Oklahoma commerce – Rogers County Blue Star Mothers http://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 22:48:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-09T143024.308.png Oklahoma commerce – Rogers County Blue Star Mothers http://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ 32 32 USPTO and Department of Commerce Launch Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative to Empower More Women Founders » Dallas Innovates https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/uspto-and-department-of-commerce-launch-womens-entrepreneurship-initiative-to-empower-more-women-founders-dallas-innovates/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 22:48:50 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/uspto-and-department-of-commerce-launch-womens-entrepreneurship-initiative-to-empower-more-women-founders-dallas-innovates/ Illustration: Ponomariova_Maria/iStock The United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Department of Commerce announced the creation of Women’s Entrepreneurship, a community-based, collaborative and creative initiative to inspire women nationwide and harness their potential to increase the equity, job creation and economic prosperity. The initiative is launched ahead of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day this Saturday, November […]]]>

The United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Department of Commerce announced the creation of Women’s Entrepreneurship, a community-based, collaborative and creative initiative to inspire women nationwide and harness their potential to increase the equity, job creation and economic prosperity.

The initiative is launched ahead of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day this Saturday, November 19, and follows President Biden’s recent proclamation naming the month National Entrepreneurship Month.

“Unleashing the potential of female entrepreneurs is good for business, good for families, and good for our economy,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a statement. “The WE Initiative will serve as a valuable resource for women on their journey to start a business and strengthen the community of women entrepreneurs who continue to fuel American prosperity.”

Benefits for Women Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in North Texas

It’s an initiative that could benefit many women business owners and entrepreneurs in North Texas, with Dallas being an important cog in the USPTO network. The Texas regional office, which opened in 2015, is located in the Federal Terminal Annex building in downtown Dallas. It serves areas of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

The USPTO said women are the fastest growing category of entrepreneurs in the world, but they are less likely to be able to secure the capital and intellectual property protections they have. needed to attract investment and become sustainable, the agencies said in a statement.

“Women are still vastly underrepresented in leadership positions in the United States, and the percentage of women who decide to pursue entrepreneurial careers is lower than that of men,” said Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for the intellectual property and director of the USPTO. the statement. “With this important initiative, our goal is to increase the number of women-led businesses to strengthen jobs, consumer choice and our economic prosperity. Now is the time to give female entrepreneurship a boost, and we are excited to launch this valuable initiative to kick it into high gear.

Women are ‘severely underrepresented as business owners’

The agencies said that compared to men, women are heavily underrepresented as business owners.

Citing the US Census Bureau’s Annual Business Survey (ABS), the USPTO said that men hold an equity stake in about 80% of US companies and a majority stake in 63% of US companies. Women, on the other hand, hold a stake in about 37% of American companies, but only have a majority share in 21% of companies.

Women’s entrepreneurship will build on private sector and government efforts to inspire and support startups and aspiring women entrepreneurs, connecting them with each other, with support and with sources of funding, according to the agencies.

Launch of a new online hub

The initiative includes a new online hub for aspiring women entrepreneurs to provide important information on how to get started, identify and protect their intellectual property, financing options, and build and maintain a network. The WE hub consolidates information in an easy-to-digest format and will include the USPTO’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium Series to be held in March 2023.

WE’s official launch event will take place on November 30 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. To register to attend this event live or virtually, visit the event page on the USPTO website.

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Southeast Oklahoma and Emporia State will face off in the 2022 LIVE UNITED Bowl https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/southeast-oklahoma-and-emporia-state-will-face-off-in-the-2022-live-united-bowl/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 20:26:06 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/southeast-oklahoma-and-emporia-state-will-face-off-in-the-2022-live-united-bowl/ TEXARKANA, Ark. – The Emporia State University Hornets will face the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Savage Storm in this year’s Farmers Bank & Trust LIVE UNITED Bowl. The game was announced Tuesday morning at a press conference at Arkansas Middle School. The bowling game will be played on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Razorback Stadium […]]]>

TEXARKANA, Ark. – The Emporia State University Hornets will face the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Savage Storm in this year’s Farmers Bank & Trust LIVE UNITED Bowl.

The game was announced Tuesday morning at a press conference at Arkansas Middle School.

The bowling game will be played on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Razorback Stadium in the Texarkana Arkansas School District with kickoff at noon.

“With a team from the Great American Conference (GAC) and a Division II regional opponent, this year’s game should prove to be a great competition,” Live United Bowl committee member Jerry Huckabee said in A press release.

With feedback from participating universities over the past nine years, the LIVE UNITED Bowl has become the premier bowling game in Division II, Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor Allen Brown said.

“Calls are already coming in from a number of universities asking if they will be considered for play in the 2022 bowling game,” Allen Brown said. “It’s a testament to the reputation we’ve built for the Live United Bowl.”

Each team brings at least 90 players, coaches and managers, and the committee helps provide hotel accommodation and meals during their three-day visit. Teams will arrive late afternoon Thursday, December 1 at their hotels in the Texarkana Arkansas Crossroads Business Park.

During their visit to Texarkana, the teams will participate in local community events Thursday and Friday with football practices on Friday afternoon. The Jeans, Boots and BBQ Banquet will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, December 2 at the Texarkana, Texas Convention Center.

