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The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Trinity Woodworks & Flea Market as new members of the chamber.

Trinity Woodworks & Flea Market is located at 222 Dewey Avenue in Poteau, Oklahoma.

Trinity Woodworks and Flea Market has custom made recycled wood furniture that they sale and make locally.

For more information on what they offer contact them at 918-839-1386.




The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a Cowboy Driving Academy as a new member of the Poteau Chamber.


Cowboy Driving Academy is located at 203 Dewey Avenue in Poteau.

At Cowboy Driving Academy they coach every new driver to be an excellent decision maker. Effective decision making behind the wheel saves lives.





The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Poteau Wrestling Academy as new members of the Poteau Chamber.

Poteau Youth Wrestling is located at 203 Dewey Avenue in downtown Poteau

OKLAHOMA CITY — October 19, 2022 – Dobson Fiber announces another multi-million dollar expansion of its fiber internet offering in Poteau, Okla. today. Dobson broke ground with members of the City of Poteau, Poteau Chamber of Commerce, and local business leaders.


“We have been serving Oklahomans since 1936 and are excited to bring the Poteau community the best fiber network and fastest residential speeds offered in the United States. We will be deploying a network that has been designed to offer up to 10 gigabits per second to the residents we serve here,” said Francisco Maella, CEO at Dobson Fiber. “Our commitment to launching innovative products and the latest technology is unwavering to the businesses and residents we serve.”


“We’ve seen exceptional customer adoption this year and we are thrilled to further our footprint in more markets across Oklahoma and Arkansas. While we have been serving fiber internet business customers in Poteau over the last several years, we have put together a plan to expand our fiber network to reach the vast majority of the homes in these communities,” said Jim Horsburgh, Chief Strategy Officer for Dobson Fiber.


Construction of the network will be completed in geographic zones. Once each zone is nearing completion, residents will be notified when they can begin to sign up for service. Dobson’s website allows you to input your address and get notified if your address is on their fiber build-out plan at


Dobson Fiber currently offers residential fiber internet services in ten Oklahoma communities including Atoka, Duncan, Enid, Lawton, Newalla, Panama, Shady Point, Vici, Waurika and Weatherford in Oklahoma. In Arkansas, Dobson Fiber provides residential fiber internet services in Booneville, Lavaca and Ozark. Dobson Fiber recently announced thirteen more fiber network commitments across Oklahoma and Arkansas in Altus, Barling, Cheyenne, Chickasha, Clinton, Elk City, Erick, Fort Smith, Guthrie, Marlow, Muskogee, McAlester, and Taloga with additional community commitments announcing soon.


About Dobson Fiber

Dobson Fiber owns and operates a 5,000+ mile regional fiber-optic network and provides high-speed internet and voice over internet telephone solutions to residential and business customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. Dobson Fiber is an Oklahoma-based and privately-owned telecommunications company. To learn more, visit

New research shows that visitors to Oklahoma State Parks spent $354.2 million statewide, helping support 2,980 jobs

OKLAHOMA CITY — In 2021, visitors to Oklahoma State Parks spent $354.2 million in the communities surrounding the parks, according to new research commissioned by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department.

Visitors who stayed overnight in a state park contributed 31.7% of the total spending.

Visitor activity to state parks generated 2,980 jobs across the state of Oklahoma. Proprietors and employees of travel-related businesses took home $59 million in earnings and benefits.

As a result of visitor traffic to Oklahoma State Parks, travel spending generated approximately $15.5 million in state tax receipts and $9.3 million in local taxes.

“Oklahoma's state parks are a crucial part of the state’s tourism industry, generating jobs and dollars in our communities from traveler spending,” said Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, who also serves as Secretary of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage. “Travelers are discovering what Oklahomans have known all along — the Oklahoma outdoors are incredible.”

