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Selected #1 “Best Towns in Oklahoma for Young Families” (2013)
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December 2014 Chamber Luncheon
Karen John Dee1Phil Carson and MarianDec14 Volunteers of the monthGuest speakers at the December 4th monthly Chamber luncheon were Karen Reich of the Piedmont Service Center and Dee Blose and John Schneider of Youth and Family Services.  They spoke on the topic “Service to the Community.”  Retiring County Commissioner Phil Carson was presented a citation.  The Chamber recognized Volunteers of the Month Roy and Kurt Mayabb and Ralph and Joe Reich.  The Chamber appreciates their assistance with site preparation and parking with the circus.  Business “Spotlight” was Chapel Hill Funeral Home.

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November 2014 Chamber Luncheon
Outgoing BOD plus MarianNov14 BOTM1Karen CarneyGuest speaker at the November 6th monthly Chamber luncheon was Karen Carney, Public Information and Marketing Manager for Will Rogers World Airport.  She spoke on the topic “Will Rogers Airport Taking Off.”  Business of the Month was Jeremy Parker of Williams Foods.  The Chamber appreciates Jeremy and his staff for serving as the highest-volume circus ticket sales site.  The four Board members whose terms of service ended this month were also recognized:  Amber Hite, Barbara Rubley, Lyn Land, and Bobby Williamson.
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Ribbon-Cutting at Mirror Mirror Boutique
Mirror Mirror Boutique ribbon cutting 1nov14Piedmont Chamber members and community residents joined owner Jan Swenson in a ribbon-cutting on November 1, 2014.  This coincided with the one-year anniversary of the business at 103 Monroe Ave NW.

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Multi-Chamber Networking Event
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A group of Piedmont Chamber members enjoyed the opportunity to network with Chamber members from Deer Creek, Guthrie, Northwest OKC, Yukon, El Reno, Asian Chamber of Oklahoma, and Black Chamber of OKC at Metro Connect, held at SoccerCity OKC on October 14.

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October 2014 Legislative Breakfast
Joe Dorman1F&MGPNBKaren John Lisa2Democratic Candidate for Governor Joe Dorman was guest speaker for the October Quarterly Legislative Breakfast. The Piedmont audience also received a legislative update from the field representatives of US Senator Tom Coburn (Craig Smith), and US Rep Frank Lucas (Jeremy Bennett), as well as a discussion of current interim studies from Senator Ron Justice, Rep. John Enns, and Rep. Mike Sanders.  Co-hosts for the quarterly event are Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education. Thanks to our 2014 corporate sponsors, F&M Bank (“Yeas and Nays”), Representative John Enns (“Quorum”), Great Plains National Bank (“Quorum”), and Reynolds Ford of OKC (“Caucus”), we enjoyed a free hot breakfast.

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October 2014 Chamber Luncheon
Oct14 BOTMGary England1Guest speaker at the October 9th monthly Chamber luncheon was Gary England, Vice President for corporate relations and weather development, Griffin Communications.  He spoke on the topic “Tornadoes and Television.”  Business “Spotlight” was AtLink Services.  Business of the Month was Barbara Rubley, CPA.  The Chamber appreciates her personal efforts to recruit new members to the Chamber.

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The Circus In Piedmont!
Circus tentsRingmastersOn Sunday, September 21 the Culpepper-Merriweather Circus attracted nearly 1000 people to their two shows in Piedmont.  Former Chamber President Eric Anderson served as Ringmaster for the first show, assisted by Miss Heartland Marissa McCurtain.

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September 2014 Chamber Luncheon
Terri White5School-Business Partnership2 2014-15Guest speaker at the September 4th monthly Chamber luncheon was Terri White, Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  She spoke on the topic “Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Oklahoma.”  Business “Spotlight” was Eales Electronics.  Businesses of the Month were member of the School-Business Partnership.  The Chamber appreciates these local businesses for partnering with and supporting our local schools.

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Ribbon-Cutting at Butterfly Gypsee, Timber Lodge, and Bussett Law Firm
Ribbon cutting Butterfly Gypsee Aug14Timber Lodge3 sept14Bussett oct14Members of the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont community gathered with Shelly Williamson of Butterfly Gypsee, with Dwain Guthrie and Maurice Dean of Timber Lodge, and with Rachel Bussett of Bussett Law Firm to celebrate their ribbon-cutting and grand opening.

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Business After Hours

Aug14Piedmont Chamber members enjoyed networking in a relaxing, after-hours environment at the August 2014 Business After Hours co-hosted by The Pristine Salon and Mirror Mirror Boutique.

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August 2014 Chamber Luncheon
jenny kellbach1making piedmont proudGuest speaker at the August 7th monthly Chamber luncheon was Jenny Kellbach, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, Canadian County Health Department.  She spoke on the topic “Certified Healthy Oklahoma.”  Business “Spotlight” was Pat’s Tours and Travels.  Business of the Month was Mark Avant of Avant Plumbing Heating.  The Chamber appreciates Mark’s leadership in organizing the Annual Golf Tournament.  Dr. James White of Piedmont Public Schools was recognized with the “Making Piedmont Proud” award.  Dr. White was named one of the Superintendents of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators.

July 2014 Legislative Breakfast
District Attorney Mike Fields was guest speaker for the July Quarterly Legislative Breakfast.  His topic was “The DA’s Office, Public Safety, and Emerging Criminal Justice Issues.”  The Piedmont audience also received a legislative update from the field representatives of US Senator Tom Coburn (Craig Smith), US Senator Jim Inhofe (Brian Hackler), and US Rep Frank Lucas (Jeremy Bennett), as well as summaries of the last legislative session and current interim studies from Senator Ron Justice, Rep. John Enns, and Rep. Mike Sanders.  Co-hosts for the quarterly event are Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education. Thanks to our 2014 corporate sponsors, F&M Bank (“Yeas and Nays”), Representative John Enns (“Quorum”), Great Plains National Bank (“Quorum”), and Reynolds Ford of OKC (“Caucus”), we enjoyed a free hot breakfast. Mike Fields1 Mike Fields5 Craig Smith2

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July 4th Freedom Fest
The Piedmont community gathered to celebrate Independence Day with a parade, food, fun, and fireworks!
Eric Anderson and Abilgail Chitwood Veterans float Jim Crosby and Bobby Williamson.

