Tulsa, Okla. 74145.

This event will be an exciting learning opportunity for everyone who attends. There will be two sessions filled with information to benefit small business owners. The first session will be titled, “The Power of Email Marketing for Small Business and Nonprofits”?. During this session, Julie Niehoff will introduce the concept of marketing through email, how it may benefit small businesses, and ways to powerfully utilize it. The session will also describe strategies to increase response to marketing through emails. The second session will be titled, “Insure Oklahoma”. David Shirley, with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will discuss various ways that small businesses can save money on their insurance.

There will also be information given about the changes in the economy and how these changes have affected small businesses in Northeast Oklahoma. The President of Regent Bank, Sean Kouplen, will provide updated information about Oklahoma banking under the new guidelines that have been set in place from Washington, DC. Terry May, the President of Mesa Products, Inc., will provide information that will help keep small businesses on the right track in the current economy. A Town Hall Meeting and Luncheon will follow the presentations. Lt. Governor Jari Askins, an advocate for small businesses, will attend to listen to concerns and comments from the small businesses.

The event will be sponsored by: Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Small Business Advocacy, Tulsa Tech, , , Insure Oklahoma, The State Chamber of Oklahoma and Tulsa Metro Chamber.

The conference will cost $20, attendees may pay when they arrive or send a check to OK2Grow at 1813 E. 71st, Tulsa, OK 74136. Small Businesses interested in attending must register at OK2grow. There will be limited seating available and the first 50 registrants will receive a free flash drive!

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Tulsa-Based 798 Welders Built the Alaska Pipeline

By CHARLES CANTRELL

1968 was a momentous year in the history of the United States. It was, too say the least, a tumultuous era remembered mostly for its social, political and economic turmoil. In that same year when the largest oilfield in North America was discovered far up in the frozen Arctic Circle world of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, it didn’t draw as much attention as one would have thought considering the country was importing a whopping 35 percent of its oil from a politically sensitive part of the world.

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Metal Panels, Inc. Manufacturing a Higher Quality of Life for Tulsa

By DANIEL C. CAMERON

Metal Panels, Inc., or MPI, began business in 2001 with only two employees. Today MPI is housed in a 33,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility and services a three state region. Led by Mitchell Hentkowski, president, MPI is a stout contributor to Tulsa’s economy with a compassion for what they do.

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Jennifer Ashbaugh: Making the World Better at BBBSOK

By AMBER NEVILLE

“I volunteer because I truly believe it’s relationships we create that will change the world for the better,” says Jennifer Ashbaugh, the marketing and recruitment coordinator for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma Tulsa office.

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Jan-Pro Celebrates Top Ranking

Jan-Pro of Tulsa can now claim to be part of the “Number One Fastest-Growing Franchise” in the world today according to Entrepreneur Magazine. In their 30th annual ranking of the top 500 franchises, Entrepreneur cited parent company, Jan-Pro International, as the fastest-growing franchise of 2009, beating out second-place Subway for the top spot two years in a row.

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Vegas in Tulsa

The Tulsa Advertising Federation hosted a “Breakthrough Branding” seminar April 9 at the Spirit Event Center in Bixby. Randy Snow, creative director of R&R Partners and creator of the “What happens here, stays here” promotion for Las Vegas, was the featured speaker.

From left are Dr. John Coward, University of Tulsa; Bill Hinkle and Rosie Hinkle, event organizers; Snow; and Tom Holiday, president of the TAF.

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Courtyard by Marriott at Atlas Life has Groundbreaking

The Atlas Life Building, 415 S. Boston, had its official groundbreaking March 24 and will begin work on a 14-month major renovation project to become Courtyard by Marriott-Atlas Life.

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Business & People Notes

Arvest Bank welcomes Donna D. Allen as a new mortgage loan officer at its 71st Street and Sheridan Road branch, 6560 E. 71st, in Tulsa. Allen joins Arvest Bank with a number of years of experience in the mortgage banking industry. Her primary role will be to originate mortgage loans while her additional responsibilities will include facilitating homebuyer seminars as an extended service to the community.

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