Forward Together: Ponca City Development Authority
QUALITY OF LIFE....is top of mind for many workers in this day and age. Whether employees are relocating to a new community or seeking their next workplace, housing, entertainment, schools and activities make a community "livable". Ponca City is that community. Fall is a busy time right before the busy-ness of the holidays here in our little piece of paradise. There are football games almost every night of the week, live theatre, art exhibits as well as festivals and food based fundraisers. Tonight is the First Hispanic Heritage Festival right here at City Central and tomorrow is the Cherokee Strip Cookoff at Lake Ponca. Rest and recuperate because next weekend is all about the art and beauty of the Ponca City Art Festival being held at the beautiful LA Cann Gardens.
Some of our favorite business people have been extolling the manufacturing capabilities of Ponca City industry to our friends in Nashville this week. And our partners at Pioneer Technology Center officially cut the ribbon on the Westward Expansion of their campus which includes a large conference space, new cosmetology and culinary arts program areas! Staff is trying to make time to get to the Kay County Free Fair, but so much is happening in Ponca CIty..... you get the idea. Keep reading for all the 411 on our Trade Show Brigade and the economic impact from the 2021 Design 2 Part show in Dallas.
PIONEER TECHNOLOGY CENTER...hcelebrated the opening of the new construction areas which include a large meeting room (staff has wall screen envy), new cosmetology and culinary arts classrooms and work areas. This picture does not do the space justice, but past and present PTech Board Members accepted the Chambers first dollar from Wendy Stobbe happily. If you get a chance, the Pioneer Tech Kitchen is open for breakfast and lunch Mon-Fri. Check out the menu and times here. Congratulations!
THE TRADESHOW BRIGADE.... group is back to work in Nashville, TN this week. Joining veteran contract manufacturers K&C Manufacturing and Centerline Inc, is Century Products with their rotational molding abilities. This dynamic trio is joined by our very own PCDA staffer Laurence Beliel. This award winning program offers a team booth to Ponca CIty contract manufacturers to showcase their products, collaborative efforts and Ponca City to new customers. Nashville is a new show venue and participanting companies are excited to see the results.
The 2021 Design 2 Part show in Dallas has brought over $875,000 worth of new contracts to Ponca City manufacturers and retained five jobs as well as adding five jobs. It's these economic numbers that get staff excited for these types of opportunities.
K&C MANUFACTURING......owner Kirk Brown gave staff a little insight into why these tradeshows are so important. "The first time we went to Design 2 Part in Dallas, I had a hard time justifying the cost for travel, food and hotels. But now, I am so thankful that Laurence kept badgering me to attend." Kirk went on to state his company's best, most consistent customer found K&C at this tradeshow a couple of years ago. "D2P increased our yearly sales by at lease $60,000. That makes attending these show easy to justify. K&C will take that as a win for us and for Ponca CIty."
MEANWHILE....back in Ponca City, local manufacturers are shipping products all over the world. Staff received this picture to show off a shipment to Paraquay. South America just in case you were thinking there might be a Paraguay, Kansas. International shipping and federal trade is a thing here in Ponca City. In fact,on a recent visit, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce traveling team was surprised by just how many manufacturers and the diversity of products made right here in Ponca City. If you are interested,check out this link to our manufacturers list at goponca.com.
BUSINESS START UPS
YOUR TIME IS NOW.....to start your small business. The Fall Ponca City Business Plan Pitch-off is just around the corner. Writing the business plan can be a daunting process.But for Ponca City businesses there are free resources available.