Forward Together: Ponca City Development Authority
SUMMER IS......drawing to its close. This weekend is tax-free shopping in Ponca City; teachers head back to their classrooms next week and Ponca City students start back on the 18th. But the news everyone is talking about around the water cooler, appropriately spaced of course, is the Delta spike in COVID cases. And PCDA is not here to speculate on where that is going, but to remind all our companies (including retail, service and restaurants) to be prepared just in case. What does that mean? So glad you asked.
You know the drill with wearing masks, washing hands and staying at home if you feel not yourself, but how about your work readiness? Double checking that laptops are updated and ready for employees who can work at home, to work from home. Meeting with your staff on how to stagger shifts to cover retail and service if necessary. How is your online presence? Now may be the time to upload current stock and items to your website. Thinking about e-commerce? Consider pulling that trigger. Check outwww.poncacitymarketplace.comfor a quick, already in existence, e-commerce site. Just give PCDA a call and we will help facilitate getting you trained with PC Main Street. Keep in mind: Sales tax for Ponca City increased over the last year. People want to shop local and support local businesses. Give them the opportunity. Keep reading for more information on upcoming events for you AND your business growth.
This week most of the staff were out visiting one of the buildings in this picture as well as the piece of green space front and center otherwise known as Project Duke. We love nothing more than hanging out with our manufacturers and listening to all their machines running with all employees on deck. Now, about that workforce. Ponca City has jobs. If you are looking for employment, head over togoponca.com/workand apply. Now. Please and Thank you!
PCDA is always on the look out for new customers for our existing companies. To this end, there is a great contract services person located at Pioneer Technology Center in the Business Services area, Dawn Brakey. #JustAskDawn is the best way to find out information on government contracting with city, state, federal and tribal governments. Need help with SAM? Dun & Bradstreet? Your NAICS information? #JustAskDawn. The ICBS Show is a great way to matchmake with government entities in Oklahoma, Corps of Engineers and Tribes. But you have to be ready to talk the talk. Call Dawn at 580.718.4261 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on contracting opportunities.
Many hands make light work. Especially when dealing with pulley systems and large sails in Central Fare. All around handy man and BR&E Maestro Laurence Beliel lead our intrepid staff this week to assist him with this daunting task. We may have deserted him later that day, but he was diligent. Down X Downtown is tonight from 6 to 9 pm. Come check out our sails at this fun outdoor gathering with food trucks, live music and adult beverages.
BUSINESS ON THE BALCONY
B ON THE Bis next Tuesday; 7 to 8:30 am on the Balcony at City Central. Grab a little breakfast and get in some networking with local businesses, companies and individuals. Looking for information for your business or for yourself? This is the place to be. Avocado toast and information; it doesn't get much better than that. City Central at 400 E. Central, second floor, Suite #200. We will be on the balcony.
Have a project that needs an extra pair of hands and some skills? How about an intern. Attend this Lunch and Learn at the Chamber on September 8th and ask all the questions about having an intern at your location. Pay or no pay. Insurance needs. How many hours? What time frame is the best for an intern? Ask all the questions of Liz Leaming. Call the Chamber to sign up 580.765.4400. Lunch is included.
Friday, August 6 // Down X Downtown // Central Fare 6 to 9 pm
Food Trucks, Live Music, Adult Beverages & community in an outdoor setting.
Tuesday, Aug 10 // Business on the Balcony // PCDA Balcony 7 am to 8:30 am
Mark your calendar for a little breakfast & a lot of networking. Meet business people; get connected and get your questions answered. City Central, Suite #200. On the B.
Thurs Aug 12 // New Teacher Luncheon // PC Country Club 11:30 am
Contact Rich at the Chamber office if your business/company would like to sponsor a New Teacher. This is a great way to get to know our new educators. 580.765.4400
Wed, Aug 18// Ponca City School Begins // Watch out for the kiddos
Yes, School is back in session. Be on the lookout for crossings, walkers & bikers.
Friday, August 20 // Party at the Palace // Marland Mansion
Support the PC Chamber with this once-every-two-year blow out party and live auction.
Tickets are still available, but not for long. Always a crush for a good cause.