News

City surplus auction to feature vehicles, equipment and more

The City of Jenks will host a surplus auction Monday with a variety of items from multiple city departments.

Items up for grabs include used vehicles, dump trucks, fork lifts and fire fighting equipment.

Smaller tech items, such as iPhones and laptops will be available.

Fun toys, including a coin-operated pool table and Pelican kayaks can be found.

The auction is Aug. 14 at 9 a.m.

950 W. 101st St. Jenks, OK 74037.

Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

For a complete list of items click here »

 

Art on Main applications still open

It’s not too late to apply for Art on Main 2017!

Application deadline is Sept. 15. All artists will be informed of acceptance by Sept. 22.

A $50 booth fee applies to artists who submit after July 31.

Art on Main is October 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and hosted by the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation.

Applications can be found here.

Send applications to art@jenkschamber.com or by mail to:

Art on Main

c/o Jenks Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 902

Jenks, OK 74037

 

Wild Weather Camp touches down at OK Aquarium

Travis Meyer’s Wild Weather Camp touched down at the Oklahoma Aquarium Tuesday.

The News on 6 meteorology crew, including Radar the weather dog, gave a presentation on weather and safety tips to local elementary students.

Meyer talked about the water cycle, the solar system and types of cloud formations.

The Wild Weather camp was complete with special effects, including a simulated tornado.

The Oklahoma Aquarium saw more than 600 people come through the doors by 11 a.m.

The aquarium events team works diligently to bring fun and exciting events for the community.

The next big event is HallowMarine. The Aquarium will open its doors for trick-or-treaters for 5 nights during the last week of October.

See https://www.okaquarium.org/events/ for more information.

Leadership Jenks Applications Now Available

Jenks residents and employees of Jenks businesses are encouraged to apply for the 31st class of Leadership Jenks.

Participants will hear from a variety of community leaders on topics including government, education, the business community and more. Participants will meet one evening a month from October to May.

Leadership Jenks is a joint program of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation and the City of Jenks.

There is no charge to participate thanks to support from chamber members.

For questions, email jessica.stacy(at)jenkschamber.com or call 918-299-5005.

Applications are due by Friday Sept. 15.

Click here to download the Leadership Jenks XXXI Application.

Stacy joins chamber staff

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Stacy to serve as the director of communications.

Stacy is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University where she earned a bachelor’s in journalism. A Jenks Public Schools alum, Stacy has lived in the Jenks school district nearly her entire life.

“I’m very excited to be back in Jenks,” Stacy said. “I am looking forward to working with business leaders in the community I call home.”

Stacy will be responsible for public relations and communications to current and prospective Chamber members,  members of the public and the media. Stacy will plan, promote and enhance programs that achieve the Chamber’s mission and goals.

When she’s not working at the Chamber, Stacy said she’s likely to be found outdoors. She enjoys jogging, lounging by the pool, and walking her rescue pup, Kit. Stacy is training for her third half-marathon in October.

For questions about the Chamber, or just to welcome Jessica to the team, email jessica.stacy(at)jenkschamber.com or call 918-299-5005.

August luncheon: How to reach millennials and what to look for when interviewing them

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s August luncheon will feature tips on how business leaders can maximize their relationships with millennials in the years ahead.

The luncheon will take place at noon Aug. 16 at the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

The speaker will be Shane Hoffman, a multimedia journalism professor at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Hoffman has been preparing millennial students for the workforce since 2007.

“In today’s fast growing digital economy it can be difficult for employees to know what to look for when interviewing millennials and for that matter, difficult for millennials to know how best to prepare their skills to be ready for an interview,” Hoffman said.

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

RSVP to jessica.stacy(at)jenkschamber.com by Aug. 14 to attend.

Rains joins Chamber staff

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hiring of Angie Rains to serve as a Business Development Specialist for the organization.

Rains brings more than 13 years of corporate experience to the Chamber staff with an emphasis in outside sales. A Jenks Public Schools alum, Rains has lived in the Jenks School District nearly her entire life.

“I”m very excited to work with the Jenks Chamber,” Rains said. “I look forward to working with business and community leaders to find ways to continue growing and strengthening our business community.”

Rains will be responsible for helping new and existing Chamber members maximize the value of their investment in the organization. She’ll also manage some of the Chamber’s key programs.

When she’s not working at the Chamber, Rains said she’s likely at the tennis court. She attended the University of Oklahoma on a full athletic scholarship for her tennis skills and is a certified USPTA tennis professional.

For questions about the Chamber, or just to welcome Angie to the team, email angie.rains(at)jenkschamber.com or call 918-299-5005.

Chamber members named ‘Best of the Best’ by Oklahoma Magazine

Congratulations to all our members named “Best of the Best” for 2017 by voters around the state! Jenks was once again named the best small town in Oklahoma, and our members were recognized among the best in their field in 21 categories. The winners are:

Best Small Town: Jenks

Best Flooring Company: Renaissance Hardwood

Best Homebuilders: Brian D Wiggs

Best Landscape Designer: Southwood Landscape and Garden

Best Lawn and Garden Store: Southwood Landscape and Garden

Best New Development: RiverWalk Crossing

Best Real Estate Company: McGraw Realtors and Keller Williams Realty

Best Bank: Bank of Oklahoma and Arvest

Best Cleaning Service: MaidPro

Best Home/Auto Insurance: State Farm and Farmers Insurance

Best Staffing Agency: Express Employment Professionals

Best Vet/Animal Clinic: Woodland West Animal Clinic

Best Orthopedic Surgeon: Drs. Yoges Mittal and Greg Holt, Center for Orthopedic and Reconstructive Excellence

Best Grocery Store: Reasor’s

Best Casino: River Spirit Casino Resort

Best Wedding Venue: Spain Ranch

Best Burger: Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili

Best Food Truck: Andolini’s

Best Mexican Food: Los Cabos

Best Outside Dining: Los Cabos

Best Pizza: Andolini’s

Best Salsa: Los Cabos

See the full list at okmag.com.

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.

Sponsored by:

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.