July luncheon to explore no-cost marketing ideas

With advertising costs escalating, how can entrepreneurs gain exposure for their businesses or nonprofit organizations without breaking the bank?  Traditional media—television, radio, newspaper and magazine—ads can gobble up a budget in a heartbeat.  How can a struggling or start-up business gain exposure in an affordable way nowadays?  Assistant Professor of Communications & Media Chris Putman will share an approach that business owners can use to establish a solid brand and utilize free promotional techniques to raise awareness with their target audience in a “How to Brand & Promote Your Business at No Cost” presentation. 

Putman has acquired several degrees, state certifications and personal experience in business ownership that helps her to speak to the challenges in the marketplace. From that experience, she will be speaking at the Jenks Chamber of Commerce luncheon at The Hive located at 115 South First Street in Jenks, on Wednesday, July 19, from 12 p.m. -1 p.m.

Branding is more than just a buzz word, and Putman will share with business owners how they can set their product, service, cause or organization apart from the rest and then promote it using methods that are easy on the budget; in fact, it’s free.

“I enjoy sharing what I know to see a business or organization prosper and thrive,” Putman said.  “If I can provide information that a businessman or woman can walk away with and then apply to their daily operations, then I’m all about that.”

Putman has for two decades taught branding, promotions, marketing, graphic design, public relations, advertising, social media, publications and business at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, Northeastern State University and Oral Roberts University.  She has received Disney training on their branding strategy, been on their day-long underground, behind-the-scene training tour and has also attended the Disney customer service workshop to better grasp their practices.  That experience, coupled with being a business owner herself, has helped her glean some creative tips on how businesses can make a memorable impact on their target audience with low or no-cost ideas.

“I can’t help someone become a marketing expert in a lunch hour, but I can certainly start the branding thought process and encourage a creative promotional conversation,” Putman said.  “I’m thrilled to share the tools I have in my arsenal, and if I can help the economy of a business, I walk away fulfilled.”

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members and non-RSVP’d guests.

RSVP to nick.demoss@jenkschamber.com by July 17 to attend.

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Rep. Bridenstine to address April luncheon

Congressman Jim Bridenstine will be the featured speaker at the Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s Monthly Luncheon on April 19.

The luncheon begins at noon at the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell said the luncheon will be a good opportunity for Jenks residents and business owners to meet with their representative.

We’re looking forward to hosting Congressman Bridenstine and look forward to his insight on the goings on in Washington D.C. under the new presidential administration,” Driskell said.

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members and non-RSVP’d guests.

RSVP to nick.demoss@jenkschamber.com by 5 p.m. April 17 to attend.

Jenks Community Egg Hunt set for April 15

The Jenks Ministerial Alliance will host the annual Jenks Community Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 at the Hunter-Dwelley Stadium located on the central campus of Jenks Public Schools. An anticipated crowd in excess of 500 children will be present to gather 6,000 pre-filled eggs in three age categories. The Egg Hunt schedule is as follows:

Egg Hunt time will be 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Staggered starting times:

Birth – Pre-school ages: 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Grades 1-3 … 10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Grades 4-6 … 11 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

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What to bring:

Kids need to bring their own baskets or sacks to gather the eggs.

Kids can keep all the plastic eggs they gather.

Merchants can bring coupons already placed in plastic eggs to River Oaks Christian Church by April 12 to be distributed among the 6,000 eggs.

Inflatables and extra prizes will also be at the Egg Hunt.

Craig Bowman Farmers Insurance returns as food truck festival title sponsor

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Craig Bowman Farmers Insurance back as the title sponsor for the fifth annual Jenks America Food Truck Festival. The festival will take place May 6 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Main Street Jenks between First and Third Streets.

The Jenks America Food Truck Festival draws more than 10,000 visitors annually to downtown Jenks to enjoy the charming downtown and sample the region’s most popular food trucks, live local music and shopping.

Craig Bowman Farmers Insurance will also be bringing back the popular kids zone to provide family fun for all ages.

Sponsorships are still available.

Click here to find out how your business can get involved with one of Jenks’ most popular festivals.

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Jenks America Food Truck Festival Returns May 6

Jenks’ fastest-growing festival returns May 6 for a day of food, music and fun on Main Street.

The Jenks America Food Truck Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on  Saturday, May 6 in downtown Jenks, between First and Third Streets.

The festival brings together the region’s hottest food trucks, local musicians and artists in the unique setting of Main Street Jenks to showcase the one-of-a-kind atmosphere of the downtown area.

Want to get involved? Click here for sponsorship information.

Want to enter your food truck? Download the application here.

Are you an artist or artisan? Download the non-food vendor application here.

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March luncheon: What to expect in employee relations this year

A new presidential administration means changes to rules and regulations that impact businesses of all sizes. Join human resource law expert Rebecca Stewart March 15 to make sure your business doesn’t get left behind.

Stewart will provide an overview of several major changes to look for that will affect both employers and employees in the coming year.

Stewart is a Senior Human Resource and Compliance Specialist at Tedford Insurance, where she helps clients of all sizes maximize the partnership between employers and employees. She has prior experience in the energy, finance and healthcare industries.

The luncheon will take place at noon March 15 at the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members and non-RSVP’d guests.

RSVP to nick.demoss(at)jenkschamber.com to attend.

