The Journal Record Business Briefs: June 22, 2010
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OSU-led partnership helps South African entrepreneurs
The Rainbow Nation of South Africa, a partnership between Oklahoma State University and three other universities, is providing support for historically disadvantaged South African entrepreneurs.
The Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa program trains 35 graduate and honors students each year to help emerging South African enterprises become more sustainable. The program is spearheaded by the Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business and includes partnerships with the University of Colorado, Texas A&M University and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
"Entrepreneurship is the future of South Africa, as new ventures will account for a growing number of jobs, new products and services and much of the new wealth created in the country," said Michael H. Morris, professor and head of the OSU School of Entrepreneurship. "South Africa faces the unique economic development challenge of attempting to correct past wrongs, while at the same time becoming globally competitive. It is in this context that entrepreneurship is absolutely crucial."
Morris said the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in South Africa, and the challenge is not to help businesses start, but rather to help enterprises grow.
Now in its 12th year, the 2010 Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa program began May 29 and will conclude July 10.
There are 20 U.S. participants and 15 from the University of the Western Cape. The students will spend six weeks in South Africa using a model developed by program faculty to identify and prioritize the needs of the client enterprises. Students work in teams of four, and each consultant team works with two enterprises.
"We interview students and recruit the best students at the four campuses," Morris said. "Students must bridge a number of divides, recognize an underlying problem in operations or sales and then apply creativity and critical thinking in solving the problem while helping these companies."
The participants, who can earn up to six hours of college credit for their work, are coached by one South African and three U.S. faculty members. The students spend the mornings in lectures and the afternoons and evenings with client meetings and field research.
"The days are long, and often include weekends, but we get back so much more than we give," said Kip Kelley, an OSU master of business administration student who is in South Africa with the program.
During the program, the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town serves as the host institution, providing housing, classroom facilities and other resources to support the consulting teams.
Two Oklahoma legislators nominated for national posts
State Reps. Anastasia Pittman and Ken Luttrell have been nominated to serve as officers of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators.
Formed in 1992, the national caucus began holding regular meetings during 2005 as part of the State-Tribal Relations Project, a partnership between the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Congress of American Indians. It is currently made up of about 80 members from 18 states.
Pittman serves as the second elected representative of the Seminole Nation on the Native American Caucus of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. A Democrat from Oklahoma City, she currently is serving her second term as the caucus secretary and has been nominated to serve as the national caucus treasurer.
"The national caucus gives Native American legislators across the country a chance to collaborate and try to solve some of the challenges that tribal communities face," Pittman said.
Pittman's predecessor in the Oklahoma House of Representatives is Enoch Kelly Haney, former principal chief of the Seminole Nation, an artist and businessman. Haney, who served in the Oklahoma Senate as chair of appropriations, was one of the organizers and co-founders of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators.
Luttrell, an enrolled member of the Cherokee tribe and a Democrat from Ponca City, has been nominated to serve as national caucus peace keeper. He is co-chairman of the Native American Caucus of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
"Native Americans face the same challenges as most Oklahomans," Luttrell said. "Education, health care and work force development are some of the key issues. At the national caucus level, we get a broader picture of how other states address these core services."
New vehicle sales increase in Oklahoma City area
Sales of new cars and trucks by members of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association increased 20.6 percent in May from May 2009.
Members of the association sold 3,811 new cars and trucks in May, up from 3,161 a year earlier.
Sales of new cars for the month totaled 1,796, up 15.3 percent from 1,557 for May 2009. Sales of new trucks totaled 2,015, up 25.6 percent from 1,604.
Used-car sales for the month totaled 3,973, up 8.2 percent from 3,673 for May 2009.
Alzheimer's Association CEO to retire
Judi Ver Hoef, CEO of the Alzheimer's Association Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter, will retire July 1 and become a consultant to the National Alzheimer's Association.
Ver Hoef has been with the Alzheimer's Association since 1986, starting at the Central Iowa Chapter. In 1996, Ver Hoef assumed leadership in Tulsa. Since then the Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter has expanded from a single office to five offices.
"The Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter has a strong foundation, being recognized as one of the top five in the nation and has unprecedented community support," Ver Hoef said. "This foundation and the clear-cut vision going forward pave the way for increases needed in research, education, awareness and caregiver support."
Mark Fried is CEO-designate and current executive vice president.
"It is crucial we increase community awareness about Alzheimer's, the benefits of a healthy brain lifestyle and to connect those facing the disease with available support," Fried said. "There is a foundation of superior performance within this chapter and we will continue to tap into the talents, creativity and passion of our staff while working with the goals of the national association to create a world without Alzheimer's."
OCC to close for furlough on Friday
Offices of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission will be closed statewide Friday.
Employees will be placed on unpaid furlough on that day because of a budget shortfall.
"The decision to furlough employees and close the agency was taken only after the OCC eliminated 8 percent of its work force and implemented $400,000 in other spending cuts," said Brooks Mitchell, OCC director of administration.
So far this year, OCC employees have taken seven unpaid furlough days. No furlough days are scheduled for July.
The OCC has offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, as well as Oil and Gas Division offices in Bristow, Kingfisher, Duncan, and Ada.
Ditch Witch releases directional drill
Ditch Witch has released the JT100 All Terrain, a new directional drill.
The JT100 All Terrain was designed for extended-range bores and installations of large-diameter pipe. The JT100 has a 268- horsepower engine.
Executive director leaving film festival
Cacky Poarch is resigning after eight years as executive director of the deadCENTER Film Festival.
She plans to pursue personal film projects and other creative ventures. While she was executive director, Poarch grew deadCENTER from a local festival to a nationally recognized five-day event.
The 10th-anniversary festival earlier this month had record attendance and attracted Oscar-nominated Spike Jonze.
"In the past year, we've developed a solid strategic plan and with the help of a sound board of directors," Poarch said. "The next executive director will have all the tools necessary to take deadCENTER into the next decade."
QuickBooks training session offered in Poteau
A QuickBooks training session is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 30 at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau.
Beth Peck, a certified public accountant and owner of Peck CPA in Poteau, will present the training session. She is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor and has taught the QuickBooks course for the Women's Business Center of Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma Inc.
Topics will include setting up QuickBooks for a business, working with bank accounts, entering sales information, receiving payments and making deposits, entering and paying bills, analyzing financial data, doing payroll, tracking and paying sales tax and customizing forms.
The registration fee is $125.
The training session is sponsored by the Kiamichi Technology Center, Poteau Area Chamber of Commerce, Poteau Main Street, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension, Oklahoma Small Business Development Center and the Women's Business Center.
For registration information, visit www.ruralenterprises.com.…
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