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Weekly Update October 4, 2019

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS…oh let us count you . With the start of a new month (Hello October), all the government agencies issue their September reports. Though some on staff at PCDA are data junkies, there are only a couple of these data points worth mentioning. One is the addition of jobs each month to the US economy. Now, here in Ponca City, PCDA is very vested in adding jobs. It may be one additional employee here or a new business start up there and our goals are not as lofty at the 136,000 jobs which were added to the United States in September, but we try to keep up for our area.

So how does PCDA count jobs? One at a time, as we said, but also with our Business Retention and Expansion guy Laurence Beliel. He visits our local manufacturers, introduces himself to new industry and assists with things like certification audits, business to business networking and answering questions from "Where do I find..." to "How can we do...". Being a business owner with employees is tough enough. Throw in manufacturing, equipment issues, future contracts, possible collaborations with other industry and always looking to fill the sales pipeline. So staff quietly assists and while we do that, we look at employee counts and the addition and subtraction of our job counts in Ponca City. This week is marketing assistance. Laurence and our local partners from Pioneer Technology Center, the Oklahoma Manufacturer's Alliance and the Oklahoma Business Assistance Network (OBAN) are representing the Ponca CIty area at the Made In America show in Indianapolis. We don't like to brag.....heck, who are we kidding: Of course we like to brag. Our Ponca City region booth is amazing! Business support, I'll give you business support. Are manufacturers are busy and so is this booth!
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Thurs, Oct 10//IENetwork Meeting// 5:30 pm in the LL Bison Room
Angelyn Myers, creator of My Buddy Towel
will be sharing her invention story with the group.

Tues, Oct 22 // Business After Hours//City Central
Invitation to our fellow Chamber members to check out City Central, the Link,
The Summit and tour the rest of the building. 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Thursday, 24//Goblins on Grand//Downtown
Join hundreds of kids and adults on Main Street here in downtown Ponca City.
$2 tickets and the festivities start at 5:30. Get those costumes ready!

Fri, Oct 25 // Community Builders//Pioneer Technology Center
Sign up for this networking workshop with Keynote Speaker Krista Scammahorn.
Call 580-718-4350 to register for this event. (flyer below)

Fri, Oct 25 // Movie in the Courtyard//City Central
"Hocus Pocus" is the movie for this October. Get that last out-on-the-lawn movie watching in before winter. Show will get started at dusk.

Tuesday, Oct 29//Business on the Balcony//PCDA Balcony
The pre 8 AM networking event is for those seeking business connections, answers to business questions or just some breakfast with other business people.
Great time to have those biz conversations. invite a friend.

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HAVE YOU VISITED LATELY?
Need to be in a visible location? Desks are available at an affordable rate which includes Wifi, snacks and business support for you AND your business.
Pioneer Technology Center will be at their desk every Thursday in The Link.
Call Lori for more info or just drop by and pick up a red phone for a tour.
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IENetwork - October 10, 5:30 pm
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CENSUS 2020 - YOU COUNT!
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TALKING TO THE NEXT GEN..... ..of workers here in Ponca City. The Ambassadors program started last week with presentations during The Wildcat Way hour at PoHi. Great turnout; great response as Josh Gill from Bliss Industries shared his career story
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Joshua Gill, Inside Sales Coordinator for Bliss Industries.

LOCAL RESOURCES
SMALL CITY/BIG LIFE
To stay informed about events, programs and entertainment in Ponca City this fall. The Visit Ponca City website has a great calendar with all the things happening in our community. Next month in back to school and September is busy, busy, busy.
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