BY LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer
Sunday, August 19, 2012
8/19/12 at 3:02 AM
TYPros seeks 2013 community partner
Tulsa's Young Professionals is seeking applications for a 2013 community partner among area nonprofits.
The organization selected will become the sole focus of TYPros' fundraising efforts in 2013. For the past three years, the community partner program has raised more than $15,000 for the partnering organization, including Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
TYPros members also volunteer for the organizations. Last year, members devoted more than 2,600 volunteer hours to the Food Bank. Also, each year TYPros matches more than 80 of its members to area nonprofit boards through an internship program with Leadership Tulsa.
The community partner application is currently available at tulsaworld.com/typros Deadline for the applications is Sept. 7. Applications for the nonprofit board internships will be available later this year.
Flintco exec Birkes wins marketing award
Dana Birkes, vice president and chief marketing officer with Flintco LLC, won the 2012 Weld Coxe Marketing Achievement Award presented by the Society for Marketing Professional Services.
The award is the highest individual honor given by SMPS and recognizes industry professionals for achievements and contributions to the field of professional services marketing in the design and building industry.
Birkes received the award July 12 in San Francisco at an event held in conjunction with Build Business, the SMPS National Conference.
To win the award, nominees must demonstrate significant accomplishments in at least three of five categories: education, professional leadership, innovative programs, marketing communications and research.
Birkes has received 30 awards for marketing communications in a variety of categories, including seven SMPS National Marketing Communications Awards and 14 state awards. She also has won nine first-place American Advertising Federation awards and has been recognized by PRSA with its highest award, the Silver Link, for the marketing campaign that successfully took a company public on the New York Stock Exchange.
Tulsa Metro Chamber awarded
The Tulsa Metro Chamber won multiple awards from the Southern Economic Development Council, the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America.
Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal was honored as an honorary life member of the SEDC.
To be eligible for honorary life member status, candidates must meet several guidelines, including at least 10 years of service in SEDC as a professional economic, industrial or community developer.
The chamber also was honored with nine awards in categories ranging from marketing materials to internal communications and reports. It received awards of excellence for general-purpose and special-purpose brochures, as well as printed reports, advertising campaigns and internal communications packages.
The chamber's "2011 Tulsa's Future Annual Report and 2012 Outlook" won a superior ranking, and the "Where Business is Going 2012 Economic Profile" was recognized with a special judges award. Direct mail campaigns and the GrowMetroTulsa.com website also earned awards of merit.
Tulsa will host the SEDC annual conference next year.
Tulsan named State Chamber Business Ambassador
The State Chamber of Oklahoma recently named Richard Boone, the foundation president of St. John Health System, as a member of the organization's new Business Ambassador Program.
The program will recruit business leaders to serve as a personal link between the State Chamber and local communities and industries. Business ambassadors will work with the State Chamber's government affairs staff to lobby lawmakers on issues important to them.
Boone joined St. John in 1984. He is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa and Leadership Oklahoma and is active with the Tulsa and State chambers and the nonprofit community.
StartUp Cup contests to be highlighted in November
Three StartUp Cup efforts in Tulsa and two other areas will be highlighted during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November.
StartUp Cups in Tulsa; Santa Clara County, Calif.; and Cairo, Egypt, will conclude their business model competitions during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 12-18.
On Nov. 13, after participating in an intensive seven-month competitive business building process, the winners of the Tulsa Community College StartUp Cup, sponsored by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, will be announced.
StartUp Cup aims to help communities worldwide develop their own successful business-model competitions.
The StartUp Cup provides communities wishing to organize their own business-model competition with the structure, tools and support to produce a successful competition.
Sean Griffin, who helped found Tulsa's original Entrepreneurial Spirit Award competition, is CEO and founder of StartUp Cup.
Mathis Brothers opens Sleep Studio
Mathis Brothers Furniture has opened its first Sleep Studio in Broken Arrow.
Located at 71st Street and Lynn Lane, the 7,000-square-foot studio can help customers select a mattress from a wide selection that includes Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Lady Americana and Stearns and Foster.
Rachel Hutchings, a co-crew leader of government relations for Tulsa Young Professionals, cleans up in front of a house in the Route 66 Village house-to-museum transformation project. TYPros is seeking applications for a 2013 community partner among area nonprofits. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World