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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

2019 Greater Oklahoma City Economic Forecast

According to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s 2019 Economic Forecast, an annual report looking at the year ahead for the Oklahoma City economy, the metro’s economy is expected to continue to grow in 2019. In fact, job growth this year is expected to increase by 2.1 percent or 13,600 jobs.

The report also highlights OKC’s impressive population growth. The OKC MSA has grown to 1.4 million people and is expected to add more than 200,000 people by 2020. If the metro continues its current population growth, 2 million people will live here by 2040.

According to the report, urbanization continues to benefit the two largest metros in the state. This is specifically seen in looking at how much of the state’s economy and growth can be attributed to the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metros. Combined, Oklahoma City and Tulsa MSAs now account for 70 percent of the state’s GDP, 66 percent of personal income, and 60 percent of total population (or $7 out of every $10 of goods & services, two out of every three dollars of personal income and three out of every five people).

You can read the forecast at www.OKCChamber.com/forecast.

business
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC becomes a “Gigacity”

Cox News Conference

The story original ran on VeloCityOKC.com.

It's well-known among politicians, investors and entrepreneurs that the Internet — and access to it — is an economic engine. It helps connect Americans to education and government services. It serves as a platform for new ideas and companies that wind up changing the world. And it reduces costs for consumers and businesses everywhere.

At a press conference held at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Mayor David Holt and Cox Communications announced that homes throughout the metropolitan area have access to 1 gigabit broadband internet speeds. Cox Communications customers can utilize this powerful connection, equal to 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps), to download 100 songs within 3 seconds, 1,000 photos in 16 seconds and a 2-hour movie in 8 seconds.

“Like virtually all cities, Oklahoma City depends on a partnership with the private sector to provide for our citizens’ ever-growing digital needs,” said OKC Mayor David Holt, “and so I am always grateful when companies like Cox step up and make these kinds of investments. This infrastructure will benefit our existing citizens and their businesses but will also continue to improve Oklahoma City’s profile as a place for job creators and entrepreneurs to relocate. It means a lot to our city’s unity that we maintain that kind of equity, and it fulfills our vision of ‘One OKC.’ I commend Cox not just for providing this service but for the effort to ensure it is provided to all.”

“This new service provides our residents and businesses with the technology they are demanding, this is another distinguishing, quality-of-life factor that differentiates our community and helps attract talent in a very competitive environment,” said Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

“Our Gigablast service meets the needs of today’s internet users who increasingly have multiple internet-dependent devices in their homes and desire faster speeds for entertainment, communication, safety and a range of other purposes,” said Kristin Peck, Cox Communications’ vice president of public affairs. “Cox Communications’ sizeable network investments, including a $10 billion network infrastructure investment, help us stay significantly ahead of demand and enable smart homes, smart businesses and smart cities – all of which depend on reliable fast internet service.”

Cox is making significant upgrades to its infrastructure in Oklahoma City as part of the company’s commitment to invest $10 billion in its network over the next five years. DOCSIS 3.1 technology builds on the strength of Cox’s fiber-based network and provides the ability to roll out gigabit internet speeds throughout more neighborhoods at a faster pace. Cox has committed to offering gigabit speeds to all customers – not just a select few – and an array of speed and pricing options to all homes and businesses, not just chosen neighborhoods.

business, community
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Here’s what you missed on VeloCity in November

OKC Skyline

VeloCity is a website aimed at helping keep residents of Greater Oklahoma City up to date on important issues. Whether you have lived in the metro for 30 years or 30 minutes it is important that you are informed and engaged with your community. If you haven’t checked out the new site, here are some stories you may have missed last month:

  • OKC gets top honors: Oklahoma City was recently honored as “America’s Most Livable Community”.
  • Aerospace is still soaring: A panel of experts recently gave their thoughts on the future of aerospace in our region.
  • Sur La Table opens: The popular kitchenware retailer recently opened their first Oklahoma location in Classen Curve.
  • CEO Q&A: SYNQ3 CEO Steve Bigari sat down with the website to talk about his decision to expand his company to Oklahoma City.
aerospace, business, community, retail, velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Do some business and make new friends

SchmoozaPalooza

There is no better place to make new friends than at Oklahoma City’s premier networking event, SchmoozaPalooza. Head on over to the State Fair Park’s Oklahoma Expo Hall for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s SchmoozaPalooza Trade Show on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 4-7 p.m.