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July 2014 Chamber Luncheon
Guest speaker at the July 3rd monthly Chamber luncheon was local veteran John Bickerstaff.  He gave an update on the “Piedmont Area Veterans Association.”  Business “Spotlight” was Body By Vi.  Business of the Month was Owens Roofing, represented by Darren Owens.  The Chamber appreciates Owens Roofing for hosting a Business After Hours event, holiday open house, and displaying the Chamber billboard on its property.

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2014 Golf Tournament
The weather cooperated to make a beautiful day for the Chamber Golf Tournament.  Fried chicken and side dishes were provided by our local Williams Grocery Store.  The tournament winner was Frontier Chevrolet, also a first-time participant in the tournament.  Thanks to all the teams, hole sponsors, and volunteers.
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June 2014 Chamber Luncheon
Guest speaker was State Teacher of the YPeter Markes1ear Peter Markes.  He accompanied himself on the guitar and gave an inspirational speach on the topic: “The Teacher As Leader.”  Business “Spotlight” was Owens Roofing, represented by Darren Owens.  Business of the Month was Piedmont Public Library – City of Piedmont, represented by Rhonda Turley.  The Chamber appreciates the Library hosting a Business After Hours event, summer reading kickoff, and many programs benefiting the entire community.  Honored with “Making Piedmont Proud” was Dr. Greg Winters, Superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Center. Dr. Winters has been named Superintendent of the Year by the Oklahoma School Public Relations Association and Oklahoma Association of School Administrators. Spotlight Owens Roofing Making Piedmont Proud jun14

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“Meet the Candidates”
Robert Hubbard John Enns Ross Vanhooser Stephanie Bice Leif Francel Mark Thomas Rep for Freda Deskin Jack Herron Ivan Holmes Audience2On May 6th, 2014, the Chamber hosted a “Meet the Candidates” event.  The following were participants:  Robert Hubbard, candidate for US House District 3; John Enns, incumbent and candidate for OK House District 41; Ross Vanhooser, candidate for OK House District 41; Stephanie Bice, candidate for OK Senate District 22; Leif Francel, candidate for OK Senate District 22; Mark Thomas, candidate for Senate District 22; Freda Deskin (staff represented her), candidate for State Superintendent; Jack Herron, candidate for State Superintendent; and Ivan Homes, candidate for State Superintendent.  Light refreshments were provided by Eric Anderson of F&M Bank, Dr. Tamra State of Piedmont Chiropractic, and Lisa Gigstad of the Piedmont Chamber.  Chamber President Marian LeCrone moderated the session and Chamber Treasurer Amber Hite served as timekeeper.

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May 2014 Chamber Luncheon
May14 BOTMCarolyn Leck Kim Rhodes1 Justin Atkinson Scott Deatherage Marc Hader Wes Higgins Kevin Hopkins Clifford LawsonThe two candidates for Canadian County Treasurer and six candidates for Commissioner, District 1, participated in a “Candidate Forum” at the May Chamber Luncheon.  Business “spotlight” was Marc Hader, an individual member of the Chamber.  Honored as Business of the Month was the Parks & Rec Board of the City of Piedmont, represented by Lyn Land.  The Chamber appreciates the community calendar, sidewalk projects, “Walk to School,” and many other activities sponsored by the Parks & Rec Board.

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April 2014 Legislative Breakfast
johnson1 craig smith5A large crowd received a legislative update from the field representatives of US Senator Tom Coburn (Craig Smith), US Senator Jim Inhofe (Brian Hackler), and US Rep Frank Lucas (Jeremy Bennett), at the April Breakfast, along with reports on the “2014 Oklahoma Legislative Session” from Senator Rob Johnson, Senator Ron Justice, Rep. John Enns, and Rep. Mike Sanders.  Co-hosts for the quarterly event are Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education. Thanks to our 2014 corporate sponsors, F&M Bank (“Yeas and Nays”), Representative John Enns (“Quorum”), Great Plains National Bank (“Quorum”), and Reynolds Ford of OKC (“Caucus”), we enjoyed a free hot breakfast.

Ribbon-Cutting at Keller Williams Platinum
KW Platinum apr14Citation2Members of the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont community gathered with members of the Keller Williams group to celebrate the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of Keller Williams Platinum, 1225 Piedmont Road.  The business was previously known as Cleaton & Associate. Owners Phil & Cindy Boevers provided refreshments for all.  A citation from Rep. Mike Sanders congratulating Keller Williams Platinum was presented by Chamber 1st Vice President Scott Cornelius to KW Platinum employee Marian LeCrone at the next Chamber luncheon.  Congratulations and welcome Keller Williams Platinum!

Business After Hours
Piedmont Chamber members enjoyed networking in a relaxing, after-hours environment at the April 2014 Business After Hours co-hosted by Owens Roofing and the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce.  April 8 Owens and CofC

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April 2014 Chamber Luncheon
Mar14 BOTM2 Spotlight - Larry Ellis of Edward Jones Guest speakerDr. James White, Superintendent of Piedmont Public Schools, served as guest speaker at the April Chamber Luncheon.  His topic was “Education Update.”  Business “spotlight” was Larry Ellis of Edward Jones Investments.  Honored as Business of the Month was Shawn Blankenship of Piedmont Public Schools.  The Chamber appreciates his assistance at the Annual Banquet held in Piedmont Intermediate School.

Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening
Diva mar14Diva Ribbon cutting 3-2014Members of the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont community gathered to celebrate the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of Diva Nails & Spa, 1432 Piedmont Road.  Owner Tina Phan, assisted by Sara Phan and Vanna Nguyen, provided refreshments for all.  They gave tours of their newly remodeled facility. Chamber President Marian LeCrone presented a citation from Representative Mike Sanders.  Congratulations Tina!

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March 2014 Chamber Luncheon
Winters1 Spotlight - F&M Bank Mar14 BOTMDr. Greg Winters, Superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Center, served as guest speaker at the March Chamber Luncheon.  His topic was “Canadian Valley Strong.”  Business “spotlight” was F&M Bank, represented by President Eric Anderson.  Honored as Business of the Month was Piedmont Dry Cleaners & Florist, represented by owner Melisa Ryker.  The Chamber appreciates her donation of centerpieces for the Banquet and February luncheon door prize.