Tickets are limited and will be sold online only for $25 per person at www.liveunitedbowl.com. The community pep rally will follow the 8 p.m. banquet, also scheduled at the Texarkana, Texas Convention Center. Free entry.

Tickets go on sale Monday, November 21 at Farmers Bank & Trust stores on Arkansas Blvd. and East 9th as well as any location of the Mil-Way Federal Credit Union, Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, or United Way of Greater Texarkana office. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for students or can be purchased online at www.liveunitedbowl.com.

Student tickets are not available online. Student tickets must be purchased at one of the locations above or at the door.


It was announced at the LIVE UNITED Bowl press conference on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 that the Emporia State University Hornets will play the Southeastern State University Savage Storm. ‘Oklahoma at this year’s Farmers Bank & Trust LIVE UNITED Bowl. (Photo courtesy of Mark Bledsoe/United Way)


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Nicholls passes Texas A&M-Commerce on a safety, 12-10 | Sports https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/nicholls-passes-texas-am-commerce-on-a-safety-12-10-sports/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 01:05:16 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/nicholls-passes-texas-am-commerce-on-a-safety-12-10-sports/ THIMODAUX, La. (AP) — Eli Ennis chased Texas A&M-Commerce quarterback Jaiave Magalei into the back of the end zone midway through the fourth quarter and the resulting safety proved to be the difference in Nicholls’ 12-10 win over the Lions on Saturday. Texas A&M-Commerce took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, then couldn’t reach […]]]>

THIMODAUX, La. (AP) — Eli Ennis chased Texas A&M-Commerce quarterback Jaiave Magalei into the back of the end zone midway through the fourth quarter and the resulting safety proved to be the difference in Nicholls’ 12-10 win over the Lions on Saturday.

Texas A&M-Commerce took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, then couldn’t reach the end zone the rest of the way.

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Canoo to expand to Oklahoma City with electric vehicle manufacturing facility in repurposed building https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/canoo-to-expand-to-oklahoma-city-with-electric-vehicle-manufacturing-facility-in-repurposed-building/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 06:10:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/canoo-to-expand-to-oklahoma-city-with-electric-vehicle-manufacturing-facility-in-repurposed-building/ Startup electric car maker Canoo announced Wednesday that it plans to expand its presence in Oklahoma by agreeing to purchase space for a vehicle manufacturing plant in Oklahoma City. The existing 630,000 square foot space – the company declined to disclose the address – will be transformed into a factory that will employ more than […]]]>

Startup electric car maker Canoo announced Wednesday that it plans to expand its presence in Oklahoma by agreeing to purchase space for a vehicle manufacturing plant in Oklahoma City.

The existing 630,000 square foot space – the company declined to disclose the address – will be transformed into a factory that will employ more than 500 people and produce Canoo’s lifestyle and lifestyle delivery vehicles. by 2023, the company said in a press release.

“(Wednesday) we are excited to announce our manufacturing facility, which begins our journey to full-scale production in 2023 and delivers on our plan to create well-paying light blue-collar jobs in Oklahoma,” said said Canoo President and CEO Tony Aquila. in a report. “The Oklahoma City plant has significant room for expansion and is a proven location for large-scale production, with an established transportation ecosystem, including rail.”

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Reached by email on Wednesday, a Canoo spokesperson said the Oklahoma City site will be the company’s manufacturing site as it builds its mega-micro-factory in the Mid-America Industrial Park in Pryor. Canoo made the Pryor announcement in the summer of 2021.

“We are working with our third-party manufacturing partners to complete SOP (start of production) on our own equipment this month.” Aquila said of the OKC facility. “After these initial builds, we will aggressively move all of our equipment to our new factory in 1H’23 (first half of 2023) with a production ramp in 2H’23 (second half of 2023).”

Canoo has asked the Oklahoma Department of Commerce not to disclose the location of the proposed plant, a commerce spokeswoman said.

“The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is pleased that Canoo continues to invest in Oklahoma as it ramps up production,” said Chad Mariska, Secretary of the Department of Commerce and Workforce Development. of Oklahoma, in a statement. “With our thoughtful, performance-based incentives, as well as the availability of sites and skilled labor, Oklahoma maintains our forward momentum in the automotive sector. I would like to thank Canoo management for recognizing that Oklahoma is a great place to do business and we look forward to their continued growth.

The Oklahoma City plant, which will be equipped to accommodate a full vehicle assembly line with state-of-the-art robotics, a paint shop and an upfitting center, will be equipped to manufacture 20,000 vehicles by the end of 2023. The 120 acre site will allow for additional capacity.

Wednesday’s news follows Canoo’s announcement last week that it will build its own EV battery module manufacturing facility in the Mid-America Industrial Park. MAIP CEO David Stewart said the battery facility, which will be housed in a 100,000 square foot leased building, will create about 200 jobs.

Canoo’s mega-micro plant in Pryor will employ more than 2,000 people when fully operational and will include a full marketing facility with a paint, body and general assembly plant, the company said.

June 2021 video: Electric car maker arrives at Pryor’s MidAmerica industrial park.

California-based electric car maker Canoo is to invest $400 million in the mega-micro-factory at MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor, OK.



