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Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce

Vision: Make Ponca City your choice for building our future.

Mission Statement
"To serve as the business community's catalyst for leading the Ponca City area into a growing, diversified, and prosperous future"

Business Plan 2008
Organizational & Membership Development supports the Chamber's operations, strengthens the member base, and strives to promote the Chamber as the community's #1 business advocate.
Division Chair: Janet Martin - Chairman

Chamber Board of Directors
Objective: To govern and set policy for the Chamber, make decisions representing the membership and provide direction, support and necessary resources to carry out the Chamber's Business Plan.
Membership:  Elected by the membership and by appointment
Meeting Date:  4th Tuesday - 11:00 a.m., Patt Hughes Board Room
Chairman of the Board: Janet Martin, Eastman National Bank

Executive Committee
Objective: To act for the Board of Directors between meetings of the Board, oversee the Chamber's Business Plan implementation and to employ and provide direction to the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber.
Membership: Officers and C.E.O. of the Chamber
Meeting Date: 3rd Wednesday - 12:00 p.m., Patt Hughes Board Room
Chairman: Janet Martin, Eastman National Bank

Finance Committee
Objective: To ensure that the Chamber of Commerce remains fiscally sound and that all monies are handled in a prudent manner.
Membership: By appointment
Meeting Date: 3rd Wednesday - 11:00 a.m., Patt Hughes Board Room
Chairman: Ryan Schwabe; Baskin, Stevens and Freeland, P.C.

Objective: To recruit new members, retain existing members and serve as the official goodwill diplomats for the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Membership: Open to any Chamber member
  • To aggressively recruit new members.
  • To conduct personal calls on existing members and seek their views on how the   Chamber can better serve them.
  • To work with the Chamber staff to update membership contact information.
  • To attend and promote participation in Chamber functions including ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings and "Business After Hours", new member luncheons and Chamber Membership Luncheons.
  • To support new members by inviting them to "Business After Hours" and other Chamber functions.
  • To sponsor and coordinate Chamber Goodwill Days in order to make contact with, and receive feedback from Chamber members.
  • To schedule 4 Goodwill visits to area communities, one each quarter of the year.
    Meeting Date: 3rd Tuesday - 8 a.m. Patt Hughes Board Room
    Chairman: Joe DeNoya; Pemberton Cheverolet
    Vice- Chair:  Erin Liberton; City National Bank

    Governmental Affairs
    Objective:  The overriding mission of the Governmental Affairs Committee is to promote legislation and responsible government, at all levels that enhance an environment for economic development and growth of our city and region.
    Membership:  Open to any Chamber Member
  • Develop recommendations to be presented to the Chamber Board of Directors on federal, state, and local legislative issues affecting the local business environment and communicate the Chamber's position to appropriate officials and the general public.
  • Promote the Oklahoma Prosperity Project to all Chamber Members.
  • Offer voter registration in the Chamber Office.
  • Continue to communicate with Chamber Members on legislative issues during the legislative sessions that affect our region.
  • Work to increase Ponca City Area Citizen's involvement with government at all levels.
  • Host "Ponca City Day" in the Capitol Rotunda during the legislative session to promote Ponca City.
  • Conduct public forums i.e., Pancakes and Politics, to discuss pertinent issues on a non-partisan basis.
    Meeting Date:  3rd Friday - 7:30 a.m. Patt Hughes Board Room
    Chairman: Molly Kyler, Pioneer Technology Center

    Community Development
    Objective: To encourage and actively support the development of a comprehensive commercial and public infrastructure system (streets, highways, air service, etc.) that promotes growth and enhances the quality of life in our region.
    Membership: Open to any Chamber member
  • Promote the Chamber's highway improvement priority list with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
  • Work with federal, state, regional and city officials to collaborate on common issues. (Railroad, highway, airport, etc.)
  • Work with city officials on water and waste water issues.
  • Improve the appearance of Highway 60 through Ponca City.
  • Make Highway 177 South of Ponca City to Stillwater a 4-lane Highway.
  • Encourage continued improvements to Highway 77 from Newkirk to the Kansas border.
  • Work to enhance Public Transportation for the Ponca City area.
  • Support efforts with the Highway 60 Scenic By-Way
  • Continue discussion on passenger rail service north from Oklahoma City to Newton, Kansas stopping in Ponca City.
  • Be supportive of telecommunications enhancements, which could favorably impact education and economic development.
    Meeting Date: 3rd Thursday - 10 a.m. Patt Hughes Board Room
    Chairman: Barry Bickle; Eastman National Bank
    Vice Chair: Mark Brumley; Oklahoma Natural Gas Company

    Ponca City Business Council
    Objective: Support and enhance Ponca City's business community in the areas of business development, education, communication and networking opportunities through specific programs and activities directed to the needs of  business.
    Membership: Open to any Chamber Member
  • Plan and coordinate activities; including 4 educational workshops, to meet the current needs of business.
  • Recognize 12 outstanding businesses during the year and then select three to be recommended to the Executive Board for them to select for Business of the Year at the Annual Chamber Banquet.
  • Continue support for implementation of the PRIDE Program.
  • Promote "Give Ponca the Business" programs such as Community Wide Holiday Giveaway.
  • Coordinate the National Small Business Administration annual event.
  • Support the Chamber Buck Program
  • Publish the Ponca City Business Council Newsletter and Tip Sheet to be included in the Chamber Newsletter.
  • Work with the Chamber Ambassador's on the annual Goodwill Day's.
  • Review and evaluate National Small Business Administration nomination criteria.
  • Chairs:
  • Sue Lunsford, Retired
  • Homer Nicholson, Nicholson Auction Company
  • Chuck Rager, Retired

  • Education
    Objective: Support all local education systems and agencies. Provide an open format that allows for educational issues and topics to be presented.
    Membership: Open to any Chamber Member
  • Continue support of businesses for the Partners in Education Program (PIE).
  • Support educational programs such as Elementary School Mentoring and the 8th Grade Career Program.
  • Provide information to Chamber Legislative Review committee on education issues.
  • Host New Teacher Luncheon.
  • Host Support Staff Appreciation Day during National Support Staff Week.
  • On site review of our local schools.
    Meeting Date: 1st Thursday - 4 p.m. various school sites
    Chairman: Malcolm Cooper; Staples

    Tourism Bureau
    To promote Ponca City attractions and events
    By appointment
  • To promote the tourism development efforts through the Chamber as economic development for Ponca City.
  • To increase tourism traffic to Ponca City at our attractions and events both individually and by motor coach.
  • To increase our marketing efforts throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas and with snow birds traveling I-35.
  • To partner with the Oklahoma Department of Tourism in tourism trade shows.
  • To partner with the Oklahoma Department of Tourism in marketing Ponca City in the European travel market.
    Meeting Date:
    4th Thursday - 8 a.m. Patt Hughes Board Room
    Chairman: Kelly Johnson; Quality Water, Pools and Spas
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