State Chamber Offers Workplace Program through Compliance Co

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The State Chamber on Wednesday announced an alliance designed to provide member businesses access to expert analysis on complex employment regulation and compliance issues.

The alliance is with The Compliance Co., an Oklahoma City-based employment management and consulting firm.

"This partnership will enable us to provide a high level of information to our members statewide on critical workplace and work force issues," said Richard P. Rush, president of the State chamber. "These issues, if not properly managed, could have large implications for their businesses."

The Compliance Co. provides a variety of employment programs and services aimed at making certain businesses are in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, said Kathy Teel, founder and president.

"This affiliation exemplifies the type of partnerships we forge at TCC to help business organizations like the State Chamber provide its members with insight to help them operate profitable businesses," she said.

As part of the new partnership, TCC will conduct seminars on behalf of the State Chamber, presenting several topics including federal contract rules, discrimination, harassment, immigration, compensation and ergonomics.

Overcharges put to use

More than $888,000 in oil overcharge funds is being put toward a variety of municipal and civic projects, Gov. Frank Keating announced Wednesday.

Oil overcharge funds are made available to the states by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The governor's allocations included $300,000 to install energy efficient windows at the Oklahoma School for the Blind and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf; $100,000 to help the Bristow Public Schools buy a geothermal heat pump system for a new elementary school; and $100,000 to Special Care Inc., of Oklahoma City, to purchase energy efficient equipment at a new facility.

Also, $75,000 will be given to an energy efficiency project at the Advanced Computing Technology and Research Center at Cameron University, $75,000 will help renovate the Masonic Lodge in Mangum into a community center and $75,000 will go to new energy systems at the Community Counseling Center of Oklahoma City.

Also, $50,000 will protect the National Register L.L. Stein Home from the weather, $42,000 will replace windows in the Jefferson County Courthouse and $37,500 will replace windows at the Washita County Courthouse.

Speaking for small businesses

Terry Neese, an Oklahoma City business owner and national advocate for small business owners across the country, will be the keynote speaker at two national conferences.

In Princeton, N.J., today, Neese will deliver a keynote speech to more than 200 women business owners attending the New Jersey chapter meeting of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Neese is a past president of NAWBO, which represents more than 9 million women-owned businesses in the United States.

Neese will discuss why and how women business owners can become involved in forming public policy on a local, state and national level.

During the first week of May, Neese will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to take part in the National Indian Business Association's ninth annual conference and trade show.

Neese recently returned from a trip to Southern California where she participated in the Golden State Republican Women Leaders Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Neese and Rep. Mary Bono, R-Calif., led a panel discussion on women in commerce.

In 1975, Neese founded Terry Neese Personnel in Oklahoma City.

Venture Forum youth

The Oklahoma Venture Forum will inaugurate its Young Members Group at 5:30 p.m. today at the Bourbon Street Cafe in Bricktown.

The group's monthly meetings will include brief presentations from representatives of the entrepreneurial and investment communities. …