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Voters face major decisions on Tuesday | New https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/voters-face-major-decisions-on-tuesday-new/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 00:00:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/voters-face-major-decisions-on-tuesday-new/ While some appreciate the convenience of early voting, Election Day itself is still a draw. Voters across Oklahoma head to the polls on Tuesday to decide a wide variety of races, with some expected to be close and some less so. By far the most eye-catching race is for governor where incumbent Republican Kevin Stitt […]]]>

While some appreciate the convenience of early voting, Election Day itself is still a draw.

Voters across Oklahoma head to the polls on Tuesday to decide a wide variety of races, with some expected to be close and some less so.

By far the most eye-catching race is for governor where incumbent Republican Kevin Stitt faces a challenge from Democrat Joy Hofmeister, a former Republican and current superintendent of public instruction.

Polls have varied wildly, with some showing Hofmeister in the lead, others showing Stitt in the lead. Most show a close race anyway.

Both Still and Hofmeister have made recent appearances in Woodward.

There are two other candidates on the ballot, Libertarian Natalie Bruno and Independent Ervin Stone Yen, a former state legislator.

The other race that has attracted quite a bit of interest across the state is that of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Ryan Walters, Stitt’s current education secretary, takes on Democrat Jena Nelson, former state teacher of the year. Nelson came to Woodward earlier in October to speak at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

In other statewide races, Republican Matt Pinnell is seeking a second term as lieutenant governor. The challengers are libertarian Chris Powell and Democrat Melinda L. Alizadeh-Fard.

There will be a new attorney general in the state. Gentner Drummond defeated current AG John O’Connell in the Republican primary and faces only Libertarian Lynda Steele on Tuesday.

The race for state treasurer has no incumbent this year and Republican Todd Russ faces Democrat Charles De Coune and Libertarian Gregory J. Sadler for the position. Russ completes his term in the state legislature.

Republican Leslie Osborn is seeking a second term as labor commissioner. The other candidates are Democrat Jack Henderson and Libertarian Will Daugherty.

Republican Kim David, Democrat Margaret Warigia Bowman and Independent Don Underwood are running for a seat on the Corporation Commission.

On the Congress side, Republican veteran Frank Lucas is running for a new term against Democrat Jeremiah Ross. Lucas was generally re-elected by wide margins.

Two US Senate seats are up for grabs due to Jim Inhofe’s retirement. Replacing Inhofe are Republican MarkWayne Mullin, who is giving up his seat in the US House, Democrat Kendra Horn, a former congresswoman, Libertarian Robert Murphy and Independent Ray Woods.

Incumbent Republican James Lankford is seeking a new term in the Senate. The challengers are Democrat Madison Horn, Libertarian Kenneth Blevins and Independent Michael Delaney.

There are no local or regional races for the state legislature this year.

Recent numbers released by the State Election Board show that the numbers continue to favor Republicans. GOP voters make up 51.19% of registered voters in Oklahoma, compared to 29.95% for Democrats. Independent voters represent 18% of the electorate and Libertarians 0.86%.

In total, nearly 2.3 million Oklahomans are registered to vote, an increase of 77,000 since Jan. 15.

Woodward County has 11,189 registered voters — 7,734 Republicans, 1,705 Democrats, 1,600 independents and 90 Libertarians.

The remainder of the general election ballot is judicial retainers for current Oklahoma Supreme Court justices and Oklahoma Civil Court of Appeals justices.

Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Don’t forget that you must show ID to vote.

Woodward County Polling Stations

PCT. 101 – AllianceHealth, 1650 Main

PCT. 102 – Faith United Methodist Church, 1402 Texas

PCT. 104 – Sharon Methodist Church

PCT. 105 – Mooreland High School Gymnasium

PCT. 201 – Woodward High School, 2406 13th St.

PCT. 202 – Woodward Senior Center, 1420 Downs

PCT. 203 – Sharon Methodist Church

PCT. 204 – Sharon Methodist Church

PCT. 301 – NWOSU-Woodward, 2007 34th St.

PCT. 302 – AllianceHealth, 1650 Main

PCT. 303 – High Plains Technology Center, 3921 34th St.

PCT. 304 – First Baptist Church, 202 East Hanks Trial

PCT. 306 – High Plains Technology Center, 3921 34th St.

PCT. 307 – Windle Hatchett Community Building, Fort Supply

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Murray State, Belmont among notable changes https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/murray-state-belmont-among-notable-changes/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:08:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/murray-state-belmont-among-notable-changes/ So, you’re browsing through our college basketball preseason content, and I know what you’re thinking: Who. The. [Expletive]. East. Linden? What is a Stonehill Skyhawk in Great Odin’s Raven? And how to make tons of money with these teams? I am your faithful servant. Your guide. Your shrewd cipher and pseudonym decoding the rhymes and […]]]>

So, you’re browsing through our college basketball preseason content, and I know what you’re thinking:

Who. The. [Expletive]. East. Linden?

What is a Stonehill Skyhawk in Great Odin’s Raven?

And how to make tons of money with these teams?

I am your faithful servant. Your guide. Your shrewd cipher and pseudonym decoding the rhymes and riddles of college basketball realignment. Let’s start our journey.


For better or worse, the college sports landscape is dominated by conference realignment.

UCLA and USC will join the Big Ten in a few years. Oklahoma and Texas are heading to the SEC. Cincinnati, Houston and UCF will replace the OU-UT duo in the Big 12.

These are future moves, with the narrative focusing on college football.