A $10 admission, which includes a drink ticket, will give you a preview of the latest products and services (which means free stuff!) from Chamber member exhibitors while enjoying live music, networking activities, food tastings from more than 20 restaurants and caterers and door prizes.

To purchase tickets www.okcchamber.com/schmooza.

business, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Get up to speed with VeloCity

VeloCity website

A couple months back we introduced you to our newest pride and joy, VeloCityOKC. We are sure you have bookmarked the site, subscribed to the weekly e-mail and told all your friends and family about it. But just in case you haven’t checked out the site, here is a quick refresher: simply put, VeloCity is here to help keep the citizens of Oklahoma City better informed. Nothing can help you get to know your new hometown more than being in the loop. Here are some stories you might have missed in August:  

  • Q&A with the executive director of CJAC: Criminal justice reform has been a big topic in not just in OKC, but nationally. Let Timothy Tardibono, executive director of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council, fill you in on why this is an issue we should all care about.
  • Chisholm Creek: Get an update on one of the quickest growing retail developments in the state.
  • Construction update: Construction is the name of the game in downtown OKC right now. Get an update on what is going on and how it will impact our metro’s visitors economy (spoiler: it will be a positive).  
  • Congrats to Nonesuch: Did you know Nonesuch was named the best new restaurant in America? You do now.
velocity, business
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Get in the know, read VeloCity

VeloCity website

Getting to know your new hometown is about more than knowing where to eat or what to do with your free time. Becoming a citizen of a community is also about being engaged with what is going on.

This month, www.VeloCityOKC.com was launched to help keep residents, new and old alike, informed on the issues that will help continue our community’s rise.

Velocity will feature economic updates, business developments, lifestyle guides and numerous other topical articles that tells our city’s story as it unfolds today.

The new site highlights the inherent brilliance of our technology industry, the fervent innovation of our entrepreneurs the eager pride of our tourism industry and much more. From infrastructure projects to investing companies, or state policy changes to new, local festivals, VeloCity puts a magnifying glass to every excellent person, idea and business that comprises this tempered city and its grassroots renaissance.

The velocity of any entity can be defined by two innate attributes: speed and direction. The velocity of any community can be defined by the same, and OKC is one with speed and direction toward the future. Like the winding Oklahoma River, carving away at its walls, inventing new passages, and pushing forward a steadfast progress, Oklahoma City presses onward with VeloCity.

community, publication, business
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

It pays to job hunt in OKC

Woman Business Professional

If you are new to Oklahoma City and trying to find a job, you have come to the right place. With Oklahoma City’s low unemployment rates and growing companies, you may find that finding a job here is relatively easy compared to other cities.

A good place to start is OKJobMatch, a free service that allows you to post a resume, search for job training, research the labor market and much more. View more resources for employment seekers.  

business, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

OKCRetail.com

Shopping  for produce

Thinking about opening your own shop or restaurant in Oklahoma City? We don’t blame you—for the second year in a row, Oklahoma City was named the No. 1 large city to start a business in by WalletHub. To give your new store the best chance for success you need information. Luckily, OKC Retail is here to help with everything from vacant property listings, demographic information and more. It is also a great place to keep up with the latest retail news in our city. You should also follow OKC retail on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and news stories regarding retail in Oklahoma City.

retail, business
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Time to schmooza and palooze