 

February 2014 Chamber Luncheon
speaker3 Business spotlight1 Feb14 BOTM2Sharon Allen, Piedmont resident and founder of “Apples for Africa,” served as guest speaker at the February Chamber Luncheon.  Business “Spotlight” was Piedmont Dry Cleaners & Florist.  President Marian LeCrone presented owner Melisa Ryker with a citation from Representative Mike Sanders.  Honored as Business of the Month was the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette.  The Chamber appreciates the Gazette’s coverage of and support of Chamber-sponsored events such as the recent Banquet.  Representing the Gazette was editor Matt Montgomery.

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Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening
Piedmont Dry Clearners & Florist feb14Members of the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont community gathered to celebrate the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of Piedmont Dry Cleaners & Florist, 104 Piedmont Road. Owner Melisa Ryker provided refreshments for all.  There are a number of product lines, including laundry and dry cleaning, fresh cut floral arrangements, live plants, clothing, jewelry, tuxedo rental, locally grown food products, and more!  Congratulations Melissa!

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Annual Banquet – 2014
An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the Annual Chamber Banquet on January 25th at the Piedmont Intermediate School.  Guest speaker was Major General (Ret.) Rita Aragon.  Entertainment was provided by the Piedmont Percussion Project.  Caterer was Catering Oklahoma.  Awards were presented:  Pride of Piedmont Award of Excellence: Alissa Antwine, Volunteer of the Year: Lyn Land, Community Service: Bryan Adamson, Most Dedicated Member: Lisa Gigstad, Hall of Fame: Mac Thompson, President’s Award: Josh Atkinson, Business of the Year: Great Plains National Bank.  Piedmont Public Schools Superintendent James White recognized the Teacher of the Year from each school site.BOTY2 Community Service1 Hall of Fame2 IMG_4265 IMG_4269

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 2014 Legislative Breakfast
John Doak1smaller version Jan14 breakfast9 smaller versionJohn Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner, served as guest speaker at the recent Legislative Breakfast.  His topic was “Oklahoma Insurance Issues.”  Also presenting at the Breakfast were Senator Rob Johnson, Senator Ron Justice, Representative Mike Sanders, and field representatives Craig Smith (US Sen. Tom Coburn) and Jeremy Bennett (US Rep Frank Lucas).  Co-hosts for the quarterly event are Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education. Catering was provided by Catering Oklahoma.  2014 corporate sponsors are F&M Bank (“Yeas and Nays”), Representative John Enns (“Quorum”), Great Plains National Bank (“Quorum”), and Reynolds Ford of OKC (“Caucus”).

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.“Lights On Piedmont” Decorating Contest

Third place  Historical Society  Don Willis and Eric Anderson Second place The Old Store  Heather Giggers and Eric Anderson First place Piedmont Service Center  Brian Reich and Eric AndersonThe Business category winners:  1st place is Piedmont Service Center, 2nd place is The Old Store, 3rd place is Historical Society.  Eric Anderson of F&M Bank is shown presenting the plaques to the winners:  Brian Reich, Heather Giggers, and Don Willis.  The Residential winners:  3500 Edmond Rd NE, 1111 Washington, 10001 NW 122nd.  Darren Owens of Owens Roofing has placed signs in the winners’ yards.  Thanks to all our holiday decorators for making our community beautiful at Christmas!

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December Chamber Luncheon
Guest speaker Ashleigh Arnall Making Piedmont Proud Dec13Ashleigh Arnall, Director of the United Way of Canadian County, served as guest speaker at the December Chamber Luncheon.  The audience participated in her interactive “Reality Check” activity, and United Way donors received an ornament from the Christmas tree.  Clay McDonald, Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year was recognized with the “Making Piedmont Proud” award.  Joining in the recognition are Piedmont Public Schools officials Superintendent James White, Assistant Superintendent Jackie Parish, HIgh School Principal Layne Jones, School Board President Karen Green, and Keyley McDonald.

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November Chamber Luncheon
Dan Mahoney2se corner11-2013 Business of the MonthDan Mahoney, VP of Corporate Communications and Community Relations for the OKC Thunder, served as guest speaker at the November Chamber Luncheon.  His topic was “Thunder’s Impact on the State of Oklahoma.”  The Business “Spotlight” was Rausch Coleman Homes.  Honored as Business of the Month was F&M Bank.  The Chamber appreciates the bank’s sponsorship of our booth at Founder’s Day and their participation in the School-Business Partnership.  Representing F&M Bank were Executive Vice President Eric Anderson and Assistant Vice President Josh Atkinson.

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Business After Hours

Aug13 photo3 SoccerCity2 Oct13 Durst & StatesLibrary nov13Chamber members have enjoyed several Business After Hours events recently.  In August, ECI, Agency and Barbara Rubley, CPA hosted the event at their Piedmont offices.  Soccer City OKC was the site for a Multi-Chamber Business After Hours for members of the Piedmont, Deer Creek, Yukon, Mustang, Guthrie, and NW OKC Chambers.  On October 15 Doug Durst, DDS, and Dr. Tamra States of Piedmont Chiropractic hosted a fun and relaxing event at their Piedmont offices. On November 19, the Friends of the Piedmont Library hosted a Business After Hours at the Library.  Thanks to our hosts for creating these terrific networking events!

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October Legislative Breakfast
shannon3Karen and JamieCrowd from southLisa and CraigT.W. Shannon, Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, served as guest speaker at the recent Legislative Breakfast.  His topic was “Oklahoma House of Representatives:  Past Accomplishments and Future Goals.”  Also presenting at the Breakfast were Senator Rob Johnson, Senator Ron Justice, Representative Mike Sanders, and field representatives Craig Smith (US Sen. Tom Coburn) and Brian Hackler (US Sen. James Inhofe).  Co-hosts for the quarterly event are Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education.  Catering was provided by Catering Oklahoma.  2013 corporate sponsor Great Plains National Bank President Jamie Allison was recognized for providing free hot breakfasts.  Craig Smith was recognized for his unbroken attendance record at the event for the last three years.

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Business of the Month for October
10-2013 Business of the MonthPiedmont Chamber President Marian LeCrone recognized ECI Agency as the October Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates ECI for co-hosting the recent Business After Hours event.  Representing ECI were Earnie and Scott Cornelius.

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October Chamber Luncheon

Scott Gibbons & Alex ObleinBusiness Spotlight Body by ViChief Alex Oblein of the Piedmont Police Department was guest speaker at the October Chamber Luncheon.  His topic was “Police Protection in Piedmont.”  The Business “Spotlight” was Body By Vi.  Laura King-Reed discussed the product and shared personal success stories with the group.

