iExpo – June 15, 2012 12:30 PM to 10:00 PM

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In a new effort to positively impact the lives of youth, aiming to be on the cutting edge of a new and exciting event, Volunteers for Youth in Claremore is teaming up with the Tulsa’s Shock WNBA team to present the iExpo. This innovative event will be hosted in the Tulsa BOK Center and will take place on Friday, June 15, 2012 from 1:00 pm to approximately 10:00 pm. Admission includes the evening’s WNBA basketball game between the Tulsa Shock and the Seattle Storm!

The first area event of its kind, the iExpo is specifically geared toward teen girls, age 12 to 20 years, old and all area teenage girls are encouraged to be a part of this ground-braking event! iExpo admission is $10 per person (includes the evening basketball game admission).

With the iExpo motto “Our Girls, Our Future” in mind, positive messages will be woven throughout the event. Focuses will include self-esteem and self-image, dating and dating violence, self-defense, and remaining free of substance abuse. Workshops will include opportunities for girls to ask questions and get information. Presenters for this exciting event include:
• Self Defense: Officer’s Robin Blair and Danny Dobbins of the Claremore Police Department
• Dating Violence: Catherine Heimdale, author/speaker, of Triangle Rock Enterprises (Claremore, OK)
o Claremore’s Safenet Services will also be present for questions and information in conjunction with the dating violence presentation.
• Fashion by Cato: Alyson Short of Volunteers for Youth (Claremore, OK)
• Shock Time: Tulsa Shock WNBA
Special bus transportation to and from Claremore is being provided by the Tulsa Shock WNBA for any Rogers County area teenage girls wishing to attend the event. This transportation is included with iExpo admission at no additional charge.

Several area vendors will also be present for the event with opportunities to browse offered during shopping breaks throughout the event. For vendor information, contact Susan Jensen, Project Director, Volunteers for Youth at 918-697-6779 or email

Tickets and registration is open through June 8, 2012 at

Catherine R. Heimdale Susan Jensen
Triangle Rock Enterprises Volunteers for Youth

Bixby BBQ n’ Blues Grand Champion

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Donny Teel of Buffalo’s BBQ in Sperry won the title of grand champion at the state’s biggest barbecue cook-off on Saturday.

Teel, who also holds the title of world champion, won the Bixby cook-off last year.

This year, he was up against 93 other teams from across the country.

“There was a lot of good competition,” Teel said.

He finished…”

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Some Say that Oklahoma Should Plan Financially for Disaster

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Oklahoma needs to plan for rainy days – and the tornadic, icy and drought-ravaged ones as well, city and state emergency management leaders say.

For years, Oklahoma’s Emergency Fund has built up a mounting pile of unpaid bills, leaving local government agencies holding the bag – sometimes for millions of dollars.

The emergency fund is used to pay one-eighth of certain government costs for dealing with disasters that have federal approval for assistance. The federal government picks up 75 percent of the cost.

But during recent tough economic years, which coincided with a lot of costly disasters, the Oklahoma Legislature didn’t appropriate enough money to pay off the state’s share. So local government agencies – including cities, towns, counties, public utilities and rural water districts – just had to wait for their reimbursements.

After prodding by Gov. Mary Fallin, the Legislature approved a $34.1 million supplemental appropriation earlier this year, which was enough to pay off all the bills, some of which went all the way back to 2007.

But Bixby City Manager Doug Enevoldsen says the Legislature should be doing more. The state should be thinking ahead because another disaster will occur sooner or later.

“Logic suggests…”

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REI Diamonds & Dreams – June 14, 2012 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Jenks – Diamonds & Dreams

Date: June 14, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Oklahoma Aquarium
300 S. Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK 74037

Celebrating the accomplishments of women and encouraging entrepreneurs to dream big, “Diamonds & Dreams” is scheduled on the evening of June 14 at the Oklahoma Aquarium, Jenks, Oklahoma.  REI Oklahoma and “Dress for Success Tulsa,” an organization assisting disadvantaged women seeking new opportunities, are co-sponsoring the event.

Featured speaker is Oklahoman Jim Stovall , author of the best-selling book, The Ultimate Gift.  Stovall changes lives through his incredible testimony as he faced loss of sight but kept pursuing his dream of becoming a national Olympic weightlifter.