SchmoozaPalooza

Are the hairs on your arms starting to stand up in excitement? That can only mean one thing! Oklahoma City’s most fun networking event, SchmoozaPalooza, is back this Thursday! We know this is a lot of exclamation points, but that is just the kind of fun there is to be had at Schmooza.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the rocking good times will go onto until 7 p.m., at the Oklahoma Expo Hall at State Fair Park. A $10 admission, which includes a drink ticket, will give you a preview of the latest products and services (which means free stuff!) from Chamber member exhibitors while enjoying live music, networking activities, food tastings from more than 20 restaurants and caterers and door prizes (scroll down at the link to see our wonderful exhibitors).

networking, business
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Meet and greet

Chamber Forum

So you are new to Oklahoma City and you’ve completed the first step of becoming an official Oklahoma Citian by signing up for our blog, but now what? How do you make new friends in your new hometown? Take our advice and join a local civic group. They are a great way to meet people who love their community while making a local impact.

Of course, our No. 1 recommendation would be to join the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Besides paying the bills at the Better Life headquarters they offer a plethora of exciting networking events like SchmoozaPalooza and Chamber Forums. In fact, there is a Chamber Forum tomorrow on the topic of entrepreneurship in OKC. If you want to test the waters before jumping into a membership know that most Chamber events are open to non-chamber members.

Besides the Chamber, other organizations like Lions Club or a local chapter of the Rotary Club are great ways to meet people and get involved. 

business, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Reaching for the sky

Airplane

Oklahoma City and aerospace go hand-in-hand, but if you are new to OKC you might not fully appreciate how important the industry is to our current economy.

Most people will recognize the major players in Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry, like the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base and its partnerships with private companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney to operate the largest aircraft and jet repair center in the U.S. Another star performer is the FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, whose 5,500 employees provide aviation training and logistics support to the nation’s aerospace system. And Oklahoma City’s educational institutions in the region have close and frequent interaction with these industry professionals, laying the foundation for further growth.

Most recently Kratos Defense announced they will be building a new facility in Oklahoma City that will build jet-powered unmanned aircraft. The new 75,000-square-foot facility will employee more than 350 workers.

All of these factors combine to make aerospace one of the key drivers of our region’s economy. It supports more than 85,000 workers and the production of $7.3 billion in goods and services in Oklahoma City alone. On a state level, aviation is Oklahoma’s top foreign export and accounts for a staggering 10 percent of our state’s economy. Oklahoma is one of the top 10 states nationally in traditional aerospace employment.

aerospace, business, jobs, Tinker
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Schmooza is so fun it is scary

Halloween SchmoozaPalooza

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I really wish there was a way to combine my love of costumes and making important business connections?” Boy, do we have an event for you. Head on over to the State Fair Park’s Oklahoma Expo Hall for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s SchmoozaPalooza Trade Show on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 4-7 p.m.

A $10 admission, which includes a drink ticket, will give you a preview of the latest products and services (which means free stuff!) from Chamber member exhibitors while enjoying live music, networking activities, food tastings from more than 20 restaurants and caterers and door prizes. So put on your Halloween best, and bring your friends.

To purchase tickets and see a video from the last event, visit www.okcchamber.com/schmooza.

business, holiday, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

All things OKC

OKC Skyline

With so much to do, see and learn about in Oklahoma City, it can be tough to find the information you’re looking for. One way you can remedy this situation is to, of course, sign up for our email newsletter for a weekly 411 on the 405. There are other things you can do though too, one of the most important of which is to utilize the power of social media for the latest and greatest information. Now, we know what you’re thinking. ‘That all seems fine and dandy, but with so much information out there, which social media accounts are the best ones to follow for all the information I need?’ A great question like that deserves a great answer, so here’s our list of three social media accounts to follow for the latest and greatest on all things OKC.