But college basketball has nearly three times as many teams and conferences, and double-digit teams are changing leagues for this upcoming season.

The moves can be dizzying to follow, but that’s what we’re here for.

Here is a complete list of all Division-I college basketball realignment moves for the upcoming season:

Crew
Former Conference
New Conference
Austin Peay OVC A SUN
Belmont OVC VMC
Bryant NEC East America
Chicago State WAC Independent
Hartford East America Independent
Hampton Great South AAC
UIC Horizon VMC
James Madison AAC Solar Belt
Linden D-II OVC
small stone Solar Belt OVC
Loyola-Chicago VMC A-10
marshal C-United States Solar belt
monmouth MAAC AAC
Mount St. Mary NEC MAAC
Murray State OVC VMC
NC A&T Great South AAC
Old Dominion C-United States Solar belt
queens D-II A SUN
USI (southern Indiana) D-II OVC
Southern Utah big sky WAC
Miss South C-United States Solar Belt
stone room D-II NEC
stony stream East America AAC
Texas A&M-Commerce D-II South Land
UT Arlington Solar belt WAC
lamar WAC South Land

Major NCAAB Conference Realignment Scenarios

The Sun Belt has recruited four teams for the upcoming season and has ravaged Conference USA in the meantime.

Former C-USA teams Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss have embarked on the Fun Belt.

Additionally, James Madison joins the conference following a move from CAA.

The effects are twofold.

JMU, Marshall and Old Dominion represent three of the top four teams in KenPomfor the next season of Sun Belt. These measures considerably improve the short-term prospects of the conference.

Meanwhile, C-USA lost three teams and added none. Downsizing led the conference to drop the East and West divisions for a 12-team league.

But the conference retained its top eight teams from last season, thanks to KenPom’s adjusted efficiency.

If anything, C-USA just cuts fat.


The Ohio Valley lost Austin Peay, Belmont and Murray State. That’s 16 of the league’s last 17 regular-season champions.

The league restocked, picking up Lindenwood and USI from Division-II, and Little Rock from the Sun Belt.

But it’s hard to say the league has improved. The OVC is expected to finish 29th in KenPom’s conference standings after finishing 23rd last season.


Keep an eye on the WAC.

The league took over UT Arlington and Southern Utah. But Lamar returned to Southland after winning zero WAC conference games last season, and Chicago State is also gone.

Meanwhile, New Mexico State and Sam Houston State are set to fade next season.

The WAC midfield will be very different at this time next season.

Fortunately, the top end of the conference is still strong with Grand Canyon, Abilene Christian and Utah Valley.


D-II schools take a leap

We have five schools moving from Division II to Division I this season. These include:

  • Queens at ASUN
  • ICU at OVC
  • Lindenwood at the OVC
  • Stonehill at the NEC
  • Texas A&M-Commerce to Southland

DI schools become independent

Meanwhile, two teams are moving in opposite directions.

Hartford announced its decision to move to Division III last season, although the move won’t be complete by 2025. But the Hawks are officially done with the America East and are playing a 28-game schedule. composed of FDU teams. -Florham to a doubleheader with Penn.

Additionally, Chicago State is this year’s losing program. The Cougars left the WAC with no intended future destination. They put together a crazy schedule, with matches against IUPUI and Gonzaga in the same season.

The two independent programs will face off on February 19 in a can’t-miss match.

KenPom projects that spread like Hartford -1.


Other Stories to Watch

  • North Carolina A&T is leaving MEAC for CAA after spending the 2021-22 season in the Deep South.
  • Bryant represents the first real test for Vermont in the America East. John Becker’s team has won 11 of the conference’s last 12 regular season titles.
  • Loyola-Chicago is trying to rise in the world, taking a spot in the A-10 after years of dominating the Missouri Valley. Illinois-Chicago will take its place in the Valley.

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IBC’s Nixon had the humility to attach a legacy to the new Laredo ISD facility https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ibcs-nixon-had-the-humility-to-attach-a-legacy-to-the-new-laredo-isd-facility/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 07:05:19 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ibcs-nixon-had-the-humility-to-attach-a-legacy-to-the-new-laredo-isd-facility/ International Bank of Commerce President and Chief Financial Officer Dennis E. Nixon made Laredo his home more than 50 years ago and has been a strong advocate for improving the local quality of life ever since. So he was understandably honored to have the renovated Laredo Independent School District Performing Arts Center named in his […]]]>

International Bank of Commerce President and Chief Financial Officer Dennis E. Nixon made Laredo his home more than 50 years ago and has been a strong advocate for improving the local quality of life ever since. So he was understandably honored to have the renovated Laredo Independent School District Performing Arts Center named in his honor and to attach his legacy to this cause.

“Such recognition is a lesson in humility. We’ve been very involved in the community, and for the school district to single me out for recognition is special, especially for something as magnificent as this performing arts center,” Nixon said. “We have always been interested in quality of life issues here. I think that was one of the biggest obstacles to Laredo’s success. People come here and are frustrated that there isn’t much to do and there isn’t a lot of diversity of interests.

The renovations were part of a $14 million project that included connecting buildings, upgrading the theater, repairing the roof, and upgrading the mechanical system.

