Chamber seeks nominations for Small Business of the Year

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce is taking nominations for the 2009 Bank of Oklahoma Small Business of the Year. The nomination form is available on the Edmond Chamber Web page. Nominations close on Oct. 1. The Small Business of the Year award will be given out at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet in 2010.

The objective of the award is to honor businesses that have made significant growth and outstanding contributions to the economy and the overall progress of the Edmond area. Nominees will be judged on business growth and performance, business strategies and innovation, business challenges and competitiveness and community involvement and contribution.

Businesses must meet the following criteria to be nominated.

• The business shall employ no more than 50 full-time persons.

• The business shall have been in business a minimum of three years.

• The business must be a locally owned, for-profit business.

• The business must be a member in good standing of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce for the previous two years.

• The applicant must be the owner, partner or major shareholder of the business, and active in its day-to-day operations.

• Businesses that have an employee currently serving on the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors or a spouse serving as chamber staff will not be eligible for consideration.

• Businesses that were finalists the previous year will not be eligible for consideration.

To nominate a business please call the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce at 341-2808 or e-mail Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Web site and faxed in to the chamber at 340-5512. Businesses can nominate themselves. Any individual can nominate any business that meets the criteria.

Oklahoma Jewelers recognize insurance owner

On Aug. 22, the Oklahoma Jewelers Association presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Bob Carroll, thereby installing him in the Oklahoma Jewelers Hall of Fame. Carroll, of Edmond, is the president of Robert G. Carroll and Associates, an insurance agency that has specialized in loss prevention and insurance services for the jewelry industry for nearly 30 years, serving jewelers throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Among the contributions to the jewelry industry cited by presenter Jim Clark, president of B. C. Clark Jewelers in Oklahoma City, was “CrimeFax,” a system created and maintained by Carroll for the rapid sharing of crime-related information among hundreds of jewelers via fax and e-mail. During the years of its existence, CrimeFax has been credited with many instances of crime and loss prevention among jewelers, as well as the apprehension of numerous jewelry thieves.

Mercy welcomes new family nurse practitioner

Divya Joykutty, a family nurse practitioner, is the newest member to join the team at Mercy Health Northwest Family.

“As a family nurse practitioner, I am blessed to have the opportunity to promote health and prevent and treat illness for patients of every age group and every walk of life,” Joykutty said. “I’m also able to combine the art of nursing with medicine based on a holistic care approach. I believe in partnering with my patients and empowering them to make better lifestyle and health care decisions. God has given me the opportunity to serve through competent and compassionate care.”

Joykutty received her bachelor’s degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India, and a master’s of science degree as a family nurse practitioner from the University of Oklahoma. Joykutty has served as a nurse in many areas including intensive care, outpatient surgery and the emergency room in India and Oklahoma.

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