The Norman Transcript

Business

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 www.oge.com. To enroll, call Beverly Hardeman at 405-553-3746 or email hardembj@oge.com.

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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Tunneling your way through the Internet

    Surfing” the Internet used to be a popular pastime. You hopped on your computer surfboard and rode the waves of the Internet, randomly surfing and exploring from one website to the next....

    August 1, 2014

  • Harbor Homes opens new corporate office

    Since 1997 President and Founder, Ben Gray has built Harbor Homes Inc. into one of the largest privately held home building companies in the metro area. With a new corporate office at 480 Merchant Drive, Harbor Homes plans to continue to ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Norman fitness center is expanding to second location at Lindsey Street

    Downtown Fitness of Norman is expanding its presence and will be opening a second location in the former Boyer’s Fitness Center on West Lindsey Street....

    August 1, 2014

  • Wal-Mart announces $30M contribution

    Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation announced Thursday that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $30 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Oklahoma, including Mission Norman....

    August 1, 2014

  • Rare relief for gas prices

    NEW YORK — The gasoline price roller coaster is running a strange course this summer....

    August 1, 2014

  • Relationship to money is often different for women

    Everyone has a relationship with money, but for women, it’s much more fraught with emotion, according to life coach, Meriflor Toneatto....

    August 1, 2014

  • Important rules affecting market funds

    On July 24, the Securities and Exchange Commission released a set of rules that will change how money market mutual funds work. The new rules came about after a detailed study and review of more than 1,400 comments from the public. All ...

    August 1, 2014

  • U.S. job growth eases but tops 200K for sixth month

    WASHINGTON — A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion. Employers added 209,000 jobs last month. Though that ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Round-the-clock care for children

    Norman Regional has added Pediatric Hospitalists to its team of professionals caring for children. Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who work in hospitals providing care for children ages 0 to 18. Norman Regional has partnered with ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Ideal Homes to dedicate Oklahoma’s first Home for HOPE

    Ideal Homes dedicated the company’s first Home for HOPE on Wednesday at 13209 SW 5th in Yukon....

    July 27, 2014