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Selected #1 “Best Towns in Oklahoma for Young Families” (2013)
Selected #1 “Best Place in Oklahoma for Homeownership” (2014)
Selected #7 “Cities on the Rise in Oklahoma” (2014)
Selected “Safest Cities in Oklahoma”(2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,2018)

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 June 2018 Chamber Luncheon

Guest speaker was Senate District 22 Candidates, Senator Stephanie Bice and William Andrews.  1st Vice President Joyce Leach recognized  Chester’s Party Barn as the business of the month for hosting a fundraiser for the Piedmont Fire Department. The city of Piedmont was also recognized as being named one of the safest communities in Piedmont.

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May 2018 Chamber Luncheon

Guest speaker was Jim Priest, CEO of Sunbeam Family Services.  His topic was People – they’re the worst!  President Bobby Williamson recognized The Bridge Piedmont as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates their volunteer assistance with numerous projects and events in the community, including Founder’s Day, Flock Fest, DUCK Week, and Freedom Fest.  Bobby is shown with The Bridge representatives Blake and Jessica Warcup.

 

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Ribbon-Cutting for member Piedmont Pizzeria

On April 5, 2018, the Chamber was pleased to host a ribbon cutting for member Piedmont Pizzeria at their new Piedmont location.  Chamber members welcomed owners Lori Socash and Alan Odetallah.

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April 2018 Legislative Breakfast

Guest speaker was The Honorable Mick Cornett, former Mayor of Oklahoma City.  Legislative updates were provided by Senator Stephanie Bice and Bryson Panas for US Senator Jim Inhofe.  Thanks to the generosity of our 2018 corporate sponsor, Great Plains Bank, attendees enjoyed a free hot breakfast from Catering Oklahoma.  The event is co-hosted by the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education.

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April 2018 Chamber Luncheon

Guest speaker was Roy Williams, President and CEO, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.  His topic was Current Regional Economic Activities and Forecasts.  President Bobby Williamson recognized Piedmont Pizzeria as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates that they are donating 10% of their profit to the City of Piedmont. Bobby is shown with Piedmont Pizzeria owners Lori Socash and Alan Odetallah.

 

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March 2018 Chamber Luncheon

Guest speaker was Jason Orr, Piedmont City Manager.  His topic was Harnessing the Winds of Progress.  The Chamber recognized Phil Boevers Enterprises as business of the month. The Chamber appreciates their work to create a business-friendly environment in Piedmont by encouraging our local Dollar General to expand their business within the city limits.  Chamber President Bobby Williamson is shown with Phil Boevers. Piedmont High School wrestling coach Erik Ford was recognized “Making Piedmont Proud” award.  He is shown with state champion wrestlers Josh and Will Heindselman.  Miss Piedmont’s Outstanding Teen, Abigail Billings, discussed her platform.  She is shown with Chamber President Bobby Williamson. 

 

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February 2018 Chamber Luncheon

Guest speakers were Karen Green and Greg Duffy, candidates for Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education.  The Chamber recognized OGE Energy Corp as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates the support of OGE at Chamber events like the Annual Banquet and Golf Tournament, and the support they provide throughout the community for special events such as the Park Project Build Week and Founder’s Day.  Chamber President Bobby Williamson is shown with OGE representatives Jim Stengle and Jerrod Moser.

 

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January 2018 Legislative Breakfast

Guest speaker was Dana Murphy, Chair of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.  Legislative updates were provided by Senator Stephanie Bice, Representative Mike Sanders, Bryson Panas for US Senator Jim Inhofe, Steve Carson for US Senator James Lankford, and Bennett Beard for US Representative Frank Lucas.  Thanks to the generosity of our 2018 corporate sponsor, Great Plains Bank, attendees enjoyed a free hot breakfast from Catering Oklahoma.  The event is co-hosted by the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education.

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Chamber Banquet 2018

At the January 13th Annual Banquet, guest speaker was Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.  Congratulations to the winners of the Banquet Awards!  Volunteer of the Year – Joyce Leach.  Community Service Award – Tim Kudron.  Business of the Year – Piedmont Public Schools.  President’s Award – Dr. James White.  Most Dedicated Member – Josh Atkinson.  Pride of Piedmont Award of Excellence – Piedmont Fire Department.  Centerpieces by Piedmont Dry Cleaners & Florist.  Photos by Photography by Elise.  Hall of Fame awards went to Gary Layton and James “Eddie” Redus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winners of “Lights on Piedmont” 2017

First place commercial was Piedmont Service Center, second place was The Old Store, and third place was The Trendy Sister.  First place residential was 934 Polk Ave NW, second place was 3483 South Ridge Lane, and third place was 6638 Sara NE.  Beautiful work, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ribbon-Cutting for member Mercy Clinic Primary Care Piedmont

On December 19, 2017, the Chamber was pleased to assist member Mercy Clinic Primary Care with the Ribbon-Cutting at their new Piedmont location.  Chamber President Bobby Williamson is shown at the ceremony welcoming this new business to the community.

