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What s Inside C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce 2 5 Letter from the Chair 7 2021 Board of Directors 9 Letter from the President 10 Visitor Guide 12 Why Stillwater 14 Shop Local 15 Stillwater Teacher of the Year 16 The Mid South 19 2020 Pumpkin Patch 21 Damaged to Renovated 23 Lemonade Day 24 Why Join the Chamber 26 Ambassadors 27 Mask uerade Party 29 Recognition 30 Junior Partners Program 31 Why Not Stillwater 34 Leadership Stillwater 36 Agribusiness Committee 38 Economic Development 40 Member Programs 41 2020 Events 42 Annual Events 44 Support Partnership 45 Annual Awards 46 Hall of Fame 48 Citizen of the Year 50 Chamber Choice 52 Family Owned Business 55 Non Profit of the Year 56 Large Business of the Year 57 Small Business of the Year 58 Ambassador of the Year 59 Young Professional of the Year 60 Leading Edge 62 Together We Emerge 64 President Burns Hargis 68 Merry Main Street 2020 69 Twisted Horn 70 Demographics 71 Scholarship Winner COMMERCE is a publication of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce 409 S Main Stillwater OK 74074 405 372 5573 www stillwaterchamber org info stillwaterchamber org COVER PHOTO by Josh Dean Josh Dean Photography www joshdeanphotography com LAYOUT DESIGN by Pennie Works Studio www pennieworks net The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce a 501 c 6 non profit organization provides equal employment opportunities EEO to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age disability or genetics In addition to federal law requirements the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including recruiting hiring placement promotion termination layoff recall transfer leaves of absence compensation and training Copyright 2021 Stillwater Chamber of Commerce All rights reserved

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L E T T E R F R OM T HE CH A IR 2020 The Year of Challenge But in that challenge the year of struggle and hardship also brought a year of creativity flexibility and compassion Watching our businesses adapt to an ever changing discombobulated year has shown me Stillwater and its community is ready for anything But we must continue to do our part to help during these uncanny times How do we do that S HOP L OCAL Now more than ever is the time It is an incredible honor to work alongside my fellow board mem to support our local businesses bers chamber staff volunteers ambassadors and all of our chamber and entrepreneurs By shopping members who make Stillwater a unique exceptional community local you embrace what makes our community unique You help that will always be my home strengthen our local economy You will be creating additional jobs I encourage you to join the chamber and get involved with a committee for our community You are encouraging local prosperity and putting your taxes to good use During these unprecedented times your Stillwater Chamber of Commerce has stayed creative and flexible by keeping relevant informa 5 that interests you Change starts with us Be part of that change Drew Beverage Chair tion and virtual activities available for our members The chamber along with educational programs and business development tools and resources C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce has continued to promote marketing and networking opportunities

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S T IL LWAT E R CH A MBE R OF C OMME R CE 2021 Board of Directors E X E C U T I V E C OMMI T T E E Drew Beverage Sharyl Pickens Jim Rutledge Chair ProValue Net Treasurer Metro First Realty Unlimited Community Investor Justin Hazzard Kacy Litzy Justin Minges Vice Chair Meridian Technology Center National Standard President and CEO Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Kari Easson Stillwater Medical E X OF F ICIO Scott Petty Stillwater Medical Gina Hubbard Oklahoma Department of Career Technology Becky Taylor City of Stillwater Haley Annuschat Young Professionals of Stillwater Terri Collier BancFirst Representative John Talley District 33 Jeremy Bale Stillwater Designs Kicker Representative Trish Ranson District 34 Alex Evers Stillwater Martial Arts Representative Ty Burns District 35 Daniel Thrasher University and Community Federal Credit Union Senator Tom Dugger Paul Priegel Stillwater Regional Airport President Burns Hargis Oklahoma State University Michelle Neighbors Harrison Mecklenburg Law Dr Doug Major Meridian Technology Center Shannon Williams Greige Goods Noman McNickle City of Stillwater Aaron Wilson Wilson Auto Family Dr Marc Moore Stillwater Public Schools Steve Carpenter Carpenter Insurance Agency Mayor Will Joyce Dr Clyde Wilson Oklahoma State University Commissioner Chris Reding Dr Paul Tikalsky Oklahoma State University Willie Baker Visit Stillwater James Wells A B Eco Safe Pest Control C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce DIR E C T OR S 7

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This is an ad for Pennie Works Studio Pennie Works designs logos graphic identity packages web and print ads brochures booklets specialty printed materials and websites Plus Pennie Works Studio designs Commerce magazine 901 S Main at the WorkIT Center www pennieworks net C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce 8 A Tradition of Trust

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L E T T E R F R OM T HE P R E SIDE N T W hat a year It started out celebrating 2019 with 350 of our closest friends at the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala In February we created a new position on the Economic Development team focusing on retaining and expanding businesses in Stillwater It was a great thing we did because Joshua Hawkins the business retention and expansion coordinator spent a large part of the pandemic helping companies understand and complete applications for the Paycheck Protection Program and the Oklahoma Business Relief Grant Later we would use the knowledge gained during that time to facilitate Stillwater s Business Relief Grant Program We distributed 500 000 to more than 100 busi 9 nesses within 30 days of announcing the program in immediate cash flow for local retailers We also distributed 100 curbside ordering signs was going to implement restrictions the following week As we reflect on 2020 and think about our plans for 2021 I ask each A few days later at a Chamber Monday morning meeting we decided of you to remember we all experienced 2020 a little differently yet to work remote and close the Chamber office to outside visitors we all experienced something Some of us lost jobs loved ones or This was the first time many of us worked remote and was the first worried about basic needs Others like our medical professionals time for me to lead a remote team We had some growing pains and educators worked longer and harder than ever before and I am thankful for the grace our team and community showed during this time I am grateful for those of you who spent 2020 taking care of our neighbors and kiddos I Although we could not meet in person we know our members still hope someday to return the favor My hope needed us so we quickly pivoted to virtual events Many of you is everyone can continue to show each tuned in because the engagement numbers of our streamed events other compassion as we work together on Facebook were high to move our community forward We appreciate all who participated and to our sponsors who worked with us as we delivered our programs We also ran several shop local campaigns We raffled off gift cards which resulted in 4 000 C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce On March 13 I remember getting a phone call from Mayor Joyce as I was 15 miles into The Mid South 50k race saying the city council

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C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce 10 Why Visitors Choose Stillwater W elcome to America s Friendliest College the Payne County Expo Center there is always Town Experience our hometown hos something going on in Stillwater For a full pitality as you soak up our vibrant calendar of events check out VisitStillwater org downtown district dive into our Red Unique Shops Dirt music scene explore Oklahoma State Shop til you drop while you fi nd the per University and discover why visitors and res fect outfit for game day or a gift for that idents choose Stillwater someone special Discover Downtown Campus Outdoor Recreation Corner The Strip and more for nationally Embrace the great outdoors Stillwater is home to numerous lakes known retailers and eclectic boutiques for a one of a kind shop off the charts rad hiking and biking trails and world renowned ping experience golf courses perfect for the outdoor enthusiast Grab your family and friends and start planning an outdoor excursion today Delicious Eats No one leaves Stillwater hungry From sweet peppered bacon cheese Crowd Pleasing Events fries at Eskimo Joe s to crispy fried mushrooms at The Original Hide Whether you are in town for OSU Homecoming to listen to Red away Pizza we have something for everyone Eat your way around Dirt bands at the annual Calf Fry or to attend a livestock show at Stillwater with breakfast at Granny s Kitchen downtown lunch at

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Visiting is more fun with the Stillwater Savings Pass Use it for special offers on dining lodging retail and attractions 11 on dining lodging and attractions Details dinner at The Rancher s Club for a culinary about participating businesses their loca experience you are sure to love tion and links to their website make it easy Live Music As the birthplace of Red Dirt music Stillwater has a long history rooted in the music industry Legendary greats such as Garth Brooks Mike McClure and Bob Childers started their careers in Stillwater On any given night live music can be heard as a stop on a concert trail or acoustically by musicians who still call Stillwater home Stillwater Saving Pass Residents and Visitors can download the Stillwater Savings Pass for special offers to discover a new favorite restaurant boutique shop or family activity Simply sign up and watch the savings roll in as you experience America s Friendliest College Town Simply scan the QR code with your phone camera and unlock the savings For more information go to VisitStillwater org C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Coney Island on The Strip and a five star

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S T IL LWAT E R A D VA N TA GE Why Stillwater Meet three local CEOs why they chose to call Stillwater home for their business Steve Irby KICKER What made you want to open your business in Stillwater 12 workforce the university resources and our true desire to have them join our community and grow with us What is your favorite memory or part of Stillwater Although I have many great memories of life in Stillwater one that stands out is lunch after church on Sundays at the Student Union After undergraduate college I moved back to Stillwater my home cafeteria In the 50s and 60s it s hard to believe today there town for graduate school When I decided to start a business it weren t many places to eat out For Sunday lunch the popular thing made sense to do it in Stillwater because that was where I was living to do was to go to the Student Union They had a typical cafeteria at that time and for me it was a real treat Being the largest building Why do you stay in Stillwater in Stillwater it was also great fun to explore as a kid We especially I ve always enjoyed living in Stillwater It has a small town atmo liked to ride the escalator sphere yet is a very cosmopolitan community I like the progressive opportunities that OSU offers and have always been interested in learning Larger cities such as Tulsa and Oklahoma City are just an C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce hour away so we can enjoy small town living yet have easy access Behfar Jahanshahi to the amenities a larger city INTERWORKS What surprises you about Stillwater What made you want to open your business in Stillwater Having been raised in Stillwater I thought that maybe my affinity for the town was just because it s mostly all I ve known However I m a Stillwater native so the connection to the Stillwater commu over the years our company has hired many people from other areas nity has always been there I founded InterWorks while I was still of the country many from large metropolitan areas I ve been sur in school at Oklahoma State University For me it wasn t about prised to find that most of them have grown to love Stillwater That wanting to open a business for the sake of opening a business I was makes me very proud of our community already solving technology problems for my friends and their parents I thought it was challenging and fun The more experienced How do you see growth coming to Stillwater I gained the more I realized that I was encountering the same set I believe that for the long term the best growth is home grown of problems over and over again I wanted a bigger challenge so I Someone that feels connected to the community will want to keep thought why not help businesses solve their technology problems their business in Stillwater and want to see the community flourish I was good at it nobody else was doing it at the time and there was a We have a wonderful opportunity to influence our college students huge need for this type of consulting in Stillwater In college I always here for four years As they come to appreciate Stillwater it s great to thought I would go work for IBM or another tech giant but the closer see them want to stay and possibly start a business or profession here I got to graduating the more apparent opportunities closer to home For attracting larger businesses to come to Stillwater I believe we became This made me ask myself why am I leaving The oppor have many lifestyle benefits to offer that I ve already talked about tunity to work on my own terms and build something of my own Our job is to then show them the financial viability the available was what I really wanted so I pursued it and started InterWorks

