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Friday, 15 September 2023 16:29


The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Oklahoma Excursions are new members of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

Billy Wilson drove a bus for more than 40 years in Texas. In 2005 he decided to open his own motor coach touring business.

During the Covic 19 pandemic, he had to close his operation for a few years. During that time he retired and moved to Oklahoma so he has now restarted his business from his home in Shady Point.

He is no longer driving the bus, but does all the bookings, scheduling itineraries and traveling on the tours.

He is currently taking bookings for a Grapevine Mills Shopping Trip Excursion for October 24 and 25th.

Anyone wishing to join the excursion or find out more about Oklahoma Excursion can contact Billy at oklahomaexcursions@gmail\.com or call him at 903-520-8124.


August 21, 2023

Dear Client,

We are writing with deep sadness to inform you that Angela Claiborn has passed away. Angie valued your trust and enjoyed helping you with your finances. Thank you for your loyalty and support over the years. Heidi Couch, a highly skilled and compassionate professional, will continue to provide the excellent service you have come to expect.

You can reach her at:

Heidi M Couch CPA PLLC

36957 U. S. HIGHWAY 271

Poteau, OK 74953


Ms. Couch has over 10 years of accounting and tax preparation experience. Heidi will be available in the office beginning on 8/30/2023.  New clients will need to sign a letter of consent prior to Heidi accessing their records.

Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time.

With heartfelt wishes,

The Family of Angie Claiborn

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma State Treasurer Todd Russ today released an updated list of the institutions that remain on the restricted financial company list, following further analysis of their environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies. The companies include:

  • BlackRock, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo & Co.
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Bank of America, N.A.
  • State Street Corp.
  • Climate First Bank

HB 2034, the Energy Discrimination Elimination Act of 2022, requires that the Oklahoma State Treasurer maintain a list of financial institutions that boycott oil and gas companies. According to the definition of boycott in the legislation, companies “without an ordinary business purpose, refusing to deal with, terminating business activities with, or otherwise taking any action that is intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or limit commercial relations with a company because the company: a. engages in the exploration, production, utilization, transportation, sale, manufacturing of fossil-fuel-based energy and does not commit or pledge to meet environmental standards beyond applicable federal and state law…”

Such institutions may be excluded from doing business with the state.

“The State of Oklahoma should not be investing money with companies that boycott one of our own industries. These financial companies are using ESG policies to promote a political, social agenda instead of allowing the free enterprise system to work,” Russ said. “When a state boycotts a major industry like oil and gas, the result is less diversification of funds, which can lead to more risks and potentially lower returns for investors.”

Under state law, the Treasurer must update the list annually, but not more often than quarterly. It also states that restricted financial companies must cease engaging in boycotting energy companies within 90 days of receiving notice to avoid potential divestment with the state.

Link to revised list that will be posted to the OST website.


Holt Funeral Home and Cremation Services is days away from opening their doors for funeral services. 


Call TJ Holt when you need to make arrangement for a funeral, order a casket or if you are just planning ahead. 

The funeral home is located  at 522 Dewey Ave in the Downtown Dewey District in beautiful Poteau, OK

For more information contact TJ Holt at 918-314-5230, check out their Facebook page

The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Woodchip Barbeque are new members of the chamber.

Chip, Robbie, and Staff are ready to serve you.

Woodchip BBQ a full service BBQ restaurant serving lunch and supper. They have some award winning BBQ.

Located at 217 Dewey Ave. In Poteau.

Phone number - 539-257-0097

Open Wed, Thurs. Fri. Sat from 11 am until 8pm.

Sunday 11am till 3pm.
Welcome Woodchip BBQ


  • Working moms are set to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of new AI technologies.
  • Case study included below. 
  • Gabriela Covay available for interviews. 

Although concerns about the future impact on jobs persist, it is undeniable that free AI technologies like ChatGPT and Bard have significantly benefited workers, particularly those who work mostly online. Gabriela Covay, Founder & Managing Director of California-based Bright Valley Marketing, believes that "mompreneurs" will experience the most significant benefits, as AI advancements help save their most scarce resource: time. Consequently, she predicts a surge in mothers running their own businesses in the coming years. 

In Oklahoma, 37% of businesses are women-owned, equating to 127,759 companies. Ms. Covay anticipates a 10% increase in women-owned businesses within the next five years. This projection suggests that the number of ‘mompreneurs' in the Sooner State will rise to 140,535 by 2028.