 

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December 2017 Chamber Luncheon Guest speakers at the December 7 monthly Chamber luncheon were Karen Reich of Piedmont Service Center and Cindi Turner for Youth & Family Services.  Their topic was “Service to the Community.”  The Chamber recognized Urban Station Salon as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates that Urban Station Salon served as co-host of the June Business After Hours and of numerous #iHeart PIEDMONT events.  President Bobby Williamson is shown with owner Mandy Wilson-Reents.  Miss Piedmont Samantha Martin was also present and discussed her platform with the audience. 

November 2017 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the November 2 monthly Chamber luncheon was Gregory “Heady” Coleman of GoWin and GuthrieAmerica.  His topic was “ENGAGED COMMUNITIES WIN.”  The Chamber recognized Carter Chevrolet as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates the great support Carter Chevrolet has provided to the Chamber and to our community through their participation in Freedom Fest, Piedmont Park Project, and other events.  President Bobby Williamson also recognized outgoing Chamber Board member Jay Winkle of Great Plains Bank for his years of service to the Board.

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October 2017 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the October 5 monthly Chamber luncheon was Dino Lalli, producer and co-host of TV show “Discover Oklahoma.  Chamber President Bobby Williamson presented the Safewise “Safe City” award to City Manager Jason Orr and Police Chief Scott Singer.   The Chamber recognized Owens Roofing as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates that Owens Roofing was co-host of the May Business After Hours, a Banquet Auction donor, and continues to donate use of their property for multiple events by Founder’s Day, Farmer’s Market, and #iHeartPIEDMONT.   Piedmont Chamber President Bobby Williamson is shown with Owens Roofing owner Darren Owens. 

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September 2017 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the September 7 monthly Chamber luncheon was Mike Patterson, Oklahoma Secretary and Executive Director of Transportation.  His topic was Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation Update.  The Chamber recognized the School-Business Partners as Businesses of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates the support our local businesses provide to our school system. 

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Business After Hours in 2017 Business After Hours on May 4 was sponsored by AtLink Services and Owens Roofing.  It was held at 12 Monroe Ave NW in Piedmont.  The June 20th Business After Hours was sponsored by The Old Store and Urban Station Salon and held at 100 Monroe Ave NW.  The August 29th Business After Hours was sponsored by Great Plains Bank at the bank, 12001 Northwest Expressway, Piedmont.  A great way to network with your fellow Chamber members in a relaxed, after-work environment! 

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.August 2017 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the August 3 monthly Chamber luncheon was Piedmont Fire Chief Andy Logan.  His topic was Fire Department Update.  The Chamber recognized Thunder City Eatery as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates that Thunder City donated food on multiple occasions at the Piedmont Park Project Build and at many other community events. Piedmont Chamber 1st Vice President Darren Owens is shown with Thunder City’s Josh Ellis

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. July and October 2017 Piedmont Chamber Legislative Breakfast

On July 20, 2017, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter spoke on There’s A New Guy in Town at the Quarterly Piedmont Legislative Breakfast. The audience also received legislative updates from the field representative for US Senator Jim Inhofe (Baxter Lewallen), US Senator James Lankford (Steve Carson), and US Representative Frank Lucas (Bennett Beard) as well as an update on state legislative issues from Senator Stephanie Bice, 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. On October 12, guest speaker was Dr. Pam Deering, Executive Director for Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administrators.  Her topic was Hot Topics in Education.  Thanks to our 2016 and 2017 corporate sponsor, Great Plains Bank, everyone in attendance enjoyed a free hot breakfast.

 

 

 

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July 2017 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the July 6 monthly Chamber luncheon was Canadian County Sheriff Chris West.  His topic was Sheriff’s Update.  The Chamber recognized Surrey Hills Golf Club as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates Surrey Hills Golf Club for hosting the annual Chamber Board Retreat this year.  Chamber President Bobby Williamson is shown presenting the Business of the Month award to Surrey Hills Golf Club General Manager Mark Fuller.

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June 2017 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the June 1 monthly Chamber luncheon was Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Joe Allbaugh.  His topic was Department of Corrections Update.  The Chamber recognized Subway as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates the many meals Subway provided for the hundreds of volunteers at the Piedmont Park Project Build and also appreciates Subway’s support for our local schools through participation in the School-Business Partnership.  Chamber President Bobby Williamson is shown presenting the Business of the Month award to Subway owner Troy Strickland and is also shown with Director Allbaugh and District Attorney Mike Fields. .

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.The Entire Community Participated in Making Our Playground a Reality During April 17-22 Build Week! . . . . . . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 2017 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the May 4 monthly Chamber luncheon was Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador Kyle Dillingham.  His topic was Music: The International Language.  The Chamber recognized Groves-McNeil Funeral Service as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates Groves-McNeil for serving as one of the sponsors for the Annual Chamber Banquet and for hosting a Business After Hours event in 2016.  Chamber 1st Vice President Darren Owens is shown presenting the award to owner Brandon Groves.