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Founder’s Day 2013

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A great Founder’s Day with food and fun for all ages!  The Chamber booth featured guessing the weight of a giant watermelon & the amount of money in a jar.

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School-Business Partnership for 2013-14

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The school and business partners for 2013-14 were recognized at the September 5 Chamber luncheon.  Partners are Piedmont Primary School (Debbie Caywood) and Subway (Troy and Lisa Strickland), Piedmont Elementary (Christy Von Tungeln) and Great Plains National Bank (Jamie Allison and Katie Blankenship), Stoneridge Elementary (Margaret McNair-Dale) and F&M Bank (Eric Anderson and Josh Atkinson), Northwood Elementary (Lisa Campbell) and F&M Bank, Piedmont Intermediate (Shawn Blankenship) and Subway, Middle School of Piedmont (Terri Merveldt) and Sonic (Jeremy Pyle), Piedmont High School (Layne Jones) and McDonald’s (Kate Brennan).  Also shown is Piedmont Public Schools Superintendent James White.

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September Business of the Month
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Barbara Rubley, CPA was honored at the September Chamber luncheon as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates her for co-hosting the August 13 Business After Hours.  Barbara is shown receiving the certificate of appreciation from Chamber President Marian LeCrone.

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September Chamber Luncheon

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Business spotlight Ashleigh ArnallScott Meacham, President and CEO of i2E was guest speaker at the Chamber Luncheon.  His topic was “Building High Growth Companies in Oklahoma.”  The Business “Spotlight” was United Way of Canadian County.  Ashleigh Arnall of the United Way explained that “you can do more than give to a good cause…you can actually cause something good to happen.”

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August Chamber Luncheon

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Frances Williams, art teacher, and Marc Lau, music teacher at Piedmont Public Schools were guest speakers at the August Chamber luncheon.  Their topic was “Improving Community through the Arts.”  Bryan Adamson of Bryan Adamson Construction was recognized as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates his work restoring the windmills along Piedmont Road.

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July Legislative Breakfast
july leg bkfst 3july leg bkfst 1Dr. Janet Barresi, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, was guest speaker at the Quarterly Legislative Breakfast held July 11.  Her topic was “Education Reform in Oklahoma.”  Legislative updates were presented by Representative John Enns, District 41, and Representative Mike Sanders, District 59.  Reporting on legislation at the federal level was Craig Smith, field representative for Senator Tom Coburn, and David Herber, field representative for Representative Frank Lucas.  The Legislative Breakfast was co-sponsored by the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education.  A free hot breakfast was provided courtesy of our corporate sponsor, Great Plains National Bank.

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July Chamber Luncheon
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7-2013 Business of the Month LopezRob Gragg was guest speaker at the July Chamber luncheon.  He spoke on “Oklahoma Department of Commerce Services.”  Farmers Insurance – Frank Lopez Agency and Robert Rickey, DDS were recognized as Businesses of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates these businesses hosting the recent Business After Hours.

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Annual Chamber Golf Tournament
Miss Piedmont's Outstanding Teen Marissa McCurtainRaffle prize winner Jim crosbyLast place teamA great time was had by all at the Annual Chamber Golf Tournament, held at the Golf Club at Surrey Hills on June 21.  Winning first place, first flight was Carson Roofing.  The reward – their name will be inscribed on the new “Piedmont Chamber Cup.”  Assisting at the tournament was Miss Piedmont’s Outstanding Teen, Marissa McCurtain.  A number of nice items were awarded in the raffle, including a new golf bag won by City Manager Jim Crosby.  Even our repeat last-place team had a terrific time!  Thanks to Mark Avant and Eric Anderson, tournament coordinators, for all their work.  Thanks also to our many hole sponsors and raffle prize donors.

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June Chamber Luncheon
OATH speaker Pat Esch26-2013 Business of the Month2“Human Trafficking in Oklahoma” was the topic of the presentation by Pat Esch on behalf of Mark Elam, Director of OATH Coalition (Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans) at the June Chamber luncheon held June 6.  City Stop is the June Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates City Stop’s support of the Freedom Fest and School-Business Partnership.

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May Business After Hours

may after hours groupChamber members and guests from the Fairview may after hours sponsorsChamber of Commerce enjoyed the May Business After Hours held on Tuesday, May 7th.  Thanks to the sponsors: Farmers Insurance – Frank Lopez Agency and Robert Rickey, DDS, who hosted the event at their offices at 104 Piedmont Road.  If your business would like to sponsor the next quarterly event in August, contact the Chamber at 405-373-2234.

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“Making Piedmont Proud”
Making Piedmont Proud may13Piedmont High School Principal Todd Glasgow was recognized recently by the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce for “Making Piedmont Proud.”  He was a finalist in the Oklahoma Principal of the Year competition.  Todd Glasgow has served as Principal of Piedmont High School since 2006.  Chamber President Marian LeCrone presented the award at the May Chamber Luncheon held May 2, 2013.

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May Chamber Luncheon
Gene Pflughoft5-2013 Business of the MonthGene Pflughoft, Executive Director of Central Oklahoma Regional Development (CORD), spoke on the topic “How to Sell Your City.”  Business of the Month – Overland Express Realty – represented by Leon Meyer, was recognized.  The Chamber appreciates Overland Express’ sponsorship of the July 4th Freedom Fest, Piedmont Veterans Association, Chamber Banquet, and support of other Chamber and community events.

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April Legislative Breakfast
Topic for the quarterly event was “2013 Oklahoma Legislative Session.”  Legislative updates were provided by Senator Rob Johnson, Representative John Enns, and Representative Mike Sanders.  The federal update was provided by the field representative for Senator Tom Coburn- Craig Smith, field representative for Senator James Inhofe – Brian Hackler, and field representative for US Representative Frank Lucas- David Herber.  A free hot breakfast was provided courtesy of Great Plains National Bank by Catering by Regina.  The program is co-sponsored by the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education.

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April Luncheon
Mark Woodward, Public Information/Education Officer with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs,  was guest speaker at the April Piedmont Chamber luncheon.  His topic was “Drug Threats in the Home:  What Every Parent and Grandparent Needs to Know.”  April Business of the Month – Great Plains National Bank – was recognized.  Representing the Bank were President Jamie Allison, Vice President Jay Winkle, and Loan Secretary Suzanne Duncan.  The Chamber appreciates the Bank’s sponsorship of the Quarterly Legislative Breakfast Program and participation in the School-Business Partnership.

