14th Annual Am Jam Skateboard Tournament

Anadarko, OK – The 14th Annual Am-Jam Skateboard Tournament was held on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at Rotary Park in Anadarko. This is the longest running skateboard contest in the state of Oklahoma and is hosted by the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the competition, the organizers added new elements to this year’s event including free activities such as rock wall climbing, bounce house, power bounces, and live music!

“Our goal is to grow this event into a bigger festival style event that not only includes the skate competition but also has fun for the whole family,” said Chamber Director David Scott.

The competition includes four categories which are beginner, intermediate, advanced, and old man. Each year over $1,000 in cash and prizes are given out and this year’s winners are as follows:

1st Place – Landon Barnhart, Wichita, KS
2nd Place – Tyler Carroll, Moore, OK
3rd Place – Lucien Corriveau, Anadarko, OK

1st Place – Aaron Byrd, Wichita, KS
2nd Place – Blake Plaster, Fort Cobb, OK
3rd Place – Severyn Cadwell, Wichita, KS

1st Place – Jet Brumback, Edmond, OK
2nd Place – Cam Nowlin, Mustang, OK
3rd Place – Lamar White, Gracemont, OK

Old Man
1st Place – Jason Verus, Oklahoma City, OK
2nd Place – Salami, Oklahoma City, OK
3rd Place – Tyler Nowlin, Mustang, OK


Advanced – 1st Place
Landon Barnhart, Wichita, KS

Advanced – 2nd Place
Tyler Carroll, Moore, OK

Advanced – 3rd Place
Lucien Corriveau, Anadarko, OK

Intermediate – 1st Place
Aaron Byrd, Wichita, KS

Intermediate – 2nd Place
Blake Plaster, Fort Cobb, OK

Intermediate – 3rd Place
Severyn Cadwell, Wichita, KS

Beginner – 1st Place
Jet Brumback, Edmond, OK

Beginner – 2nd Place
Cam Nowlin, Mustang, OK

Beginner – 3rd Place
Lamar White, Gracemont, OK

Old Man – 1st Place
Jason Verus, Oklahoma City, OK

Old Man – 2nd Place
Salami, Oklahoma City, OK

Old Man – 3rd Place
Tyler Nowlin, Mustang, OK

Help us Name our New Anadarko Chamber Mascot!

Anadarko, OK – The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce is seeking suggestions for names of its new mascot which is a bison. They are asking the Anadarko community and supporters to help name the Chamber’s mascot.

“The idea of having a character to help us grow our brand identity is something unique,” said Executive Director David Scott. “We think it is a fun idea to bring awareness for the Chamber and to help us promote our local businesses, events and tourist sites.”

You can choose between three suggestions which are “Buddy”, “Bo”, and “Dodge” but there is also an option to write-in your own. Participants have until May 15th, 2018 to vote for their favorite name or to make a write-in suggestion. Please visit anadarkochamber.org/mascot to cast your vote.

New Bed and Breakfast Opens in Anadarko, OK

Anadarko, OK – The Ridge is now open and accepting reservations for stays at the newest bed and breakfast in southwest Oklahoma. This property is located just west of Anadarko which is an hour southwest of Oklahoma City, and is owned and operated by the same family that runs Oakridge Christian Camp and Retreat Center.

“We are excited to open this facility and we hope it is a beacon for the city of Anadarko,” said owner Brian Ball.

The Ridge is a beautiful four bedroom home, with large spaces for dining and can accomodate groups large and small. It is a perfect venue for a wedding and can also be used as a nice getaway retreat. This home even features a theater room!


Chamber Executive Director David Scott commented, “This bed and breakfast ties into Anadarko’s strength as a tourism community and while guests stay here we hope they will also shop downtown, visit local Native American art/heritage sites, and perhaps one of our three local wineries.”

You can find more information and details on how to book your stay at theridgeok.com or call 405-247-5433.


Tobias Monroe Featured in a Special Exhibition

For Immediate Release:
January 26, 2018

U.S. Department of the Interior
Indian Arts and Crafts Board
Southern Plains Indian Museum
801 E. Central Blvd., Anadarko, OK 73005
To Feature Tobias Monroe in a Special Exhibition

