- Ada, Oklahoma


May 7, 2014

Area Briefs


Ada —

• Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking for caring, committed volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Pontotoc County. Volunteers must be able to commit six to 12 hours per month. Summer training for CASA volunteers will begin July 7. For more information, call 580-332-1441 or email Linda Wood at 

• Experience Works Senior Community Service Employment Program is currently accepting applications. Experience Works SCSEP is available at no cost to people who meet eligibility criteria. The training program provides paid community service assignments at local public and non-profit organizations, referral to needed services and job search assistance. Program applicants must be age 55 or older, unemployed and live in Pontotoc County. For more information, call 877-314-7568, 405-395-9004 or 918-623-1460 or visit

Women’s Business Breakfast in Ada May 14

 REI Women’s Business Center, along with several Ada organizations, will continue to host “Business Connections,” a free quarterly networking breakfast for women business owners and entrepreneurs. 

The next breakfast will be held Wednesday, May 14, from 7:45 to 9 a.m., at Ada Area Chamber of Commerce office, 209 W. Main Street. Those interested in attending may register at

These events allow participants to network and market their businesses, as well as learn from other like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners. The goal is to provide valuable information to help small business owners enhance and grow their businesses. 

This session of Business Connections will provide attendees an opportunity to receive a “healthy business check-up.” Do you know your competition? Does your business have financial concerns? Is your business protected and prepared? 

Workshop attendees will complete a quick business health check and learn about valuable community resources available to strengthen and grow their businesses.

“This breakfast allows entrepreneurs to network, market their businesses, obtain resources and learn from other business owners about the challenges and rewards of business ownership,” said Tara Hull, REI WBC coordinator. “Networking face-to-face is so rewarding. Don’t forget to bring your business cards.”

The event sponsor is Citizens Bank of Ada. Business Connections partners include OSU Cooperative Extension, Ada Jobs Foundation, OkSBDC, Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, Ada Main Street, Pontotoc Technology Center, and REI Women’s Business Center, funded in part by the U. S. Small Business Administration.

For more information about this event or others, call Tara Hull or Lori Smith at 800-658-2823.  In addition, visit or for more upcoming workshops and networking opportunities.


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