  1. Naturally, the first account we’re recommending is our very own Facebook page. In case you don’t sign up for our e-newsletter for whatever strange reason, our Facebook page shares the latest information from our blog each week in addition to some other cool stuff that’s fun and important. If you’re not a fan of Facebook, you can follow us on Twitter instead.
  2. One common misconception about the next account to follow is that it’s only for visitors, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The VisitOKC Instagram is filled with some spectacular photos of OKC’s coolest restaurants and attractions. They also do videos showcasing the latest upcoming events happening throughout the OKC metro. If Instagram isn’t your thing, you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
  3. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Twitter is a hub for the latest business news and events happening in OKC. Beyond that, the Chamber also has a compiled list of all the accolades OKC has been recognized for in national headlines on their website. You can also take a look at their Facebook and Instagram.
attractions, business, social media, accolade
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The business of OKC biotech

Lab Scientist

Did you know biotech is one of OKC’s biggest industries and employment drivers? With more than $2.2 billion in compensation, supporting 51,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $6.7 billion, biotech is truly big business here in Oklahoma City. Companies and entities that comprise our city’s biotech sector run the gamut from pharmaceutical-related companies to research organizations and everything in between. Interested in working in this space? Good news, because opportunities abound and employment growth (23 percent since 2003) is expected to continue. Get more info at www.greateroklahomacity.com/industries/biotech/, and watch local media for stories on the Oklahoma BioScience Association and Oklahoma’s presence at the BIO International Convention this week.

business, entrepreneur, tech, bioscience
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Let’s get together, yeah yeah yeah

Oklahoma Health Science Campus

Earlier this year, The Brookings Institution and the Project for Public Spaces released a comprehensive study on innovation in Oklahoma City. The study in OKC centered around the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley area downtown, looking at ways to create and maximize opportunities for the wealth of entities and innovative assets in the area to interact and “percolate,” ultimately creating new ideas and business opportunities. At 843 acres, the innovation district study area represents less than 1 percent of Oklahoma City, yet almost 18,000 jobs! Bringing people together, even in disparate industries like bio, energy and tech/app development, can only result in greater synergy and long-term benefits to all. Check out more on the results of the study, including video of the study release event, and recommendations for next steps over at okcinnovation.com.

bioscience, business, downtown, energy, Innovation District, jobs, tech, Automobile Alley
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

So what’cha want, fledgling entrepreneur?

(with apologies to the Beastie Boys)

Well, just plug this in like you’re named Beuller, Ferris

You can get Easy Cheese here, not like you’re in Paris

You know we get fly without getting (illegally) high

You can get entrepreneurial info and I’m-a tell you all why!

 

That’s right, future entrepreneur, you’re not losing your mind. Did you know our new economic development website has info to help you along your entrepreneurial journey? Just head over to www.greateroklahomacity.com’s Small Business section and check out the links at the top, like our SizeUp Tool for market information and research, the Entrepreneurs in OKC section for inspiration, and the Resources for Entrepreneurs to get some insight and info to help get your innovative idea and business off the ground, right here in Oklahoma City, one of the best large cities to start a business.

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business, entrepreneur
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Advancing OKC

OMRF researcher

Did you know that ground-breaking discoveries are made right here in downtown OKC every day?
At the crossroads of Interstate 35 and Highway 77 and just blocks away from both the State Capitol and downtown’s Central Business District, Oklahoma City’s budding innovation district is helping diversify the city’s growing economy and bringing international notoriety.

OKC researchers are putting the city on the map as a front-runner for bioscience and biotechnology discovery not only in the U.S., but globally as well. In fact, students travel from across the globe for an opportunity to take part in the prestigious Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF).

Why is this important, you may ask? These world-class researchers have partnerships with some of the most well renowned universities in the country and could conduct their research anywhere, yet they choose to be in OKC. That is pretty cool, if you ask us.

Curious about what is happening in your city? We bet you didn’t know that all of this was happening right here in your back yard.

bioscience, business, Innovation District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Return on investment

Oklahoma Health Science Center Campus

The expansion of the bioscience and biotechnology industry is paying big dividends throughout all of Oklahoma, contributing more than $6.7 billion in economic activity and supporting more than 51,000 jobs. That’s a lot of moolah, if you ask us.

