VeloCity September 2021


C A L E NDA R (Events are subject to change. Consult for the most recent updates.) S E P T E M B E R 1 0 Enlighten 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. S E P T E M B E R 1 5 Chamber Forum 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vast, 333 W. Sheridan Ave. O C T O B E R 1 Enlighten 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. O C T O B E R 2 0 Chamber Forum 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vast, 333 W. Sheridan Ave. O C T O B E R 2 2 Navy Birthday Ball 6 to 9 p.m. Omni Oklahoma City, 100 W Oklahoma City Blvd O C T O B E R 2 6 Chamber Connection 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. N O V E M B E R 1 State of the City 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oklahoma City Convention Center 100 Mick Cornett Dr. N O V E M B E R 5 Enlighten 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Attracting more online leads and improving customer service topics of upcoming Enlighten events The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s next two Enlighten events for September and October will feature speakers from the digital marketing industry and the professional sports arena. These free events will be offered via Zoom from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Sept. 10, the Chamber will welcome marketing expert Gunnar Hood, who will discuss the seven steps to attracting more qualified leads online. He has worked for WSI (“We Simplify the Internet” ) Digital Marketing for more than nine years, helping business-to-business companies simplify the Internet to attract and acquire their ideal clients. “In the last 18 months, buyers dramatically changed from buying in person to buying online. But many companies are still struggling to adapt their lead generation efforts to attract the right online buyers. At Enlighten I’ ll cover seven steps businesses can take to improve their process and attract better qualified leads online,” Hood said. For more information or to register for September’s Enlighten, visit On Oct. 1, Oklahoma City Thunder Director of Guest Relations Joy Joslin will provide insight into improving the customer-employee relationship so that every customer walks away feeling appreciated and valued. “People do not remember days, they remember moments. Moments do matter,” remarked Joslin, who has worked for the NBA franchise for more than seven years, including two in her current position. Enlighten events are available to both Chamber members and nonmembers, providing networking and practical resources to help boost your business performance. For more information or to register for October’s Enlighten, visit Special thanks to Series Presenting Sponsor Cox Business.

Homelessness and rapid transit topics for upcoming forums

Homelessness is affecting more people in Oklahoma City than ever before, and the problem is seemingly getting worse. What to do about the homeless population and what steps are needed to help improve their situation has been debated for many years. Last year, the City of Oklahoma City conducted its annual Point-in- Time Count and discovered that 1,573 people were experiencing homelessness, a jump of about 300 people from the year before. Some estimates have Oklahoma City’s unhoused population even higher. On Sept. 15, during the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s monthly forum, officials from the City of Oklahoma City, along with representatives from local organizations whose mission it is to end long-term homelessness, will participate in a panel to discuss Oklahoma City’s overall approach to homelessness and how businesses can help. The September Chamber Forum will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vast. Scheduled to appear on the panel are Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley; Assistant City Manager Aubrey McDermid; Jerod Shadid, program planner – Homeless Services, City of Oklahoma City; and Dan Straughan, executive director of The Homeless Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Oklahoma City. Seeing the rapid growth of homelessness throughout the city, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt in 2019 formed the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness.

Representatives from the City, including the city council , local service providers and philanthropic agencies, make up the task force. Registration for the September Chamber Forum is $35 for Chamber members and $55 for nonmembers. To register or learn more, visit septemberforum. The October Chamber Forum is scheduled for Oct. 20 and will focus on the latest news surrounding the regional transit initiatives for the Oklahoma City metro. Serving on the panel will be former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, who chairs the Regional Transportation Authority; RTA Vice Chair Marion Hutchison; and Jason Ferbrache, director/administrator for the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority. Earlier this year, the RTA approved the Transit System Plan that will serve as the guiding document for the next 10 to 25 years to eventually bring bus rapid transit , commuter rail and a light rail system to the OKC metro. Four regional corridors were identified in the plan that would quickly and efficiently connect people to various “regional activity centers” across the metro. Tickets for the October Chamber Forum, which will also be held at Vast from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. , are $35 for Chamber members and $55 for nonmembers. To register or learn more, visit Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Cox Business and Corporate Sponsor ADG.



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