Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce Directory 2017-2018 - Page 19

Greater Enid Chamber Of Com merce 19 2016 - 2017 Enid Chamber Highlights • The Enid Chamber was recognized by the State Chamber of Oklahoma as the “2017 Chamber of the Year” for its legislative engagement and business advocacy efforts. • Organized and promoted Camp Tomahawk, a summer camp program for underprivileged children, in partnership with Vance Air Force Base. • Coordinated federal legislative trip to Washington, D.C. Topics included: Vance AFB, federal regulation, health care, immigration reform and education. • • Organized Enid Day at the Capitol legislative breakfast. Topics included: state budget shortfall, education, health care, and incentives & tax credits. Chamber Ambassadors conducted many ribbon cuttings for new or expanding businesses and provided volunteer support at community events. Provided membership networking opportunities through Business Spotlight @ Lunch and Business After Hours events. • • Partnered with the State Chamber to offer the Small Business Chamber Alliance. The program provides legislative “Action Alerts” and helps small businesses engage in legislative advocacy. Provided academic achievement awards to students and retirement recognition for teachers. • • Participated in Oklahoma Mid-Size Cities Coalition to advocate legislative priorities for mid-sized cities (rural health care, regional universities & colleges, etc.). Enid Chamber Committee of 100 contributions supported “Project Lead the Way” in Enid Public Schools (STEM curriculum and training). • Supported efforts to expand the United Way Coach-A-Kid Enid mentoring program. • Supported legislation to move-up the sunset for wind industry tax credits, thus reducing future state budget impact but maintaining the state’s commitment for existing wind farms. • Supported cigarette tax increase to deter smoking and avoid more reimbursement rate reductions for hospitals and other medical providers. • • Established the ENID 4 TEACHERS program whereby businesses can support teachers in the region by offering teacher discounts. • Partnered with sponsors and other organizations to celebrate Enid’s history and heritage through the Cherokee Strip Celebration. • Candy Cane Cash event promoted holiday shopping in Enid and provided $15,000 in cash prizes. • NW District Jr. Livestock Show attracted over 2,500 visitors, supported youth agriculture education and raised $115,000 for premium sale exhibitors. • Enlisted Appreciation Night generated over $24,000 in cash and prizes from Enid’s business community to support VAFB enlisted personnel. “2017 Chamber of the Year” Award Presentation Federal Legislative Trip Cherokee Strip Celebration