03-13-2017 Monday Memo

Old dog…
You’ve all heard the statement that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  Well, that might not be totally accurate if that old dog wants to learn new tricks…and when it comes to marketing, this old dog absolutely, without any hesitation or reservation, wants to up his game when it comes to enhancing the skills that we use to market the community….
Recently we engaged two different groups of millennials who are assisting us with several different areas of marketing that are important to our efforts to attract new businesses to our community AND to help those who are interested in what we have to offer them in the areas of housing, employment, consumer choices, educational institutions, healthcare options, and so much more.
So who are these wonder-kids that we are so head over heels about?  Glad you asked.  One of them is Staci Wright who is the Business and Entrepreneur Services Coordinator at the Business and Industry Services center at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. 
Ms. Staci is helping us launch our marketing and advertising ideas related to our Industrial Building on Google. It seems like the world lives on Google these days, or at least where they are frequently found searching for the things they feel they need to have a better life. 
Once Ms. Staci has us up and running with the right key words and the proper placement, we think those who may need a great place to locate their business, AND those who need to find an available industrial building, should easily be able to find us.
The other bright young minds working with us are Ms. Christina Roach and Ms. Sarah Hancock from Dr. Daryl Green’s Small Business Marketing Class at OBU.  They have taken us under their wing to help us navigate the wonders of electronic marketing.  Along with the support from their professor, they are helping us look at alternative ways to strengthen awareness on a regional, national and even global perspective on the cyberspace network.  
These stellar students have been putting together some ideas that are challenging the way we typically would reach out to our prospects and are encouraging us to be bold in our approach to what is a foreign world to some of us.
Our goals are simple in that we want to attract more advanced manufacturers to this area, which equates to obtaining additional capital investment, creating more wealth producing jobs, all of which help raise the standard of living in this area.
And those new frontiers are enough to get this old dog off the porch to try to learn some new tricks.   And finally all we can say about that is… Woof!
Educators Notes:
We were excited to learn a few weeks ago that of the 25,000 students who graduated from an Oklahoma college and university in 2008-2009, about 62% of those graduates could be found working in Oklahoma.
The data we received also highlighted that of the nearly 16,000 statewide graduates, about 60% of them were working in the Greater Oklahoma City Region and 20% of them were working in the Tulsa Region. 
95% of the Oklahoma PhD Graduates from that same time frame were working in the Greater Oklahoma City region.
Without question, you cannot attract or keep businesses in this state, or our region for that matter, without a quality workforce and the statics validate that as a whole we are doing a better job of retaining our best and brightest graduates to help us grow the economy.
When we couple all of that success with employment or educational placement of students from the different Career Tech system, it’s easy to see that some of the efforts started sometime ago are providing us with more skilled employees in a wide variety of areas.
It won’t be long before we see that the STEM efforts that have been implemented in this area will also start to increase the level of employee skills that businesses are desperate for.
The common denominators in all of this are the Oklahoma educators who are in the thick of helping to equip these bright young minds with the skills they will need for the demand occupations that we will see over the next fifty years. 
We all still need to do more to make our educational systems and the financial support of those systems better, but there is a brighter future right around the corner due to all of the collaborative efforts that are taking place in this region and state.
“We Like Em A Lot”
Those of you who are frequent readers of the Monday Memo know we like to highlight individuals who are oftentimes a person that not everyone knows about or someone who is simply and quietly going about their work in an unassuming manner.  
Most of the time we know them and have had some personal interaction on different occasions and every now and then, someone sends us a suggestion about someone they think deserves some recognition.   This week the individual we wish to highlight is both someone we know and someone that others have suggested we highlight in this weekly memo.
As we went about the task of defining what made this person special, we asked some of her co-workers their thoughts and we were thrilled at how quickly they agreed to share their insights.  That alone speaks highly of the level of respect they have for this week’s recipient.
Besides being an obviously nice person, the lady we a featuring this week is a true business leader, as she consistently builds trust and respect among those at her place of employment.  Those who value all people are something we need more of in this world.
She was described to us as someone who always finishes what she starts, along with being that person whose word is her bond and is the first to praise others for a job well done.  She understands that teamwork is what makes a business run smoothly and that every person in the facility is important and vital to its overall success.
Her style of supporting those around her is contagious and was quickly evident to us as the staff around her where eager to share how much they appreciate her ability to give credit to others and how she values all of those she interacts with.
This extremely pleasant person goes about her daily tasks with a smile on her face, with a purposeful desire to help others, and whether she is working in her flower garden, playing with her grandchildren or with her precious Yorkie, she is always someone we can count on to show us a kinder and gentler way of being respectful to others.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Deedra Carpenter.  If you know Deedra, give her a call, send her a note or an email, and tell her how much you appreciate all she does for Shawnee. And if you don’t know her, make yourself a note as someone you have to meet.  Your life will be better for knowing her.
A-1 Staffing & Recruiting Agency:  Visit http://www.a1staffingok.com/apply-now.php or contact Brandy Helm at brandy@a1staffingok.com or 405-788-0001
Absentee Shawnee Tribe:  http://www.astribe.com/astribe/?reload
BancFirst-Shawnee:  Contact Deloris Page at dpage@bancfirst.com
Black Hawk Casino:  Contact Shirley McCormick at shirley.mccormick@blackhawkcasino.org
Blue Zones:  Send resumes to jon.werger@healthways.com or visit https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=sharecare&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US#
Buckle:  Apply online at http://corporate.buckle.com/careers following application contact the store to schedule interview at 405-878-0920 
Chick Fil A in Shawnee: Apply online only at http://www.work4cfashawnee.com/
City National Bank:  Visit https://www.cnb1901.com/ or contact 866-385-3444
City of Shawnee:  Visit http://www.shawneeok.org/jobs
Citizen Potawatomi Nation:  Visit http://www.firelakejobs.com/
Daliyah Greek House:  Contact Mazin at 580-235-8999 to set up an appointment and interview.  Restaurant located at 2033 N. Kickapoo, Shawnee OK.
