06-12-2017 Monday Memo

Why paying attention to Facebook is important…
Over the past six months or so the SEDF staff has been slogging our way through a long overdue update on our website.  www.sedf.biz.   In case you haven’t been to that site, we have included the link, which we think has something to offer almost everyone.
For us, the point of having a website is to provide a central repository for the various resources and information that we believe helps someone know about what is going on in our area, plus helps those who are considering making an investment in the community, possibly move here, or just find out more about our community. 
Let me rephrase that, we think it will help those seeking information about our area find out a LOT more about our community, region and state.  And it drives us to the edge of insanity when we know our information isn’t relevant or as fresh as possible. It’s our goal to try and provide the best data we can, which simply takes a lot of time and effort.
Sometimes in the task of refreshing our information, we stumble upon an area that we think needs to be highlighted to those who care about their business’s reputation, hence the reason for todays title about the importance of paying attention to Facebook, LinkedIn or some other form of online media.
If some of you are thinking, who’s got time for that, we will politely retort and suggest that you better be looking at what people are posting about you online, either officially or unofficially.   
As we have been trying to update the information on our website, we decided to take a look at some of the local employers to make sure we included them in the business resources section, which sounds simple enough.
Low and behold, we found that many of the companies we researched did NOT have an official Facebook page, but in some cases had an unofficial Facebook site, which in some cases was VERY unflattering about the company.  And in a few cases, the comments associated with the company were outright derogatory and vulgar.
While all of those items fall outside of what the SEDF is all about, we were keenly aware that such comments were a terrible representation of the company and didn’t accurately provide the kind of impression that we have of the company. 
Having a business Facebook page doesn’t mean you have to allow someone to bash your company or post information that is untrue or hurtful. A business Facebook page should be something you have in place to help people learn more about you, what you make, sell or a service you provide.
It can also be a great way to celebrate your ongoing successes, expansions, renovations, new product or services development, awards or anything that lets you tell the world that what you do it important.   
At the same time, if you have a desire to connect to the younger generations who you might want to employ someday, there is no better way to reach them than through a well-organized and accurate depiction of your firm on your own official Facebook page.
If you think this is just another thing that you need to do at your firm to brand it, think again.  You can easily spend a small amount of time each day, policing your site, adding pertinent information, pictures or other items. And there are experts in the community who can help you easily set all of this up.
Take a minute, go online and research what it might mean for your business to have a Facebook page.   Or take your chances on what someone else might have to say about your business while you’re not watching.
After all, it’s just an impression of your business that the rest of the world gets to see……
“Educators Notes”
Pottawatomie County Teachers…
Last week we teased you a bit and hopefully got you to return to this week’s Monday Memo to learn a little bit more about the August 7th event.
Rather than keeping you in suspense any longer, we are going to give you more details on why you should be sure to save the date.
The AVEDIS Foundation wants to celebrate YOU and all that you do for the students in this area.  So the best way they can accomplish that is to throw a party where the center of attention is YOU.
If you will click on the following link, you will learn more about what AVEDIS has planned for YOU, which we hope will entice you to block out that timeframe on your personal calendars RIGHT NOW…
You won’t want to miss this event, where the VIP of the celebration is YOU!  Click HERE to view the invitation and get the details.
“We Like ‘Em A Lot”
Our organization is fortunate to have a lot of strong business leaders as board members, who are truly focused on what the GREATER GOOD is for the community. 
As these leaders go about their various roles in the community, they know that a lot of what we do today will have an impact on those who will be filling their shoes in the near future. 
If you’re starting to think this is about the leaders who now serve with our organization, you would be way off.  Our focus today is on those who will benefit from today’s efforts a bit farther into the future, and how we are fortunate to already have some of those individuals engaged in the process of making a difference. 
We think the individual we recognize today is one of those people who is already leading in the community and will be helping even more in the near future, IF we can all continue to build a community that he and his family are pleased to live in.
Without question, the statement of “What We Do Today is What Creates Tomorrow” is part of what economic development is all about, but creating that not so distant future means we need strong young leaders engaged now, so they help shape what is yet to come.
The individual we wish to acknowledge today is one of those young leaders and he has adopted a mentality of “What can I do to help make this a better place for today and tomorrow?”   Along with that style of thinking, he is actively and personally engaged in helping to make our community a better place.  He not only talks the talk, but he also walks the walk in making a difference.
One of the traits we really appreciate about him is his unbridled passion to see this place he and his young family call home become even better.  His enthusiasm for a better place isn’t just about his own personal success, or the opportunities for his own children, it’s also about all those others he knows his efforts can have an impact on.  In our eyes, that is a thing of beauty to behold. 
Indeed, we hope more young families will adopt that same mentality in working to improve the quality of life of everyone who lives in our area, for if a community truly wants to better itself and move forward, it takes the next generation to have the desire to be part of the success and to unselfishly give of themselves to achieve those goals.
We believe the person we are highlighting today is one of those leaders who is committed to making this community a better place for not only his own family, but for countless others who he doesn’t even know.   
The person we wish to recognize this week is Kirk Israel.  If you know Kirk, give him a call, send him a note or an email, and tell him how much you appreciate all he does for Shawnee. And if you don’t know him, make yourself a note as someone you have to meet.  Your life will be better for knowing him.
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. Harrison, Shawnee OK.
Dickson Industries:  Visithttp://www.roadproonline.com
Eaton Corporation:  Apply online at www.eaton.com/careers, keyword Assembly
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 National Bank:  Contact Darci Williams at 405-275-8830 or dwilliams@fnbokla.bank
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
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 Sherry Pennington at  spennington@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
Norwesco:  Email Coy Carpenter at coy.carpenter@norwesco.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      
Shawnee News-Star:  Mail resume to Shawnee News-Star, PO Box 1688, Dept. 359, Shawnee OK 74802 or email to jalewis704@gmail.com
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.
June 14:  SEDF Board Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates:  7/12/17; 8/9/17; 9/13/17; 10/11/17; 11/8/17; 12/13/17
July 4:  SEDF Office Closed for Independence Day
Additional Dates: 09/04/17 Labor Day; 11/10/17 Veteran’s Day; 11/23-24/17 Thanksgiving; 12/25-26/17 Christmas
August 7:  Celebrate Pottawatomie County Teachers, sponsored by Avedis Foundation
8am-12:30pm at Heart of OK Exposition Center, 1700 W. Independence St., Shawnee OK
August 17:  Job Fair
9a-1p at Galilee Baptist Church, 1025 E. 9th St., Shawnee OK 74801
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
tburg@sedf.biz   *  scaldwell@sedf.biz   *  www.sedf.biz  *  405-273-7490 * facebook.com/shawneeEDF

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