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March Luncheon
Mayor Valerie Thomerson, City Manager Jim Crosby, and Rick Smith of Municipal Finance Service Inc. were guest speakers at the March Chamber luncheon.  Their topic was “Proposed General Obligation Bond.”  Piedmont Schools DUCK Week faculty co-sponsor Alissa  Antwine gave an update on the upcoming DUCK Week activities.  Piedmont Chiropractic, represented by Dr. Tamra States, and Piedmont Vision Center, represented by Dr. Patrick Brownlee, were recognized as March Businesses of the Month.  They sponsored the February Business After Hours event.

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February Business After Hours
A group of Piedmont Chamber and community members enjoyed prizes and refreshments at Piedmont Chiropractic and Piedmont Vision Center at Business After Hours.  Thanks to Dr. Tamra States and Dr. Patrick Brownlee for sponsoring this event.  Contact us at 405-373-2234 if you would like to sponsor the next Piedmont Business After Hours.

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February Luncheon
Guest speakers for the luncheon were Matt Wehmuller, Canadian County Assessor, and Carolyn Leck, County Treasurer.  Their topic was “How the County Assessor and Treasurer Plan to Get Your Money.”  February Business of the Month, Randy Anderson of the Piedmont Gazette, was recognized for his help with the Holiday Open House.

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Annual Banquet
A large crowd enjoyed the Annual Chamber Banquet held January 19th. Guest speaker was Senator David Holt.  Entertainment was provided by the Piedmont Percussion Project.  Awards were presented:  Pride of Piedmont Award of Excellence: Darnell Zook, Volunteer of the Year: Hoss Cooley, Community Service: Karen Reich and Regina Mayabb, Most Dedicated Member: Scott Cornelius, Hall of Fame: Nedra Funk, President’s Award: Amber Hite, Business of the Year: Kudron Concrete & Construction, Entrepreneurial Excellence: Williams Foods & Nance Precast.  Piedmont Public Schools Superintendent James White recognized the Teacher of the Year from each school site.

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January 2013 Legislative Breakfast
Guest speaker Gary Jones, Oklahoma Auditor & Inspector, spoke on the topic “Transparency and Accountability: More Thank A Catch Phrase.”   Legislative updates were provided by Senator Rob Johnson, Senator Ron Justice, Representative John Enns, Representative Mike Sanders, field representative for Senator Tom Coburn- Craig Smith, and field representative for US Representative Frank Lucas- David Herber.  A free hot breakfast was provided courtesy of Great Plains National Bank.  The program is co-sponsored by the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education.

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December Luncheon
Guest speakers for the December Chamber luncheon were Frank Alberson, Executive Director, and Mautra Jones, Director of Development, of White Fields, Inc., located in Piedmont.  Their topic was “White Fields – A Place to Call Home.”  Gifts were collected for the boys of White Fields.  December Business of the Month, ECI Agency, represented by Scott Cornelius, was recognized.

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Holiday Open House

The Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette jointly sponsored a Holiday Open House on December 10 at Timber Lodge Steakhouse.  The event was for current and prospective Chamber members.  Chamber President Marian LeCrone, Secretary Lyn Land, and Executive Director Lisa Gigstad welcomed guests to the Open House.

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“Lights On Piedmont”
Congratulations to the Business winners in the 2013 “Lights On Piedmont” Holiday Decorating Contest.   1st – Piedmont Service Center, 2nd – ECI Agency, 3rd – AmpControl, Inc.  Thanks to our sponsoring business for the beautiful award plaques – Bobby Williamson of Piedmont Glass.  Congratulations to the residential winners – 1st place was 336 Angela Court.  2nd place was 1011 Polk, 3rd place was 2234 Van Buren NE.  Thanks to Darren Owens of Owens Roofing for sponsoring the yard signs.  The Chamber appreciates all the decorating businesses and residences for helping beautify our town for the holidays by turning your “Lights On Piedmont.”

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November Luncheon

The Chamber welcomed Wes Lane, President of Burbridge Foundation, Chairman of OK Commission for Human Services, former Oklahoma County District Attorney, as our guest speaker at the November luncheon.  He spoke on the topic “DHS Update: From Child Deaths to New Director.” We also welcomed special guests Leadership Canadian County Class XXI.  The Chamber recognized November Business of the Month, Piedmont Chiropractic, represented by Dr. Tamra States.  The Chamber appreciates the support Piedmont Chiropractic gives to the Chamber by providing member-to-member discounts, as well as their support of worthy philanthropies like the Hope Pregnancy Center.

Vote on November 6
The Piedmont Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors encourages you to vote “Yes” on State Question 766 on November 6.  Support Oklahoma businesses!

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Legislative Breakfast
Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller was guest speaker at the October 2012 Legislative Breakfast.  His topic was “An Economic Update.”  Legislative updates were also given by Sen. Rob Johnson, Sen. Ron Justice, Rep. John Enns, Rep. Mike Sanders, Craig Smith – field representative for US Sen. Tom Coburn, Brian Hackler – field representative for US Sen. James Inhofe, David Herber – field representative for US Rep. Frank Lucas.  A free hot breakfast was provided courtesy of our corporate sponsor OGE Energy Corp.  Co-sponsor is Piedmont Public Schools.

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October Luncheon
Our guest speaker was Jerrod Shouse, Oklahoma State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business.   His topic was “NFIB: The Voice of Small Business.”  The October Business of the Month was recognized:  Piedmont Historical Society.  The Chamber appreciates the support of the Historical Society for the Chamber and the community, and congratulates the Society on their recent 20th birthday celebration.   A number of Society members were present at the luncheon.

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2012-13 School-Business Partnership
The Chamber is happy to announce the following schools and local businesses have agreed to partnerships for the current academic year:
Piedmont Primary (Debbie Caywood) and City Stop (Dan Allen),
Piedmont Elementary (Christy Von Tungeln) and Great Plains National Bank (Jamie Allison & Erika Elston),
Stone Ridge Elementary (Margaret McNair-Dale) and F&M Bank (Eric Anderson),
Northwood Elementary (Lisa Campbell) and Subway (Troy & Lisa Strickland),
Piedmont Intermediate (Shawn Blankenship) and Subway (Troy and Lisa Strickland),
Middle School of Piedmont (Terri Merveldt) and Sonic (Richard Frewaldt).  Also pictured is Superintendent James White.