The 27-acre, $100 million University Research Park, part of the Oklahoma Health Center complex, is home to 37 science-based companies including Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Accele Biopharma, ARL - Analytical Research Laboratories, Moleculera Labs, Cytovance Biologics, Oklahoma Blood Institute, COARE Biotechnology and Dean McGee Eye Institute just to name a few.

This area is also home to i2E (Innovation to Enterprise) which focuses on helping small start-up businesses thrive in Oklahoma.

Additions in the community will include the 95,000 square-feet GE Global Research Center, which will open its doors in the coming months. The project will add 130 high-tech jobs and is expected to have a direct and indirect economic impact of $13 million on the state and local economies.

The benefits in this growing community will not only have an immediate impact on today’s workforce, but also on future generations. The GE Foundation has pledged resources to help ensure that Oklahoma students are prepared for the growing demand of high-tech jobs through the introduction of STEM Empowers OK – a statewide initiative to engage and inspire greater interest among high school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

It’s an exciting time to be in OKC for sure. The advancements in these areas are sure to have a lasting impact for years to come.

bioscience, business, Innovation District, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Growing a stronger community

Each June a delegation from across Oklahoma travel to the annual BIO International Convention. In fact, many of OKC’s top minds are in San Francisco as you are reading this. Why are they half way across the country, you may wonder? They are networking and spreading the great news about OKC’s thriving bioscience community. In 2015, Oklahoma biotech companies, research institutions, universities and other organizations held 150 meetings with potential partners, investors, employees and more at the OKBio booth. Collaborative efforts like these help lead to long-term success for our companies and organizations, and that helps make for a healthy economy. To learn more about bio in OK, check out www.okbio.org.

bioscience, business, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Planting the seeds for growth

Recon Booth

In OKC, we mean business – literally. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the city of Oklahoma City and a number of the other community partners are always looking for new ways to attract new businesses to our community. It is with this goal in mind that a group from OKC is heading west to Las Vegas next week for the International Council of Shopping Centers RECon conference. We’ll have an opportunity to tell more than 36,000 retailers, business owners and developers how great OKC is in a mere three days.   

Why is bringing new retail to OKC important? In short, retail is what makes our city go. Sales taxes in Oklahoma City fund the city’s core services and day-to-day operations. That’s important stuff like police, fire, street maintenance, the Zoo, parks, etc. While property taxes can be used to fund voter-approved bond issues for specific capital projects, Oklahoma law actually prohibits cities from levying property taxes for services. So shop till you drop – not only will enjoy finding great deals on fabulous items, but you’ll be helping keep our city great.

business, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Get involved in the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Vendors at SchmoozaPalooza

We at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber would love to have you volunteer with us, too, and there are opportunities throughout the year as a Chamber Ambassador that provide you with a chance to network and meet new people in the business community.

We love our volunteers who help us by attending business grand openings, welcoming new members and assisting at events throughout the year. These events include Metro 50, State of the Schools, State of the City, our Annual Meeting, Sunset Receptions and our twice-a-year SchmoozaPalooza, the area’s premier trade show, which gives business professionals a casual and fun networking event with live music, food tastings and a showcase of area businesses. It takes fun-minded volunteers to help us make that happen. For a list of Chamber events visit our site. While we would love to have you as a member most of our events are open to nonmembers.