During the networking hour, guests may explore the beauty of the Oklahoma Aquarium exhibits, enjoy a glass of wine from Oklahoma wineries, and bid on silent auction items representing the many fine businesses in Oklahoma.

Guests are asked to bring a gently worn pair of shoes or/and purse to donate to Dress for Success Tulsa.  During dinner there will be table modeling with Women Business Owners sharing how Dress for Success Tulsa provides suits to women needing appropriate interview clothing.

Individual Ticket    $75

2 Drink Tickets for Networking Hour

Admission to Oklahoma Aquarium


Jim Stovall Presentation

Not reserved seating

Emerald Sponsor  $1000

Name in Program for Evening

Recognition at Event

Reserved Table for 8 – Include contact person below

Sapphire Sponsor $2000

Name on all Printed Materials

Recognition at Event

Reserved Table for 8 – Include contact person below

Priority Seating

For more information please contact Dr. Barbara Rackley at 800.658.2823.  You will be redirected to PayPal to pay for registration.

REI Social Media Bootcamp – May 15, 2012 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Claremore – Social Media Bootcamp

Date: May 15, 2012
Time: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Northeast Technology Center (NTC)
1901 N. Hwy 88
Claremore, OK 74017
Map and Directions

Does your business need a jump start when it comes to using social media as a marketing tool?  If so, then this workshop is for you. Our training program, Social Media Bootcamp, is a 4 hour program intended to be a resource to help newcomers learn and veterans stay current about the latest social media tools and techniques.
Information covered in this workshop will include:
* Facebook
* Twitter
* LinkedIn
* YouTube
It is less about strategy and more about practical, how-to guidance that businesses and organizations can use to hit the ground running in social media. This is an intermediate level social media workshop. Some basic knowledge of social media networks is suggested.

Class is limited to 25 registrants!  Registration fee includes materials and refreshments.

Presenter: Tess Mack

Co-Sponsors: Social Media Mack, RSU Innovation Center, Cherokee Nation, Claremore Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Technology Center, Rogers State University and REI’s Women’s Business Center

 You will be redirected to PayPal to pay for registration.  Fee is non-refundable.  The workshop will be in Conference Room B/C.  For more information please call the WBC at 800.658.2823.  If you cannot attend, your registration may be able to be transferred to another workshop.

 Price: $35.00

REI Employee Legal Issues – May 9, 2012 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Sapulpa – Employee Legal Issues

Date: May 9, 2012
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Central Tech
1720 South Main
Sapulpa, OK 74066
Map and Directions

This is an opportunity to learn from the experts to make decisions that can impact your business with legal ramifications.  All small businesses, whether there is only one employee or many, can face serious employee issues.  Linda Greaves and Amy Sellars, attorneys with Crowe & Dunlevy, specialize in employee issues.  Learn what to expect when the Department of Labor comes knocking at your door.  Also learn more about employee benefits as well as other issues that face employers.


Linda K. Greaves, Attorney, Crowe & Dunlevy

Amy Sellars, Attorney, Crowe & Dunlevy

Co-Sponsors:  OSU Extension, Central Tech, Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce, Sapulpa Main Street, REI’s Women’s Business Center

This workshop will be in the Seminar Center.  For more information please call the WBC at 800.658.2823.  You will be redirected to PayPal to pay for registration.  Fee is non-refundable.  If you cannot attend, your registration may be able to be transferred to another workshop.

 Price: $25.00

Legislative Luncheon – June 22, 2012 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Representative Fred Jordan      Representative Mark McCullough
Representative Mike Ritze     County Commissioner Fred Perry
City of Bixby Officials

This luncheon provides an opportunity for Chamber Partners to hear from our Oklahoma Delegation and advocate for issues of importance to the Bixby Metro business community and our quality of life. Facilitating communication between elected officials and the business community is a significant Chamber Priority.

Friday, June 22nd
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Micheal V’s
$30 to Attend
Lunch Provided
8222 East 103rd Street, Suite 137

To RSVP contact the Chamber by emailing info@bixbychamber.comor by calling (918) 366-9445.

Premier Sponsors

Host Sponsors
Bixby Funeral Service
Espo Fire and Water Restoration
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Tulsa Wealth Advisors | Raymond James – Lott