“He offers a lot, especially to the school district. We needed something updated,” said LISD Chairman of the Board, Hector “Tito” Garcia. “The auditorium is now able to host UIL events. It is a facility for our community so they can enjoy the events. We don’t need to go out and rent anything. We can do everything at home. They deserve it. It’s a beautiful facility, both the auditorium and the three rooms we have for meetings and concerts. There are so many things we offer our community and especially our school district.”

A ceremony was held on Wednesday, October 19 to rename it Dennis E. Nixon Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

“He brought so much to our community. They encourage their employees to be part of non-profit organizations. It’s good for the bank and good for our community,” Garcia said. “The bank has grown throughout the state of Texas, and throughout the country he is well known. It was a no-brainer for the board to honor him. We think he deserves a little nod of appreciation for all he has done for our community.

The ceremony was attended by Nixon’s family, the Bishop of the Diocese of Laredo, the Reverend James A. Tamayo, members of the LISD Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, Garcia and other board members, Superintendent from LISD, Dr. Sylvia Rios, IBC Executive Vice President Gerald Schwebel and more. .

“I am deeply honoured, humbled and grateful for this recognition of LISD and the community I have embraced for over 50 years and where my wife Bavi and I have raised a family, made friends, enjoyed life and found purpose. success,” Nixon said. “I hope this remarkable structure becomes the Mecca of many future memorable moments for Los Dos Laredos.”

The christening ceremony also featured many of the artistic talents that will soon make good use of the space. The Cigarroa High School JROTC Color Guard performed the presentation of the colors, the Nixon High School honors wind band performed the national anthem and other music, and there were performances by the dancers of the Ballet Folklorico and members of the Soundtown band from the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts with mariachi and other performers.

“There’s a lot of talent here in Laredo. The city’s musical talent was on full display that night with bands, mariachi bands and the like,” Nixon said. “They have very talented children. It’s great for them to have a facility like that, and they can bring in some very high level people as well.

Along with the benefits the facility provides for LISD students, Nixon is also excited about the opportunities it will create for talent across the city. He is also optimistic that it will help attract elite talent from across the country.

“The world-class facility will be shared with various organizations in the city able to use it as well. It will give us a new dimension to encourage people to do things,” Nixon said. “Maybe this will wake up the city and start doing more things to improve the quality of life so people can enjoy their time here. I love the city, but I recognize it has its limits in terms of quality of life, which is essential.

Nixon was not in school days nor now the type of artistic performer the installation will attract, but he is more than happy to stay in his lane focusing on business and enjoying the performances for the public. .

“I was just a worker bee. I was still at work. I guess it’s in my DNA,” he said. “I was always delivering newspapers or flipping burgers or something. I love the arts. I go to plays and participate as an observer, but I have no musical talent.

This early work ethic soon paid off as Nixon embarked on a prodigious banking career. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1964 and began his career with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in San Antonio. He moved to Laredo in 1970 to work for Union National Bank which was taken over by Wells Fargo, and he started working for IBC in 1975.

In more than 47 years with IBC, Nixon has helped grow it from an approximately $40 million business to a business worth more than $16 billion with 167 full-service branches in 75 communities. in Texas and Oklahoma.

“We like the small town mentality where you can always walk past a bank, get out of your car, walk in and talk to someone. It’s great value for us,” Nixon said. “We are a $16 billion company headquartered in a relatively small city, which has had its challenges. Sometimes our size doesn’t match the talent. It’s unusual to have a company of our size in a small town. Normally, you have to go to a major metropolitan area. We managed to manage it and find the talent here and in other markets. It worked.

The quality of life issues that Nixon continues to rail against compound efforts to attract and retain talent as the company expands.

“We are losing workers and growth opportunities because the quality of life issues are so small,” he said. “This installation that comes on board and has my name on it is appropriate because it’s in the mainstream of what I’ve been trying to do for years and years and hasn’t had much success, so I’m delighted to be associated with it.”

Nixon played a pivotal role in passing the North American Free Trade Agreement, and his efforts helped IBC win the Good Neighbor Award from the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved internationally as a member of the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue, nationally as the sole Southern Border Director serving in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and locally , as he was instrumental in founding organizations such as the Alliance for Security and Trade, the Association of Southern Texas Communities, the Border Trade Alliance, and the Texas Border Coalition.

Even among the many feats of his storied career, Nixon said LISD’s honor stands out.

“It’s something that will identify a legacy for me in the community,” he said. “I have done many things for many years. I got other recognitions, and I’m proud of those recognitions, but this is a special offer. It kind of marks my place in time.

Driving Nixon through all of these accomplishments has been the “We Do More” motto he said IBC adopted more than 40 years ago.

“It paves the way for us to measure what we’re trying to do in our business, what we’re trying to do in our community, and what we’re trying to do individually,” he said. “It’s become something of a hallmark of our business and identifies our attitude about how we work and how we operate. It plays out well in everything we do. Whether you’re building your business, whether you’re working with a client or trying to achieve something in the community, that sets in the sand the attitude and the process of how we’re going to work, and we push that very hard across our business.

Nixon hopes to see the “we do more” mentality lead to more quality of life improvements, and he is excited to see LISD students adopt a similar mentality as they thrive in the new facility.

