This week PCDA staff were in the building with Business on the Balcony, getting ready for Girl Power, completion and restarting of the HVAC project in City Central and of course, enjoying all the art camp kids in the building each morning. Staff did remark how quiet this group of art camp kids were compared to last year, especially since (Hats off to PC Arts) there are close to 100 kids participating this year; nearly double the amount of campers from last year. In other news, Duke continues to move towards completion and there are frames in the air for the new housing edition at 7th and Bradley.
Summer is at the halfway mark and the hunt for school supplies is about to begin as enrollment gets into high gear for all the school systems. Keep your eyes open for ways to support our next workforce (those school kids) as fall creeps closer and closer. Now, for more summer! (Staff loves this picture from last year's art camp. Just ignore the masks)
Business On The Balcony This Week
Business on the Balcony this week was very well attended! A special thank you to our local farmers and producers for donating eggs, chicken, breads and jams to make breakfast a local feast.
If you missed this opportunity to hang out and network with your new favorite 50 or so people on the Balcony, mark your calendar for August 8, 7 to 9 am at City Central. A little bit of breakfast; a whole lot of networking.
Congratulations Aesthetic State of Mind
This week the 2020 Ponca City Business Plan Pitch-off winner celebrated three years in business. Congratulations to Aesthetic State of Mind, Ponca City's first and only Med Spa. Owner Shannon Puetz-Somers pitched her business plan to a panel of five judges in June of 2020, during a worldwide pandemic, and never looked back.
After receiving the high score for the Pitch-off competition, Aesthetic opened in July of 2020. Today, Aesthetic has four employees on staff, the owner received her NP in 2022 (click here for the teams total qualifications) and the med-spa has expanded twice. Again, Congratulations to Aesthetic State of Mind for hitting the three year mark and still going strong. Stay tuned for the owners latest venture, also on Grand Avenue: Oklahoma Infusion Clinic (OIC).
Inventors Assistance Available
If you are an inventor or have a great idea for a new product, don't tell yourself you'll get to it later. And if your kid has a great idea, even better. Now is the time to research other products like yours; prototype the idea, get a provisional patent, talk to someone about copyright and trademarking your idea and get that product to market.
Does all this sound scary? That's ok. Stuff worth doing is scary. And PCDA is here to help. Stop by the PCDA office and get more information about getting your product to market. There are a lot of resources available to assist you.
If you need a starting point, make sure to click on this link and check out this "top10 list for product development" from Stephen Keys.
Spec Building Duke Nears Completion
PCDA Staff were hanging out in the AIP this week and had to admire how pretty the new spec building Duke is, as it nears completion. With warmer temperatures, the parking lot concrete should be poured soon. This 39,000 square foot building is available for walk through and staff is actively seeking a tenant for the building which should be completed in the Fall. Any interested companies should call David Myers at the PCDA office, 580.765.7070.
July 24-28 // Girl Power STEM Camp // City Central
This STEM Camp is for soon to be 8th grade girls
Manufacturing, science, tech & engineering
Friday, August 18 // Party At the Palace & Auction
Get your tickets from the Chamber office 580.765.4400
Thursday, August 24 // First Day of School // Ponca City
Be on the lookout for the kiddos
as they head back to school.
Fall 2023// Business Plan Boot Camp
Are you ready to plan your business? This Boot Camp will