Dickson Industries:  Visithttp://www.roadproonline.com
Enviro Systems:  Visit http://www.enviro-ok.com/careers/job-opportunities/ or email Personnel@enviro-ok.com
Express Employment Professionals:  Visit http://www.expresspros.com/ or contact David Kitts at 405-275-7575
Extreme Inflatables:  Visit http://extremeinflatables.com/EI/index.php.  To apply, contact us in person at 301 N. Oklahoma, Shawnee OK, call 405-878-0747or email apply@extremeinflatables.com
Farmers Insurance:  Contact Tim Seelig at 405-377-6671 or tim.binman@farmersagency.com
First United Bank:  Contact Paul Bass at 405-273-6100 or paul@firstunitedbank.com
Freedom Personnel:  Contact Janet or Hyla at 405-275-9675
Gateway Pipeline LLC:  Visit http://www.gatewaypipeline.com and contact Kristin Paule at 405-275-0954
Gateway to Prevention & Recovery:  Submit resume to Amy Walton at awalton@gatewaytoprevention.org
Georg Fischer:  Visit http://www.centralplastics.com, email Dani.Shields@georgfischer.com or call 405-878-3978
Global Production Solutions:  Visit http://www.globalproductionsolutions.com and contact Kristin Vinson at kvinson@gps-us.co
Indaco Metals:  Visit http://www.indacometals.com/ or contact Jordan McLaughlin at 405-273-9200
Jindal Films: Apply online at http://www.indeed.com/q-Jindal-Films-l-Shawnee,-OK-jobs.html or send resumes to careers@jindalfilms.com
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma:  Visit http://kickapootribeofoklahoma.com/ and contact Vasant Hanratagorn at 405-964-2075 ext. 107, 405-605-9390 or itoffice@kickapootribeofoklahoma.com
Mills Machine Company:  Send resume to Mills Machine Company at 201 N. Oklahoma Ave., Shawnee OK 74801 or email it to chuck@millsmachine.com
Oklahoma Baptist University:  Visit http://www.okbu.edu/businessaffairs/hr/jobs.html
Primrose Retirement Community:  Visit www.primrose-careers.com
Red Lobster:  Apply online at https://www.redlobster.com/employment/
Shawnee Milling Company:  Visithttp://www.shawneemilling.comand call Jane Lewis at 405-273-7003 ext. 314      
St. Gregory’s University:  Visit http://www.stgregorys.edu/about-us/employment Development Director and Systems Analyst – All interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume and references to hr@stgregorys.edu.
TDK Ferrites:  (Workforce Oklahoma representing TDK) Contact Malisa Daniel at 405-275-2100 ext. 397 or by email at malisa.daniel@us.tdk.com
United Dynamics, Inc.:  Visit http://united-dynamics.com/ and contact Michelle Needham at 405-275-8041 ext. 280
Vyve Broadband:  Visit http://www.vyvebroadband.com/careers.html, call Angela at 914-234-8325, email employment@vyvebb.com and send resumes to career@vyvebb.com
Wolverine Tube:  Visit http://www.wlv.com/ and contact Express Employment Professionals  at 405-275-7575
HOW TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL JOBS:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY5Z_pfFUK4
OBU –     Contact Oklahoma Baptist University and send them your job postings.  They can screen them and will be happy to
                  share them on their website.  – Visit their job board at https://okbu-csm.symplicity.com/
OSU –      Contact the Shawnee area Employer Development Coordinator Alicia Jackson (alicia.jackson@okstate.edu, 405-945-
8617) today to develop your personalized recruiting plan to Hire OSU Grads!
Shell Building Information:  http://sedf.biz/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Shell-Building-Flyer1.pdf
Downtown Façade Grant Program – The Historic Shawnee Alliance Is Now Accepting Applications
For a complete list of guidelines and the application, visit the HSA’s web site at: www.historic- shawnee.com or contact HSA member and city planning director, Justin DeBruin, at 878-1616.
March 23-25:  Oklahoma Regional FIRST Robotics Competition
8am at Cox Convention Center, OKC
For more information, visit http://www.firstinspires.org/
March 31:  Mobile Smiles Unit
9am-3pm at The Community Market, 120 S. Center, Shawnee OK 74801
For more information or to make an appointment call 405-878-1528
April 12:  SEDF Board Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates:  5/10/17; 6/14/17; 7/12/17; 8/9/17; 9/13/17; 10/11/17; 11/8/17; 12/13/17
April 19:  Small Business Development Classes – Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map with Google
11:30am at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7493 for more information.
May 29:  SEDF Office Closed for Memorial Day
Additional Dates: 07/04/17 Independence Day; 09/04/17 Labor Day; 11/10/17 Veteran’s Day; 11/23-24/17 Thanksgiving; 12/25-26/17 Christmas
Third Friday Each Month:  Downtown Block Party, presented by the Shawnee Art Guild
5-8pm in historic downtown Shawnee.  For more information, call 405-432-4131
Shawnee Senior Center Events:
Savvy Seniors: http://savvysenior.org/seniorresources.htm
English as a Second Language Class
6-8pm every Tuesday and Thursday, Pioneer Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee OK 74801.  Call Janie Davis at 405-273-3334 to register.
Yoga In The Park
6:30pm Every Tuesday at Sister City Park located at the intersection of Legacy and Airport Drive, Shawnee OK
Shawnee Little Theatre:
For show listings and more information, visit http://www.shawneelittletheatre.com or call 405-275-2805
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