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Articles from March 13, 2009

Becoming a Basket Case: Tulsa Woman Weaves Herself a Business
TULSA - Jeanie Weber doesn't see herself as a craftsman, much less an artist."I've never enjoyed crafts," said Weber, a Tulsa account manager for the merchant card processing company Cardfinity. "I kind of suck at it."But while vacationing at the Victoria...
Come Take a Walk Downtown; OKC Looks to Become Pedestrian-Friendly
As thousands of people move about downtown Oklahoma City on foot to-and-from basketball games this week, a streetscape plan for the city shows that the ways pedestrians get around downtown need improvement.Enhancing pedestrian routes and making them...
Commentary: Critic At-Large: Jazz Musician Maintains Identity
Like the second coming of Billie Holiday on antidepressants, singer Madeleine Peyroux starts off her new CD with a gypsy jazz tune and the line, "Instead of feeling bad, be glad/you got somewhere to go. ... Instead of feeling low, get high/on everything...
Commentary: Lot Lines: Quality Listings
It is no surprise that commercial real estate sales activity slowed significantly during the first two months of 2009. Stingy lending requirements continue to make it difficult for buyers and sellers to achieve successful transactions; however, that...
Few Oklahoma Tort Reform Bills Meet Deadline
Only a few of the bills filed in February dealing with tort reform made it through Thursday's legislative deadline. Bills that were not taken up by the full membership of the chamber in which the bill was originally filed are now considered dead for...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Broken Arrow-Based Suspended Climbing Systems
Veteran industrial designer Sam Franklin foresees great potential for one of his latest creations as the wind energy industry gains grounds across the nation.The Suspended Climbing System is a new concept for powered platforms for the wind energy industry....
Innovator of the Year Profile: ICx Nomadics in Stillwater
New threats require new thinking, and ICx Nomadics is more than meeting the challenge. The company, located in Stillwater, provides a unique service that's helping make all Americans more secure in the post-9/11 world.Improvised explosive devices (IEDs)...
Innovator of the Year Profile: McAlester-Based Productify
McAlester-based Productify is a commerce service provider, bringing online retail services to small and medium-size companies worldwide. The company's launch is based on two established products: Productify ON:Sale, an online e-commerce store; and Productify...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Muskogee-Based Griffing Holdings Inc
In its 100 years in business, Griffin Food Co. has gone from mule- drawn wagons and a small rented warehouse in McAlester to millions in annual sales, a newly expanded and remodeled plant in Muskogee, and a 15-state service area.Known for products like...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Norman-Based Base Velocity LLC
In a state where springtime means keeping an eye on the sky and catching the latest severe storm update any way you can, Base Velocity's RadarScope offers weather enthusiasts a high-tech solution to get the most up-to-date radar information.Whether scanning...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Norman-Based Ideal Homes
A first-of-its-kind "green" home in Oklahoma has placed Norman- based Ideal Homes at the forefront of building technology nationwide.In 2008 the company completed the first gold-level Green Certified Home in Oklahoma. The designation means the home has...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Norman-Based Merchant Matrix Inc
Creating an online presence is a step any retail business cannot afford to take lightly in today's Internet-based economy. Norman- based Merchant Matrix Inc. is a small company that uses its e- commerce solutions to help other small companies maximize...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Norman-Based Synthesized NanoCoatings Inc
Using nanotechnology, a research team led by Edgar O'Rear III, Francis W. Winn professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, has developed a cotton fabric that is water-repellent while still retaining its most desirable...
Innovator of the Year Profile: OKC and Tulsa's Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)
Oklahomans who need an ambulance and live in the Tulsa or Oklahoma City metro areas can consider themselves fortunate. They have access to one of the best emergency medical services programs in the country, one that's an example of outstanding public-private...
Innovator of the Year Profile: OKC-Based American Bank Systems Inc
Months before the national banking system was put under the microscope due to the financial crisis, American Bank Systems Inc. (ABS) was working to improve its already successful programs, helping financial executives save time, stay abreast of new regulations,...