To better understand the economic impact of Oklahoma’s state parks on local communities, OTRD commissioned Dean Runyan Associates, an industry-leading research firm, to conduct research. The report breaks down data by origin and visitor characteristics, as well as an overview of each park’s impact.

According to the report, Oklahomans make up 59% of overnight visitors to Oklahoma State Parks. Texas, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri are among states outside Oklahoma with the most overnight visitors.

The full report can be found at

State Parks Infographic

Farmers National Company has announced that Randy Dickhut, senior vice president of real estate operations, will retire Sept. 30 after more than 20 years of dedicated work and leadership within the company. Randy began his career with Farmers National Company in 2002 as a farm manager in west-central Illinois.  

In 2006, he moved to Omaha, Neb., when promoted to vice president of client relations, and will complete his tenure with the company as the senior vice president of real estate operations. Dickhut also has served as a valued member of the executive team and on the board of directors. 

Farmers National Company is pleased to announce that Paul Schadegg, western area sales manager, has been promoted to senior vice president of real estate operations. Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new role with 20+ years of real estate and farm management experience, including a successful track record in both real estate sales and business development.  

In his new role, Schadegg will lead Farmers National Company’s strategy for real estate and appraisal, as well as the company’s Hunting Lease Network.  

“I'm excited to move into this new role and leverage my real estate experience to continue the progress and success of Farmers National Company’s real estate operations," he said. Schadegg’s profile can be found at  

"I want to thank Randy for more than 20 years of service to Farmers National Company and congratulate him on his upcoming retirement,” said Clayton Becker, president. “We will certainly miss his experience and consistent media presence as an industry expert on the latest trends in the farmland market. I’d also like to congratulate Paul on his appointment as senior vice president of real estate operations to replace Randy. Paul possesses an abundance of knowledge and experience, and we are looking forward to his continued leadership within the company.” 


Farmers National Company, an employee-owned company, is the nation’s leading agricultural landowner services company. Farmers National Company currently manages more than 5,000 farms and ranches in 29 states comprising over 2 million acres. Over the last five years, Farmers National Company has sold 3,949 properties (1,457 at auction) and more than $5.3 billion of real estate during the last 10 years. Additional services provided by the company include Auctions, Appraisals and Valuations, Insurance, Consultations, Oil, Gas, and Renewable Energy Management, a National Hunting Lease program, Forest Resource Management, and FNC Ag Stock. For more information, visit the Farmers National Company website at

Monday, 22 August 2022 16:53

WhataBurger coming to Poteau

Big News Poteau! 

You Are Invited To The Ground Breaking Thursday, August 25th 10:00 a.m. 1903 N. Broadway - Poteau

"Breaking" News Whataburger to Celebrate Groundbreaking of First Poteau Restaurant.

Whataburger, its franchise group WAB Venture Inc. and the Poteau Chamber of Commerce will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, August 25th at 10AM to celebrate Poteau's first Whataburger Restaurant, scheduled to open early winter.

The Poteau restaurant will bring up to 100 jobs to the local community, Hiring is in progress for Restaurant Managers, with hiring for Team Leaders and Team Members beginning in the coming weeks. Whataburger's unique leadership curriculum trains all employees in a way that automatically puts them on the path to care advancement.

Representatives of Whataburger and WAB Venture, as well as Poteau Chamber of Commerce, will be available at the event for interviews and photos.

Please Join Us.

Ana Flores, HAHN Agency for Whataburger

Poteau Chamber is proud to announce this great new business to Poteau.

The WAB Team has worked hard to bring this great new taste to our area.

Poteau Chamber has worked with the team to help this business fit in Poteau and look forward to promoting a great menu and helping get the hiring information to the team.

DALLAS – The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) and AARP have announced a strategic collaboration to support the growth and expansion of older entrepreneurs in the American small business community, particularly businesses owned and operated by people of color. NASE and AARP are joining forces through the Growth Grant Program to support the expansion of available capital and business expertise to support the long-term success of these business owners.