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 2017 Piedmont Chamber Legislative Breakfasts In January 2017, District Attorney Mike Fields spoke on Criminal Justice Reform and in April 2017, Oklahoma Speaker of the House of Representatives Charles McCall spoke on the topic 2017 Oklahoma Legislative Update at the Quarterly Piedmont Legislative Breakfast. The audience also received legislative updates from the field representative for US Senator Jim Inhofe (Baxter Lewallen), US Senator James Lankford (Steve Carson), and US Representative Frank Lucas (Jeremy Bennett) as well as an update on state legislative issues from Senator Stephanie Bice, 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 2016 and 2017 corporate sponsor, Great Plains Bank, everyone in attendance enjoyed a free hot breakfast. . April 2017 Chamber Luncheon Guest speakers at the April 6 monthly Chamber luncheon were Eric Anderson, Paul Francel, and Rebecca Anderson of the Piedmont Park Project. Their topic was Piedmont Park Project:  Where Community Becomes Family.  The Chamber recognized Mirror Mirror Boutique as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates Jan for donating an item for the Chamber’s Annual Auction and for co-sponsoring the recent fundraiser for our local animal rescue. Chamber President Bobby Williamson is shown presenting the award to owner Jan Swenson.

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.March 2017 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the March 2 monthly Chamber luncheon was Rickey Hayes, President of Retail Attractions.  His topic was The Foundations of Sustainable Economic Development.  The Chamber recognized Photography By Elise as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates Elise for sharing photos from the Banquet and providing portraits for the Chamber’s Wall of Presidents. Chamber President Bobby Williamson is shown presenting the award to owner Elise Breeding.  Luncheon attendees were also pleased to meet Miss Piedmont Rylee Wilson.

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February 2017 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the February 2 monthly Chamber luncheon was Dr. Greg Winters, Superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Center.  His topic was How an Incredible Staff Helped a Superintendent Keep a Promise.  The Chamber recognized Home Creations as Business of the Month. The Chamber appreciates them for hosting a Business After Hours networking event in 2016.  Chamber President Bobby Williamson is shown presenting the award to David Waggoner of Home Creations.

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Clarinet Quartet from the Air Force Band of the West Concert Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Air Force Band of the West Clarinet Quartet concert on February 26, 2017.  This fantastic event was co-sponsored by the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Area Veterans Association. Many thanks to the Piedmont United Methodist Church for allowing us to hold this free concert in their building. The Quartet played a variety of pieces from classical to jazz to Latin to patriotic. Everyone enjoyed refreshments afterward and visited with the performers. They are based at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Thanks also to the following for participating and coordinating this event: Darren Owens, John Bickerstaff, and Kevan Blasdel. A great performance enjoyed by everyone! .

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2017 Annual Banquet Bigger and better than ever!  A record crowd enjoyed the 2017 Annual Chamber Banquet on January 28th at the Piedmont Intermediate School.  Guest speaker was Major Ed Pulido of Folds of Honor.  Entertainment was provided by PHS Vocal Ensemble students.  Awards were presented:  Pride of Piedmont Award of Excellence: Odyssey of the Mind World Championship Team, Volunteer of the Year: Karen Green, Community Service: Piedmont Sports Authority represented by Bruce Lowder, Most Dedicated Member: Joyce Leach, Hall of Fame: Eric Anderson, Business of the Year: Boevers Homes, President’s Award:  Darren Owens.  The Piedmont Public Schools’ Teachers of the Year from each school site were recognized.  Many great items were included in the Silent Auction.  A wonderful time was enjoyed by all!

 

