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
"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
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
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
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