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September Luncheon
Dr. Angela Mills, Curriculum Director for Piedmont Public Schools, was guest speaker.  Her topic was “Preparing Today’s Students to be Tomorrow’s Problem Solvers.”  We also recognized the Business of the Month:  Piedmont Library of the City of Piedmont, represented by Librarian Rhonda Turley.

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Business of the Month for July and August Recognized at Luncheon
Kudron Concrete & Construction, represented by Tim Kudron, is recognized by Chamber 1st VP Marian LeCrone as the July Business of the Month.  Biggs Backhoe, represented by Nita Biggs, is recognized as the August Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates the support these businesses give to the Chamber and to the community of Piedmont.

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August Luncheon
Steffie Corcoran, Piedmont native and editor of “Oklahoma Today” Magazine, was guest speaker at the August Piedmont Chamber of Commerce luncheon.  Her topic was “Why the State Magazine Matters.”  She also shared memories of her days growing up in Piedmont and part of the PHS class of 1981, with 65 graduates.

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July Luncheon
Dr. Vince Orza, President of KSBI and Former Dean of OCU School of Business, was guest speaker at the Chamber’s July Luncheon.  His topic was “The Guy on Top of the Mountain Didn’t Fall There.”   Chamber President Darren Owens also presented the Chamber’s “Above and Beyond” award to City Manager Jim Crosby, in thanks for his exceptional efforts to make the recent July 4th celebration a resounding success.

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Quarterly Legislative Breakfast
Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello was guest speaker at the Breakfast held Thursday, July 12, 2012.  His topic was “Entrepreneurial Excellence in Oklahoma.”  Legislative updates were provided by Craig Smith for Sen. Tom Coburn, David Herber for Rep. Frank Lucas, Sen. Rob Johnson, Sen. Ron Justice, and Rep. Mike Sanders.  A free hot breakfast was sponsored by OGE Energy Corp.  The Quarterly Legislative Breakfast series is sponsored by the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education.

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Celebrate Freedom!  Piedmont’s July 4th Festival
On Wednesday, July 4th in the heart of Piedmont, we celebrated “Freedom Fest” with vendors, parade, fireworks, pony rides, free tee-shirts, free watermelon, motocross entertainment and more!  And to finish off the celebration, a tremendous fireworks display.  A lot of planning goes into creating an event like this, and we want to thank our Freedom Fest committee co-chairs, Leon Meyer and Eric Anderson.  They worked together with their committee and City Manager Jim Crosby, to create a terrific event for the community.  What a great way to celebrate America’s birthday with friends and neighbors!

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2012 Golf Tournament
The annual Chamber Golf Tournament was held on June 22 at the Surrey Hills Golf Course. Winners were: Flight 1- First place:  Carson Construction, Second place: Stone’s Hardware, Third place: Avant Plumbing. Flight 2-First place: Total Pump and Supply, Second place: Bill’s Barber & Style, Third place: Great Plains National Bank.  A total of 23 teams competed in the tournament and a raffle was held with winners receiving over $3,800 in prizes.  The Piedmont banks were well-represented with Jon Pennington from BancFirst, Jamie Allison from Great Plains National Bank, and Eric Anderson from F&M Bank.  Tournament co-chairs Eric Anderson and Mark Avant thanked all the golfers, prize donors, and hole sponsors for supporting the Chamber in its biggest fundraiser of the year.  See you next year!

Monthly Luncheon Thursday, June 7
Guest speaker at the June luncheon was Judge Bob Hughey.  He spoke on the topic of Canadian County “Children’s Justice Center Services.”

“Getting the Right Game Plan”

Guest speakers at the May 3 Chamber Luncheon were Coaches Church and Scott.  They reported on the status of the athletic programs at Piedmont Public Schools and explained how they motivate students into “Getting the Right Game Plan” in sports, academics, and life.  A delicious luncheon of pulled pork was provided by Catering by Regina.  Business of the Month for May was recognized:  Rhonda’s Specialty Foods, represented by owner Mike Jindra.  The next luncheon will be June 7 at noon.  Guest speaker will be Bill Alexander, Assistant Facility Director of Children’s Justice Center.

“State Income Tax Reduction” topic at Legislative Breakfast

Sen. Tom Adelson and Rep. Tom Newell were guest speakers at the Quarterly Legislative Breakfast on Thursday, April 12, 7:00 a.m. in Piedmont.  They presented the pros and cons of the proposed state income tax reduction currently under debate in the Oklahoma legislature.  Other legislation under consideration in this legislative session was discussed by Sen. Ron Justice, Rep. John Enns, and Rep. Mike Sanders.  Federal issues being addressed by US Sen. Tom Coburn were explained by his field representative Craig Smith, and David Herber did the same for  US Rep. Frank Lucas.  A large crowd also enjoyed the free hot breakfast courtesy of our corporate sponsor OGE Energy Corp.

Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby Guest Speaker at April Chamber Luncheon


The “2013 Piedmont City Budget” was the topic of Jim Crosby’s address to the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce audience at the April 5 luncheon meeting.    Also recognized at the luncheon were the Business of the Month for February – Randy Anderson of the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette for his work with the Holiday Open House and Business of the Month for April – John Malone of Malone Handyman Service for his work with the AmeriCorps group when they volunteered in Piedmont.

Candidate Forum

All seven  candidates for three City Council seats attended the Chamber’s Candidate Forum on March 29. Moderator was Craig Smith, field representative for Senator Tom Coburn.  The candidates answered questions developed by a Chamber committee, as well as questions submitted by the audience.  The candidates also provided written answers to three questions.

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KOCO Channel 5 Meteorologist Guest Speaker at March Luncheon    
Rusty McCranie, meteorologist at KOCO Channel 5, was guest speaker at the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce March luncheon.  His topic was “Preparing for Severe Weather.”  He gave tips on how to understand weather watches and warnings, what to have on hand during the storm season, and why it is important to have a NOAA weather radio.  Also at the meeting, an election was held to fill an open position on the Chamber Board of Directors.  Josh Atkinson of F&M Bank was elected to the seat.   The door prize was donated by Darren Owens Roofing.

