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Chamber of Commerce
August 3, 2006
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Has Cancelled the 2006 Founder's Day Celebration
Guest speaker for the
August 2006 monthly meeting of the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce was Rose
Washington Rentie, Executive Director of the Tulsa
Economic Development Corporation. The TEDC is a specialized lender that
has been assisting small businesses in northeast Oklahoma since 1979. TEDC
uses public and private funds to make direct loans and to participate in loan
projects with financial institutions. Special consideration is given to companies
that create and retain jobs as well as to entrepreneurs who have traditionally
faced barriers to economic opportunity. TEDC typically serves to fill a gap
between traditional bank loans and the needs of a small business with loans
from $5,000 to $10 million.
The Tulsa Economic Development
Corporation partners with the business owner, the Small Business Administration,
local banks, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (based at NSU
in Broken Arrow) and others in their effort to provide capital for business
development. Thomas Royce of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center
spoke briefly at Collinsville today also. Tulsa County Commissioner Wilbert
Collins was a guest today and was introduced as one of the founding members
of the TEDC.
|Aug. 15 -- Teacher
Appreciation Breakfast (8am at Middle School .. volunteers are needed
before and during the event)
7 -- Next monthly meet (at Library). Speaker will be the director of the
new Rogers State Equestrian Center northeast of Collinsville. (Previous
web: "RSU has initiated a $2.2 million fundraising campaign
to build an off-campus equestrian center that will house the Bit by Bit
Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program and the RSU Rodeo Team. The Frank
and Wanda Sanders Family Trust donated 23 acres of land for the facility,
which will be located just off U.S. Highway 169 five miles south of Oologah.
Bit by Bit is a cooperative program between RSU and Oologah-Talala Public
Schools to promote physical and mental health for disabled children and
adults through horseback riding."
Wright Editorial: There was no specific discussion of Founder's Day
in this monthly chamber meet other than an offer from Mary Risley for
continued support for the event by Collinsville Downtown, Inc. I did confirm
with Chamber President Steve Howe after the meeting that the August 26th,
2006 Founder's Day had officially been cancelled. I had that same information
following the July 25th chamber board meeting decision but had hoped for
either additional volunteers/vendors to step forward or a scaled down
event. Apparently that's not going to happen this year. Perhaps this will
serve as a wakeup call for a broader group of Collinsville citizens to
donate time and resources to this and other community functions which
most of us have grown accustomed to (and enjoy) but leave the work to
a small number of individuals who really "don't have the time"