Find out more about becoming a Chamber Ambassador in order to help with these activities by going online or contacting Amanda Bowen at abowen@okcchamber.com or (405) 297-8961.

business, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Turning Innovation into Enterprise: i2E

One of our good friends and partners in growing OKC’s tech / biotech / entrepreneurial industries is i2E. i2E is a nonprofit that’s “focused on growing innovative small businesses in Oklahoma and making a positive impact on the state’s economy.” In addition to collaborating with Oklahoma’s universities to commercialize technologies and programs like the Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan competition, which helps students turn business ideas into cash and actual businesses, i2e also helps fledgling (or even serial) entrepreneurs, inventors, researchers and more get their projects on the road to growth and profitability – helping develop Oklahoma’s homegrown entrepreneurism into successes that ultimately employ more and more Oklahomans. And that’s good for all of us! To learn more about i2E, check out its website and attend one of its great events like the BioSummit, Brewfest, Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur Workshop and more!

bioscience, business, entrepreneur, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Greater Grads is Great for Both Grads and OKC

Greater Grads is the Chamber’s program to help build the talent base in Oklahoma City – that’s you – and to connect that base with OKC’s employers. There are two main areas of the Greater Grads program you should know about. The first is our Greater Grads Career Fair. If you’re a new graduate, you should be at the Cox Convention Center on Thursday, March 5, from noon to 4 p.m. suited and booted with that resume ready to roll. Last year more almost 100 Oklahoma employers connected with more than 650 students, and this year’s fair promises to be even better. Free parking and shuttles are available at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center. To find out more, including a list of exhibiting employers, and/or to register, just hop on over to greatergrads.com.

The second cool thing you should know about in the Greater Grads universe is the InternOKC Internship Program. Every summer, more than 400 OKC-area interns participate in this five-week program that gives participants a chance to connect with their peers while getting a unique, in-depth look at all the reasons to stay, work and play in Oklahoma City post-graduation. To find out more info, get your interns enrolled in the program, or do a little more digging, head over to greatergrads.com or contact:

Elisa Milbourn
Manager, Education & Outreach Programs
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
123 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 297-8951

business, college, employment, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Spooktacular Schmoozing

Do you like your Halloween happenings to have no tricks, only treats? Then head on over to the State Fair Park’s Travel and Transportation Building for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s SchmoozaPalooza Trade Show on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 4-7 p.m.

A $10 admission, which includes a drink ticket, will give you a preview of the latest products and services (which means free stuff!) from Chamber member exhibitors while enjoying live music, networking activities, food tastings from more than 20 restaurants and caterers and door prizes. So put on your Halloween best and bring your friends.

Text “GHOST” to 71441 to win prizes and to be added to the Schmooza VIP list, or purchase tickets and see a video from last year’s event at www.okcchamber.com/schmooza.

business, food, live music, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Are you an entrepreneur? Join us at a Summit

Focused on growing innovative small businesses in Oklahoma, the nonprofit i2E will hold its free annual Entrepreneurial Summit from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17.

Dave Berkus, speaker, author and early-stage private-equity investor, will give the keynote address in the Renaissance Ballroom at the Cox Convention Center, 10 N Broadway Ave. He is considered one of the most active angel investors in the country and is past chairman of Tech Coast Angels, one of the largest angel networks in the United States.

The Summit also will offer a panel on local funding sources and business resources that are vital to assisting entrepreneurs in starting, growing or expanding their business.

The event concludes with a networking luncheon with entrepreneurial college students who will be participating simultaneously in the annual “Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur” workshop.

Register

business, entrepreneur, free, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Where to begin? In Oklahoma City.

So you’ve got this great idea and you’re ready to trek into the world of entrepreneurship. Where do you begin? From the amount of capital needed to where to go for advice, the process can be daunting. But perhaps one of the most important decisions an entrepreneur will face is where to locate in order to have access to the best support and resources. We suggest right here in Greater Oklahoma City.

Over the last decade, our region has invested millions of dollars in the areas entrepreneurs need it the most - infrastructure, access to capital and support.