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Darnell Zook Guest Speaker at February Luncheon
Darnell Zook, Director of Bands at Piedmont Public Schools, was guest speaker at the February Chamber Luncheon and Meeting.  His topic was “Creating a Culture of Excellence.”  In his 14 years at Piedmont, Zook has taken a struggling program and turned it into a state-championship winning band.  He shared his philosophy for dealing with people of all ages, sharing what has worked for him and applying it to a business environment.  At the luncheon, the Chamber also recognized the December Business of the Month – Tanner Cline of Edward Jones, and the January Business of the Month – John Smith of Piedmont Pharmacy & Gifts.  The door prizes were donated by Mike Jindra of Rhonda’s Specialty Foods.

2012 Business of the Month
Our January Business of the Month was Piedmont Pharmacy & Gifts.   John Smith was recognized by 1st Vice President Marian LeCrone.

2011 Business of the Month
From July – December 2011, the Chamber recognized the following businesses as “Business of the Month”  –  Piedmont Public Schools, OGE Energy Corp, Williams Foods, Subway, Piedmont Cleaners & Florist, Edward Jones – Tanner Cline.  Thanks to these businesses for their service to the Chamber and to the community.

 

2012 Chamber Banquet
Tom Hill, Chairman of Kimray Inc. and Founder and Chairman of Character First was the guest speaker at the Annual Chamber Awards Banquet. Catering was provided by Catering by Regina.  The Piedmont Public Schools District Teacher of the Year, Joy Ruiz, was recognized by Superintendent James White.

Awards were presented to the Volunteer of the Year – Amber Hite, Most Dedicated Member – Jerry Dickerson, and Business of the Year – Williams Foods. The President’s Award was presented to Eric Anderson, and a special Community Service Award was presented to Rev. Darrik Acre, Rev. Gary Caldwell, Rev. Craig Eidson, Rev. Sam Powers, and Rev. Ken Richter.  The Hall of Fame inducted a new member – Buel Hoar.  Miss Piedmont, Christine Williams, and Miss Piedmont’s Outstanding Teen, Molly Patterson, assisted in the presentation of the awards.

Miss Oklahoma 2010
Emoly West shared her reflections on the Character First program.  Entertainment was provided by the Piedmont Percussion Project.

 

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Lt. Governor Todd Lamb Speaker at Legislative Breakfast
On Thursday, January 12, 2012, Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb was guest speaker at the Legislative Breakfast, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont Public School Board of Education.  He spoke on the topic of “Promoting Growth in Oklahoma.”  Presenting legislative updates were representatives for US Senator Tom Coburn and US Representative Frank Lucas. Oklahoma Senators Rob Johnson and Ron Justice gave us a preview of the upcoming legislative session, and Oklahoma Representatives John Enns and Mike Sanders discussed legislation they will be sponsoring.  A free hot breakfast was provided compliments of our corporate sponsor, OGE Energy Corp. by Catering by Regina.  The next Legislative Breakfast will be held April 12.

 

Business Holiday Lighting Contest
Congratulations to the winners of the Business Lighting Contest:  1st place – Piedmont Tag Agency, 2nd place – Piedmont First Baptist Church, 3rd place – City Stop.  Each business received a plaque donated by F & M Bank.  Shown in the photo are Shelby Egender and Richard McDonald of the Tag Agency.  Presenting the plaque is Eric Anderson of F&M Bank.  Thanks to all the businesses who participated and helped spread the holiday cheer in Piedmont!

Residential Holiday Lighting Contest
Congratulations to the winners of the Residential Lighting Contest:  1st place – 2774 Amanda Court, 2nd place – 247 Eastwind Lane, 3rd place – 2251 N. County Line Road.  Each home is marked with a sign donated by Owens Roofing.  Thanks for helping to beautify our community this holiday season!

 

 

Holiday Open House
Current and prospective members of the Piedmont Chamber enjoyed a Holiday Open House, co-sponsored by the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette, on December 12 at the Timber Lodge Family Steakhouse.  Guitarist Edgar Cruz provided the entertainment, attendees enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and thousands of dollars worth of door prizes were given away.  We appreciate your support of the Chamber in 2011 and look forward to “Supporting Business – Promoting Piedmont” in 2012.

Member-to-Member Discount
Rhonda’s Specialty Foods, owned and operated by Mike and Rhonda Jindra of Piedmont, is offering a $40 credit for all Garden Club memberships purchased by Piedmont Chamber members.  This credit can be applied toward an extra week on their Garden Club cycle, or toward any of their MIO (made in Oklahoma) specialty items.  Additionally, they are offering a straight 15% discount for all members who visit them at Penn Square Mall.  They are located on the lower level near JC Penney.  For more information, contact them at 405-315-7917 or 471-7133 or view their products on their website:  www.rhondasfoods.com.  Great products and a great discount for Chamber members!

New Chamber Map Has Arrived!
The new map features metro OKC on one side and a detailed map of Piedmont on the other.  Boundaries are Council Road and Banner Road on the east and west; Waterloo Road and Britton Road on the north and south.  It is a beautiful and comprehensive update of the map last produced by the Chamber in 2004.  Many thanks to the businesses purchasing advertising on the map – you all made production of it possible.  Free maps will be available from area merchants and from the Chamber office – call 405-373-2234 for more information.

“Service to the Community” was topic for December Luncheon

The December Chamber Luncheon guest speakers were Dee Blose, Youth and Family Services of Canadian County and Regina Mayabb, Piedmont Service Center.  They spoke on the topic of “Service to the Community” and described the services their organizations provide.  Attendees brought items which were donated to the two organizations.

Dr. Jeff Mills, Executive Director of the Oklahoma State School Board Association Guest Speaker at Chamber Luncheon
The Piedmont Chamber held its monthly Luncheon on Thursday, November 3.  Guest speaker was the Executive Director of the Oklahoma State School Board Association, Dr. Jeff Mills.  His topic was “Preparing for Elected Office.”  The Chamber also held its annual election to the Board of Directors.  Newly elected Board members are Lyn Land, Bobby Williamson, Amber Hite, and Steve Bridewell.  Re-elected to the Board was Tanner Cline.  Congratulations!

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for BancFirst
Thursday, October 27, marked the Grand Opening for the newest bank in Piedmont.  BancFirst opened a branch in the Williams Grocery Store.  BancFirst officials joined Piedmont Chamber of Commerce members and community members in the celebration.

Attorney General at Legislative Breakfast

On Thursday, October 13, Attorney General Scott Pruitt was the guest speaker at the Quarterly Legislative Breakfast.  He spoke on the topic:  “Federalism in Action and the EPA.”  The Breakfast is jointly sponsored by the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont Public School Board of Education. Refreshments are sponsored by Express Employment Professionals.