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  Piedmont Chamber Legislative Breakfasts Oklahoma State Auditor & Inspector Gary Jones’ assistant Cindy Byrd spoke on the topic: Transparency & Accountability at the July 2016 Legislative Breakfast.  In October 2016 we welcomed Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Melissa McLawhorn Houston as guest speaker.  Her topic was Oklahoma Department of Labor – Serving Oklahoma, Serving You.  And in January 2017, District Attorney Mike Fields spoke on Criminal Justice Reform. The audience also received legislative updates from the field representative for US Senator Jim Inhofe (Baxter Lewallen), US Senator James Lankford (Steve Carson), and US Representative Frank Lucas (Jeremy Bennett) as well as an update on state legislative issues from Senator Stephanie Bice, 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 2016 and 2017 corporate sponsor, Great Plains Bank, everyone in attendance enjoyed a free hot breakfast. . 2016 “Lights On Piedmont” Decorating Contest Winners 3rd place residential rotated 2015Congratulations to business contest winners:  1st place is The Old Store, 2nd place is Piedmont Service Center, 3rd place is ECI Agency.  Residential contest winners:  1st place is 1011 Polk St., 2nd place is 336 Angela Circle, and 3rd place is 3272 Chuck Wagon Road.  Thanks to everyone whose decorations beautified our community, to the judges who drove many miles to see all the lights, and to Piedmont Glass – Bobby Williamson and Owens Roofing – Darren Owens for sponsoring the winning plaques and yard signs. . December 2016 Chamber Luncheon & Ribbon-Cutting Guest speaker at the December 1st monthly Chamber luncheon was Carol Plemmons, Director of United Way of Canadian County.  The Chamber recognized Piedmont Public Schools’ Northwood Elementary with the “Making Piedmont Proud” award.  Congratulations to Principal Lisa Campbell, Superintendent Dr. James White, and the entire Northwood Elementary staff on being named a “Blue Ribbon” School. You guys are “Making Piedmont Proud!”  The Chamber appreciates our local 4-H Club for making the table decorations and tree ornaments.  Donors to United Way were able to take an ornament home after the luncheon. . November 2016 Chamber Luncheon & Ribbon-Cutting hopkins-law2-nov2016Guest speaker at the November 3rd monthly Chamber luncheon was Mandy Stitt, Executive Director of Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB). The Chamber recognized the City of Piedmont and the Piedmont Police Department with the SafeWise award; Piedmont was recently selected as one of the 10 safest communities in the state.  Cimarron Electric was Business of the Month. The Chamber appreciates the support of Cimarron Electric as a sponsor at Chamber events such as the Annual Golf Tournament and the Annual Banquet.  The Chamber’s Business Plan for 2017 was presented by Dr. James White.  Following the luncheon, we celebrated a Ribbon-Cutting with Hopkins Law & Associates at the new office, 1225 Piedmont Rd N.  Congratulations to attorney Robyn Hopkins! .   October 2016 Chamber Luncheon & Ribbon-Cutting Guest speaker at the October 6th monthly Chamber luncheon was Pat Neeley, Chickasaw Nation Undersecretary of Business Affairs.  The Chamber recognized The Old Store as Business of the Month. The Chamber appreciates the leadership of The Old Store in creating great events in Piedmont like “Junklahoma” and “#iHeartPIEDMONT” End of Summer Festival.  The October Business “Spotlight” was Great Plains Bank, represented by Jay Winkle. Following the luncheon, we celebrated a Ribbon-Cutting with Photography By Elise at her new studio, 91 Monroe Ave NE.  Congratulations to owner Elise Breeding! . Culpepper & Merriweather Circus in Piedmont Fun for all with the Circus coming to Piedmont!  The advance clown Skeeter visited the schools on September 16 and the Circus arrived on September 26.  Thanks to all who helped make this a fun family experience.  Because of the many businesses who donated tickets, we were able to give them to the Piedmont Service Center, White Fields, Youth & Family Services, and Center of Family Love.  Thank you! .   Ribbon-Cutting and Open House for Groves-McNeil Funeral Service Following the Chamber luncheon on August 4th, we celebrated new Piedmont business and Chamber member Groves-McNeil Funeral Service.  The business is located at 1885 Piedmont Road North.  On September 1, Groves-McNeil and the Chamber jointly hosted a Business After Hours and Open House.  Welcome to Piedmont! . .   September 2016 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the September 1st monthly Chamber luncheon was Col. Hiram Tabler, Director of Military Support, Oklahoma National Guard.  His topic was: “The National Guard Role in Support to Civil Authorities.”  The Chamber recognized the School-Business Partnership members as Business of the Month.  The Chamber appreciates these businesses for supporting Piedmont Public Schools.  September Business “Spotlight” was Photography By Elise, represented by Elise Breeding. . August 2016 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the August 4th monthly Chamber luncheon was Stacy Cramer Moore, Executive Director of Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan.  Her topic was: “Chisholm Trail 150th Celebration.”  The Chamber recognized the World-Champion Odyssey of the Mind team with the “Making Piedmont Proud” award.  August Business “Spotlight” was Piedmont Public Schools, represented by Superintendent Dr James White.  He was accompanied by Financial Advisor Jordan Smith and Athletic Director Layne Jones. . July 2016 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the July 7th monthly Chamber luncheon was Scott Deatherage, Executive Director of Honoring America’s Warriors.   He was accompanied by Major General (Ret.) Rita Aragon.  The Chamber recognized “Business of the Month” Great Plains Bank – represented by President Jay Winkle.  The Chamber appreciates Great Plains Bank for serving as sponsor of the 2016 Quarterly Legislative Breakfast series, allowing us to provide a free hot breakfast to attendees. July Business “Spotlight” was Rayo OKC, represented by Eric Newendorp, General Manager.  At the conclusion of the luncheon, attendees were invited to visit the neighboring Piedmont Area Veterans Association.   . Registration table 1Annual Piedmont Chamber Golf Tournament Friday, July 15 was the date of the tournament this year.  As always, the Tournament was a lot of fun and a great way to support your Chamber.  Thanks to our hole sponsors, contest sponsors, workers, and golfers.   . . 2016 Business After Hours Home Creations1Host of the May 10 Business After Hours was Home Creations.  The location was their model home at 12108 NW 138th St.  Everyone enjoyed tours of several homes, refreshments, and door prizes.  Tina Treat is shown presenting the grand door prize, Thunder playoff tickets, to winner Scott Cornelius. . .   June 2016 Chamber Luncheon 6-2016 Owens RoofingGuest speakers at the June 2nd monthly Chamber luncheon were Joshua Moore and Chris West, candidates for Canadian County Sheriff.  The Chamber recognized “Business of the Month” Owens Roofing – represented by Darren Owens.  The Chamber appreciates that Owens Roofing recently restored the historic building in downtown Piedmont, re-roofed the Civic Center gazebo at no charge, and continues to support local small businesses by allowing the Farmers Market to use their parking lot.  Business “Spotlight” was The Golf Club at Surrey Hills, represented by General Manager Mark Fuller.   May 2016 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the May 5th monthly Chamber luncheon was Nico Gomez, Chief Executive Officer, Oklahoma Health Care Authority.  He spoke on the topic “Medicaid Rebalancing Act of 2020.”   The Chamber recognized “Businesses of the Month” Berkshire Hathaway – Keri Gray Group and Ashley Schubert Team.  The Chamber appreciates them hosting Business After Hours.  Business “Spotlight” was Eales Electronics, represented by Tiffany Johnson.   April 2016 Legislative Breakfast Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was guest speaker for the April Quarterly Legislative Breakfast. His topic was “Federalism In Action:  National Issues and State Leadership.”  The audience also received legislative updates from the field representative for US Senator Jim Inhofe (Baxter Lewallen), as well as an update on state legislative issues from Senator Stephanie Bice 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 2016 corporate sponsor, Great Plains National Bank, everyone in attendance enjoyed a free hot breakfast. .   2016 Ribbon-Cuttings Valir vertical jan16Integris Surrey Hills march16Urban station salon may16The Chamber was pleased to celebrate with several of our members at their Ribbon-Cuttings.  On January 14 – Valir Physical Therapy.  On March 28 – Integris Canadian Valley.  On April 7 – Pure Nutrition.  On May 7 – Urban Station Salon.  Congratulations to all these new businesses! . . . . . April 2016 Chamber Luncheon Guest speakers at the April 7th monthly Chamber luncheon were Ariel Lenhardt and Brandi Starr, DHS Foster Care Recruiters, Canadian County Department of Human Services.  They spoke on the topic “Oklahoma Fosters – End the Foster Care Crisis.”  Connie Befort, Program Manager for Certified Healthy Communities for the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), presented a $50,000 grant to the City of Piedmont and members of the Piedmont Park Project.  The Chamber recognized “Business of the Month” Piedmont Public Schools, represented by Piedmont Intermediate School Principal Shawn Blankenship.  The Chamber appreciates Mr. Blankenship’s assistance with the Annual Chamber Banquet.  Business “Spotlight” was MisStevieOus Fitness, represented by Stevie Jantz. . March 2016 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the March 3rd monthly Chamber luncheon were Bruce Riggs, President of The Sales Coaching Group and PerformONE Training Group.  He spoke on the topic “Thriving With Change.” The Chamber recognized “Business of the Month” Burch Financial, represented by Scott and Sherri Burch.  The Chamber appreciates Burch Financial’s support of the Chamber and their leadership as main authors of the $50,000 TSET grant recently received by the City to benefit the Piedmont Park Project.  Business “Spotlight” was LifeGuard Security, represented by Jonny and Valerie Bjerk. . . February 2016 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the February 4th monthly Chamber luncheon was Bill Alexander, Executive Director of Canadian County Children’s Justice Center.  He spoke on the topic “Questions Every Voter Should Ask About Resolution 96-20 And The Children’s Justice Center.”  The Chamber recognized Business of the Month Boevers Homes, represented by Phil and Cindy Boevers.  The Chamber appreciates Boevers Homes serving as builder of the “House of Hope” for the Oklahoma Home Builders Foundation, benefiting Youth and Family Services, CASA, and Cavett Kids Foundation.  Business “Spotlight” was Piedmont Chiropractic, represented by Dr. Tamra States. . 2016 Annual Banquet A record crowd enjoyed the 2016 Annual Chamber Banquet on January 30th at the Piedmont Intermediate School.  Guest speaker was Piedmont’s own Dr. Greg Winters, Superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Center.  Entertainment was provided by PHS Band students.  Caterer was Catering Oklahoma.  Awards were presented:  Pride of Piedmont Award of Excellence: Chester’s Party Barn & Farm, Volunteer of the Year: Tona McVicker, Community Service: Rebecca Anderson & Dr. Paul Francel, Most Dedicated Member: Dr. James White, Hall of Fame: Hoss Cooley, Business of the Year: The Old Store.  Piedmont Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James White recognized the Teacher of the Year from each school site. . January 2016 Legislative Breakfast Marc Hader, Canadian County Commissioner, District 1, was guest speaker for the January  Quarterly Legislative Breakfast. His topic was “Why Reducing Your Canadian County Sales Tax Rate Is a Win-Win Proposition.”  The audience also received legislative updates from the field representatives for US Senator Jim Inhofe (Baxter Lewallen), US Senator James Lankford (Steve Carson), and US Rep Frank Lucas (Jeremy Bennett), as well as an update on state legislative issues from Senator Stephanie Bice, 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 2016 corporate sponsor, Great Plains National Bank, everyone in attendance enjoyed a free hot breakfast. . 