ANADARKO, OKLAHOMA: The Southern Plains Indian Museum, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, will feature an exhibit of paintings by Tobias Monroe. The exhibition will run from February 2 to March 23, 2018.  The exhibition is free and open to the public. Tobias Monroe, an enrolled member of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma, is a talented contemporary oil painter. A graduate of Apache High School, Apache, Oklahoma, he served four years in the United States Navy following graduation. Tobias is the owner and operator of TM’s Art Studio and Gallery, located in Medicine Park, Oklahoma. Currently he resides in Apache, Oklahoma, where he works full time as an artist. Although he began drawing as a child under the tutelage of his grandmother, Tobias did not begin painting seriously until four years ago. Drawing, painting, and assembling puzzles served as a foundation for his early love of art. He credits his inspirational high school art instructor with helping to teach him the skills he needed to develop as an artist. While Tobias has experimented with a variety of painting media, he prefers oil paint because it allows for a more vivid color palette. In some ways Tobias feels his mind absorbed the childhood memories of puzzles and those memories are reflected in his art today. Tobias begins each composition with a blank canvas and an idea. He uses a selection of sponges, brushes, and a pallet knife to apply the paint to the canvas. He keeps his brushwork to a bare minimum, feeling more comfortable with his preferred tool, a pallet knife. Each portion of the artwork is important to him and he takes great care to ensure that individual colors are not lost in the overall design. The American bison is a common theme in his work due to the importance of the animal to his ancestors. Tobias’ artwork has been displayed at multiple venues including: Paseo Plunge, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; TM’s Studio and Gallery, Medicine Park, Oklahoma; Nevaquaya Fine Arts Studio, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and the Comanche Nation College, Lawton, Oklahoma. The artwork featured in the exhibition may be purchased by contacting Tobias Monroe directly at (405) 318-8317 or by email at troblesm@gmail.com. The Southern Plains Indian Museum is managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board.  Regular viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  All exhibits at the museum are free and open to the public. The museum is located at 801 East Central Blvd., Anadarko, Oklahoma. For more information, call the museum at (405) 247-6221.

Title: “Buff” by Tobias Monroe

Anadarko Celebrates Safe Streets Halloween 2017!

Anadarko, OK – On Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce organized another successful Safe Streets business trick-or-treating event in which children can find Halloween candy at local businesses.

“We created this event to provide a safe family-friendly environment for kids to be able to trick-or-treat in our community. It also helps promote our local businesses by having families visit their brick and mortar locations,” said Chamber Executive Director David Scott.

Here are a few photos of trick-or-treaters from this year’s event:

Wonder Woman was on hand to fight off the bad guys!

Some bunny was a little tired after all the candy.

Moana brought her full entourage to trick-or-treat!

An awesome Minecraft outfit, no blockheads here!

Hey, Mr. Postman!

Landing That Job: How to Impress During an Interview, From a Manager’s Perspective

The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce is working to provide more educational content for our membership and community as a whole. We have partnered with readyjob.org and they have provided an article discussing tips for a traditional job interview:

Landing That Job: How To Impress During An Interview, From A Manager’s Perspective

Photo via Pixabay by TeroVesalainen

Being fully qualified for a particular job means a lot more these days than it did a couple of decades ago; you need more than experience if you want to make a mark. It’s important to stand out from the crowd and impress during your interview, and the best way to do that is to be well prepared before you even sit down with the manager. That means doing some research on the company, but it also means you need to know what they’re looking for, both in an employee and in an interview.

One of the biggest complaints that managers have these days is that so many job applicants don’t have soft skills, such as knowing how to speak on the phone or how to handle relations with fellow employees. And that’s after they’re already in the door; for interviews, many people in management find it difficult to push an interviewee through the hiring process when they show up late, in inappropriate attire, with few interview skills.

In order to get the job you want, it’s imperative to know what the employer is looking for. Read on for the best tips on how to make the best impression.

Show up on time

Few things are as important to an interviewer as timeliness. Showing up at the hour you’re supposed to meet tells your interviewer that you value his time as well as your own and that you are taking your job hunt seriously. Even better, show up a bit early so that you have time to prepare.

Wear the right clothing

While many businesses have relaxed their attire rules over the years–pantyhose are no longer required for women, for instance–it’s still a good idea to dress in a way that shows you are a professional. Make sure your clothing isn’t wrinkled and fits well. Clean, well-groomed hair and nails are a must. Depending on what sort of job you’re interviewing for, you might consider wearing a necktie or a skirt of an appropriate length.

Bring the right tools

Many interviewers like to have your paperwork in front of them, so bring along a copy of your resume and/or application, your I.D., and your social security card in case they want to make copies for their files. It’s also a good idea to have a small notebook and a pen so you can take notes during the interview; while you want to pay close attention to what’s being said, you also may need to go over some details after the interview is over, so write down anything pertinent so you won’t forget.

Of course, what you don’t bring is just as important as what you do bring; never bring your cell phone into an interview. If you don’t have anywhere safe to put it, at the very least turn it off or make sure the ringer is off. There are few things more unprofessional than having a phone ring during an interview.

Be prepared

Read up on the company you’re interviewing with and find out about their history, their business model, and their hiring practices so that you can come into the interview knowledgeable about what their needs are and how you can meet them. Do some research on the job position you’re applying for and think about all the ways you might be qualified for it, and what you might bring to the table in a new way. Think about skills such as being able to speak another language.

For more helpful tips on how to prepare for your interview and what employers are looking for, read on here.

Remember that interviewing for a job is only the first step; once you’re hired, it’s important to keep in mind that the best way to move up within a company is to prove your worth. Participate in any company-provided training opportunities to continue building your skill set and show your employer that you can roll with change and keep up with the company’s needs as they happen.

