The Norman Transcript


August 11, 2013

business briefs

NORMAN — Labor commissioner speaks

Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello recently addressed Nextep employees about the importance of small business at the company’s 5th Annual Corporate Conference. Costello founded the software company AMCAT, as well as several other technology companies, before assuming the responsibility of serving as labor commissioner. Since taking the position, he has focused his attention on providing resources to Oklahoma job producers. Due to his business background, Costello was able to provide insight on the role small and medium sized corporations play in today’s economy.

The Commissioner also touched on the impact organizations such as Nextep have on businesses of this size.  “Nextep is important to small businesses because it allows them to do better what they already do well,” said Costello.

Becoming more energy savvy

To help business and residential customers understand how much they can control energy costs, OG&E is offering a series of Energy Education programs at the Energy Technology Center, 220 E. Wilshire Blvd., Oklahoma City. Courses for residential customers include “Understanding and Lowering your Electric Bill,” “Building an Energy Efficient Home” and “Remodeling your home to make it Energy Efficient.”

OG&E also is offering courses designed for specific commercial and industrial business customer segments such as schools, health care providers and government agencies. In addition, business customers can attend courses on “Understanding Power Factor,” which provides education on energy efficiency solutions to help reduce costs to the business customer directly and to help keep electric costs down for all customers. A list of courses and a course schedule is available at To enroll, call Beverly Hardeman at 405-553-3746 or email

Donations to Operation Homefront

With the help of the Oklahoma City community, Hudiburg Chevrolet and Ally Financial partnered to raise funds for Operation Homefront Oklahoma, an organization that provides emergency financial assistance to military families. The donation was presented Wednesday during a luncheon at 6000 Tinker Diagonal in the Hudiburg Chevrolet showroom. Hudiburg Chevrolet pledged to donate $20 for every new car sold in July and $1 from every oil change throughout the month. The dealership encouraged customers to match the individual donations, and Ally Financial agreed to match the total amount given.

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