2015 “Lights On Piedmont” Decorating Contest Winners 1st place residential3 rotated 20152nd place residential rotated 20153rd place residential rotated 2015the Old Store vertical dec15Congratulations to business contest winners:  1st place is The Old Store, 2nd place is Piedmont Service Center, 3rd place is Sonic.  Residential contest winners:  1st place is 1111 164th Street, 2nd place is 2295 Poplar, and 3rd place is 1011 Polk St..  Thanks to everyone whose decorations beautified our community, to the judges who drove many miles to see all the lights, and to Farmers Insurance – Frank Lopez Agency and Owens Roofing – Darren Owens for sponsoring the winning plaques and yard signs. . . . .   December 2015 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the December 3rd monthly Chamber luncheon was Chris Sadler of White Fields.  His topic was “White Fields – A Place to Call Home.”  Attendees were able to take a “wish list” for each White Fields boy from the “Angel Tree” to help brighten their Christmas.  The Chamber recognized Carter Chevrolet as “Business of the Month.”  The Chamber appreciates Carter Chevrolet for serving as sponsor of the community movie night and the Homecoming Tailgate Party to support the Piedmont Park Project. Andy Hicks from Carter Chevrolet is shown being congratulated by Chamber President Josh Atkinson.  Business “Spotlight” was Human Performance Center, represented by Jason Sewell. . . November 2015 Business After Hours Sponsors of the Business After Hours networking event on November 12th were the Keri Gray Group and the Ashley Schubert Team of Berkshire Hathaway.  There were refreshments and door prizes – fun for all.  Thanks to our sponsors for creating opportunities to meet and network with your fellow Chamber members! . . . November 2015 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the November 5th monthly Chamber luncheon was Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society.  His topic was “Crossroads of Commerce:  Stories from the History of Free Enterprise in Oklahoma.”  The Chamber recognized The City of Piedmont as “Business of the Month.”  The Chamber appreciates the City for allowing us to use meeting space free of charge for luncheons, legislative breakfasts, candidate forum events, and for serving as co-sponsor of July Business After Hours event.  Miss Piedmont Julianne Thomison presented her platform.  Business “Spotlight” was BancFirst, represented by Sou Gilmore. . October 2015 Legislative Breakfast Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb was guest speaker Sponsor F&Mfor the October Quarterly Legislative Breakfast. His topic was “Promoting Growth in Oklahoma.”  Those in attendance also received a legislative update from the field representative for US Senator James Lankford (Steve Carson), for US Senator Jim Inhofe (Baxter Lewallen), and US Rep Frank Lucas (Jeremy Bennett), as well as an update on state legislative issues from Senator Stephanie Bice.  Co-hosts for the quarterly event are Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education. Thanks to our 2015 corporate sponsors, Great Plains National Bank (“Yeas and Nays”), Senator Stephanie Bice (“Parliamentary”), F&M Bank (“Parliamentary”), and Express Employment Professionals (“Caucus”), we enjoyed a free hot breakfast courtesy of Catering Oklahoma. . October 2015 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the October 1st monthly Chamber luncheon was Lt. Adam Flowers, Computer Forensics/Internet Crimes Against Children Department, Canadian County Sheriff Office.  His topic was “Internet Predators and Social Media.”  The Chamber recognized Thunder City Eatery as “Business of the Month.”  Owner Jim Brown presented a donation to Park Project co-directors Dr. Paul Francel and Eric Anderson.  Business “Spotlight” was Pat’s Tours & Travels, represented by Pat Perry. . September 2015 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the September 3rd monthly Chamber luncheon was Dave Williams, Senior Consultant, Business Preparedness & Continuity, Oklahoma Small Business Development Center.  His topic was “Disaster Preparedness.”  The Chamber recognized the 2014-15 business partners in the School-Business Partnership as “Businesses of the Month” – Great Plains National Bank, ECI Agency, Subway, F&M Bank, Express Employment Professionals, and McDonalds.  The 2015-16 members of the School-Business Partnership were also recognized.  Business “Spotlight” was Photography By Elise, represented by Elise Breeding.  Corporate sponsor of the luncheon was AT&T. . August 2015 Chamber Luncheon 8-2015 Gazettecorporate sponsor1Guest speaker at the August 6th monthly Chamber luncheon was Dr. Paul Francel, co-director of the Piedmont Park Project.  He gave a presentation on “A History of Piedmont, Oklahoma Told in Water and Play Structures.”  The Chamber recognized “Business of the Month” Piedmont-Surrey Gazette, represented by editor Randy Anderson.  The Chamber appreciates the Gazette serving as co-sponsor of several recent Business After Hours events.  Business “Spotlight” was Adrenaline Dance Center, represented by Brandi Nicolle.  Corporate sponsor of the luncheon was AtLink Services, represented by Chris McNeill and Macey Wilson. . July & August 2015 Business After Hours July 30 at City smallerGPNB aug15Sponsors of the Business After Hours networking event on July 30th were the City of Piedmont and Piedmont-Surrey Gazette.  Sponsors of the event on August 20th were Great Plains National Bank and Piedmont-Surrey Gazette.  A great selection of Mexican food was available to all in attendance.  Thanks to all our sponsors for creating opportunities to meet and network with your fellow Chamber members! . . . July 2015 Legislative Breakfast Dana Murphy, Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner, was guest speaker for the July Quarterly Legislative Breakfast. Her topic was “Changing Dynamics of Oklahoma Oil and Gas Development.”  The audience also received a legislative update from the field representative for US Senator James Lankford (Steve Carson), for US Senator Jim Inhofe (Brian Hackler), and US Rep Frank Lucas (Jeremy Bennett), as well as an update on state legislative issues 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 2015 corporate sponsors, Great Plains National Bank (“Yeas and Nays”), Senator Stephanie Bice (“Parliamentary”), F&M Bank (“Parliamentary”), and Express Employment Professionals (“Caucus”), we enjoyed a free hot breakfast, courtesy of Catering Oklahoma. . July 2015 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the July 2nd monthly Chamber luncheon was Major Edward Pulido, Sr VP for Folds of Honor and author of “Warrior for Freedom.”  