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Why do you stay in Stillwater To be honest when I was younger I had my mind made up that I was going to move to a big city It s the usual small town kid story of wanting to see the wide world What made me want to stay was that as InterWorks grew I had more opportunities to travel for work The more I traveled to amazing places the more I appreciated and even missed Stillwater I still love traveling but Stillwater is a great place to come home to The difference in lifestyle between Stillwater and a city like New York is night and day Part of the reason is because the dollar goes a lot further here Whenever I m on Zoom calls in my backyard with people from major cities they re often surprised at how much space and greenery there is here On their end the best it gets is a small balcony or the little park a few blocks away The space and comfortability in Stillwater are things I ve taken for granted over the years It s not just those advantages that stand out though Stillwater s greatest asset is its people The people here are kind and considerate people hold the door for one another Taking it a step further Stillwater has a strong public school system that I d put on the same level as those in bigger cities in terms of quality Stillwater one nitpicky example but it s indicative of the fact that we need to identify our strengths invest in them and consider how we can make Stillwater unique Again we absolutely have the potential to make it happen If we solve those problems we ll get much better at keeping people and money within our community What is your favorite memory or part of Stillwater I grew up in student housing while both of my parents got their PhDs at OSU I remember riding my bike to get everywhere around town most often to go play games at Lemans arcade in the Cowboy Mall I d ride to school to friends houses and to campus where my parents had their offices in the Classroom Building I d usually go to the computer lab in the basement where there was a typewriter and an IBM PC Jr The other PhD students and international students would bring pirated games from overseas and the challenge was figuring out how to load those onto the computer Experiences like that are ultimately what drove me to get more involved with technology I also remember going to the Colvin Center with friends and since there was literally zero access control at the time it was easy for us to go play some basketball on an open court Public Schools served me incredibly well growing up and it s no dif Mark Lambert ferent for my two daughters today What surprises you about Stillwater LAMBERT CONSTRUCTION COMPANY This may come off as a little critical but what surprises me about Stillwater is that there is so much potential in this community yet What made you want to open your business in Stillwater we haven t taken full advantage of it We have an excellent beautiful and large university Thousands of students with disposable income walking around but I think we ve fallen short of really 13 Due to the small town setting and friendly people bonding the university and the city together A city of our size with Why do you stay in Stillwater more places to eat The consequence of not having these things is With the presence of OSU and the college kids there are always that people instead make the hour drive to Tulsa or OKC and spend youthful types of activities to engage in helps maintain a youthful their dollars there instead of here This is a solvable problem but it mindset will require more vision and coordination within our community I want to help push that forward as much as possible because I know What surprises you about Stillwater that potential exists here How many people commute to Stillwater in lieu of opting to live here How do you see growth coming to Stillwater How do you see growth coming to Stillwater I think the community needs to accept what the primary draw to By continuing to enhance quality of life venues Additionally we Stillwater really is Frankly it s the university It s our anchor so need more restaurant options and conventional brick mortar we need to find ways to do more things around that anchor to drive retailers and shopping options the economic engine of Stillwater forward For example both of my daughters play sports so we re always traveling around for tourna What is your favorite memory or part of Stillwater ments We ve noticed that other cities many comparable to Stillwater It is amazing how downtown Stillwater has developed these last ten in size have these great sports complexes while Stillwater does not years As a kid swimming in the water discharge channel from the At OSU we have world class athletes great coaches and brand rec Boomer Lake Power Station got caught chased away many many ognition How have we not connected those unique resources to the times Boomer Lake can be a much greater jewel to Stillwater than community to create something competitive if not special That s it is currently C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce our assets should have more attractions more things to do and

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SHOP LOCAL 14 Why Does It Matter Where Your Dollars Go Every year on the third week of November we go to our small businesses and take part in Small Business Saturday a national call to consumers to shop at their local C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce businesses Whether it is buying a Christmas tree trinket or your favorite top at the local boutique each dollar you spend matters What if instead of only celebrating these entrepreneurs on one Saturday in the year we sacrifice an ounce of convenience for a pound of spirit A ccording to the article Are Small Businesses Still Popular with it all to effectively reach their intended audience Listed below are Americans by Bridget Weston 67 cents of every dollar spent easy tips to support local businesses go back into the community In addition two thirds of the 67 Like their pages on social media interact with them cents goes to the small business owner and their employees It doesn t stop there the small business you shop at pushes 23 cents of every dollar back into other local businesses Our dollars matter Share their giveaways and deals Leave positive reviews because they go straight to the community we spend them in it is Tell your friends simply our choice to spend them locally or not These four tips take up a small amount of time and no money yet There are small things you can do without breaking into your wallet to support small business owners As we know social media s inexpensive marketing tools make it simple for entrepreneurs who do help build brand awareness and foster community for small businesses Story by Emily Alexander

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2 0 2 0 S T I L L WAT E R T E A C H E R O F T H E Y E A R Ginger Billman Each year a Stillwater Public School teacher is selected to represent Stillwater s teachers The Stillwater Public Schools Teacher of the Year is someone who strives to provide innovative educational strategies and creates meaningful relationships with students and families G inger Billman a Richmond Elementary Billman was also named a finalist for State first grade teacher was named 2020 Teacher of the Year The winner is set to Stillwater Public Schools Teacher of be announced in February the Year Billman graduated from Billman said her favorite part of teaching is Oklahoma State University with an elementary education degree special education option and completed a five year master s degree option through The University of Central Oklahoma in special education Her career includes four years of teaching in Oklahoma City six years in Cushing and has been teaching for 17 years in Stillwater totaling 27 years of teaching Billman also teaches an adult professional develduring the summer Growing up Billman had a few mentors who inspired her career path as a teacher She said her mentors took the time to create a relationship and took the time to get to know her which she implements in her teaching as well My mentors were influential in my life because they cared about me and not just what they were teaching she said The big announcement was made during a live streamed Zoom call While on the virtual call Marc Moore Stillwater Public Schools superintendent rang Billman s doorbell and congratulated her in person with balloons and a banner Billman said she was and still is excited and considers the title a great honor I am still overwhelmed by it because I know how outstanding the other educators are in this district so I am humbled by the fact it was me she said in love with learning She especially enjoys helping them develop a love for learning 15 She said It s when that light bulb goes off and that ah ha moment it s probably the best feeling in the world to go they really get this The other part of teaching Billman is passionate about is the student teaching piece She normally has one student teacher she helps navigate through the year focusing on understanding classroom management She said she learns just as much from them as they learn from her Billman said her advice to teachers as this was heavy on her heart is to make sure they take time to recharge emotionally physically and mentally It is important to rejuvenate We need to be in a good place to be there and teach kids She said she knows she is right where she is meant to be and is thankful to work for Stillwater Public Schools I do feel like it is an amazing district and even though it has been a tough year I just see educators all over coming out of their comfort zones and learning things and doing things we never thought we d be doing but we are making the best of it and that is who we are we make the best out of situations Billman said Story by Kegan Herrick C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce opment class called Great Expectations watching children learn and see them fall

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16 The Mid South Wouldn t Happen Just Anywhere More than 3 000 people registered to ride 100 or 50 miles run 50K or run and ride in the Double C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce What began as a vision for a local Oklahoma grassroots bicycle race has evolved into a weekend of music food and community in Downtown Stillwater A lot has changed since Bobby Wintle sent 121 cyclists off on the stumbled onto a secret and we wanted to share this red dirt with inaugural Land Run 100 in 2012 event attendance has grown anyone willing to come from the hundreds to the thousands runners joined cyclists As the years passed and more people came from more places to push to test their mettle against the unforgiving Oklahoma terrain local musicians shared their sounds and while the name of the event changed the spirit and identity remained The Land Run 100 was created from the dirt roads around Stillwater and the adventurous spirit fostered at District Bicycles where co owners Bobby and Crystal Wintle encourage everyone to embrace their inner wanderer It seemed as if no one had been riding these roads Bobby said of his experiences riding around Stillwater in 2011 It felt like we had their bicycles and bodies to the limit a community began to form I wanted this event to bring people together for a reunion of sorts Bobby said To celebrate to laugh to cry and to experience this event together When registration closed for the 2020 race more than 3 000 people had registered to ride 100 or 50 miles run 50K or run and ride in the Double Everyone was welcome and the race categories tried to reflect that there were no exclusive levels for professional or elite cyclists no cash prizes for being the fastest and race management

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had made a big push to make sure women had a place in a field that Iron Monk Brewing Company Plus it s geographically accurate is predominantly comprised of middle aged white men Oklahoma is in the middle of the United States and a little bit south But one barrier remained the name The Mid South wouldn t happen just anywhere The event organizers After moving from Kansas to Stillwater to open District Bicycles know that without the unique sense of community that Stillwater Bobby said he had never even heard of the historic Land Run Without knowing anything about what occurred in 1889 I ignorantly named our event after the Land Run the opening of the Unassigned Lands to settlement he said Signs all over Stillwater speak of the Land Run of 1889 with one of them celebrating that this is Where exudes not to mention the red dirt roads in Payne County the race just wouldn t be the same Despite having more than 3 000 participants registered for the race 2020 had different plans Cold rain teamed up with the threat of a global pandemic to quell numbers at the start line but it didn t Oklahoma Began crush the soul of the event and those who participated Naming the race after a historic event seemed like a no brainer but Everyone who stepped up to the start line got a taste of the Okla after intentional conversations and doing some homework Bobby began to realize there was something very wrong The Land Run was one very public event in the long history of the US government displacing indigenous people Bobby said I m working on learning about this history of genocide and the removal of Natives from this land we call home and will be for a long time homa spirit on that cold wet day in March and it grew Elbow taps replaced hugs and enthusiastic waves stepped in for high fives strangers encouraged each other as they slogged through the last few miles of a challenging course made even more difficult by the sticky red mud and spectators waited well after dark for the last riders to roll in but I know enough now to know that naming our race Land Run was a mistake I am by no means an expert on our nation s history The event organizers know that without the unique sense of community that Stillwater exudes the race just wouldn t be the same 17 and I am overwhelmed by what I have learned so far It was never the goal for the race to be tied directly to the actual Land Run that opened settlement to non Native Americans in Oklahoma We didn t did immediately connect us to its history and for that we are sorry So on Dec 31 2019 Land Run 100 died and The Mid South was born Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of its former self The Mid South wasn t really different As The Mid South crew gears up for the 2021 race things look a little different event plans don t include a party at Iron Monk or live music at the finish line participants will be required to wear masks at the start line and when in proximity to others and Bobby won t be hugging every finisher when they run ride or walk across the line But one thing isn t changing The spirit of the race remains It s the The Mid South is a name that we can give our own definition to spirit that pushes people to do hard things they never thought were through our experiences on these deeply red roads Bobby said This possible the spirit that turns strangers into friends the spirit that new name is an evolution of all the ways this event has changed over connects people from across the world to the red dirt roads in Payne the last seven years To me The Mid South represents everything County that makes The Mid South great we ve wanted to share since realizing how ridiculously good these roads are This is our party This is our place and time to be ourselves and to continue to invite others to join us The Mid South is a place to get rowdy to race to finish and to celebrate The new name wasn t really new It had been around since the first year when Bobby posted an Instagram photo with midsouthgravel and gained popularity with the first batch of The Mid South IPA from Story by Sally Turner Photo courtesy 241 Photography C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce intend to celebrate or reenact those events Nevertheless the name

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C OMMUNI T Y The 2020 Pumpkin Patch The annual Pumpkin Patch was a huge success but it almost didn t happen Planning began in February for the fifth annual event and by March the pandemic begun T he Highland Park United Methodist to open We heard many stories and received scholarships for Meridian Technology Lin Church and Stillwater Noon Lions Club much appreciation from our customers coln Academy Northeastern Oklahoma State members hosted the 2020 Pumpkin A percentage of sales return to Pumpkin University in Tahlequah and Southwestern Patch during October at Highland Park United Methodist Church USA to operate their farm and the church and Lions Club keep a percentage that is As the Sept 12 deadline to order pump divided equally between the two kins neared there was much debate about The church s playground is used by neighbor opening the patch At the Sept 11 meeting the decision was made to go ahead with the City of Stillwater which required the use of face masks by staff and customers sanitizing portion will be used for updating playground equipment as well as providing school supplies and other needs for Highland Park Elementary School A certain percentage is set OSU in Weatherford fighting childhood hunger and vision screening for more than 1 400 Stillwater elementary school age students and adults each year Highland Park United Methodist Church and Stillwater Noon Lions Club members appreciate the Stillwater community supporting the patch which enables us to return much needed services to our community state stations and social distancing aside each year to respond to newly identi nation and international We decided to order a full semi load of pump fied needs among the various missions of the We especially want to thank the many Lions kins and gourds from Pumpkin USA a 1 200 church A small portion of the proceeds go and church volunteers who staffed the patch acre pumpkin farm in Farmington N M to the church to cover any added expenses of daily the customers who purchased pump Through the efforts of many volunteers the hosting the Pumpkin Patch on their property kins and the following who provided items truck was unloaded in two and a half hours The Lions Club s proceeds help fund eye Amazingly customers purchased pumpkins as the truck was being unloaded glasses for adults and children in Stillwater corneal transplants through the Oklahoma and services to operate the patch Stillwater Medical Center Quality Water Services Bill Bernhardt Jr Renaissance Assisted Living The patch closed Saturday Oct 31 after Lions Eye Bank disaster relief through Lions and Stillwater Milling Company selling 2 100 pumpkins We attribute the suc International Oklahoma Lions Service We ll see you in October at the 2021 Pumpkin cess to the excited Lions and church mem Foundation Lions Meadows of Hope foster Patch bers people wanting to get out of the house care community in Perkins Okla Lions the great weather quality product funding of Health Screening traveling Trailer Lions great causes and people expecting the patch Clubs International Foundation academic Story by Richard W Hawkins C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce patch We applied the guidelines set by the hood children More than half of the church s 19