“AARP is excited to work with NASE to help further the success of older entrepreneurs of color,” said Felicia Brown, Senior Advisor, Financial Resilience, AARP. “We are committed to helping older adults gain the skills needed to start, grow, and manage a business, and achieve financial security through entrepreneurship.”

As part of this new collaboration, AARP will sponsor twelve small business financial grants targeting NASE members age 45 and older in the next year as part of NASE’s Growth Grant Program. Beginning in October 2022, NASE will award a total of seven Growth Grants of $4,000 to active members each quarter, including three sponsored by AARP and one by DELL Small Business. Each AARP-sponsored Growth Grant of $4,000 will help address the specific business needs for business owners ages 45 and older. Grants can be used for office equipment, marketing, advertising, hiring employees, expanding facilities and other business needs. 

“As more Americans step out on their own into self-employment, including older Americans starting a second career or managing an existing business, it is crucial we support their ability to achieve long-term success,” said Keith Hall, president and CEO of NASE. “We believe this collaboration between NASE and AARP will provide the crucial financial support and business expertise to those entrepreneurs age 45 and older to give them the opportunity to thrive and grow their businesses. We couldn’t be more excited about the potential to help older Americans achieve their dream of opening or growing their small business.”

“As the nation’s leading advocate for the self-employed and micro-business community, we recognize the challenges of opening and growing a small business and the specific needs of those older small business owners. We are honored to support both new and existing businesses in their efforts to achieve their dreams and continue to usher forward America’s great entrepreneurial spirit, regardless of age,” said Hall.

Research shows that more Americans are turning to self-employment and being their own boss, including older entrepreneurs seeking a second career or expanding their existing business. According to research from the Kauffman Foundation, about one-quarter of new entrepreneurs were age 55 to 64 in 2019, compared to just 15% of this cohort in 1996. Additional research shows that people age 55 and older make up 45% of small business owners in 2022.  

About the NASE Growth Grant Program

For over 40 years, NASE’s focus has been on finding the most effective way to bolster success for small business and self-employed members in communities across the country. NASE has awarded over $1 million since the program’s inception and continue to see significant return on our investments in the growth of member-businesses helping to fuel their local economies.

NASE’s Growth Grant Program is intended for businesses planning to take the next step in their venture. It provides available capital for small businesses and sole proprietors to be able to hire and train additional employees, market their business in new and existing ways or invest in new equipment or software. 

Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year and winning small businesses will be awarded $4,000 grants quarterly throughout 2022 and into 2023. Visit the Growth Grant page for more information.

NASE members also enjoy a comprehensive list of benefits designed to help small business owners and sole proprietors start and grow their business.  A complete listing of benefits available to NASE members is available, here. NASE members are offered a host of resources designed to help support entrepreneurs and small employers including access to professional “Ask the Experts” services in tax, health care and marketing, a navigational assistant health care portal, scholarships and grants, discounts on shipping rates and office supplies, and affordable email marketing systems and webhosting services. NASE’s newest member benefits continue the tradition of providing real-world, bottom-line assistance to small business owners. To become a member of NASE, apply online here.

About NASE 

The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, offering a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy. 

The NASE NextBizThing helps identify and connect our nation’s smallest businesses. Need small business help? Check out NASE’s Ask the Experts for advice or the NASE Minute for small business support. 

The NASE is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization and provides big-business advantages to hundreds of thousands of micro-businesses across the United States. For more information, visit the association's website at 

About AARPAARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.

Oklahoma is looking to do more business with Oklahoma companies that can meet the needs of our state agencies. The State Suppliers Expo showcases current and upcoming projects within state government, connecting businesses and Oklahoma leaders to fulfill agency needs.  

The objective of this event is to attract more private companies to become state suppliers, convey the state’s needs and deliver hands-on learning to help businesses navigate the new state procurement process. Attending companies will be able to communicate with influential state leaders and learn about opportunities to scale their business to achieve state goals.

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