Innovator of the Year Profile: OKC-Based Anthony Hospital's Breast Center
St. Anthony Hospital's Breast Center is teaming up with local businesses to allow women a convenient time away from work to have their mammograms. Often women delay this important screening because they are too busy.By offering a Mammography Day, businesses...
Innovator of the Year Profile: OKC-Based Auto Way Manufacturing Co. LLC
For cattle owners who work away from home or may have trouble getting out in winter weather, Hugh Wayman has developed a feeding solution that he believes will change the livestock industry.Wayman, a retired minister and superintendent, grew up on a...
Innovator of the Year Profile: OKC-Based Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Cost of incarcerating a minimum-security offender in an Oklahoma prison - $16,000 per year. The amount of earnings lost by this individual not being in the workplace - at least $20,000 per year.Turning a young offender into a productive citizen - priceless.Through...
Innovator of the Year Profile: OKC-Based Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates
Green technology is the future of the architecture and engineering industries. Oklahoma City's Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates is aggressively engaged in institutionalizing the fundamentals of the cutting-edge LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental...
Innovator of the Year Profile: OKC-Based HESI Security Inc
Oklahomans know all to well the destruction that tornadoes can leave behind. According to the statistics from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, 60 percent of tornado fatalities happen between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. The need to give residents...
Innovator of the Year Profile: OKC-Based iThryv
"We want nothing less than to change the world for the better, by educating people on successful strategies for handling money throughout their lives."In a time of economic recession Oklahoma City-based iThryv's mission isn't just a lofty goal - it's...
Innovator of the Year Profile: OKC-Based MedEncentive
While working as a medical practice management consultant in Oklahoma City, it became apparent to Jeff Greene that medical illiteracy was a big problem.Solving that problem became the driving force behind Greene's company, MedEncentive.The Oklahoma City-based...
Innovator of the Year Profile: OKC-Based PL Studios
Piyush Patel's passion for computer animation began in college while working part-time at the campus television station. "The animation room was off-limits to junior artists. Getting into that room became my obsession, and once I was allowed in, I didn't...
Innovator of the Year Profile: OKC-Based ScriptFOLIO LLC
During his work in the film and television industry, Bradley Wynn saw a need for a more professional document-handling tool."When working on set I was plagued with the standard forms and script pages associated with the job. Although I was only required...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Oklahoma's Largest Law Firm Crowe & Dunlevy
Business Law Seminars (BLS) is an affiliate business of Crowe & Dunlevy, one of Oklahoma's largest law firms. This year-round training program was created to help human resource professionals and business owners of all experience levels navigate through...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Oklahoma State Treasurer and Ok.gov
At the direction of state Treasurer Scott Meacham, the Oklahoma state treasurer's office became the first state agency in the nation to implement a real-time online trading system for state investments with no fees to the participants. Since its launch...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine in OKC
After Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett challenged residents to collectively lose 1 million pounds in late 2007, Rococo became the first locally-owned restaurant to launch both lunch and dinner menus with a wide selection of healthy options to support...
Innovator of the Year Profile: SEAM Enterprises
Shivakumar Raman developed his unique and compelling business model for improving the competitiveness of the aerospace industry in an effort to keep the larger part of the state's aerospace spending within Oklahoma.His business model, named SEAM (Shape...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Thirty Sixth Span Internet Technologies in Oklahoma
In a world of work-at-home professionals and virtual offices, it's easy to feel disconnected from your peers and from others in your profession.Derrick Parkhurst, of Thirty Sixth Span Internet Technologies, is changing that situation in the Oklahoma...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Tulsa-Based eMotion Media Inc
A picture is worth far more than a thousand words, especially if you can provide it to your customers in minutes instead of hours or weeks.Faster service and a higher-quality product are the keys to the success of Tulsa-based eMotion Media Inc. A classic...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Tulsa-Based EngATech Corp
Countless complaints and jokes abound when it comes to tech support and computer training.However, you won't find any of them directed at Tulsa's EngATech Corp. The company sports a lengthy list of professional kudos, thanks to its customized, detailed...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Tulsa-Based Flintco Inc
Saving lives is the noblest of motives, whether you're in the commercial or private sector. And saving lives is more than just good business sense - it's a personal mission for Flintco Inc. and Flintco operator/trainer Shawn Cosby. Corporate philosophy...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Tulsa-Based Jack Frank Productions
Jack Frank said sometimes people refer to him as a historian, even an archeologist. But he said he is simply telling a true story."I never grew up loving history," said Frank, owner of Jack Frank Productions. "It's just become my passion to save old...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Tulsa-Based Lazarus Medical LLC
Brian Worley's dedication to the medical profession goes beyond working full-time at his busy private practice at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. Worley established Lazarus Medical last summer to design, develop, and bring to market innovative products...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Tulsa-Based mobiManage
As the number of people gaining information from handheld devices increases, so does the need for adapting traditional Web sites into mobile sites. Industry experts estimate more than 1.3 billion people worldwide can access the Internet on their mobile...