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT A before and after of 162 S Kings renovated by Steve Pebsworth and a before and after of 112 S Melrose renovated by David Luetkemeyer Damaged Derelict Disrepair These words were used to describe two houses at 112 S Melrose and 164 S Kings earlier this year These structures were in such bad condition that the Stillwater City Council had declared them public nuisances and ordered them to be demolished 21 and removed feet of living space and was built in 1975 It Provides affordable and varied housing Luetkemeyer and Steve Pebsworth who fell into such neglect that the property could acquired each property separately They not be seen from the street then renovated and restored the houses Both Luetkemeyer and Pebsworth were rec offering walkability and easier access ognized by city council for their efforts in Creates identity for a neighborhood and to their former glory options Builds character rich neighborhoods for a community According to Assistant City Manager Paula neighborhood beautification Dennison David and Steve could have Dennison explained that rehabilitation and Our community our neighborhoods and reinvestment of existing buildings should be individual families benefit when structures demolished these structures and built new ones instead they preserved the rich and unique personalities of homes found in College Gardens College Gardens is a neighborhood located at the west end of the Oklahoma State University campus that was originally developed as homes for college professors The house on Melrose is one and a half stories and was originally built in 1929 Prior to Luetkemeyer purchasing the property the City had cited it for numerous code enforcement violations The house on Kings has almost 4 000 square a priority for the following reasons Infrastructure is already in place waterlines sewerlines electric lines streets sidewalks Actions are sustainable with a more cost effective approach like these are given a second chance she said We all should give David and Steve a round of applause for jobs well done Story by Cit y of Stillwater Photo courtesy City of Stillwater Photo Collection instead they preserved the rich and unique personalities of homes found in College Gardens PAU L A D E N N I S O N A S S I S TA N T C I T Y M A N AG E R C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce T hen something happened Enter David

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L E MON A DE D AY Easy Peazy Lemon Global Pandemic Going into 2020 the Lemonade Day Committee had high hopes for the upcoming Lemonade Day events B etween the community wide Bank Day Crawford said she donated to the Children s a taste testing contest at Oklahoma Hospital Foundation because of the impact State University s Spears School of they had on her life when she was a little girl Business and a How To Create A It made me feel joy in my stomach she said Business Plan seminar put on by the Spears I was happy I got to give back because they School of Business Student Ambassadors had done so much for me there was confidence all of the young entre While Lemonade Day shows kids the value preneurs of Stillwater would be educated of making money it also reveals the impor and prepared for their upcoming expendi tance of giving back COVID 19 didn t only ture Fortunately these kids came out of this throw a wrench in the way we gather but it experience understanding the importance also changed the way we serve others of entrepreneurship and flexibility it just came from a different source COVID 19 while challenging and detri 23 Emery Crawford stands ready for customers at her lemonade stand mental to many epitomized the important role pivoting plays when happen but the true measurement of grit occurs where innovation is sparked On Aug 22 Lemonade Day My Way kicked off by sending two participants Emery Crawford and Gwen Surratt to sell their lemonade safely to the Stillwater community Crawford Emery s Sweet Treats owner started the day prepared and ready after staying up until midnight the night before hand squeezing her fresh lemonade Crawford dominated the lemonade market selling more than nine gallons of her homemade original lemonade and strawberry lemonade She profited more than 350 in sales and donated an upwards of 120 to the Children s Hospital Foundation keeping the community and the kids safe While both goals were accomplished Crawford spoke of the added challenge of safe service She said several people bought lemonade at the stand but most chose the drive thru option and all the work was socially distanced Cade Crawford Emery s dad recorded Emery s earnings noting onethird of Emery s profit was paid electronically The swift change in the way we went about our everyday lives transformed many aspects of Lemonade Day but Emery pivoted quickly and reaped the benefits Lemonade Day My Way offers a unique learning experience for the young entrepreneurs of Stillwater Trials and hardship come and go but the hope amidst the pandemic is knowing these talented and motivated kids are the future of our world Story by Emily Alexander It made me feel joy in my stomach I was happy I got to give back because they had done so much for me E M E RY C R AW FO R D L E M O N A D E T YC O O N C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce owning your own business Trends change and global pandemics The biggest concern with this event was

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S T IL LWAT E R CH A MBE R OF C OMME R CE Why Join the Chamber The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce among many other things provides connection resources and solutions to help your business succeed Think of the Chamber as an extension of your staff here to solve your business challenges by saving you time and money W 24 hen you join the Chamber you become events on the website s news section The Still business prospects and relationships As a one of more than 700 members who water Chamber provides increased exposure Chamber member you and your business are dedicated to seeing Stillwater by way of special events publications new are recognized as an engaged member of the continue to prosper As a member resident bags and social media platforms business community committed to improving you have a voice in the community and an Chamber members also receive free busi our economic future and sustaining our opportunity to work with other commu ness exposure through events like ribbon quality of life in Stillwater Many members nity leaders to build your business and the cuttings and ground breaking ceremonies of our community consider Chamber mem C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Stillwater community Business Recommendations bership to be a sign of a reputable solid business When you join the Stillwater Chamber Leadership The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce pro The Chamber s Board of Directors is com vides business referrals to the thousands posed of 33 businessmen and women who of potential customers who call visit the represent a selection of the Chamber mem chamber or go to the Chamber s website bership and business community Eighteen The Chamber staff refers visitors new are elected directors and 12 are ex officio comers businesspeople and area residents Promotional Opportunities directors The Chair of the Board appoints requesting information on goods and ser Promote your business through exclusive two directors to one year terms and the vices to Chamber members only members only advertising and sponsorship elected directors serve three year terms Members have the opportunity to nominate directors each year BE NE F I T S OF JOINING T HE CH A MBE R Aff inity Programs Special Services Members receive exclusive members only pricing for events and other Chamber activities Members also have access to educational of Commerce you will receive a decal to display in your business so people know you are invested You can also request an e decal to put on your digital platforms opportunities through various Chamber publications We have options to fit every budget You have the option of enhancing your directory listing to also include your business logo and descriptor Business Exposure opportunities and useful business tools You Networking As a member you will heighten your com may obtain a membership mailing lists with The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce creates pany s visibility with a free listing in the a preferred membership the opportunity to connect with more than Chamber s Online Business Directory which provides both alphabetical and categorical listings of members Not only will you maximize business exposure but the Chamber will also share your organization s newsworthy Credibility by Association Being successful in the business world is all about who you know Take advantage of the many opportunities the Chamber provides for cultivating and maintaining valuable 700 businesses We organize many events where members have the chance to meet today s business leaders in the community These events are designed to get you in touch with peers and potential clients Networking

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events include Business Lunch Business government at events that also allow mem After Hours Women s Networking Series bers to meet and speak with political leaders Picnic in the Park or the Golf Classic Leadership Involvement Members have the opportunity to join a The Chamber provides opportunities for Chamber committee and have a direct impact members to attend training sessions work on business and the community The Still shops and seminars to help your business water Chamber of Commerce depends on succeed Be sure to check out our events cal dedicated volunteers to help make decisions endar often to find upcoming opportunities support the local business community and coordinate events A Chamber committee The Stillwater Chamber represents and advocates for local businesses One of the roles of the Chamber is to bring focus to those issues that can have an impact on business and the community The Chamber serves as a unified voice to represent the interests of its business community at the local state and federal levels of government The Chamber offers various opportunities to learn about industry to Stillwater The economic development team at the Chamber helps support Professional Development Advocacy the Stillwater area as well as attract new is your chance to get involved meet other business leaders and help shape the decisions that affect the businesses and community of Stillwater programs like One Million Cups and Startup Stillwater to promote entrepreneurship in our economy as well as maintain an industrial park and recruit industry to relocate in our community S OUR CE OF INF OR M AT ION R E S OUR CE S The Chamber will help you find a wealth of available resources and planning tools to fit your needs Let us connect you with others that can help your business succeed C OMMUNI T Y IN V E S T ME N T Your Chamber membership is a form of community investment that helps provide resources for other businesses operating in ME E T Y OUR CH A MBE R S TA F F 25 Tricia Soderstrom Mandy Lyons President and CEO Director of Operations Project Manager Joshua Hawkins Kegan Herrick Gabi Martin Emily Alexander Business Retention and Expansion Coordinator Communications Coordinator Administrative Assistant Communications Intern Brandon Phillips Trenton Inselman Membership Development Project Manager Coordinator Economic Development C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Justin Minges

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A MB A S S A DOR S Connecting the Business Community Chamber ambassadors gather with others to celebrate the opening of Birchfield Barber Co Oct 30 2020 Stillwater s Chamber of Commerce has more than 700 members each with its own 26 set of needs and team of employees So how does the organization make sure every member is engaged with the business community and has direct access to every C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce thing they need from the Chamber A mbassadors Every year a group of vol and we couldn t do it without them said unteers representing a diverse group of Brandon Phillips Stillwater Chamber s Mem Chamber members give their time and bership Development Coordinator With resources to advocate for the Chamber their help we accomplish so much more and its member organizations They meet It s truly a network of professionals coming with members to discuss their satisfaction together to make sure Stillwater s businesses both with the Chamber and the business cli are set up for success mate in the Stillwater area and they attend local events such as Business After Hours and ribbon cuttings Starting and operating a local business can be a challenge Chamber ambassadors are experienced professionals who enjoy making new connections and they are ready to help new businesses get a foot in the door in the community From groundbreakings to 80th anniversary celebrations ambassadors are there for members at every step of the journey Our ambassador group is essential to making our members feel valued by our organization Gina Killough Metro First Realty Unlimited Bryan Langford Loftis Loftis Wetzel Insurance Aaron Malin Kicker Brandon Mitts Karman Legacy Hospice Cecily Morris First National Bank Trust Co Ambassadors Kylie Moulton CareerTech Timothy Adams InterWorks Mindy Murray Farmers Insurance Haley Annuschat Exchange Bank Jackie Padgett Cowboy Sports Properties Nathan Brubaker Oklahoma Department of Career Technology Education Trust Co Stephanie Peetoom First National Bank Terri Collier BancFirst Kendra Phears Simmons Bank Jeffery Corbett Stillwater Medical Austin Pollard RCB Bank Foundation Committee Chair Josh Dean Josh Dean Photography Brittney Federko University Community Federal Credit Union Kristen Hadley WorkIT Coworking Center Erin Portman Oklahoma State University Angela Pradia Shelter Insurance Jennifer Scott RE MAX Signature

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS It s a Mask uerade Party B usiness After Hours has traditionally been a networking event Challenged with what they could do to entertain people in the parking in which people visit the host business allowing that business lot of their bank BancFirst put together a Mask uerade Party adding to promote themselves and their products Like many social a twist to the traditional mask someone wears to a masquerade party events and gatherings several of the Business After Hour The masks worn to this party covered the patrons mouth vs their events were cancelled eyes as you would experience with the traditional party When the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce reopened this event Also wanting to share their event guests with the downtown mer there stood the social distancing challenges for the host The first chants BancFirst gave an opportunity to downtown merchants to such challenge was a requirement to hold the event outdoors pro take part in a walk around The party attendees were given a map viding more space between patrons upon arrival and asked to walk downtown gathering tickets from The second challenge was to provide food and beverage for the group the participating merchants on the map Both the merchants and in a safe environment BancFirst took on the challenge to hold the event and added an element to it which promoted other businesses while promoting their own BancFirst looked to the sidewalk for the event as they had been time in Downtown Stillwater came to include promotion of not only the participants enjoyed the cool fall afternoon walk Merchants were able to enjoy the company of approximately 80 participants in their stores and the participants gained chances to win prizes purchased from the downtown merchant participants Many of the attendees found stores and merchants who they had never visited Likewise the merchants were thrilled as they were their business but the businesses surrounding them able to ring up several sales from the Tuesday afternoon crowd Located in the heart of Downtown The attendees enjoyed the walk shopping and well needed camaraderie with others while the merchants they had a keen sense of how the down were thrilled to have the patrons visit town merchants were feeling from the their business The event wrap up was COVID 19 closures to several of their filled with made to order Dirty Curty neighboring businesses gourmet dogs drinks laughter and Downtown is a vibrant business com prizes to the winners munity in and of itself in Stillwater It was a beautiful evening in Stillwater BancFirst has been an integral part of to bring businesspeople together sup downtown for the past 120 years We saw port and promote one another an opportunity to share the festivities and promotion that came with our Business After Hours and we took it said Pat Zimmerman BancFirst President The attendees enjoyed the shopping while the merchants were thrilled to have the patrons visit their business Story by Terri Collier C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce instructed to do but took it one step further Their idea of a great 27