His topic was “Folds of Honor.”   The Chamber recognized “Business of the Month” Chester’s Party Barn & Farm, represented by owners “Chester” Robin and Gloria Hocker.  The Chamber appreciates Chester’s, sponsor of the 1st Annual Okie Sampler and other events, for enhancing the exposure of Piedmont to the larger community.  Business “Spotlight” was Canadian County Children’s Justice Center, represented by Chris Etheredge. . June 2015 Business After Hours Thunder City4 jun15Thunder City5 jun15Sponsors of the Business After Hours networking event and Ribbon-Cutting June 25th were Thunder City Eatery and Piedmont-Surrey Gazette.  A Thunder-themed basket was given away to one lucky winner and everyone enjoyed the delicious Thunder City pizza.  Everyone present was able to check out the new expanded Thunder City dining room and see how much fun networking can be!   . . .2015 Golf Tournament First place teamThe annual Chamber golf tournament at the Surrey Hills Golf Club was a lot of fun for all the golfers.  By June 19th, the rain had finally stopped and golfers enjoyed a dry but warm and humid afternoon on the course.  Thanks to the Chamber Golf Committee for organizing this great annual event! . . . June 2015 Chamber Luncheon Making Piedmont Proud Lyn 6.15Guest speaker at the June 4th monthly Chamber luncheon was Steve Lackmeyer, business columnist for The Oklahoman newspaper.  His topic was “City Dynamics.”  The Chamber recognized “Business of the Month” Great Plains National Bank, represented by President Jay Winkle.  The Chamber appreciates Great Plains for co-hosting the recent Business After Hours.  The special “Making Piedmont Proud” award was presented to Lyn Land.  Lyn obtained the grants which provided sidewalks in our community, her most recent accomplishment among many to benefit Piedmont. Business “Spotlight” was Buchanan Funeral Services, represented by owners Peggy and Ray Buchanan. . .   May 2015 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the May 7th monthly Chamber luncheon was Kari Watkins, Executive Director, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.  She spoke on the topic “Our National Memorial – 20 Years Later.”  The Chamber recognized “Business of the Month” Piedmont Chiropractic, represented by Dr. Tamra States and office manager Kayla Goad.  The Chamber appreciates the many fundraisers sponsored by Piedmont Chiropractic that support our community.  Business “Spotlight” was Plan-It Landscape, represented by owner Troy Duncan. . . . Business After Hours April 2015 Chamber members Great Plains National Bank and Piedmont-Surrey Gazette hosted Business After Hours on April 30 at the Great Plains location on Northwest Expressway.  Attendees enjoyed networking at the relaxed, after-work event. . . . . . April 2015 Legislative Breakfast Hackler1Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, was guest speaker for the April Quarterly Legislative Breakfast. Her topic was “Public Education in Oklahoma.”  The audience also received a legislative update from the field representative for US Senator James Lankford (Steve Carson), for US Senator Jim Inhofe (Brian Hackler), and US Rep Frank Lucas (Jeremy Bennett), as well as an update on state legislative issues from Senator Stephanie Bice, 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 2015 corporate sponsors, Great Plains National Bank (“Yeas and Nays”), Senator Stephanie Bice (“Parliamentary”), F&M Bank (“Parliamentary”), and Express Employment Professionals (“Caucus”), we enjoyed a free hot breakfast, courtesy of Catering Oklahoma.   . . April 2015 Chamber Luncheon Guest speaker at the April 2nd monthly Chamber luncheon was Nancy Anthony, President of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.  She spoke on the topic “The Power of Endowment.”  The Chamber recognized “Business of the Month” Sundance Airport, represented by owner Jerry Hunter and Manager Mark Bravo.  The Chamber appreciates them allowing the Board to hold their annual retreat/training session in the Sundance conference room.  Business “Spotlight” was Edward Jones, represented by Lance Cummings and his office manager Gina Morphis. . . Canadian County Meet & Greet with US Senator Lankford MJosh, Sen Lankford, Lisa mar15Josh, Sen Lankford, Lisa Can Co C of C mar15 Canadian County Chamber members met with Senator Lankford on March 30, 2015.  Piedmont Chamber President Josh Atkinson and Executive Director Lisa Gigstad attended. . . . March 2015 Chamber Luncheon Lori Coats and Chester3-2015 The Old StoreGuest speakers at the March 5th monthly Chamber luncheon were Lori Coats, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and Chester Robin Hocker of Chester’s Pumpkin Patch and Party Barn.  They spoke on the topic “Oklahoma Agribusiness.”  The Chamber recognized “Business of the Month” The Old Store, represented by Joyce Leach and Heather Giggers.  The Chamber appreciates their donation of art to hang in the Chamber office.  Business “Spotlight” was Stiner Brothers LLC, represented by Elijah Stiner. . . .Ribbon-Cutting Pristine1 feb 15The Chamber was pleased to celebrate with our member The Pristine Salon and Spa at a Ribbon-Cutting in their new location – 91 Monroe Ave NE in Piedmont.  The facility was previously known as Hubbard Feed Store.  Pristine owners Cheri and Jeremy Downum, building owner Robert Hubbard, and a number of Chamber members and friends joined in the event.   . February 2015 Chamber Luncheon 2-2015 Piedmont GlassGuest speaker at the February 5th monthly Chamber luncheon was Kitt Letcher, President/CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma.  She spoke on the topic “Start With Trust.”  The Chamber recognized Business of the Month Piedmont Glass, represented by Bobby Williamson.  The Chamber appreciates the assistance of Piedmont Glass with numerous events during the month of December.  Business “Spotlight” was The Bug Guy, represented by Mark Lasater. . 