Business FYI: Speakers announced for Tulsa Business Forums from OSU

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Chris Wallace, Tim DuBois and Moria Forbes will be the featured presenters for the 2017-18 Tulsa Business Forums, presented annually by the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University along with corporate sponsors.

Wallace, an award-winning veteran journalist and host of “Fox News Sunday,” will kick off the speaker series from 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Mabee Center by presenting “America Under President Trump: A View From Washington.”

DuBois, an award-winning songwriter, producer and music executive and president of Tim DuBois Music, will discuss “Creative Leadership: From Debits and Credits to Rhythm and Rhyme,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel.

Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWoman, will speak on “Leading through Power Change,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 17 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.

Registration is $200 a person for the series or $2,750 for a table sponsorship for the series. Tulsa Business Forums sponsorships include special events with the speaker and other benefits.

OK Ethics to hold panel on corporate social responsibility on Aug. 24

Oklahoma Business Ethic Consortium will sponsor a panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24 on corporate social responsibility and its ethical implications.

Topics will include the best ways for a company to outline and implement a successful corporate responsibility plan and how it can help both a company’s bottom line and its ethical standing.

Alison Anthony, chief operating officer for the Tulsa Area United Way and formerly with The Williams Cos., will moderate the panel. Participants include Kim Owens of the Bama Companies; Phil Lakin, city councilor and CEO of the Tulsa Community Foundation; Wendy Buxton, president of LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions; and Bailey J. Seigfried, vice president of culture, communication and corporate responsibility for NORDAM.

Women’s Business Center to hold social media workshop at REI

The Women’s Business Center is holding a social media workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 22, at the REI Tulsa Office.

The workshop will focus on utilizing social media marketing using Facebook, Facebook Live, Instagram and more. It will feature speaker Cindy Morrison, an Emmy-winning journalist.

The workshop is provided by REI Women’s Business Center, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Admission is $25 per person; applicants are encouraged to register online at

St. John Medical Center named No. 1 hospital in Oklahoma

St. John Medical Center has been recognized as the No. 1 hospital in Oklahoma for 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report.

For the 2017-18 rankings, the report evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 152 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty.

Data Point

$830: Median rent in Tulsa for a two-bedroom apartment, which is above Oklahoma City’s $810 but well below the national median of $1,110.

73.2: Percentage of on-time flights at American Airlines. It ranked 8th out of 12 leading airlines in the U.S., according to the Department of Transportation.

8,000: Number of solar panels that track the sun at the OG&E community solar farm at its Mustang plant.

$2.14: Average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Tulsa on Monday. That’s up 22.2 cents from a year ago.

QuikTrip made big bucks

The Tulsa-based convenience store chain is the 33rd largest privately held company in the U.S. by revenue. It made $9.2 billion in revenue last year.

$3.95 a month: The new cost for doing business in Tulsa.

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Supermercados Morelos plans fourth Tulsa store

A third location of the family-owned Hispanic grocery store chain is expected to open in September at Pine Street and Harvard Avenue. Supermercado Morelos has leased a former Warehouse Market store at 31st Street and 129th East Avenue and expects to transform it into a fourth location.


TMK IPSCO restarts plant at Port of Catoosa

When the price of oil nosedived, one of this area’s casualties was TMK IPSCO, which idled its plant in September 2015.

The company, which does welding, heat-treating and threading on pipes used in drilling operations, celebrated the restart of operations — and the creation of 168 jobs by year’s end — at a news conference Tuesday at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.


Local businessman attends White House summit

Andy Wright, president of FlorWright Inc., was among about 100 small-business owners at the Aug. 1 event, which featured remarks from President Donald Trump.

Immediate past chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Oklahoma Chapter, Wright was chosen to attend by ABC’s National Committee, which sent eight people to the event.

“I was pacing around for some reason and I couldn’t figure out why. It was just the endorphins that were released, and it made me feel like a kid again.”

Matt Burkhart, owner of the Pedego Riverwalk store in Jenks, his first ride on an electric bicycle

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