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R E C OGNI T ION Business of the Month T he Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors each month based off the Business of the Month award recognizes following criteria outstanding achievement for both for Must be a Stillwater Chamber of Com profit and nonprofit organizations in our community This award is presented to a member business that shows strong support in the areas of community involvement economic growth and professional relationships Organizations are nominated by the memberships and then selected by the Chamber s merce member for a minimum of 1 year Account must be in good standing Must be in business for at least 2 years Have demonstrated outstanding sup Be actively engaged with the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Provide superior customer service and or products Be considered a successful and professional business by peers Can only be awarded Business of the Month 1 time per calendar year port to the community of Stillwater Congratulations to these businesses recognized in 2020 for Business of the Month July October February August Fountain Square December May C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce January 29

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JUNIOR PA R T NE R S P R OGR A M Bridging the Gap Between Campus Life and the Community At the end of the summer months approximately 22 000 students move into their dorms houses or apartments and start another school year These students make up a significant portion of the commerce in this community and while they are currently a large asset we desire to utilize this resource to its maximum capacity 30 T he gap that currently exists between the partners program into the organization it as well By inculcating this program into our Stillwater and Oklahoma State University will be able to expose students to businesses current infrastructure we will be able to has many contributing factors but one and facilitate a space for relationships to be increase age diversity give business owners that stood out the most was the lack of built ultimately bridging the gap between insight into campus life and foster conver programming in place for college students the two groups sations that can unite the community within the community Not only will it be a resource for students At the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce a but it will serve each of the business owners multitude of diverse committees member JUNIOR PARTNER PROGRAM ships and programs are available for the community When considering the role and what the Chamber offers a unique opportunity C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Story by Emily Alexander to serve both the community and students formed by creating a membership specifically for the students The Stillwater Chamber Junior Partners Program offers college students all of the benefits of a full member for a fraction of the cost For 50 students are able to attend chamber NETWwiOthRleaKders events network with business professionals and discover the value of being involved in local government In addition to these ben Network ity and in the commun reer learn about ca opportunities ITY CREDgreIBat IL on a resume It looks efits they will be given credibility and visibility for potential internships and possibly a career The Chamber hopes by incorporating A Stillwater Chamber Junior Partners program flyer was created to announce the special OSU student membership opportunity TH GROWbu siness and VISIBILITY siness bu Get to know the leaders in your community Learn how ent work local governm llwater together in Sti FOOD d Lots of free foo ATE WHENER IP IC T R A P O T AYS EMB HOW TO JOIN can become OSU students Commerce of r be full Cham g gh participatin members throu ber am Ch er at in the Stillw ers program Junior Partn s e one full year You will receiv ber am Ch the in membership to attend all and be eligible during that ts en Chamber ev year REGISTER ONLINE

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Y OUNG P R OF E S SION A L S OF S T IL LWAT E R WHY NOT STILLWATER When I visit with family or friends I am often asked Why Stillwater Initially my go to answer was because of my job or my spouse s job In 2015 we bought a home in town and dug our roots much deeper in the community Before long my response shifted to a question Why not Stillwater S tillwater is a special place Electric Cooperative In the last not just because of the uni few years Stillwater has grown versity and its appeal to col enough to support the addition of lege students which drives the a commercial airline service which economy but also the community has benefited our community in as a whole is a melting pot of people many ways and ideas These ideas continue to The Young Professionals of Still propel our community forward water was founded in 2007 the I often share we chose to stay in same year I moved to Stillwater Stillwater upon graduation raise for college The group has grown to a family and develop a strong more than 325 members a board network of friends A part of the of 12 and hosts roughly 24 events reason we stayed was because of annually With two monthly events the Young Professionals of Stillprovided As a young professional Young Professionals of Stillwater members gathered to hand out YPS swag bags there is an awkward phase of your first job meeting your partner or spouse or buying a car or a home You don t really know what you re doing but you figure it out as you go Stillwater is a great place to have these experiences and develop the skills necessary for success as a professional It is because of YPS you find connections and ways to navigate this phase There are other individuals going through the same experiences If you take a deeper look at our community you will also see a highly educated population a top 10 public school system in the state and individuals who care We have individuals working in various industries who come together for seasonal events kids soccer games or the county fair We experience the good and the bad together We grow together Stillwater has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade Since arriving in 2007 I have seen this incredible growth Long gone are the days of Goldie s Aggie s and Stillwater Bay In addition to the university the Stillwater community has large employers like Stillwater Medical Center Stillwater Public Schools County Government offices Meridian Technology Center ASCO Aerospace and Central and activities for young people ages 21 40 why not join YPS As an outlet for growth and devel opment we are truly working to build the leaders of tomorrow By joining for free you or your employees can benefit from creating friendships and learning more about the community and participating in events that benefit our citizens We are conquering the awkward phase of adulthood together In a world experiencing panic and fear YPS is continuing to help connect and bring the community together So maybe we should ask those who question us why not Stillwater Story by Cody Cramer C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce water and the growth the group 31

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r nd doubt you never stopped When the c rds re st cked g inst you nd the t sk seems insurmount ble you overcome d ily St nding shoulder to shoulder he rt to he rt f cing dversity We still see you And our gr titude only grows Thank you to our healthcare workers S T I L L W AT E R M E D I C A L C O M

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CL A S S S 0F X X I X Leadership Stillwater L eadership Stillwater is a program designed to identify potential and emerging leaders in Stillwater and prepare them for community involvement and civic leader ship positions Each class of the leadership program has been tasked with taking an idea and making it come to life with an event to better the community This group s event Stillwater Ride and Seek benefited the Stillwater Community Health Center Class XXIX members created a city wide family friendly charity scavenger hunt The scavenger hunt began at Kicker with a packet of clues that took you 34 on an adventure around Stillwater Michelle Helm a Leadership Stillwater Class XXIX member and the Visit Stillwater Director of Marketing said the scavenger hunt was the first idea the class came up with The class decided they wanted an event they could pass on to become a yearly fundraiser for the center and grow for years to come a C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce scavenger hunt checked all the boxes This was a really exciting group to be a part of Helm said We had a diverse group of people in this class so we all were able to play to our strengths when planning the scavenger hunt To better communicate with helps develop employees of various businesses everyone we broke up into three different into better community leaders committees and met outside of class time to plan and market the event While this year has been very different from previous classes I still felt there was so much The Leadership Stillwater program is known knowledge to gain from completing this pro to enhance leadership and professional skills gram Helm said It was fascinating to see while learning to become advocates for the how COVID 19 has impacted different community Most importantly the class helps aspects in different ways For this my class create lasting friendships with people who mates and I received an added layer of under they may never had the chance to meet if not standing of how COVID 19 has and continues for Leadership Stillwater Each leadership to affect the people of our community session provides behind the scenes informaeconomy and overall structure Many enti Applications for the Leadership Stillwater program open in May each year but for more information before then visit ties make it possible and this collaboration stillwaterchamber org leadershipstw tion about Stillwater s city services nonprofits C ONGR AT UL AT ION S CL A S S OF X X I X Kyle Anderson Rick Dunham Jamie Forte Kelsey Grounds Stillwater First United Methodist Church US Army Reserve Ferguson Enterprises Stillwater Vision Clinic Ty Billingslea Cody Erickson Lauren Gee Joshua Hawkins Legacy Village Cockrell Eyecare Center Stillwater Chamber of Commerce University Community Federal Credit Union

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Michelle Helm Visit Stillwater Bryan Langford Loftis Sarah Priest Addison Ufkes Harrison Mecklenburg Oklahoma State University Loftis Wetzel Gary Houghton The Bank NA Forrest Long University Community Federal Credit Union Dan Ray Oklahoma State University Kelva Hunger Frances Patterson Miguel Soto Oklahoma State University Stillwater Medical Oklahoma State University Chad Kendrick Austin Pollard John Thompson Manhattan Construction Company RCB Bank Lee Glass Company 35 C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

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AGRIBUSINESS COMMITTEE 36 Agribusiness Drives Stillwater C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Where would you be without agriculture Naked and hungry Agriculture is part of every meal you eat and it s also in items you use and wear every day F Agribusiness Committee members set up a booth at the Payne County Cattlemen s banquet Oct 29 2020 at the Payne County Expo Center TOP FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Michael Schrammel Nathan Anderson Thomas Walraven BOTTOM LEFT TO RIGHT Nancy German Brunt DeMuth Jim Rutledge or more than 25 years the Chamber increase public education about agriculture moving forward to make progress in brand Agribusiness Committee has been the The committee s primary goals are to teach awareness voice of agriculture within the Chamber about the impact agriculture has in Payne The focus of the committee is to not County support economic development in Nathan Anderson an Agribusiness Com only support youth in agriculture but to also the agricultural community and to keep mittee member and Payne County Extension director agriculture 4 H educator said the The agricultural industry is a driven community Anderson said We want others to know the importance of agriculture and how agriculture supports the community N AT H A N A N D E R S O N A N AG R I B U S I N E S S C O M M I T T E E M E M B E R A N D PAY N E C O U N T Y E X T E N S I O N D I R E C T O R AG R I C U LT U R E 4 H E D U C AT O R

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We are not so far removed from agriculture people have this drive to go back to local and connect with their food source I see a little bit of revitalization of the smaller mom and pop type agribusiness industries Our community has access to good information and quality products T H O M A S WA L R AV E N A N AG R I B U S I N E S S C O M M I T T E E M E M B E R A N D B A N C F I R S T A S S I S TA N T V I C E P R E S I D E N T committee members all grew up in agricul and connect with their food source said fourth grade students to help promote agri ture and understand the importance of being Thomas Walraven an Agribusiness Com cultural education in the upcoming genera a voice for agriculture and promoting youth mittee member and BancFirst assistant vice tions and Ag Day at Stillwater Public Schools organizations like 4 H and FFA These orga president I see a little bit of revitalization Stillwater FFA members lead fourth grade nizations help shape youth by teaching them of the smaller mom and pop type agribusi students through a rotation of different sta about community service and how to stand ness industries Our community has access tions to learn about various ag related topics up for what they believe in to good information and quality products such as farm to table ag mechanics live Being involved in agriculture made me who A normal year for the Agribusiness Com stock care and raising and cultivating plants I am as a person and led me to be successful mittee starts with the Agriculture Appreci This year s events looked a little different in the business I am in said Brent DeMuth ation Banquet in April The banquet is the due to COVID 19 and not being able to Agribusiness Committee chair and Payne biggest committee event and serves to rec have in person events but that did not County Bank vice president stop the Agribusiness Com Being part of the Agribusi mittee from being involved ness Committee is a small and giving back to the com way to give back and sup munity The committee was port some organizations that still able to award its annual helped me become who I am scholarship and also assisted The economic impact of agri with the Bucket Calf program a cattle handling contest a culture in the community is huge For every dollar spent the dollar turns over seven 37 youth showmanship clinic The 2020 Agribusiness Committee sponsorship banner said on average the agriculture cash commodity is worth about 40 million annually The Payne County Expo Center is an example of a positive economic impact agriculture has on the community The Expo Center generates 5 million annually in new tax revenue most of which originates outside the community with money coming in via national livestock shows held at the Expo Center and the resulting investment in the community with the dollar turnover We are not so far removed from agriculture people have this drive to go back to local ence and was a virtual pasognize people in the agriculture industry ture tour sponsor ranging from 4 H and FFA students to the Additionally the committee sponsored a Agribusiness of the Year and Farm Family of the Year awardees booth at the Payne County Cattlemen s banquet helped sponsor the Book Barn in front Other events and activities committee mem of the Stillwater Milling Company and pur bers are normally involved in are the Busi chased gift cards to show appreciation to 4 H ness Persons Judging Contest a fun way to and FFA leaders in the county educate people who are less familiar with agriculture by learning about and engaging with the different sectors of agriculture Barnyard Olympics a farm related relaystyle obstacle race National Read a Book Day when an agricultural literacy book is read to The agricultural industry is a driven community Anderson said We want others to know the importance of agriculture and how agriculture supports the community Story by Kegan Herrick C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce times in the county before leaving Anderson the Youth in Action confer

