BY LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer
Sunday, February 26, 2012
2/26/12 at 3:23 AM
Business Continuity Summit set for businesses
A summit will be held March 15 to assist business owners to develop their own personal business continuity plans.
"A Day Without Business: A Business Continuity Summit" will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn City Center, 17 W. Seventh St., Registration will begin at 8 a.m.
The summit, hosted by the Tulsa Partners Disaster Resistant Business Council, will help business owners increase the odds of surviving a disaster or a business interruption.
Tonya Sprenkle, vice president of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, attended the first Day Without Business in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and developed a business continuity and emergency plan that was recognized by the U.S. Chamber as a best practices document. She and Rob O'Brian, president of the Joplin Chamber, will be keynote speakers at this year's event.
Lead sponsors for this event are the Tulsa Partners Disaster Resistant Business Council, State Farm Insurance and TRC Disaster Solutions.
Registration is required by March 2 and is $65. For more information and to register, call Tulsa Partners at 918-632-0044 or visit tulsaworld.com/tulsapartners
International markets focus of TU program
Four leaders from internationally successful businesses will share their insights on how to break down the barriers to global markets at the Thursday "Breaking the Barriers: Six Steps to Going Global" International Business Breakfast at the University of Tulsa.
Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m., with the program from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of Allen Chapman Activity Center, 5th Place and Gary Avenue on the TU campus.
Bill Solomon, president of Vacuworx; Gary Ferrell, president of Bonavista Technologies; Mike Howard, WEBCO CFO; and the BAMA Foods vice president of finance, IT and strategic sourcing will provide a case study of how each of their companies went global and what it took to make that happen.
International business resource providers who find distributors/dealers in foreign markets, provide shipping and transportation options, offer international working capital and exchange rate information and deal with risk and international regulations will be available after the formal presentations to provide information and meet one-on-one to answer questions.
This program is part of the "Doing Business" International Business Breakfast series, presented by the TU Collins College of Business and the TU Center for Executive and Professional Development in partnership with Tulsa Global Alliance.
Registration is $45, with a discounted fee of $35 for companies with three or more attending. Register online at tulsaworld.com/breakingbarriers Call 918-631-2215 for more information.
Winter canola to be subject of seminar
Farmers in Oklahoma, southern Kansas and northern Texas interested in planting winter canola as a rotational crop with wheat can attend a free educational seminar that will be held at the Cherokee Strip Conference Center in Enid from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Called Canola U, the event is sponsored by a leading regional farm publication, High Plains Journal, and DEKALB, an industry-leading seed brand.
There are currently more than 200,000 acres of winter canola planted in this region, and acreage continues to grow.
The event will focus on basic and advanced courses on winter canola agronomics, crop insurance programs that favor winter canola, an agricultural lender's perspective on winter canola, making winter canola work in no-till and minimum-tillage systems and a grain elevator operator's perspective on the benefits of winter canola.
To register, call 1-855-422-6652 or register online at tulsaworld.com/canolau
Alpine Roofing expands to residential services
Commercial roofing contractor Alpine Roofing announced a 2012 expansion into the residential division of the roofing market.
Founded in 2004, Alpine works with insurance adjustors and assists homeowners in roof replacement claims.
Some of Alpine's commercial clients include Oklahoma City's Ford Center, Tulsa Drillers Stadium, St. Francis Heart Hospital and Riverwalk Apartments.
College students can apply for i2E Fellow program
Applications are being accepted through Friday from Oklahoma college students who want to work this summer for a high-growth startup company as an i2E Fellow.
Students from any campus in the state are encouraged to apply for the i2E Fellows program, which provides real-world experience over a 10-week period in an entrepreneurial environment.
Fellows will earn $6,000 each for the program that begins in early June and concludes in mid-August.
Students will work at an Oklahoma City-area company or at i2E Inc., the not-for-profit corporation that provides business advisory, access to capital and entrepreneurial development services to Oklahoma's high-growth startups.
Fellows are matched with host companies and work on business-related projects that match the skill sets they bring to the companies.
Applications are available online at tulsaworld.com/i2EFellows For more information, contact program director Casey Harness, at 405-813-2425 or by email at charness@i2E.org.
Bridgecreek Investment exceeds $500 million
Bridgecreek Investment Management LLC recently exceeded $500 million in assets under management.
Founded in 2004 by Chuck Fuller and Brian Carney, the firm has 64 clients in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri.
BRIDGE business networking event slated
Small business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to the city of Tulsa's BRIDGE Business Networking event on March 8 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Tulsa Convention Center's conference hall, 100 Civic Center.
The event will provide participants with valuable business information, such as current and upcoming business opportunities, as well as an opportunity to promote their business or organization. Morning breakout sessions are available for participants to learn about contract basics, as well as bidding and estimating contracts with networking opportunities in the afternoon. This event is free and open to the public.
BRIDGE is especially dedicated to promoting the growth, expansion, innovation and increased productivity of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Minority and Female Business Enterprises.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett will address the expo and representatives of Tulsa's Public Works, Purchasing and Human Rights departments will be in attendance to provide information on doing business with the city of Tulsa. The mayor's remarks will begin at 11:30 a.m.
For more information, call 918-596-7818 or visit tulsaworld.com/bridgenetwork.
Fuller (left) and Carney