Ponca City Business Council meeting held on April 5

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The Ponca City Business Council held its monthly meeting on Tuesday April 5th. Kelly Cross opened the meeting.

The Chamber is currently collecting door prizes for its Support Staff Reception on Wednesday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chamber office.

The company of the month presentation was held at the Om Yoga and Wellness Center located at 319 1/2 E. Grand Ave. after the meeting.

Next month’s Cash Mob will take place at Hughes Lumber on Thursday, May 5 at 11:30 a.m., located at 705 E. Prospect Avenue.

Chamber President Rich Cantillon then presented his chamber report.

The Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting for Vibe Salon on Tuesday, April 5 at 322 E. Grand Avenue. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Spray Jewelry and Gifts on April 12 at 2 p.m., and another ribbon cutting will take place on April 14 for Galaxie Business Equipment at 2 p.m.

The Ponca City Leadership class held an April 6 session on Kay County Government, this was originally scheduled for January but was pushed back due to COVID-19. They will hold their municipal government session on April 13, then they will hold their third session on April 27 at Camp Horizon.

Cantillon will be doing a Hospice Board Orientation on Friday, April 8 at 9 a.m.

The Chamber is hosting an Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce board training at the chamber office this month.

The next Kindness Campaign meeting will be April 19 at 4 p.m. at the Rusty Barrell.

Wednesday, April 20 will be Ponca City Day at the State Capitol. The Chamber will display Ponca City attractions in the Capitol’s fourth floor rotunda.

The Chamber celebration will take place on April 21 with RCB Bank hosting the reception at the Marland Mansion. You must have a ticket to enter the reception. After the reception, the awards ceremony will take place at the Ponca City Concert Hall at 6:30 p.m., the awards ceremony is free.

The next Ponca policy forum will be on Friday, April 22 with Senator Bill Coleman and Representatives Ken Luttrell and John Pfeiffer.

Business After Hours will take place on April 28 and will be hosted by Stolhand-Wells Group in City Central’s Summit room.

Kelsey Wagner with Ponca City Monthly and MyMedia-Matters provided an update.

Work is underway outside their building to repair water damage, and they hope to cut their ribbon before the end of the summer.

Ponca City Monthly is also looking for submissions or story ideas. These can be sent to editor@poncacitymonthly.com.

Air Evac Lifeteam’s Chris Sieman provided an update.

They just finished their trade shows in March. They also partnered with Major League Fishing for a pro bass fishing event at Grand Lake O’the Cherokees two weeks ago. It’s something they’re trying to do nationally.

Air Evac Lifeteam has up to 19 aircraft in the state. There will also be a new program director at Ponca City who started on April 25.

A new service offered by Air Evac is the “International Fly You Home” subscription.

Jamie Philips of Marland’s Place provided an update.

Marland’s Place will host a spring fundraiser on Friday, April 8 called Cocktails for a Cause. The event will take place at the Osage Casino with dueling pianos for entertainment. Tickets for the event have sold out.

Rotary of Ponca City turned 100 on Friday, April 1, and Ponca City Mayor Homer Nicholson declared it “Rotary Club Day” in Ponca City.

Betty Rutz of Lake View Boat and RV Storage provided an update.

Fishing resumes at Lake View and paddlefish grow. Several people come from out of state to fish.

Construction is underway for the storage units, currently the 45 foot units due to the increasing size of recreational vehicles.

City Central’s Kat Long reported. There are new tenants in City Central, including Bowers, who will be moving into the Gravity Room. By the end of the summer, City Central is expected to show 82% occupancy.

Liaison offices are open on the first floor for anyone looking for office space.

The Business Pitch-Off took place in March in which Nena’s Tacos took on Central Cafe. Nena’s Tacos was declared the winner, but they split the winnings with Central Cafe. Central Cafe opened its doors on Monday April 4th.

Business at the balcony will take place on Tuesday, April 12 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Registration for Girl Power Camp is underway for girls ages 12-13 for this summer.

Grants for small businesses and nonprofits are open from April until April 30. Your business must have been in operation in January 2020.

Ben Evans of the Pioneer Technology Center (PTC) provided his update.

A farm rescue will take place on May 14 at Frontier Schools for grain mounds and all the safety you need to know.

1 Million Cups took place on Wednesday April 6 with NERA as the speaker.

There are still a lot of moving parts towards the opening of the western expansion, although it is hoped that PTC can still graduate there. Supply chain issues cause difficulties. The site will be able to accommodate more people than the PTC Seminar Center when it is complete.

Brooke Jones of Redlands Office Solutions provided an update.

Redlands Office Solutions is Native American owned and the Buy Indian Act was passed on March 14, which means that all Indian Health Services (IHC) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) agencies must buy Indians first .

Kerri Bowman provided an update with the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Main Street received a grant from T-Mobile and will bring an ice rink to Veteran’s Plaza. T-Mobile will present a check to Main Street at noon on Friday, April 8 at Veteran’s Plaza.

Peachtree Landing will hold its Cowboy Ball on May 6th. Tickets are on sale now.

Mayor Homer Nicholson provided an update from the city.

Three new car washes will potentially come to Ponca City in the future. There are also new housing projects proposed around the town of Ponca.

The new police station is still under construction and is expected to be completed in the fall.

The broadband project is developing very well. West 14th Street is done, and now they’re working on East 14th.

There are six new all-white garbage trucks currently in service in the city. New police cars are out of stock, but Ponca City has received a new bucket truck.

The Third Street sidewalk is currently being redeveloped.

The Ponca City Aviation Foundation Flyin Breakfast was held on Saturday, April 2 for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tiffany Hermann of the Chamber of Commerce provided an update.

Leadership Ponca City will host a fundraising dinner to raise money for an “in-kind” donation. This money will help an adult wishing to return to school, and who cannot afford to go to the PTC or the University Center. It will be Saturday, April 9 at the Osage Casino.

April is a great tourist period for the city chamber of Ponca. Zach Trantham will be attending Comic Con in Kansas City and Hermann will be attending the Wichita Women’s Show the same weekend.

Kelly Cross of Rick Scott Construction provided an update.

Despite material supply delays, work is underway to support ongoing projects. They are working on growing their market and their offices in Tulsa.

The Kay County Amphitheater will open Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 3.

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