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E C ONOMIC DE V E L OP ME N T Stillwater Economic Development The Three Legged Stool The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce operates two different business units One is the Chamber as most people know events memberships networking opportunities etc The other unit is economic development T 38 he economic development side of the growing community is likely to grow mostly functions of economic development and the house operates within the walls of 409 from within We need creative risk tol one often described as newspaper head S Main St but functions as the eco erant citizens to open businesses and hire line material nomic development arm of the City of employees in Stillwater These entrepreneurs We focus mainly on primary job recruit Stillwater give Stillwater its unique quality of life from The Chamber has a service contract with the our main street entrepreneurs to the high City of Stillwater to be the primary point of C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce contact for all primary job growth reten tech startups at Oklahoma State University Meridian Technology and throughout the ment which means manufacturing plants research and development entities corporate headquarters Class A office projects etc The process involved in primary job tion and expansion as well as to be the point Stillwater community for restaurant retail recruitment There are The entrepreneurship component requires often the vaguest three staff members whose primary job func various entities in Stillwater coming together tion is economic development Justin Minges to create an environment ripe for new ideas We are sent projects from the Oklahoma Chamber president CEO Trenton Inselman and businesses That cooperation of enti economic development project manager ties comes from OSU Meridian Technology and Joshua Hawkins business retention Center the Stillwater Chamber and successful and expansion coordinator Each one on the entrepreneurs in the community team has a different job duty and makes up consultants or companies Minges is the Chamber lead for our entrepre These projects are code neurship efforts For programming specific named prior to being the three legs of the economic development stool for Stillwater recruitment is the most confidential and is Department of Commerce the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce 10 County Economic Development Partnership and sometimes direct leads from site for entrepreneurs check out www startup sent and limited infor Entrepreneurship stillwater com mation is shared They Leg one is entrepreneurship Entrepreneur Business Recruitment ship is a key component of a successful economic development operation because a The second leg of the stool is new business recruitment This is one of the most known ask what assets they are looking for in their search and communities Our team is passionate about Stillwater and happy to help any business in Stillwater tackle whatever is in front of them We look forward to helping Stillwater grow

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that have the asset put together a proposal for their review The process is mostly existing facility or available greenfield site oriented and the workforce and quality of life questions come after your site has been determined to be viable Inselman is the Chamber lead on all recruitment projects Business Retention and Expansion The last leg of the stool is the most important business retention and expansion Upwards of 90 of new job growth in a community LEFT TO RIGHT Justin Minges Joshua Hawkins Trenton Inselman speak to the Leadership Stillwater Class XXIX about their roles in economic development will come from its existing companies and Ensuring we have a pulse of when a com The Stillwater Chamber Economic Devel likely another community s recruitment pany needs help or is looking at expansion opment team looks to help entrepreneurs project is an existing facility leaving their are key factors in this role There are incen get started bring new business to Stillwater current community tives available from the state department of and help our local employers grow and Making sure our local employers are taken care of and given the resources needed to grow is vital to the community s ability to wgrow its employee base This is done by forming strong relationships with key decision makers of our local employers and advocating on their behalf when issues arise commerce for existing business expansion so remain successful Our team is passionate we look to assist local employers in tapping about Stillwater and happy to help any busi into available resources to help them grow ness in Stillwater tackle whatever is in front Hawkins is the Chamber lead for business of them We look forward to helping Still retention and expansion projects water grow Additional information about Stillwater economic development can be found at www GrowStillwater org 39 C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

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CH A MBE R R E P OR T Member Programs B U SINE S S L UNCH This program is a relaxed casual networking the social media platform were able to ask event that gives Chamber members a great questions during the live stream opportunity to promote their products and services by hosting other members at their W OME N S P R OF E S SION A L C OUNCIL businesses Each sponsoring business is recognized and provided time to speak to those in attendance L E GISL AT I V E F OR UM Business Lunch combines building relationships and making connections with business education For many years members 40 The Women s Professional Council is designed have selected this event as the most benefi to inspire support and empower professional cial program the Chamber provides businesswomen of all ages by offering net Each month the program features speakers working and educational opportunities that and presenters who provide important information about the community leadership training and other business related tools Business Lunch is held eight times a year on the second Friday of the month from 11 30 C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce a m to 1 p m at Meditations Catering and Banquet Facility B U SINE S S A F T E R HOUR S allow women to be their best selves and excel The Legislative Forum is held on the third in their chosen career path Friday of each month during the Legislative The council organizes speakers on topics Session January June and brings information to the Stillwater community on relevant relating to women s health entrepreneurship philanthropy leadership management pol local and state policies itics and balanced living The council meets Our region s four legislators Senator Tom the first month of each quarter for an oppor Dugger Representatives Trish Ranson Ty tunity to network discuss with and hear Burns and John Talley came together to from other inspiring and successful women encourage active discussion and address We held our only in person WPC event in concerns January and had more than 90 attendees The Legislative Forum breakfasts provide a record high for WPC at the Stillwater Chamber members the opportunity to estab Community Center to hear our speakers and lish and strengthen their relationships with program The last three sessions were vir key decision makers while voicing their opin tual and averaged 50 men and women who ions on issues moving forward signed in to watch We were able to continue to hold our Legis In 2021 WPC will be replaced by the joint lative Forums via Facebook with our local program with Meridian Technology Center ness After Hours offers the perfect opportu house representatives and senator from their called Recharge A Series for Women nity for businesses to showcase their respective locations Those watching from One of the most loved Chamber events Busi stories

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CH A MBE R R E P OR T 2020 Events W e began 2020 with a great line specialties from making craft cocktails to keep active and not gain the quarantine of programing for our popular delicious appetizers as well as inviting a local 15 We decided to partner with the Payne events Business Lunch aver musician for entertainment We incorporated County Live Well Coalition to create our aged 97 attendees and more than 60 interactive games such as Name that Tune own step challenge called Walk This May attendees came out for Business After Hours and general knowledge trivia for door prizes With our collaboration both organizations We held a total of six in person events before to local shops Those who participated were cross promoted to varying audiences As a quarantine was enforced due to COVID 19 able to engage with others and drink from result this attracted more than 415 individ After a few weeks of the stay at home order the comfort of their own home uals throughout the community making 96 we looked for creative ways to keep our mem As for many of us we had to think of new teams and 11 perfect walkers those over bervs engaged build a recurring audience ways to support each other during this dif achievers who walked 20 000 steps daily and make sure our sponsor s needs were ficult year In the beginning of quarantine The winning teams walked away with awe we helped stimulate the local economy for some prizes and bragging rights The suc our fellow members and businesses by cre cess from this event led to a new Chamber As we shifted to virtual for the remaining ating the Chamber Gift Card Giveaway Giveaway event and great partnership with PCLW We year we changed our luncheons from 90 It was our effort to encourage our commu look forward to making this an annual event minutes to an hour via Zoom The switch nity to buy gift cards from local restaurants We are grateful for those who joined a Zoom to virtual made it convenient for our mem and retailers to help keep their favorite spots call or watched via Facebook to show your bers to tune in and enjoy while watching open We held weekly drawings for gift cards support for our events As we roll into 2021 from home or their office We averaged 60 ranging from 25 to 100 from more than 25 we are looking forward to hopefully soon viewers through Zoom with an array of new businesses at 10 a chance Many who par meeting in person in a safe manner members signing in to watch ticipated were appreciative of this idea and As for the networking aspect we created a were glad to help virtual Business After Hours utilizing var After months of staying at home and the ious Chamber members to showcase their gyms closed we all needed motivation to Mandy Lyons We looked for creative ways to keep our members engaged build a recurring audience and make sure our sponsor s needs were met 41 C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce met We decided to move our events to a virtual platform

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Annual Events Six events reaching 900 attendees and viewers L E GISL AT I V E L UNCHE ON 83 Attendees T R A NSF OR M AT ION U The Oklahoma House Seats 33 Brice 92 Attendees Chaff in John Talley and 34 Aaron Our fourth annual Transformation Means Trish Ranson candidates as U was held Friday March 6 with a well as State Senator District 21 Tom keynote presented by Royce and Keri Dugger Rick Dunham candidates Young The couple spoke about their joined us virtually on Friday June 12 journey to continue their pregnancy to discuss their campaign platforms in hopes of offering others life What was supposed to be the worst experience of their lives became the best 42 January February March April A NNU A L AWA R D S G A L A C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce 345 Attendees The Chamber s Annual Awards Gala was held Friday Jan 17 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center The event presented by Oklahoma State University highlighted the Chamber s achievements for 2019 and awarded businesses and individuals who excelled in their efforts to make Stillwater a better place Attendees recognized Leadership Stillwater Class XXVIII and their fundraising efforts for the group s new initiative Envision Stillwater More than 350 members and supporters honored award recipients including Hall of Fame Award Calvin J Anthony Large Business of the Year InterWorks Citizen of the Year Stan Clark Small Business of the Year ProValue Net Chamber Choice District Bicycles Ambassador of the Year Kristen Family owned Business of the Year Lambert Construction Company Nonprofit of the Year Stillwater Arts Humanities Council Hadley WorkIT Coworking Center Young Professional of the Year Stephen Gose Gose Associates Leading Edge Award Steve Irby Kicker May June July

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O T HE R S CHE DUL E D E V E N T S PICNIC IN THE PARK L E MON A DE D AY Picnic in the Park is a fun filled picnic usu Two young entrepreneurs ally held at Boomer Lake for Chamber On Friday Aug 22 the Chamber members their staff and families to have a night on us Yearly activities include inflat sponsored Stillwater Lemonade ables music food potato sack races and a Day a lessons based program that teaches kids the importance of entrepreneurship by giving them M AY OR A L S TAT E OF T HE CI T Y an opportunity to run their own 106 Attendees business for a day a lemonade Mayor Will Joyce joined us virtually chance to pie our ambassador volunteers in the face Due to COVID 19 the 2020 Picnic in the Park was canceled stand Stillwater community mem for his third Mayoral State of the City bers enjoyed cups of lemonade on Friday Sept 11 Joyce who was while encouraging elementary age elected Stillwater s mayor in April entrepreneurs to take an interest in 2018 shared his vision for the city starting a business and plans for the future of Stillwater ECONOMIC SUMMIT Each year the Chamber brings together community leaders and businesses to hear from key local state and or national experts at our Economic Summit Due to COVID 19 the 2020 Economic Summit was canceled BUSINESS PERSONS BEEF JUDGING CONTEST The Chamber s Agribusiness Committee August usually assists the Oklahoma Junior Cat September October November December tlemen s Association Summer Preview Show in hosting a Business Persons Beef 43 Judging Contest but due to COVID 19 the 2020 contest was canceled AG DAY The Chamber Agribusiness Committee mem CH A MBE R GOL F CL A S SIC bers host Ag Day featuring the Farm to You 140 Participants and Volunteers for fourth grade students from Stillwater their teams and connect with clients in a casual way on the golf course With the elementary schools Students visit unique help of many volunteers from the Chamber membership and YPS we hosted 26 stations to learn about the relationships teams on the Stillwater Country Club golf course Teams were able to participate between agriculture food and health Due in one of two flights on Thursday Aug 6 while at the same time maintaining to COVID 19 Ag Day 2020 was canceled social distancing guidelines and donning masks Cade Crawford with Simmons Bank won this year s Ball Drop sponsored by Chickasaw Telecommunications Team winners 2nd Place Jeff Bryant Shelter Insurance 1st Place BancFirst 3rd Place Stillwater Medical ANNUAL AGRICULTURE BANQUET The Chamber s Agribusiness Committee and the Payne County Expo Center partner annually to honor agriculture producers and economic contributions in the Payne County region while recognizing a Farm Family of the Year Agribusiness of the Year and Next Generation of Agriculturalists Due to COVID 19 the 2020 banquet was canceled C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce exhibit Ag Day is an interactive experience The Golf Classic provides an excellent opportunity for Chamber members to build