“What a wonderful way to educate students and nurture their talents, providing them with a space for artistic expression to not only build their confidence, but also lay the foundation for their future success while bringing this wonderful experience to our city. “, did he declare. “I can already say that it will be a forum to offer students the freedom to learn, to create, to invent, to enrich and above all the freedom to dream.”

jmack@lmtonline.com

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State House District 12 holder, challenger answers questions | New https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/state-house-district-12-holder-challenger-answers-questions-new/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 04:30:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/state-house-district-12-holder-challenger-answers-questions-new/ State Rep. Kevin McDugle (R) is challenged by Crystal LaGrone (D) for the seat McDugle currently holds. Both candidates answered the following questions: 1 Why do you consider yourself the best candidate for this position? McDUGLE: “Experience! I served eight years in the United States Marine Corps with three combat tours, I wrote ‘Inside the […]]]>

State Rep. Kevin McDugle (R) is challenged by Crystal LaGrone (D) for the seat McDugle currently holds. Both candidates answered the following questions:

1 Why do you consider yourself the best candidate for this position?

McDUGLE: “Experience! I served eight years in the United States Marine Corps with three combat tours, I wrote ‘Inside the Mind of a Marine Drill Instructor’, I’ve been an independent business owner for 20 years old and have six years of leadership in the Oklahoma House of Representatives including the chair of business and commerce I am a certified speaker, coach and trainer with John Maxwell and am a leader and a Christian speaker.

LaGRONE: “As a United Methodist, I believe in service. There’s a great quote from John Wesley about ‘do all the good you can, for all the people you can, for as long as you can’ (paraphrase ) – I took this to heart. I think approaching public service from the perspective of working for the people is a great start for a candidate. I have lived in Wagoner County for over 100 years. ‘a decade my children have gone to school here, I have watched the community grow and would love to help keep our schools safe and do what I can to improve the quality of life for my friends and neighbors.”

2 In your opinion, what is the most important issue — or the greatest challenge — that will have to be addressed in the coming years in order to meet the needs of your constituents?

LaGRONE: “I sincerely believe that the children of this district (and this state) are the best natural resource we have. I believe that we must do everything possible to give them a quality education and prepare them to be competitive in a global economy. Making sure our schools are funded and my goal is to move in the right direction. As a mother of two children with learning difficulties, I know that not every child is the same. teachers deserve the resources they need to help students who are struggling as well as those who are excelling.

McDUGLE: “With inflation and a federal government out of control, our state will have to pass laws that protect us from excess. I fought for freedom in the Marines and I think it’s still my responsibility to do so here in Oklahoma. We need to create different revenue streams by attracting more businesses and lowering the taxes that allow that to happen.”

3 Why do you consider this problem a top priority?

McDUGLE: “To maintain the freedoms of our people and allow them to keep as much of what they earn as possible. That’s almost the exact opposite of what we see in Washington, DC”

LaGRONE: “As I mentioned, we live in a global economy and children need skills that will help them succeed. We have an obligation to citizens to provide quality public education. economic opportunities for businesses to come to Wagoner County and provide well-paying jobs.Education is essential and should be the cornerstone of district development.

4 How do you plan to solve this problem if you win the elections?

LaGRONE: “We need to hold the governor’s office accountable for the proper allocation of funds to education. We need to look at how rural schools are currently funded to make them more equitable. Next, we must follow the current book laws around class size and meeting the needs of children. We need to treat teachers like the professionals they are and give them all the support they need.

McDUGLE: “I have authored and co-authored bills that will make Oklahoma more business-friendly and diversify our economic engines, which will increase the tax base and allow us to lower taxes.”

5 How would your constituents benefit if your efforts were successful?

McDUGLE: “They will retain their God-given freedoms without government interference and they will keep more of what they earn through their hard work.”

LaGRONE: “Education is so important to improving people’s lives. I grew up in rural Arkansas. When I was in eighth grade, the state imposed a music curriculum on every school. and art. I joined the band. From there, I was able to get a college music scholarship, and although there were a few bumps along the way, I graduated from college. I’m proof that legislation can make a difference in a child’s life. So I’ll do what I can to help the next generation succeed.”

—Ronn Rowland

Meet the candidates

NAME: Kevin McDugle.

AGE: 55 years old.

HOMETOWN: Broken Arrow.

OCCUPATION: Self-employed with McDugle Companies, LLC.

FAMILY: Three children and two grandchildren.

EDUCATION: Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and undergraduate degree from Southern Nazarene University.

HOBBIES: Traveling, golfing, flying, fishing and hunting.

WEBSITE / FACEBOOK PAGE: www.kevinforoklahoma.com.

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NAME: Crystal LaGrone.

AGE: 50 years old.

HOMETOWN: Coweta.

OCCUPATION: IT product manager.

FAMILY: Married for 30 years, two adult children and three active dogs.

EDUCATION: BA in Political Science from Oklahoma State University; Master of Science in e-Governance Services and Technologies from Tallinn University of Technology in Tallinn, Estonia.

HOBBIES: Gardening, singing with my church choir, volunteering.

WEBSITE / FACEBOOK PAGE: crystalforok.com and https://www.facebook.com/crystalforok.

