Wednesday, October 26, 2016

CASC Named Chamber Member of the Month; Consultant Talks about Attracting Retailers

Bryan Warner, Carl Albert State College Sallisaw campus director, displays the plaque presented to the college for being named the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month for October. The award was presented Wednesday.

 Shannon Vann, left, president of the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, visits with Rickey Hayes, retail consultant, who discussed his book, “City on a Hill,” at the chamber’s monthly meeting Wednesday. Hayes is working with the chamber and the city on attracting retailers to Sallisaw.

Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw and Poteau was named the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month at the chamber’s monthly meeting Wednesday.

CASC President Jay Falkner and faculty and staff members accepted the award from chamber President Shannon Vann.

Bryan Warner, CASC Sallisaw director, announced that, in conjunction with Native American Awareness Month in November, CASC will showcase three Cherokee Nation National Treasure craftsmen. They will be at CASC on Nov. 9 and will make presentations at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Vann reminded members that the Bassnanza fishing tournament is Nov. 5; that reservations are due for Eviva!, a chamber celebration, to be held Nov. 19; and the chamber-sponsored Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 on the lawn at Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in Sallisaw. Bud Smithson, a retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper and Vietnam veteran, will be the guest speaker.

Chamber members were also invited to participate in Halloween on Elm Street on Oct.31, sponsored by the Sallisaw Police Department.

The guest speaker at the luncheon was Rickey Hayes of Retail Attractions, LLC. Hayes is a retail consultant who helps cities and towns attract retailers.

Hayes told the audience that it takes everyone “pulling in the same direction” to attract businesses to a community, and there must be a consensus in favor of attracting retailers, “with revenue behind it.”

Hayes noted that many communities operate on the sales tax generated by retail sales, but on-line shopping and sales on the internet is reducing sales tax revenue.

But, he added, retail stores will continue to function, and can be attracted to a community through incentives.

Hayes encouraged the chamber members and government leaders to “think outside the box” to attract retailers.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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