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2020 New Members Access Medical Centers Urgent Care Community Investor Chaff in All Around Cowgirl Boutique Elite Repeat BE Creative BeetBox Birchfield Barbershop C P Solutions Catholic Charities CCM Overhead Door Community Investor Campbell Emerge Consulting Eyemart Express Firo IQ Carwash Junior Partner Nickel KLIFE Lee Law Lifestyle Home Improvement Fresh Cuts Loyal and True Magazine Genesis Home Health LLC Magnolia Ridge Gym One Fitness Hayden Massage Therapy Integrity Shines Cleaning Service Marble Slab Creamery Margarita Man Metro Building Maintenance Metro First Realty Unlimited Rudd Pie Five Pizza Company Polston Tax Sweet Peas Barber Shop Tacos Los Primos TeleComp Rose Rock Visuals The Book Merchant Bliss Books and Bindery Social Realm The Mix Stepping Stones of Stillwater The Okie Exchange Stillwater Garage Door Stillwater Noon Lions Stillwater Screenprinting and Embroidery Stillwater Stripes LLC Trax Discount Depot Twisted Horn Upscale Nails Spa US Dermatology Partners ZenBusiness Chamber Event Sponsors 44 6th Avenue Honda Dane Electric Kwik Kar Payne County Extension Stillwater Medical Center Advantage Plumbing Heating Cooling Dearingers Printing Trophy Lake McMurtry Friends Payne County Farm Bureau Stillwater Milling Co Air Evac Drumright Dental Center Alexander Construction Enbridge Arkansas Electric Cooperative Encore Energy Arvest Bank ASCO Aerospace C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce B L Heating Air BancFirst Bill Knight Ford Buffalo Wild Wings Candace Robinson Farmers Insurance Central Bank of Oklahoma EVERYMAN Exchange Bank First Gunn Financial Group First National Bank of Weatherford Fisher Provence Freddie Paul s Frontier Realty G M Body Shop West Gose Associates Central Electric Cooperative Greige Goods Central OK Adult Teen Challenge Hideaway Chickasaw Telecommunications Cockrell Eye Care Center Great Plains Bank Lambert Construction Legacy Village Louie s Manhattan Construction Marble Slab Creamery Master Technology Services Meditations Banquet Facilities Meridian Technology Center Keystone Food Service Quality Water Quapaw Company Ray Smith Wealth Management RCB Bank RE MAX Carpenter Martin Northern Oklahoma College Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Closing Title Oklahoma Natural Gas Keystone Engineering ProValue net Mill Creek Flooring Himes Insurance Community Escrow Title Physical Therapy Central Reproduction Enterprises Inc Infinity Martial Arts Self Defense InterWorks Peak Pest Services Metro First Realty Unlimited Pickens Oklahoma State University Coldwell Banker Team Stillwater Stokes Payne County Youth Services OSU Alumni Association OSU Career Services Stillwater Steel Supply Stolhand Wells The Bank NA The Carpenter Agency The Houck Agency The Saville Center The Talley Morris Team at KW Local Tinker Federal Credit Union Trinity Veterinary Hospital Udoka Law SERVPRO United Country Landrun Realty Auction Seth Wadley Ford of Perry Universal Surveying Mapping Shelter Insurance Jeff Bryant University Community Federal Credit Union Simmons Bank Verizon Wireless Stillwater Area Sports Association Whisper Intimate Apparel P K Equipment Stillwater Habitat for Humanity Payne County Bank Stillwater Martial Arts Wilson Auto Group WorkIT Coworking Center THANK YOU

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2020 ANNUAL CHAMBER AWARD RECIPIENTS Each year the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce seeks to recognize those who have made a significant impact in the Stillwater community Ten annual awards are presented to deserving businesses and individuals who promote a positive business experience and civic environment and have a powerful impact on both the Chamber and the community

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AWARDS Hall of Fame Kent Barbara Houck Kent Barbara Houck married on May 31 1963 in Pauls Valley Okla They love Stillwater and serving their family community their church and Oklahoma State University Both come with a long list of accomplishments K 46 ent graduated with a bachelor s degree in finance with an Business Fraternity past president Her professional career con insurance and marketing option from OSU in 1965 He was sists of teaching at the OSU College of Business for eight years and the OSU Insurance Fraternity president a member of Flying selling real estate for more than 35 years in Stillwater Aggies and in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps She was one of the Oklahoma 4 H Alumni Hall of Fame recipi Kent has a love for sports especially OSU athletics He officiated Big ents for outstanding accomplishments in Garvin county and Payne 8 football for 20 years worked 17 bowl games two of which were county She is a member of the Stillwater Community Singers and national championships the 1978 Cotton Bowl and the 1983 Sugar Bowl He has numerous insurance industry awards Kent has emceed the program for many years Barbara served on the Stillwater Parks and Recreation board and Stillwater Life Services board including Chairman s Council several times Kent and Barbara both served on the Okla the highest achievement award in the homa State Alumni Association board for industry He was selected twice to the two terms Agents Advisory Council from his peers They enjoy working with youth at their C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce by representing the industry in develop church helping with 4 H activities fund ment of innovative new products raising and scholarships and Little League Kent ha s ser ved on many boards boys baseball and girls softball and bas throughout the years including Stillwater ketball Houck Agency has sponsored Little Airport Authority as president Stillwater Medical Center and OSU Athletic Council He is currently on the Payne County Youth Services board and received the Outstanding Volunteers award League sports teams for more than 50 years Kent has directed youth summer camps for 55 years Houck Agency is a member of the Stillwater Chamber of Com Kent Barbara are active members of the Stillwater Church of merce and was chosen as Stillwater s Outstanding Small Business Christ Kent has been involved in many leadership roles such as a of the Year in 2015 The agency has been involved in the Stillwater bible class teacher youth minister education director deacon and community since Kent s dad Merlyn opened Houck Agency Sep an elder Barbara has been a bible class teacher and involved in ladies tember 1 1951 more than 69 years ago ministries She helps with youth camp ladies retreats and confer Kent Barbara are parents of two daughters and their husbands ences throughout Oklahoma the U S and the Caribbean Islands Barbara graduated from OSU with a bachelor s 1964 degree and master s 1972 degree in business education She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Scholastic Society and Pi Omega Pi and grandparents to five grandchildren and one great grandson

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AWARDS Citizen of the Year Will Joyce 48 M ayor Will Joyce was elected to his first four year term as mayor in April 2018 after serving two years on the Stillwater City Council Joyce grew up in Stillwater graduating from Stillwater High School and Oklahoma State University Joyce and his wife Rachelle then spent 10 years in St Louis where he earned a law degree from Washington University before bringing COMMERCE 2021 Profi le Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce their four kids back home to Stillwater in 2011 As Stillwater s mayor Joyce is committed to engaging all members of the community to maintain Stillwater s positive momentum and expand opportunities for growth renewal and civic involvement He has worked the past two years to implement a strategic core redevelopment plan that will continue investments in multi use transportation infrastructure like streets sidewalks and bike lanes promote diverse and high quality job growth and create a unique mixed use neighborhood link between Stillwater s re energized Downtown and the OSU campus In his day job Joyce serves as General Counsel at InterWorks a Stillwater based global technology consulting firm He also serves on the board at Stillwater Medical and as a Deacon at University Heights Baptist Church He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the OSU College of Arts and Sciences in 2018 Joyce s free time is usually spent helping youth sports teams proofreading book reports and taking an occasional bike ride Mayor Joyce is engaging all members of the community to expand opportunities for growth renewal and civic involvement

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Due to the COVID 19 pandemic it s been a very challenging year for the team at Stillwater Medical Despite all the obstacles they have remained focused on providing the highest quality of care for the citizens of Stillwater and all of north central Oklahoma by adding much needed new providers and services A wards have also been among the highlights for Stillwater Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals 2 years in a row Medical in 2020 This fall Stillwater Medical was awarded Named in the Top 35 Best Rural Community Hospitals in the the Modern Healthcare s Best Places to Work for the ninth straight year This award program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry nationwide utilizing an extensive random employee survey Construction is also going strong in several of the Stillwater Medical locations On the main campus the new CT procedure room was recently completed and in now in use This allows for a much greater capacity for both scheduled and emergent imaging procedures U S by EMEDIHEALTH Women s Choice Award for America s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience Second time to receive this award The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence for Employee Engagement Award Heart Association s 2020 Get with the Guidelines Stroke Achievement Award At the Surgery Center phase I of the project which includes a new endoscopy suite is expected to be complete in February Finally the Surgery Expansion and Women s Health Center project continues to progress This project will add additional surgery suites pre and post op surgical bays recovery room space and additional 51 labor and deliver and postpartum rooms 2020 AWARD SUMMARY 21 CARECHEX Medical Excellent Awards Best Places to Work in Healthcare 9 years in a row 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health for the third year in a row Pistol Pete visiting the Emergency Department staff at Stillwater Medical Go Pokes Stillwater Medical is rated in the top 20 of US rural hospitals

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AWARDS Family Owned Business Dearingers Stillwater Oklahoma circa 1960 John Dearinger had a dream of starting his own printing company and that is exactly what he did on Lewis Street In 1960 John began his journey as an entrepreneur and now 60 years later his family is still carrying on his legacy D earingers is a family owned business that began as a small printing company that only produced paper products Over the years the family business expanded into a full service advertising specialties company that offers a wide array of products including paper printing awards promotional products screen 53 printing embroidery rubber stamps signage and more Keeping the family business alive was no easy feat but somehow generation after generation kept coming back After the passing of John s wife both of his sons Rick and Tom Dearinger came back to run the family business In due time Rick s own sons Camaron and Brennon came back home to help With Rick and Tom soon retiring Dearingers is now a third generation family business that has grown tremendously since 1960 and the best quality promotional products in the industry In 2018 Camaron and Brennon decided to take the family business to the next level With help from Rick and the rest of the family Camaron and Brennon s vision for the future came full circle with a completely renovated building With 60 years of experience this local business is well versed in the world of promotional products and still manages to stay up to date with the latest industry trends and technology Dearingers has been named Employer of the Year by OSU Career who live here They are involved in and support nearly every nonprofit in the community and encourage all of their employees to do the same In fact almost every Dearingers employee is engaged with a civic group within the community The Dearinger family is no stranger to hard work and long hours but strives to keep family a top priority Although Dearingers has more employees and carries many more items than they did in 1960 they still operate with the same principles and core values Now serving clients across the nation from California to New York customer service is still their top priority A true historical landmark Dearingers hopes to continue serving the community for many generations to come Services and strives to give back to the community whenever possible When people do business with us it s like they re part of our family we ll do anything to make sure their business succeeds because we care C A M A R O N D E A R I N G E R T H I R D G E N C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Dearingers specializes in delivering unmatched customer service The Dearinger family has strong ties to Stillwater and the people

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AWARDS Non Profit of the Year The Saville Center T he Saville Center for Child Advocacy is a Brandi Watts is the nurse practitioner and has safe child friendly facility where forensic been doing medical and sexual abuse exams for interviews medical evaluations mental 10 years She is one of six child abuse experts health services and victim advocacy are in Oklahoma Prior to working at The Saville provided to children involved in abuse investi Center she spent many years as a labor and gations The Saville Center for Child Advocacy delivery nurse offers a soothing calming atmosphere in a Mary Melton has been a licensed professional building specially designed to lessen a child s counselor for more than 20 years She has been fears counseling Saville clients for many years first Before the center was available the child may as a contract counselor and now as a full time have been taken to several different agency employee of The Saville Center for six years offices to receive services At each stop they Heidi Warren serves as the program adminis would have had to answer the same questions trator and has been in her role for seven years over and over again Now because these ser She is instrumental in all aspects of our ser vices are centralized at our center further vices scheduling interviews and exams assisting trauma to the child and family can be avoided with grant writing and grant management cre We live our Mission in three ways We Protect FROM LEFT TO RIGHT TOP ROW ating financial reports and statistical database We Prevent We Heal Specifically we strive Kelsey Proctor Executive Director Brandi Watts Clinical Services Director Holly Chandler Forensic Interviewer management LEFT TO RIGHT BOTTOM ROW victim advocate She has been at The Saville to facilitate the protection prevention and healing of victims of child abuse and to pro 55 mote the health of families in our community first step in a child abuse investigation and Center for six years She is a critical part of the court process with child victims implementing court school to prepare victims for what being in a courtroom facing their perpetrators will be like At the Saville Center staff see the worst of the provide wrap around services and support throughout the process worst cases of child abuse However in the months during this pan The amazing staff of The Saville Center is made up of six dedicated demic of 2020 cases have surpassed since The Saville Center s professionals inception They are seeing the aftermath of quarantine where many Kelsey Proctor is the executive director and has been in the role for children have been trapped in their abusive homes for months with four years She earned her master s degree in social work and has worked as a social worker in a medical setting as well as spending many years as a social worker for a hospice in Tulsa Her passion has always been to help others Holly Chandler is one of the most revered forensic interviewers in the state She has been at The Saville Center for 14 years and has done more than 2 000 interviews She is instrumental in teaching forensic interviewing to other professionals in our state no safe adults to turn to They believe they will continue to see this trend well into the future months and years as late disclosure is common Of course they are not able to share the children s stories they are not anyone s but theirs to share What they can share is these children have power even when they are made to feel powerless they are worthy even when others make them feel less than they are strong brave and their voice matters The Saville Center for Child Advocacy will help their voice be heard C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Shannon Hiner Victim Advocate Mary Melton Mental Health Therapist Heidi The Saville Center for Child Advocacy enviWarren Program Administrator sions a community where children are valued DOG Maria Facility Canine and healthy families thrive We are often the Companion Shannon Hiner is a national award winning