Key dates

Early voting

Nov. 2-4, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

election day

Nov. 8, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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2 inhabitants added to the hall of fame of the ag https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/2-inhabitants-added-to-the-hall-of-fame-of-the-ag/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 23:52:53 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/2-inhabitants-added-to-the-hall-of-fame-of-the-ag/ MOSES LAKE – Members of the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce gathered at the Pillar Rock Grill on Tuesday evening for the organization’s annual meeting which included the inductions of Mike Laplant and Frank Martinez into the Agriculture Hall of Fame of the Grant County Farm Bureau. “The Moses Lake Area Agricultural Hall of Fame […]]]>


MOSES LAKE – Members of the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce gathered at the Pillar Rock Grill on Tuesday evening for the organization’s annual meeting which included the inductions of Mike Laplant and Frank Martinez into the Agriculture Hall of Fame of the Grant County Farm Bureau.

“The Moses Lake Area Agricultural Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to recognize and honor distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to the agricultural industry in our community in the Greater Moses Lake area,” said the new Chairman of the Board of the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce. and Jim McKiernan, manager of Grant County Fairgrounds, before the awards ceremony.

Peter Dufault of the Grant County Farm Bureau presented the awards to the two winners after describing their contributions to agriculture in the region.

Dufault said Laplant moved to the Moses Lake area as a toddler and helped on the family farm. He later married and started an alfalfa hay farm in Grant County near Moses Lake, where he still lives and works today.

“(Laplant) has worked tirelessly to represent all farmers in Grant County over the years,” Dufault said. “As a hay farmer, he worked to promote the hay industry (through) his involvement in the local hay association.”

Laplant also served on the board of a local irrigation district that Dufault says is the cornerstone of the farming community in and around the Columbia Basin. Laplant has also been a Bureau member since 1994 and has served in agricultural bureaus at various levels, including at the state level where he served as vice chairman of the Washington State Farm Bureau and oversaw the Washington Environmental Policy Development Committee. He also served as the president of this state organization.

Dufault said Laplant has also worked with lawmakers in Washington DC to lobby for the interests of agriculture professionals.

Laplant – who was also recognized as the chamber’s Farmer of the Year – said he was surprised by the award and jokingly said he was lured into the event under false pretences.

“Some of these organizations that I belong to, we take a long time to give someone an award or recognize it, and sometimes a bit posthumously,” said Laplant, who was joined at the event by his wife.

Dufault spoke of Martinez’s service to the farming community as having begun as a migrant farm worker from Río Bravo, Tamaulipas, where he was born in 1951. Martinez’s family worked crops in Virginia, Ohio, Michigan and Oklahoma – among other places – before finally settling in Washington.

“At first, (Martinez) remembers sleeping in a small cabin or barns on a piece of cardboard on the floor using burlap sacks as pillows and blankets,” Dufault said.

Since then, Martinez has founded his own farm which he has grown from 125 acres to now owning over a thousand acres of his own property and large amounts of leased land to grow additional crops in the area. This is in addition to storage units that store tens of thousands of tons of potatoes, semi-trailers and other agricultural equipment.

Martinez has also represented Washington farmers through an appearance on “Washington Grown” and other television appearances – including a Super Bowl commercial.

Martinez’s work for the potato industry earned him the nickname “King of the Potato” and was featured in several national periodicals.

“It’s been a pleasure (to serve the industry),” Martinez said. “I grew up as a farmhand traveling across the country, settling in Warden in 1953 and living in town for a long time now, in Moses Lake. … Everywhere I go I try to promote potatoes because it’s been my life and it will be my life until the end.

A. Hans Miller can be reached at rmiller@columbiabasinherald.com.

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What to know about electric vehicle company Canoo’s ties to one of Walmart’s major shareholders https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/what-to-know-about-electric-vehicle-company-canoos-ties-to-one-of-walmarts-major-shareholders/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 10:56:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/what-to-know-about-electric-vehicle-company-canoos-ties-to-one-of-walmarts-major-shareholders/ Electric vehicle company Canoo has been one of the companies to watch among several cash-intensive electric vehicle companies that have gone public over the past couple of years. Its futuristic electric motorhomes have rallied retail investors and even inspired a fan club on Reddit. But as financial disclosures raised questions about the company’s longevity this […]]]>

Electric vehicle company Canoo has been one of the companies to watch among several cash-intensive electric vehicle companies that have gone public over the past couple of years. Its futuristic electric motorhomes have rallied retail investors and even inspired a fan club on Reddit.

But as financial disclosures raised questions about the company’s longevity this summer, Walmart entered the equation with a lifeline: a direct investment and a contract for 4,500 vehicles.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the ties between Walmart and Canoo seem to go even deeper than they seemed at the time. New court filings filed last week underscore the financial ties between one of Walmart’s major shareholders, Alice Walton, daughter of late Walmart founder Sam Walton, and Canoo chief executive Tony Aquila.

As I reported Friday night, testimony filed in federal court in Illinois officially binds Alice Walton and the Walton Family Office to AFV Partners, Aquila’s personal private equity firm. While it’s unclear whether Walton invested directly in Canoo, it’s still a connection worth noting, as AFV Partners is a minority shareholder in the company. It’s possible that Aquila’s connection to Walton influenced the Walmart-Canoo contract, or Canoo’s decision to build manufacturing facilities in Arkansas and nearby Oklahoma (a Walmart spokeswoman declined to comment on the question).

Here’s more:

In one of several depositions filed this week, a former director of AFV Partners, Ryan Aprill, who is one of two plaintiffs in the case, claims that he and Aquila had a phone call on August 4, 2019, during which they discussed Alice. Walton’s support of AFV Partners.

