Friday, June 29, 2012
Oklahoma City, OK—Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, in partnership with the State Chamber, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, is hosting a series of Small Business & Small Manufacturer Regional Summits during the late summer, early fall.
The topics of these summits will be focused on issues housed within the Lt. Governor’s Policy and Issues Report and recent findings from the FallinForBusiness survey of Oklahoma executives. These summits are designed to help generate a 2013 Small Business & Small Manufacturer Legislative Agenda that will be used by small business and manufacturer leaders across the state to lobby the state Legislature next session.
“We have the knowledge, experience and backbone to be relevant and competitive in economic development, but it’s obvious there are still some obstacles,” said Lt. Governor Todd Lamb. “I’m excited to partner with the State Chamber and the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and go to the source to find solutions.”
Lt. Governor Lamb has already been working since January 2011 on visiting communities all across Oklahoma to answer the question “What impedes your opportunity for growth?” Results are given in his report listed above.
“These summits are an obvious next step to my earlier visits across the state and will give me an opportunity to hear directly from our state’s business leaders on what we are doing right and areas where we need improvement,” said Lamb.
The summits will kick off in July starting with Enid, then on to Tulsa, Durant, Lawton, Bartlesville, and the Oklahoma City area.
• Enid: Wednesday, July 25 – Oakwood Country Club
• Tulsa: Wednesday, August 1 – Doubletree Warren Place
• Durant: Wednesday, September 5 – REI Headquarters
• Lawton: Thursday, October 18 – Fairfield Inn
• Bartlesville: Thursday, October 25 – Tri County Technology Center
• Oklahoma City: Tuesday, October 30 – Jim Thorpe Event Center
Programming will include structured participant discussions aimed at identifying the top five key issues affecting small businesses in each region of the state. They will also focus on solution-orientated discussions for issues including: workers’ compensation reform, intangible tax credit, workforce development, federal health care, or regional items targeting aerospace and defense.
“This is a great opportunity to work together with small businesses to pinpoint the key issues areas they see as obstacles and then find solutions,” said Fred Morgan, State Chamber President & CEO. “We want to be able to compile the ideas and suggestions from these summits and turn that feedback into results at the Capitol. Small business is the backbone of our state’s economy and it is critical that we continue to work to improve Oklahoma’s business climate for all industries to allow for continued growth and job creation.”
Key speakers on the program will be Lt. Governor Todd Lamb, State Chamber President Fred Morgan, State Chamber COO Chad Warmington, as well as members of the local community.