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AWARDS Large Business of the Year Kicker S teve Irby is the president and founder of Stillwater Designs product launched a car audio brand with hundreds of models sold maker of Kicker audio products for cars boats motorcycles through a network of retail dealers in all 50 U S states and more UTVs and portable Lifestyle products His love of music was than 60 countries on six continents expressed during high school and college as a keyboard player Irby maintains a hands on approach to every aspect of the remark in various rock n roll bands After a year of graduate study at Oklahoma State University Irby founded Stillwater Designs with his roommate in 1973 In 1980 Irby developed the original Kicker a full range enclosed speaker system designed to fit behind the seat in a standard cab pickup truck This was a first of its kind product innovation which is why similar products of many brands came to be known generically as Kicker boxes This single innovative COMMERCE 2021 Profi le Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce 56 ably successful business but his passions remain in product design and development No product receives final production authorization before Irby and his team approve the product through rigorous listening tests

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AWARDS Small Business of the Year Oklahoma Closing Title Services O klahoma Closing Title Services opened in 1980 offering real of building a new office at 614 S West to better accommodate the estate closing and escrow services The business sold in 2000 needs of their customers The new office will have ample parking and is now owned by Larry and Danita Witt In addition to and more closing spaces allowing for a better customer experi closing escrow services the company offers title insurance ence The projected completion date for the new office is Spring 1031 tax exchange services and has an attorney Matt Devlin on 2021 We are really excited to share this with all our friends and staff One of its family companies Oklahoma Abstract Title has customers Witt said been serving the abstract needs of Payne County for more than OCTS believes in giving back to the community as many ways as 100 years Between the two companies there are 26 employees with most being with the company 15 plus years A company is only as good as its employees and we are so fortunate to have the best in the business said Danita Witt Oklahoma Abstract Title possible They are members of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Frontier Rotary Club Stillwater Board of Realtors Stillwater Homebuilders Association Oklahoma Land Title Association and American Land Title Association Larry and Danita are on the founding Company president Board of Kickin Childhood Hunger a non profit that helps feed Larry and Danita have been in the title business since 1986 and are kids in Stillwater and surrounding communities 57 committed to Stillwater and Payne County They are in the process C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce We are local we are family and we are invested in our community

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AWARDS Ambassador of the Year Jeffery Corbett F or the past 23 years Jeffery Corbett has worked to enhance the on the National PTA Board He credits his work at SMC for giving technology and services at Stillwater Medical through his work him a great background in nonprofit organization and PTA for his in the Stillwater Medical Foundation He has also coordinated growth in leadership ability the high school fellowship and employee scholarship programs for several years Corbett is also a volunteer for Karman Legacy Hospice It was known as Judith Karman Hospice when he Corbett began his time at Stillwater Medical in first became a volunteer in the late 80s but the the nutrition services department and was the mission to provide quality end of life care catering coordinator for SMC before moving 58 has remained the same to this day It was into fundraising with the Foundation He through those early volunteering days Cor enjoys his work because no two days are bett saw the heart of our community and the same In addition to the programs he definitely impacted his desire to remain oversees Corbett is also responsible for in Stillwater day to day bookkeeping assists in plan Corbett joined the Chamber Ambassadors ning events developing appeals and he also Committee in 2019 He has enjoyed building produces most of the Foundation s web and friendships with his fellow ambassadors while social media content at the same time reaching out to established and Outside of healthcare Corbett has a strong passion for public education For more than 20 years he has been involved with the Parent Teacher Association Locally he served as president of both the Highland Park Elementary and C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Stillwater PTA Council He was recently elected to a second term new Chamber members making certain they are aware of their benefits Corbett and his wife Annette have two granddaughters Chloe and Wrenley and they enjoy spending time and spoiling them as much as possible

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AWARDS Young Professional of the Year Joshua Taylor J oshua Taylor is the Assistant Director in the Center for Ethical career is about empowering leadership in others and modeling lead Leadership at Oklahoma State University In this role he engages ership as taking care of others Taylor said students in leadership development and works with students to Under his direction high school students led a philanthropic cam use their influence and passions to make our community better Taylor is the Young Professionals of Stillwater President Elect and has been involved in YPS for a few years after returning to Stillwater 9 years ago to raise his family The people we have here are so good Taylor said It is a wonderful place to be around people I feel like there is a lot of opportunity for those of us who invest in Stillwater to make this a special special community He earned his bachelor s degree in secondary English education and a master s degree in educational leadership from OSU and a master s degree in divinity from Golden Gate Theological He is currently working toward a Ph D in educational leadership He has a history of leading students in social change including when he was a high school leadership teacher His teaching career started with middle school moved becoming a better fit as he continued to grow in his profession My years of service raised more than 560 000 for local charities in Stillwater Taylor s wife Becky was the founding Executive Director of Our Daily Bread in Stillwater and has recently started work as the Chief Civic Innovation Officer for the City of Stillwater His two black belt kids attend Stillwater Middle School and Skyline Elementary School My future is in trying to be the best dad I can to make sure they have a really positive experience 59 here in Stillwater he said Taylor loves his work at OSU especially the opportunity to lead the President s Leadership Council and the McKnight Scholars Leadership program The goal of these two leadership programs is to create lifegiving community leaders My passion and purpose is definitely in equipping young leaders and allowing them to start to lead in their community Taylor said C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce to high school and now resides in higher education each position paign called Stillwater Makes a Change that in his four

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AWARDS Leading Edge Alane Zannotti and Shannon Williams S C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce 60 tillwater is the hometown for Alane Zannotti She graduated to match students who have financial needs to donors who want from Oklahoma State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of to make a difference Science in Family Relations Child Development In May 2015 Zannotti was appointed by the Stillwater City Council Her passion for quality early childhood education is what led to fill Seat two previously held by Gina Noble who was elected to her to the first part of her professional career Zannotti mainly mayor in April 2015 She was elected uncontested in December 2015 worked with hospitals to help create on site child care facilities for for a three year term and elected again uncontested in December their employees She did this in Plano Texas Newport Beach Calif 2018 for a four year term and Chicago Ill She also helped the well known first online giant Zannotti can frequently be found volunteering with running fund America Online AOL build a child care facility for their employees raisers working community events in Meridian s partner commu Finally she had the opportunity to work in Washington D C with nities or serving on committees to promote economic development the National Association for the Education of Young Children where She is a board member of the Guthrie and Perry Chambers of Com she oversaw a team of individuals responsible for accrediting early merce and an alumna of Leadership Stillwater Class XI Leader childhood programs in 12 states and all overseas military bases ship Guthrie Class 1 and Leadership Oklahoma Class 30 Life has a funny way of coming full circle In 2005 Zannotti had the Shannon Williams is a Stillwater native and jill of all trades She opportunity to come back to Stillwater and begin a second phase graduated from OSU with a bachelor s degree in biomedical sci of her professional career She worked for the OSU Foundation ences and from the University of Oklahoma College of Den and did fundraising for her alma mater While working for the OSU tistry with a doctorate of dental surgery She currently Foundation she opened Zannotti s Wine Bar in Downtown Still works as a dentist at the Perkins Family Clinic water in 2008 Zannotti sold her half in 2014 and is proud the busi Williams is also co owner alongside her mother of ness is still thriving plus kept her last name Greige Goods a boutique located in Downtown Still In May 2009 Zannotti took a position with Meridian Technology water Greige Goods is a unique home decor apparel Center where her focus is community development and she is still and gift boutique featuring hand picked items and doing today With her role at Meridian she is actively engaged in a services such as in home decorating variety of community service activities and boards She regularly A true passion for Williams is home design She connects needs in the community with staff volunteers at Meridian She also works with the Meridian Technology Center Foundation has an eye for the vintage and modern mix design One of the vendors that participated one weekend in the domes became a bricks and mortar store due to their success at Merry Main Street

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and decor and puts her talent to use She has designed 11 downtown In 2019 Zannotti and Williams had a vision for Downtown Still Stillwater lofts and has restored homes in Stillwater water called Merry Main Street This is an event whose purpose is A list of accomplishments for Williams include 2018 Top Leaders to create a vibrant holiday downtown event that includes people Under 40 Stillwater Chamber of Commerce board member 2017 Stillwater Home and Garden Builder of the Year for Urban Homestead and former Arts and Humanities Council member of all backgrounds and ages It was a successful inaugural event for Downtown Stillwater One of the vendors that participated one weekend in the domes became a bricks and mortar store due to the success of participating at Merry Main Street Kalee Horn with Twisted Horn opened the doors to her store this year and is located on Washington Street We work well together Zannotti said We have the same vision for Merry Main Street which doesn t happen too often It is almost eerie that Shannon will say an idea and I say I am thinking the same thing 61 C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

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S T R ONG C OMMUNI T Y Together We Emerge Becoming Our Best Selves in the Stillwater Community I can still recall the first afternoon my soon to be husband and I were out and about to grab Hideaway pizza on a Friday afternoon in Stillwater We had been strolling near campus and I was suddenly aware of this excited welcoming energy and the color orange surrounding us 62 H ad we missed a big event What was going on No place I had be right for us Education and opportunity Diversity and aware ever been felt quite like this ness Grace and gratitude The overwhelming giving and giving I approached a kind woman in an OSU shirt and asked her what and giving of time talent and resources And friendships formed in was happening in town that day we were new to the commu every space you can think of dear trusted treasured friendships nity She pulled me in and embraced me with a little bit of encour That full tight endearing embrace of this entire community is wit agement a great connection and a whole lot of love and told me in nessed by any who arrive here for much time at all It shows up in her beautiful southern drawl Honey This is just Stillwater on Fri tragedy in celebrated success in a parade hundreds of people form days It s what we do together You re gonna because someone turns 107 on a Thursday and love it here has been an instrumental part in the forming and no doubt the nurtured grounds for She was right Emerge Consulting to grow on C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce In a place I had anticipated being a stop in the When I go into an organization or step on road I have fallen completely head over heels a Zoom call or begin a training or sit down and have called this home for more than for a coaching session it is to do unto others 13 years We have grown from newlyweds to what this community has done for me To parents of three amazing children and three embrace them tightly To let them know they ornery dogs and my now family of five or is can do the hard important work encourage it eight has encountered that same embrace of encouragement connection and love everywhere we turn A chiropractor s invite to a Thanksgiving meal a pastor s unwavering support through every single bit of what life brings a therapist s couch to sort through all the thoughts and feelings and fear colleagues and networks of individuals wanting nothing but the best for your successes and members of the city government who care and cry and do what they know to Amie Haar is the founder of Emerge Consulting based in Stillwater Emerge is a business that specializes in coming alongside others by teaching individuals teams and organizations how to show up best for themselves and those around them With several years of experience in coaching training facilitation mentoring and speaking Haar pays intentional attention in her curriculum towards communication relationship building and presence It s a business that was created in her head with the Stillwater community at heart ment To listen to their story connect And to see their value for who they are and what they bring to the table love If you are visiting let me show you If you are new let me welcome you If you are seasoned let me remind you You re gonna love it here Story by Amie Haar Photo courtesy KatieLew Photography