At present, some key methods through which AI saves time for mothers who own businesses are:

1. Act as a business assistant:

a) ChatGPT and Bard can play the role of a sales assistant, helping to create great landing page content for sales pages while also being able to create ad copy, among other things. 

b) AI can complete critical tasks more efficiently such as researching blog topics or providing market research, helping to define target personas, and brainstorm ideas for new campaigns, new offerings, as well as draft business plans. 

c) ChatGPT and Bard are also great at editing! You can prompt them to edit a sentence or paragraph so it sounds more concise, more compelling, or more unique. 

d) Using AI as a social media assistant. "My team and I have never been great at social media. But since ChatGPT, we’ve started creating posts to engage with existing and potential customers, especially on LinkedIn”, says Ms Covay. It is also useful for crafting social media pages, and creating YouTube copy. “However, I do advise always fact checking what AI comes up with -- and to always infuse the content with your brand's unique touch”.

e) Using it as a business advisor. "If I'm faced with a difficult business decision, I sometimes turn to ChatGPT for advice; it helps me weigh the pros and cons about the best path forward given my goal."

2. Summarize industry articles:

In the field of business, countless articles are published weekly by experts, and it can be challenging to find the time to read them in depth. Previously, concerns about missing crucial information would arise. However, the use of AI tools that condense and highlight the most relevant points for one's business has now alleviated these worries. Also, many industry experts post regular tips on YouTube. For those business owners with limited time, some ChatGPT plugins can summarize any YouTube video, answer questions about it, and give specific timestamps when asked. 

3. Create Excel formulas:

Many business owners rely on Excel (or similar software) to manage their finances, even when working with external accounting firms. AI now provides instant snapshots of essential financial aspects, such as short-term cash flows, and highlights areas requiring immediate attention, all within Excel.

4. Fix bugs in your code:

"Interactive assets are frequently incorporated into our marketing campaigns, and each one is unique, leading to unique challenges, primarily in the form of coding issues. By leveraging AI to identify and resolve these bugs, we save a considerable amount of time, particularly in terms of communication with developers” says Ms Covay.

5. Curate Spotify playlists and YouTube videos:

"Occasionally, office playlists can become monotonous. Spotify addresses this issue by generating engaging AI generated playlists that teams can enjoy, tailored to their collective music tastes”.

But it’s not just work-related AI software which is saving moms' time. AI plays a useful role in freeing up time outside of work, which in turn means female business owners can dedicate more time to their businesses…

6. Organize meals:

As a busy mother of two small kids, Ms. Covay constantly seeks solutions to simplify her life. Upon discovering Google’s Bard, she began requesting easy-to-prepare, healthy meal ideas tailored to her children's preferences (and there are many!). Since then, she has relied on Bard for every new meal, streamlining the previously cumbersome meal-planning process, which involved searching for recipes, brainstorming ideas, compiling lists of meal options, and noting necessary ingredients.

"We are witnessing a transformative shift in the world of entrepreneurship, as AI technology becomes a powerful equalizer for working mothers. By streamlining tasks and freeing up valuable time, AI is lowering the barriers for women in business, helping them focus more on growing their enterprises. This newfound efficiency is poised to inspire and empower even more women to start their own businesses, driving a dynamic and diverse business landscape” says Gabriela Covay of Bright Valley Marketing.


Poteau OK - The City of Poteau, Choctaw Nation Economic Development and The Poteau Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce one of the area’s newest coffee brands has arrived in Poteau.

7 Brew is located at 3004 North Broadway in Poteau.

The Seven Brew brand “believes people are priceless, so we treat them like it”.  The Seven Brew website list all the coffee flavors and drink varieties for everyone’s taste.  The site states, “the secret to Seven Brew in not the flavor, it’s a feeling”. 

Poteau Mayor Scotty White comments, “We are so grateful for 7 Brew’s willingness to invest in Poteau.  We couldn’t be more excited to have them here." 



The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome “Giving Grace” as the newest member of the Poteau Chamber.

Located at 320 Dewey Ave in the old DIAL Building, “Giving Grace” is a non-denominational Christ Center ministry that provides hope, help, and healing so that each woman they serve is empowered to choose life for herself and her unborn child, her children and her family.

They offer a variety of services from mentoring programs to life skills.

Check them out on Faceboo to find out more about what they have to offer.


Contact them by phone 918-839-0001

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The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that A&L Rock Work has joined the Chamber Of Commerce.

Adam Langley owner is not new to the area.

He is a Wister High School Graduate and Resident. Adam is not new to the chamber as he has donated his work to many of the Chamber's events. His work can be seen around the area and one of his unique specialties are custom rock engraved headstones and rock signage.

Follow A&L Custom Rock Work on Facebook and check out the photos of the quality workmanship in all its projects.

Welcome A&L Custom Rock Work!

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