“I had to make sure we had a minimum level of funding to support that salary,” Aprill said in deposition testimony, referring to his minimum base salary they allegedly discussed at the time. “[Tony Aquila] assured me we did from the Walton Family Office, Alice Walton in particular.

Walton, who inherited tens of billions of Walmart shares after Sam Walton’s death, collectively owns with his two brothers about 48% of Walmart’s voting stock, according to Walmart disclosures. Aquila’s private equity firm has a roughly 19% stake in Canoo, according to recent public filings.

Fortune previously reported that Alice Walton was Aquila’s first backer of AFV Partners and that her capital was used for two early deals at the private equity firm. It is unclear whether Walton specifically invested in Canoo through the private equity firm, although multiple sources have indicated Fortune that they believed Alice Walton was an investor (none of these sources had direct knowledge of this investment). Alice Walton’s name was not mentioned in the Walmart-Canoo deal documents.

When reached by FortuneAprill declined to comment on the case or the lawsuit. Spokespersons for Alice Walton’s family office and Walmart also declined to comment. AFV Partners and Canoo did not respond to a request for comment.

Aquila took over as executive chairman, then CEO, of Canoo after investing in the electric vehicle company through his private equity firm in 2020, around the time Canoo went public via a SPAC merger. Earlier this year, as part of Canoo’s deal with Walmart, the companies signed a mandate agreement for Walmart to buy more than 20% of the EV company’s stock. Canoo shares immediately rose on the news, although shares are now trading at around $1.30 each.

Prior to the announcement of the Walmart deal, Canoo had publicly stated in late 2021 that it planned to move its headquarters to Bentonville, the home base of Walton and the location of Walmart’s headquarters. The states of Arkansas and Oklahoma provided approximately $400 million in tax incentives for Canoo’s construction of two new facilities in those states, including a manufacturing plant in Bentonville. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson had also named Aquila as one of more than a dozen members of the state’s Council on Future Mobility.

You can read the full story here.

Until tomorrow,

Jessica Mathews
Twitter: @jessicakmathews
E-mail: jessica.mathews@fortune.com
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Jackson Fordyce curated the deals section of today’s newsletter.

CORPORATE OFFERS

Vantaa San Francisco-based software automation and compliance security firm, raised $40 million in Series B expansion funding. CrowdStrike and others invested in the round.

Therapeutic SURGEa Cambridge, Massachusetts-based cancer treatment company raised $26 million in Series A funding. Camford Capital led the round and was joined by investors including Khosla Ventures, Intuitive businesses, Pitango Health Tech, 8VC, Alumni companiesand the cancer research institute.

North Stara remote wellness financial benefits platform for employees, raised $24.4 million in funding. GGV Capital led the round and was joined by investors including PayPal Businesses, Thomson Reuters Ventures, Canvas companies, M13, Workday Companies, Parade Companies, Foundation capital, Creator Fundand EPP.

Nucleus RadioPharmaa Rochester, MN-based radiopharmaceutical development company raised $6 million in seed funding. Eclipse and Mayo Clinic invested in the round.

GreenPlacesa Raleigh, NC-based climate platform raised $4 million in seed funding. Congratulations led the round and was joined by investors including Bull City Venture Partners and other angels.

PRIVATE CAPITAL

Richie Motor Transporta MAG Capital Partners holding company, acquired Interlink Auto Transport and Interlink Transportation Logistics Illinois, a Chicago-based automotive service delivery company. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Paradigm shiftsupported by GCPacquired ergonomics, a New York-based email marketing company. Financial terms were not disclosed.

– A subsidiary of Capital Veritas agreed to acquire CAES space systems, a Colorado Springs, Colorado-based electronics solutions provider for space, defense, healthcare and industrial applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

OTHER

Kroger agreed to acquire Albertsona $24.6 billion Boise, Idaho-based grocery company.

DexCare acquired Womp, an e-commerce and online merchandising technology company based in Bellingham, Washington. Financial terms were not disclosed.

IPOS

2P, an information and communications technology company based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is planning an IPO in Saudi Arabia next month. A deal is reportedly valued at $1 billion, according to Bloomberg.

Taaleem Holdingsa Dubai-based private school operator, plans to raise up to $250 million in an initial public offering in Dubai next month, according to Bloomberg.

FUNDS + FUNDS OF FUNDS

Clearview Capitala Stamford, Connecticut-based investment firm has raised $850 million for a fund focused on companies in the business services, consumer, healthcare, manufacturing and specialty retail sectors which have an EBITDA of 4 to 20 million dollars.

AZ-VCa Phoenix-based venture capital firm, raised $110 million for its first fund focused on Series A companies.

PEOPLE

Congratulationsa San Francisco-based venture capital firm, has hired Nancy Wang as a business partner. She used to be with AWS.

Crossroads Crypto Venturesthe San Francisco-based venture capital investment platform Intersection Growth Partnershiring David Puth as co-manager. He used to be with Consortium Center.

Red blood cell partnersa Washington DC-based incubation company, has hired Wesley G. Bush as director and advisor. He used to be with Northrop Grumman.

Vidavo Venturesa San Francisco-based venture capital firm, has hired Gilberto Caldard as a business partner. He used to be with MasterCard.

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