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 by July 17 to attend.

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Discover Jenks ads now available

Advertisements are now being accepted for the annual Discover Jenks magazine, the definitive guide to all things Jenks for visitors, new residents and tourists.

The Chamber distributes Discover Jenks to local businesses, at major sporting events and in response to tourist inquiries from across the nation.

Discover Jenks features information about local businesses, community events and the community at large.

Click here to view advertising rates.

For questions, contact the Jenks Chamber at 918-299-5005.

Click here to view last year’s Discover Jenks magazine.

Members named to Tulsa People ‘A List’

Congratulations to all our members named to the Tulsa People Magazine’s A-List for 2017! They are:

Dine Local
Los Cabos
Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Fun For All
Andy B’s
River Spirit Casino Resort
Spain Ranch
Tulsa Drillers
Tulsa Oilers
Tulsa Technology Center

Shop Local
River City Trading Post

Head to Toe
The Hearing Doctor

Air Comfort Solutions
GH2 Architects
Renaissance Hardwood Floors
Tulsa Federal Credit Union
Woodland West Animal Hospital
Baker Pools
Bank of Oklahoma
Brian D Wiggs
Christian Brothers Automotive
Mabrey Bank
Oklahoma Central Credit Union
Windows by Jeff
Woodland West Pet Resort
Be sure to stop in and tell them congratulations!

View the full A-List here.

Jenks America Freedom Fest returns July 4

Celebrate Independence Day in downtown Jenks with the whole family!

Jenks America Freedom Fest is fun for everyone with food trucks, live music, a kids zone and more. The festival begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., just in time to head to RiverWalk Crossing for a seat at Los Cabos Boomfest, the biggest fireworks show around.

The Jenks America Kiwanis Club will be on hand again this year giving out free watermelon, so come hungry!

Want to get involved? Click here to download the sponsorship form.

Are you a food vendor? Click here to apply to participate.

We’re also looking for high-quality non-food art and artisanal products. Click here to apply.

Gold Sponsor:

Summer reading program kicks off at the library

Save the date! Tulsa City-County Library’s Summer Reading Program starts May 30!

This summer, there’s a reading program for EVERYBODY in your family: babies, children, teens, and adults! Starting on May 30, visit any of the 24 locations ofthe Tulsa City-County Library to sign up. Teens and adults may also register online.

Earn great prizes and coupons for food and local recreation! Attend awesome free events! Read for the fun if it!

Visit for more information!

Leadership expert to address May luncheon

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce’ s May luncheon will feature leadership advice from a nationally-accredited expert on the subject.

The luncheon will take place at noon on May 17 at the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

Dr. Sherry Been is an instructor at Tulsa Tech’s Leadership Institute. She will provide tips to help attendees become more effective in both business and their personal lives using a framework centered on Steven R. Covey’s best-selling book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

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

RSVP to nick.demoss(at) by 5 p.m. May 15 to attend.

Please note this month’s speaker has changed in response to a scheduling conflict.

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Belk seeks non-profits for Charity Sale Event

Looking for a great way to raise money for your favorite non-profit organization?

Then you’ll want to be a part of Belk’s semi-annual Charity Sale Event on April 29th.

Participating charities raise money by selling tickets for $5 each, which entitles purchasers to attend a private 4-hour sale featuring 15-70% off rarely discounted brands storewide. The entire $5 from every ticket sold goes to the participating charity so it’s a great fund-raising opportunity. The more tickets you sell, the more money you’ll raise.

Tickets sales for this hugely popular event have begun so if you belong to or know of a charity interested in participating, please call Cindy at 918-447-6823 ext 202 for more information and pick up you participating form today!

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 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.

Q & A
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.