Greater Oklahoma City has several organizations dedicated specifically to supporting high-tech entrepreneurs and are walking alongside entrepreneurs through the startup process. They include:

  • GrowInOKC.com is a website specifically geared toward the OKC entrepreneur, with interviews, how-tos, news for entrepreneurs, and other resources.
  • i2E is an Oklahoma City-based company dedicated specifically to growing innovative small businesses by helping entrepreneurs, researchers and companies commercialize their technologies and access capital.
  • Office of Entrepreneurial Development, which provides resources and assistance to entrepreneurs in high-growth sectors; and
  • OCAST (the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology), an agency dedicated to investing in technology transfer and commercialization.
business, community, entrepreneur, Oklahoma
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

This State of Creativity

Creativity has long been a hallmark of the State of Oklahoma. From the bold individuals who staked their claim during the Land Runs to the entrepreneurial spirit that led to the creation of the parking meter, shopping cart and other great inventions that still impact lives today, Oklahoma is certainly a trail blazing state. So it makes sense that Gov. Mary Fallin has declared November 2013 as “State of Creativity Month.” This proclamation coincides with numerous creative events, the largest being Creative Oklahoma’s State of Creativity Forum, taking place across the state in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, the third week in November.

The State of Creativity Forum is one of the largest creativity and innovation conferences in the U.S. Attendees from across the country will converge on the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City on Nov. 19th for a day of galvanizing workshops, moving artistic performances, and inspirational talks by some of the globe’s most important creative minds. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Building Bridges.” There are even more offerings on tap for attendees. Read about them here.

arts and culture, business, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Talk to TED

It’s likely you’ve heard about TED and its talks. They’re pretty famous (and awesome). So awesome in fact that they were smart enough to ask our mayor, Mick Cornett, to give one about how the people of OKC are transforming ourselves. Have a listen

Coming up on Dec. 5, you can experience TED for yourself at TEDxOCU Women. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. This independently organized TED event will take place on the OCU campus. The theme of this event is Resiliency and will offer a chance for the women of Oklahoma to come together, share ideas, engage, encourage and change the community. Find out more and get registered.

business, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A little schmoozin’. A little paloozin’.

Whether you are a new resident to OKC or a lifer, SchmoozaPalooza is the must-attend networking party. Never been to SchoozaPalooza? Well you are in for a treat. Part trade show, part networking event and all party, Schmooza (as the locals call it) is a great way to get to know more professionals in the metro area. It’s all about networking while more than 100 exhibitors show off their newest products and services. And when you find yourself needing some sustenance after all that networking, you can sample from dozens of the best restaurants around while winning prizes and listening to live music from Travis Linville. We told you it was a party.

Still not sold for some reason? This Schoomza is a great excuse to break out your Flapper dress or Fedora as we go back in time with a Roaring 20s theme. Dress up and enjoy live jazz music while living it up with your friends. Maybe someone will even break out in the Charleston. So head over to the Travel & Transportation building at State Fair Park on April 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. to schmooze, palooze and party like it is 1929.

business, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get your network on.

Networking, networking, networking … does it seem like that is all you hear about these days? Well, for good reason. Networking is key to professional development. And it’s a great way to make connections in your new hometown. Whether you are looking for a new job or just want to strengthen your established business relationships, face-to-face interaction cannot be beat. It is critical that young professionals – especially those new to a city – get to know other professionals through networking. So we’ve got a few suggestions for how to get out there and network your heart out.

A great place to start is the Alliance of Emerging Professionals. Open to those either employed or seeking employment between the ages of 20-39, AEP aims to be the hub of activity and networking to enhance life as a business professional. AEP hosts numerous civic, social and professional events throughout the year in OKC.

Other great networking opportunities are always available through professional organizations and trade groups. Organizations like PRSA, IABC, Women in Communications and Young Professionals in Energy are great places to meet like-minded professionals. No matter what field you are in, chances are there is an organization for you. Check with your human resources department for what groups might best fit your area of expertise.

Of course local Chambers are also a great place to network. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber hosts a monthly networking event called Sunset Reception. Held at different locations each month, Sunset Receptions involve nothing but food, drinks and networking. Best of all, it is 100 percent free.

business, community, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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