Innovator of the Year Profile: Tulsa-Based Selser Schaefer Architects
Designed with Tulsa's first "green" rooftop, Tulsa Community College's Center for Creativity is intended to be bold, transparent and welcoming.Selser Schaefer Architects designed the new state-of-the-art building using a combination of traditional and...
Innovator of the Year Profile: University of Oklahoma in Norman
The Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW) at the University of Oklahoma provides an interdisciplinary environment for researchers, entrepreneurs and students to collaborate in growing, strengthening and diversifying Oklahoma's economy through...
Midwest City Conference Focuses on Success
With the current state of the economy, many businesses are faced with challenging operational changes to help reduce costs to succeed - or perhaps just to stay afloat. The ability to lead and manage change such as this, as well as improving employee...
OKC-Based LSB Industries Reports Drop in Net Income for 2008
LSB Industries on Thursday reported a drop in net income for 2008 as the sharp decline in commodities prices and the general economic slowdown reduced earnings.Net income for the year totaled $36.5 million, or $1.58 per diluted share, down from $46.9...
OKC Events: March 16, 2009
Back in 1923, a group of civic-minded women decided to form an organization to extend hospitality to distinguished visitors to our state. They chose the appropriate name of Oklahoma Hospitality Club. Then they expanded their activities to include philanthropy,...
Okla. Lawyers to Voice Ideas on Legal Issues to Legislators
Scores of Oklahoma attorneys will be at the state Capitol on Tuesday to visit with lawmakers about legal issues and related legislation.This year the atmosphere may be more tense than usual, as a key measure on the association's radar would make payment...
Recession Puts Economy in the Trash
The economy is in the trash bin - literally.Paper and metal waste products normally collected for recycling have been on the decline in recent months, Oklahoma City-area recycling companies said this week. And garbage in general from individual consumers...
Sand Springs-Based Webco Stock Hits Six-Year Low
Webco Industries shares fell 5.48 percent Thursday to a six-year low after the Sand Springs steel producer warned it would endure a series of quarterly losses because of high inventory costs."Our business model and strategy are still sound," said Webco...
These Walls: Southwestern Bell Main Dial Building in Tulsa
Now for sale: a dynamic piece of Tulsa architecture, reflecting two pivotal transitions in two sectors.In 1924, five years after the Bell System started rolling out dial telephone switches, Southwestern Bell brought that "modern" system to Tulsa, replacing...
Tulsa-Based Ram Energy Resources Shares Surge despite Huge Losses, Write-Down
Shares of Ram Energy Resources jumped 14.87 percent Thursday after the Tulsa company posted a $138.1 million net loss for 2008 and an even larger drop for its fourth quarter, both from a $282.46 million impairment reflecting lower commodity prices.Ram...
Tulsa-Based Selser Schaefer Wins Overall Innovator of the Year Award
Selser Schaefer Architects received the overall 2009 Journal Record Innovator of the Year award at a ceremony honoring business innovation Thursday evening at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.Designed with Tulsa's first "green" rooftop,...
Tulsa Company Offers Quick Checkup for Businesses
A Tulsa-based consulting company aims to provide companies a quick checkup.Bill Fournet, president and chief executive of The Persimmon Group, said Fit Assessment is a consulting service tailored toward businesses that are experiencing strain from the...

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