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Leaders celebrate 2016, look ahead to 2017

We had a great evening celebrating the achievements of 2016 and looking forward to 2017! Congratulations to all those nominated for awards- our winners were:

Young Professional of the Year: Cody Brumley, FBC Jenks

New Business of the Year: FlyingTee

Retailer of the Year: Biergarten Wine & Spirits

Restaurant/Bar of the Year: The Cigar Box Whiskey Bar & Tap House

Community Impact Award: Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO)

Business of the Year: Tedford Insurance

Ed Gerchman Leadership Award: Pat Thomas

The George Tedford Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jenks High School’s Sarah Thiessen, and Jenks Public Schools Chief Information Officer Bonnie Richert Rogers was honored for her service as her service on the Chamber’s Board of Directors ended. Craig Bowman celebrated a successful year as Chair of the Board of Directors, and Greg Helms of Gshelms & Associates Architecture was inaugurated as 2017 chair.

See photos here.

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Food Sponsor

Coldwell Banker Select – Barbara Bilby

Special thanks to Josh Stout for donating this year’s silent auction piece. “Purgatory” is a 10″x20″ original oil on canvas knife painting.

About Josh: After his steady rise and scorching sales record, Oklahoma artist Josh Stout continues to catch the attention of collectors across the US. As one of the top selling regional artists, Josh has a packed calendar… from booking shows and fundraisers, to speaking and demonstrating live at events across the area, or maybe its just supporting 1 of his 5 children at the local basketball game.

“Purgatory” 10″x20″ Oil on Canvas, created with knife blades

To learn more about the artist, visit joshstoutart.com.

State of the City luncheon November 16

Jenks Mayor Kelly Dunkerley will deliver the State of the City address at the Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s November luncheon.

The luncheon will begin at noon Nov. 16 a the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

The address will provide an update on several major projects underway in Jenks. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions following the address.

Dunkerley was re-elected to the Jenks city council in 2013 and became mayor in 2015. Prior to his election to city council, Dunkerley served on the Jenks Planning Commission and the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, or $20 for non-members and non-RSVP’d guests.

RSVP to nick.demoss(at)jenkschamber.com by 4 p.m. Nov. 14 to attend.

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HallowMarine returns October 27-31

Once a year, for only five nights, the Oklahoma Aquarium opens its doors to trick-or-treaters of all ages to enjoy a safe, fun and just a little spooky Halloween event! HallowMarine 2016 runs from October 27-31, 6:30 to 9:00 each night and features all indoor trick-or-treating, giant pirate-themed inflatables, carnival games, carnival games and a toddler-friendly Pee-Wee Pirate Zone. Guests of all ages will also have the chance to win tickets to a preview event for a new sea turtle exhibit opening next year, by visiting a special selfie station near the construction site.

Tickets for HallowMarine are $10 for adults and $7 for children with members receiving $1 off HallowMarine admission. All prices are discounted from regular Aquarium admission, so it’s a unique chance for everyone to see the largest collection of bull sharks in America, stingrays, otters and hundreds of other aquatic animals. Our sponsors, Cox Communications, TulsaKids Magazine, K12, Dutton Travel and Balancing Act Accounting LLC make HallowMarine possible. For more information please visit our website www.okaquarium.org.

Bank of Oklahoma announces new Jenks banking center

Jenks, OK (Sept. 27, 2016) — Today, Bank of Oklahoma announced a new banking center will be constructed in Jenks’ Haddington Square shopping center at 111th and Elm. It is the first new construction for Bank of Oklahoma in Jenks. The company has had a banking center in the Jenks Reasor’s since September 2004. Bank of Oklahoma joins Haddington Square tenants Walmart Neighborhood Market and Kum & Go.

Bank officials and guests were joined by Jenks Mayor Kelly Dunkerley and members of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce to break ground on the new location.

“Bank of Oklahoma is a strong community partner. Investments like this show the strength of the Jenks market and Bank of Oklahoma’s commitment to Jenks,” said Josh Driskell, president of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce.

Bank of Oklahoma worked with Architects Ink to create the modern look and functional design, which includes two video drive-through lanes, a drive-through, full-service digital ATM lane, a night drop for commercial clients, meeting rooms, and offices for mortgage and investment representatives. The estimated completion date is March 2017.

“For Bank for Oklahoma, Jenks is much more than just a place to do business,” said Greg Wagner, Bank of Oklahoma branch delivery manager. “Many Bank of Oklahoma employees call Jenks home and have children in Jenks schools. So it is with particular pride that we announce that this will be the site for Bank of Oklahoma’s first traditional, full-service banking center in Jenks.”

Wagner said the influx of commercial and residential growth on the south side of Jenks made Haddington Square a convenient location for the bank’s growing South Tulsa client base.

“Jenks is experiencing such an exciting and unique time of both residential and commercial growth. Now is the perfect time for Bank of Oklahoma to expand our space and offer all the amenities that come with a full-sized banking center to both residents and businesses in Jenks and the surrounding communities,” said Wagner.

In the past year, Bank of Oklahoma has added new banking centers in several communities across Oklahoma. In September 2015, Bank of Oklahoma broke ground on a new banking center in Broken Arrow’s Hillside Crossings shopping center. The bank also opened new banking centers in Norman, Edmond and Warr Acres in 2016.

About BOK Financial Corporation
BOK Financial Corporation is a $32 billion regional financial services company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company’s stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the Global Select market listings (symbol: BOKF). BOK Financial’s holdings include BOKF, NA, BOK Financial Securities, Inc. and The Milestone Group, Inc. BOKF, NA operates TransFund, Cavanal Hill Investment Management, BOK Financial Asset Management, Inc. and seven banking divisions: Bank of Albuquerque, Bank of Arizona, Bank of Arkansas, Bank of Kansas City, Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of Texas and Colorado State Bank and Trust. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides commercial and consumer banking, investment and trust services, mortgage origination and servicing, and an electronic funds transfer network. For more information, visit www.bokf.com.