October Chamber Luncheon features Fire Chief Andy Logan
Thursday, October 6, 2011, the Piedmont Chamber welcomed Chief Logan as guest speaker.  He discussed “Fire Safety” and programs currently underway at the schools during Fire Safety Month.  He also discussed the various burn bans in the area as well as rescue work done after the May 24 tornado.  The City of Piedmont now has four salaried fire fighters, with at least one person on staff 24 hours a day.

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus In Piedmont!

Circus tent and horses

Skeeter the Clown with Brinkley and Nathan at Piedmont Primary SchoolSkeeter the Clown visited all the Piedmont Elementary Schools on Friday, September 16, to tell the children about the circus coming to town.

September Luncheon

Steve Lackmeyer
Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer, business writer for The Oklahoman newspaper was the guest speaker at our September luncheon meeting.  He discussed “City Dynamics” and the many changes currently underway in downtown OKC.

Monthly Chamber Luncheon
Guest speaker Supt. James WhiteJames White, Superintendent of Piedmont Public Schools was the guest speaker at the August 4 luncheon.  He updated the crowd on the largest business in town, Piedmont Public Schools, as the new academic year begins later in the month.  He highlighted construction of the new Intermediate School, which is under construction on 164th Street west of Piedmont Road.  Student enrollment will exceed 2700 this year.

Community Appreciation Picnic
On Friday, July 29, the Piedmont Chamber hosted a “tour” of Piedmont and luncheon for the KOCO Channel 5 news team and corporate sponsors.  From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the KOCO folks participated with the following groups:  Piedmont Percussion Project, Odyssey of the Mind, Piedmont Service Center, Piedmont Public Library, and Piedmont Historical Society.  Lunch was donated by Chicken and Chops, with luncheon speakers Darren Owens, Rev. Sam Powers, Lisa Campbell, Karl Francel, and KOCO’s Brent Hensley.  What a great opportunity to showcase so many of the wonderful people in our community.  Thanks to all who participated!

Quarterly Legislative Breakfast
Legislative Breakfast July 14Thursday, July 14th, the Chamber and Board of Education jointly sponsored the Quarterly LegislativeLegislative Breakfast July 14 Breakfast, and welcomed as our guest speaker State Insurance Commissioner John Doak.  He discussed “Disaster Preparedness and Next Steps.”  He also presented citations to three young men from Piedmont who helped their community in the aftermath of the May 24 tornado:  Jacob and Caleb Maloney, and Jake Kisling.  Craig Smith from U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s office and Shawn McDavid from U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas’s office gave an update on their activities in Washington, DC.  Newly re-districted legislators Sen. Ron Justice and Rep. Mike Sanders introduced themselves to their new constituents and discussed their legislative activities and philisophies.  County and local elected officials were recognized.  Refreshments were sponsored by Express Employment Professionals.  The next Legislative Breakfast will be held October 13, 2011 in the Piedmont George Fina Municipal Building, 314 Edmond Road.  For more information call 405-373-2234.

July Luncheon
A good crowd was on hand for the July Chamber Luncheon held on Thursday, July 7, 2011.  Our guest speakers were Charmagne Husmann, Public Information Officer for the US Small Business Administration and Losco Hunter, District Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency.  They spoke on the topic of “Disaster Assistance.”  From the office of US Representative Frank Lucas, Shawn McDavid and Garrett King were also present.  A delicious lunch of chicken salad croissants, ham subs, salads, and desserts was served by Catering by Regina.  If you couldn’t make this month’s luncheon, mark your calendar now for the August meeting, which will be held Thursday, August 4 at noon.  Our guest speaker will be Piedmont Public School Superintendent James White.

Chamber GolfersAnnual Golf Tournament
June 24 was a great day for golfing at the Chamber Tournament!  Congratulations to the following teams:  A Flight 1st place – F & M Bank Team #1, 2nd place – Surrey Hills Golf Club, 3rd place – Avant Plumbing.  B Flight 1st place – All Around Plumbing, 2nd place – Oden Homes, 3rd place – Ron Cardwell team.   Thanks to all for participating, donating, and working.  You are helping us in Supporting Business – Promoting Piedmont.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON MEETINGS
All are welcome to the monthly Chamber luncheon meetings.  Guest speakers present on a variety of topics.  Mark this unusual date for December – the 8th, not the 1st.  Usually we meet the first Thursday of the month, but for this month it will be the second Thursday, following our Board meeting the preceding day.  Come join us!


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The Chamber works in many ways with our businesses and our community to accomplish our mission —
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Serving Piedmont
The Chamber provides services to our guests who are just visiting Piedmont or making a home as a permanent resident. In person, by phone or email, the Chamber staff directs, suggests and helps people who need a variety of assistance from living, working and playing in Piedmont.

Progressive Piedmont
The Chamber sponsors many activities designed to build community spirit and promote our local business community. The Chamber takes pride in Piedmont’s roots and traditions but appreciates and embraces the evolving and growing community called “Piedmont.” The Chamber seeks to grow within Piedmont and with the surrounding communities.

Chamber Membership Benefits
The benefits and rewards of being a Piedmont Chamber of Commerce member are many.

Business Tools
Members save time and money with exposure with an online business directory database; promotional opportunities in the new resident welcome packets, website and emails; event sponsorship; educational speakers and  networking through monthly luncheons along with ribbon cuttings and grand openings.

Civic Relevancy
The Chamber works to have a strong relationship with the City of Piedmont and our elected officials, local and statewide. The Chamber helps to amplify the voice of Piedmont’s business community and provides opportunities such as our Legislative Breakfasts to become more involved with our elected officials.

Local Promotion
Includes programs and events which promote both business and community such as the Meet the Candidates event for Mayor and City Council, Founders Day, Piedmont July 4th Celebration, Piedmont Cup Golf Tournament and promotions and public relations for the community and other non-profit organizations for their events.

Economic Vitality
Economic vitality is an important aspect of  our life in Piedmont.  The Chamber assists with needs from small business advice, available commercial property, and demographic information. The Chamber works to concentrate on business retention and support of existing businesses and attracting new businesses to Piedmont as well!

In addition to getting to know your shared business community leaders, another benefit to being a Piedmont Chamber of Commerce member…IT’S FUN and REWARDING!