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UNIVERSITY OSU s Hargis Set to Retire Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis will retire July 1 after leading the university for 13 years H is tenure has been marked by record setting fundraising enrollment growth new and enhanced facilities and a growing national reputation for academic and research advances that the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce can highlight while recruiting companies to Stillwater The City of Stillwater is a real asset to the university Hargis said At the 64 same time the university is a tremendous source of employees and knowledge for the community Bringing commercial airline service back to Stillwater via American Airlines was a major partnership between the city and the university that was years in the making C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Justin Minges president of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce is grateful for all Hargis has done over his tenure Pres Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis accompanied by his wife Ann waves goodbye following his retirement announcement Friday Oct 23 2020 MIDDLE The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University opened with a performance by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra on Oct 11 2019 RIGHT Burns Hargis right to left Ann Hargis and T Boone Pickens celebrate the Branding Success campaign which raised more than 1 3 billion during a homecoming football game Nov 15 2014 LEFT ident Hargis will be missed but he will have a lasting impact on our community Minges said He contin McKnight Center for the Performing Arts on the Stillwater campus ually reminds us what is good for the university is good for Still one of several significant new facilities built during his presidency water and what is good for Stillwater is good for the university His leadership helped strengthen the town and gown relationship for many years to come Under Hargis leadership OSU has flourished including the university s first ever billion dollar fundraising campaign called Branding Success which raised more than 1 3 billion In all OSU has raised Hargis became OSU s 18th president on March 10 2008 and is the 2 2 billion during the Hargis years The university has developed second OSU graduate to lead the university more than 2 5 million square feet of new or enhanced facilities on its We have had the time of our lives Ann and I have absolutely loved it It exceeded all of our expectations Hargis said We just want to thank the entire Cowboy nation for the love and support that you have provided us I know the best is yet to come for Oklahoma State Hargis announced his retirement in October during a regular meeting of the OSU A M Board of Regents in the Performance Hall at The Stillwater and Tulsa campuses Enrollment growth includes five of the largest freshman classes in OSU s history Twenty four percent of all graduates over OSU s 130 year history have occurred during his tenure OSU has increased Alumni Association membership by nearly 30 percent and added nearly 82 000 new donors

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Oklahoma State University is stronger today than at any time in its 130 year history due to the historic leadership of Burns Hargis said Rick Davis chair of the OSU A M Board of Regents We are grateful beyond words for the dynamic leadership and ded circumstances said Regent Davis Burns has worked tirelessly to raise money for scholarships and financial aid for students Scholarships and student financial aid have risen each year under Hargis leadership from more than 204 million in 2008 to more icated service of both Burns and Ann It isn t easy to quantify their than 379 million in 2020 influence and impact They have been immense and at the top in Familiar to many Oklahomans through the political perspective instilling genuine pride in our Cowboy heritage values culture and he provided on the award winning television program Flashpoint land grant mission Hargis used his on camera experience to launch Inside OSU with Hargis has been quick to say thank you to compliments but often Burns Hargis a program that spotlighted OSU programs and local notes that he has had plenty of help along the way national and global leaders Ann and I have been blessed and honored to serve Oklahoma State Hargis was vice chairman of Bank of Oklahoma N A Before joining University the past 12 years The opportunity to be president of my the bank in 1997 Hargis had practiced law in Oklahoma City for 28 alma mater exceeded all my expectations he said during his retire years He is a former president of the Oklahoma County Bar ment announcement OSU is a spe Association former president of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and cial place It is where I found a fellow of the American Bar Foundation He has been active in friends who became family many civic and philanthropic activities Hargis received the state s for a young man who lived in many different places growing up I received an excellent education preparing me for my highest honor when he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2009 Story and photos courtesy of OSU Brand Management Visit okla st retire to watch President Burns Hargis announcement to the Cowboy family careers in law and banking and culminating at OSU as 65 president Ann and I are grateful for the faith and trust extended to us by the Regents and the support from faculty staff students and alumni There remains much work to be done and in that regard I look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead and welcoming a Hargis modernized the Stillwater campus with premier academic and athletic facilities including the Henry Bellmon Research Building the ENDEAVOR Engineering Lab a new home for the Spears School of Business the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts a North Wing expansion for the Human Sciences Building the OSU Museum of Art and residential halls A new facility to house the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music is under construction and expected to open for the fall semester of 2021 A new teaching and research facility for the Ferguson College of Agriculture is preparing for a groundbreaking this spring These developments reflect Hargis vision to improve the student experience with an enhanced campus infrastructure for the modern land grant university Burns has worked from the beginning to make sure an OSU education was accessible and affordable regardless of a student s financial C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce new president next summer

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Loyal TO STILLWATER YOU Although the COVID 19 pandemic has presented its own set of unique challenges BancFirst employees remain available onsite to meet your individual banking and lending needs Stillwater s Interactive Teller Machines ITMs function to provide teller service without physical contact and we re pleased to report that our Payroll Protection Program loans have funded payroll checks for more than 3 000 Payne County residents For 120 years we have been here when Stillwater needs us Now and always BancFirst remains Loyal to Stillwater You STILLWATER 808 S MAIN ST 505 E HALL OF FAME 621 S COUNTRY CLUB RD ITM ATM OSU STUDENT UNION ITM ATM 405 742 6200 W W W B A N C F I R S T B A N K

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Merry Main Street 2020 Two Stillwater natives teamed up to bring joy and hope to the community by lighting up Downtown Stillwater Shannon Williams and Alane Zannotti founders of Merry Main Street established Merry Main Street in 2019 and continued the tradition in 2020 while keeping safety in mind E ach woman thought of a word they The inspiration came from the tree on top I think this is a great opportunity for us to thought described what Merry Main of the ProValue Net building last year Wil give back and bring some hope Beverage Street should be this year and the word liams and Zannotti knew what they wanted said With everyone coming together it is had the vision and passion for the lights but a really cool project Drew Beverage ProValue Net Vice Pres The goal of Merry Main Street was not only was hope We can still provide something that will give people a smile and remind them that this time of year is to be excited and hopeful 68 Zannotti said And lights just do that The lightswitch flipped Saturday Nov 14 The focus was to light up early to catch Oklahoma State University students before they left for the holidays The goal was to give them a happy send off and remind them Stillwater is going to miss you Happy Holidays and be safe COMMERCE 2021 Profi le Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce The 85 000 light display spanned from Fourth Street beyond the roundabout to 14th Street Chris Salmon Plaza and ProValue Net housed the 40 minute main attraction display of lights To match the dancing display of lights with the music viewers tuned their radio to 87 9 FM Downtown businesses also decorated their windows with lights to help downtown shine ident of Business Development and Will Clay Global Innovation Platform IoT Solutions Architect Merry Main Street light programmer brought the idea to life Beverage said the ProValue Net team did to bring hope to the community but to also shop local The domes last year helped new vendors who didn t have brick and mortar stores gain exposure to the community Some businesses ended up opening a store all the networking and internet interfacing front after their success with the domes for the light display The power source came Twisted Horn was one of the domes turned from the tower on top of the ProValue Net brick and mortar building and connected 36 different devices Unfortunately due to restrictions this year down Main Street to light up downtown Clay tied it all back to the controller at ProValue Net to sync it all together there were no domes so the vendor and event aspect did not happen Williams said she hopes next year they can add the lights Block Beverage said Clay is the mastermind behind 34 and the domes to put everything together the lights and the lights are his hobby The Partners for Merry Main Street include Visit lights took 10 hours per one minute of programming Every single light has to be told what to do and each one individually programmed making each light unique Stillwater Downtown merchants ProValue Net Will Clay the City of Stillwater and Collett Campell with the Reverse Parade Story by Kegan Herrick

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Kalee Horn with Twisted Horn When a dream is meant to happen there is no stopping the magic of family support and community K 69 Horn said I ll never forget when Merry Main Street was over it Main Street alumna shared her glow up story What started as was so much fun I absolutely loved it It was such a great success a small beginning of an online boutique is now a storefront on It confirmed people liked what I was doing Washington Street or better known as The Strip in Stillwater Horn said during her junior year of college she told her dad about The boutique idea started when Horn was sitting in Hideaway Pizza Buds Barbershop and how the little spot on the Strip would make with her parents talking about her future and plans Horn felt a a great boutique location slight void after graduating college and wanted to pursue working Ideas started flowing and networking began as she started talking in a little shop on the weekends to fill the downtime of her Monday through Friday 8 to 5 job to The Cooper Penny owner one weekend about goals for her store The Cooper Penny owner mentioned the barbershop location was As they chatted her stepdad asked Why don t you just open a store vacant and looking for an owner A few more calls and connections Cue Twisted Horn being born were made the following Monday the empty building was seen on After establishing an online presence in 2018 Horn started setting Tuesday her parents came up Wednesday and the lease was signed up at stock shows Then the opportunity for Merry Main Street Friday all within a week the dream grew even bigger showcased an approved application and meeting later Twisted Blood sweat and tears went into the storefront to get it ready The Horn had an official dome spot at the opening weekend of Merry plan was to open in April but COVID 19 postponed the April Main Street which happened to be Black Friday and Small Busi opening The doors opened in May 2020 and have been open since ness Saturday in November 2019 Horn said she didn t think she would stay in Stillwater at first but Horn said Merry Main Street was really the first thing I have she loves Stillwater and stated the place grows on you done in Stillwater that was community wide Shannon Williams and Alane Zannotti founders of Merry Main Street wrote a card to Horn and in the card read I think Stillwater would thrive having a brick and mortar of Twisted Horn The town is a perfect size perfect community and I love that there is always the youthfulness of the college aged students she said Story by Kegan Herrick Photo Courtesy Hanna Runner C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce alee Horn Twisted Horn owner recent OSU graduate and Merry

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DE MOGR A P HIC S Stillwater at a Glance P OP UL AT ION C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce A R E A UNI V E R SI T IE S C OL L E GE S T E CHNOL OGY CE N T E R S Stillwater 50 299 1 4 54 47 Payne County 81 784 5 9 21 37 Oklahoma State University 3 956 971 10 19 12 03 Langston University Source US Census 2019 Population Estimates 20 49 7 47 Northern Oklahoma College Stillwater 40 99 3 04 Meridian Technology Center Stillwater 100 1 65 Meridian Technology Center Guthrie Oklahoma 70 B USINE S SE S BY E MP L OY E E SIZE L A B OR F OR CE S TAT IS T IC S Bachelor s Degree 47 7 High School Diploma 94 4 Source Applied Geographic Solutions 2020 T OP JOB S BY OC CUPAT ION HOUSE HOL D INC OME Payne County Unemployment Rate 3 9 State Unemployment Rate 5 1 National Unemployment Rate 7 7 Source Applied Geographic Solutions 2020 ME DI A N INC OME BY E DUC AT ION A L AT TA INME N T 100 000 Some college 25 835 Average Household Income 53 546 Bachelor s degree 31 430 Source US Census Bureau American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates Education 15 74 6 230 Off ice 13 03 5 156 Sales 10 44 4 133 9 4 3 721 6 15 2 434 Executive Food Preparation Total 39 579 Source Applied Geographic Solutions 2020 T R A NSP OR TAT ION Average local commute time 1 4 hour Graduate of professional degree 51 060 Time to OKC Tulsa car 1 hour Source US Census Bureau American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates Time to DFW air 1 hour

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2 0 2 0 S CHOL A R SHIP AWA R DE D Confident and Ready As everything changes in the midst of a pandemic several things remain the same including the Stillwater Chamber s commitment to providing Stillwater graduates an opportunity to pursue higher education with some financial help The third annual Stillwater Chamber of Commerce scholarship was awarded to Tyme Taylor T aylor plans to earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering beyond this requirement with both a heart for neighbors affected by something he s spent his high school career preparing for with the 2019 s flooding and a passion for owning his own lawncare business help of Meridian Technology Center s pre engineering program He said having this business has helped him to learn about com Choosing to take part in Meridian s program was the best choice municating with others as well as time and financial management I could have made Taylor said I was led through many courses Choosing just one recipient out of a pool of excellent choices is never aimed at preparation for college engineering and my instructors easy said Justin Minges Chamber President and CEO Looking at did a wonderful job I feel confident and ready for college because Tyme s application we quickly realized his potential to be a leader of these past few years at Meridian in our community We hope to help his endeavors as much as we Taylor said his time at Meridian taught him an immeasurable can and we look forward to seeing his impact number of skills including best study practices time management In addition to Taylor s senior year being cut short due to COVID and group collaboration 19 several family events have affected the financial need for schol Beyond the classroom the Chamber of Commerce also seeks to arship assistance Shortly after his mom s battle with breast cancer award an individual who positively influences the community in his dad had to have a brain tumor removed causing medical bills to put an unplanned strain on their financial situation My parents have always supported me and raised we quickly realized his potential to be a leader in our community J U S T I N M I N G E S me to be who I am today Taylor said I still plan to attend OSU in the fall but this scholarship will help my family with the expenses of college C O M M E R C E 2021 Profile Magazine of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce both a philanthropic and entrepreneurial way Taylor rises above and 71

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