2015 Annual Banquet Business of the Year2President's award2Most Dedicated Member3POP2Volunteer of the Year2BOD1A record crowd enjoyed the Annual Chamber Banquet on January 17th at the Piedmont Intermediate School.  Guest speaker was Gary England, Vice President for corporate relations and weather development for Griffin Communications.  Entertainment was provided by local band Voss.  Caterer was Catering Oklahoma.  Awards were presented:  Pride of Piedmont Award of Excellence: F&M Bank, Volunteer of the Year: Bobby Williamson, Community Service: Cleve Wheeler, Most Dedicated Member: Amber Hite and Josh Atkinson, Hall of Fame: Reta Strubhar, President’s Award: Marian LeCrone, Business of the Year: Piedmont-Surrey Gazette.  Piedmont Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James White recognized the Teacher of the Year from each school site. . . January 2015 Legislative Breakfast James White1Dr. James White, Superintendent of Piedmont Public Schools was guest speaker for the January  Quarterly Legislative Breakfast. His topic was “Piedmont University.”  The audience also received a legislative update from the District Director for US Senator James Lankford (Mona Taylor), field representative for US Senator Jim Inhofe (Brian Hackler), and US Rep Frank Lucas (Jeremy Bennett), as well as an update on state legislative issues from Senator Stephanie Bice, 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 2015 corporate sponsors, Great Plains National Bank (“Yeas and Nays”), Senator Stephanie Bice (“Parliamentary”), F&M Bank (“Parliamentary”), and Express Employment Professionals (“Caucus”), we enjoyed a free hot breakfast. . . “Lights On Piedmont” Decorating contest winners in the business category were The Old Store (1st), Piedmont Service Center (2nd), and ECI (3rd).  F&M Bank was sponsor of the award plaques.  Decorating contest winners in the residential category were 8553 Hudson Lane (1st), 336 Angela Court (2nd), and 1011 Polk St (3rd).  Owens Roofing was sponsor of the award yard signs.  Thanks to everyone whose decorations helped to beautify our community during the holidays!1st place The Old Store smaller2nd place PSC smaller3rd place ECI smaller1st place residential22nd place residential3rd place residential . . . . . . . . . . . . . Business After Hours December 2014 Dec14 smallerChamber members Keller Williams Platinum, Piedmont Mini Storage, and Boevers Homes hosted Business After Hours.  Attendees enjoyed networking at the relaxed, after-work holiday event. . . . . . Chamber Open House & Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting The Chamber provided free baked treats from our member Czech Delights during our Open House during the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 5, 2014.  What a great event!  Dec14 chuckwagon smallerDec14 Dickens carolers smallerDec14 royalty smaller   . . . . . 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. .. 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. . 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. . Multi-Chamber Networking Event Piedmont chamber folk5A 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. . .   . 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. . 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. . 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. . . 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. . 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. . 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. . . . . 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 . . . . . . . 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. . . . . . .   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. Darren and Marian John Bickerstaff2. . . . . . . 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. 20140620_122410 20140620_125442 20140620_181224 20140620_113502 20140620_181428           20140620_113452             . . . 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 June14 BOTM.. . . . . .   “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. .     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. . 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 .. . . . . . 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! .. 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. . 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! . . 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               Aragon Barresi LeCrone2 Most Dedicated Member5 Vol of Yr jan14 BOD2                             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”). . .“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! .. 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. . 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. . 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! . . . 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. . . 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. . . . . 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. . . ..

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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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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8-2013 Business of the MonthMarc & Frances 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 Rob Gragg7-2013 Business of the Month Rickey 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. . 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. . 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.   . . . 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!

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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

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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!

 

    Piedmont Chamber of Commerce is a leader, advocate and voice for business and for the betterment of the community of Piedmont. The Chamber works with and to unite our many businesses and also to exist as our front door to the community and serve our residents.

The Chamber works in many ways with our businesses and our community to accomplish our mission — Supporting Business – Promoting Piedmont •  Board of Directors •  Staff Directory •  Contact Us 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!