Anadarko Chamber Welcomes New Business

KRL Ribbon Cutting Photo

Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for KRL Legal Process Services


Anadarko, OK – The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce performed a ribbon cutting ceremony today for KRL Legal Process Services, which is a new business located in downtown Anadarko. The business is owned by Kelly Lee who is originally from Carnegie.

“We’re here to provide process services to both private business and legal professionals,” said Mr. Lee. “We’re excited to set up shop in this location because I was starting to get more customers than I could deal with out of the back of my car.”

KRL was initially opened in Anadarko in May of 2017, now that the business is established they are ready to begin taking on more clients. The coverage area for their business goes over many counties across southwestern Oklahoma.

They are located at 120 W. Broadway in Anadarko and their phone number is 405-933-3000.


County Coalition Brings ‘Bridges out of Poverty’ Workshop to Anadarko

Anadarko, OK – The Caddo County Interagency Coalition is hosting a free training on dealing with poverty in Anadarko at the Wichita Iscani Gym on Monday, August 28th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Bridges Out of Poverty is a unique and powerful tool designed specifically for social, health, legal and law enforcement professionals. The training will include case studies, detailed analysis, helpful charts and exercises, and specific solutions you and your organization can implement.

If you didn’t grow up in poverty, you may be unaware of the “hidden rules” that govern many aspects of life for the poor. People in poverty are often in survival mode, where the future holds no promise, and support systems taken for granted in middle class and wealth are nonexistent. If your business, agency, or organization works with people from poverty, only a deeper understanding of their challenges—and strengths—will help you partner with them to create opportunities for success.

We are excited for people to attend and there are also CEU’s for Social Workers and 6 hours of CLEET credit for Law Enforcement,” said Rebecca Villa-Winsett, Chair of the Caddo County Interagency Coalition. “Bringing this training to Southwest Oklahoma has been over a year in planning.”

This workshop is being put on through a collaboration of the CCIC and it is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department for Human Services, Wichita Tribe’s RISE Program, and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management. It will be facilitated by The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division’s Bridge The Gap Oklahoma. This training is being offered for free and you can register to attend online by using this link: https://events.oucpm.org/povertyworkshop/events/anadarko-ok/

For more information call Caddo County health department 405-247-2507.



Top 10 counties to buy a home in Oklahoma

Many people come across the age old question of whether or not to rent or buy a home. SmartAsset.com has completed their third annual study of this subject and through their research they have found the best counties in Oklahoma where it makes more sense to buy a home vs. renting. Caddo County joins the ranks of the top 10 best counties to buy a home in Oklahoma. In addition to affordable home prices, Anadarko has been named one of the best place to retire in Oklahoma, and we offer a lot of culture, events and entertainment for our residents. We hope you’ll visit our community soon and perhaps one day even consider buying a home here!

For a more detailed look at the rankings in Oklahoma check the table below:

Rank County Breakeven Year Avg. Monthly Mortgage Payment Avg. Monthly Rent Avg. Home Price Rent vs. Buy Index
1 Cleveland, OK 1.0 $579 $1,178 $207,107 90.3
2 Canadian, OK 1.1 $573 $1,178 $192,256 89.7
3 Logan, OK 1.1 $566 $1,178 $242,210 89.7
4 Ellis, OK 1.1 $324 $951 $120,607 89.0
5 Jefferson, OK 1.1 $224 $849 $102,678 88.9
6 Pawnee, OK 1.1 $337 $884 $116,814 88.9
7 Cotton, OK 1.1 $317 $850 $120,204 88.9
8 Harmon, OK 1.1 $203 $849 $90,737 88.8
9 Atoka, OK 1.1 $338 $858 $125,683 88.8
10 Caddo, OK 1.1 $311 $849 $122,131 88.8

Anadarko Chamber Welcome Healthcare Stat to Membership

Anadarko Chamber Welcomes Healthcare Stat to Membership

Anadarko, OK – On Monday June 12th, The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce performed a ribbon cutting ceremony for local business Healthcare Stat. Healthcare Stat is an urgent care provider who is available for when you need medical attention, quickly, at an affordable cost.

The owner Shawn Bonilla opened this business in Anadarko because he understood that this was an underserved area when it comes to healthcare. They offer a broad range of services with no appointments necessary.

When asked about services they offer most people do not know about, Bonilla responded, “We manage chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, low thyroid and much more. We offer onsite lab draws and rapid, flu, strep, urinalysis tests as an example. We provide IV fluids when needed. Repair lacerations, manage sprains and strains.”

Their prices are very reasonable and affordable. They are priced lower than most urgent care facilities and much lower than the emergency room.

“We are very experienced with acute and chronic problems. I’ve been in healthcare since 1996 and worked in emergency medicine then became a certified nurse practitioner in 2006,” said Bonilla.

If you are in need of medical attention, Healthcare Stat is located at 1503 S. Mission, Anadarko, OK 73005 in Suite A. You may call 405-247-1100 or click here for their website for more information. They are open Monday-Friday 9:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 – 6:00 p.m.