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Monday, 20 January 2020 20:22

Talihina Chamber of Commerce Receives Grant

The Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center applied for and received a Kiamichi Electric Foundation Grant in the amount of $3,929.86 to be used to purchase new computers. software and a printer to be used at the visitors center.

The machines the office was using were older and very slow. One computer had vista and the others had windows 7 which is outdated and no longer supported by Microsoft.

The print head on the four in one printer that allowed us to print, copy, fax and scan went out. The printer was over 6 years old and it did a lot of work in that time period. It was almost $100.00 for a new print head for it and the printer was showing other problems. “These computers and the printer will allow Judy, Lavelle and I to be able to serve the area better” stated Talihina Chamber of Commerce, Director Vera Nelson. “They perform much faster and more efficiently than the old ones” she said. Thank you Kiamichi Electric Foundation so much for providing us with these new machines.

The new computers and printer will also be used to perform the duties of the Talihina Economic Development Initiative (TEDI). This organization works with the AARP Foundation. Judy Korten and Lavelle Rose train 18 hours a week at the visitors center. The AARP Foundation provides the funding for each of them.

For more information about the chamber, visitors center or TEDI, contact the Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 918-567-3434 or email at .



The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Tech Assurance as new members of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

Tech Assurance is in Ft Smith Arkansas and offers Technology Solutions, Print Assurance, Paperless Solutions, Accounting, Print Controls and Device Monitoring.


Tech Assurance can help your business with operating cost by utilizing a plan of design for efficiency. Your environment is analyzed and run through a matrix of best practices to develop a customized plan to reduce operating cost.

Come in and visit with owner/CIO Carey Tissue and Service Manager, Rocky Demier help develop a the right program for you.

After a detailed analysis of your current environment and print patterns

Tech Assurance will development a program which reduces cost and create a positive workflow.


Tech Assurance can help you with current office supply needs.


Copier/Printing MFP Sales and Leasing

Service on Copiers, Printers and Manage Print Services

Managing Fleets of Printers and Copiers and IT Services

Managing Networks, Servers, Firewalls and Virtual Backups For Business  Security

Toner and Parts Sales
HP Laser Toner as an HP Dealers at Less than Big Box and Amazon.

Tech Assurance is located 6901 S. Dallas St, Fort Smith AR
Phone number 479.424.1616


For more information check out their website





Friday, 27 December 2019 08:30

12-16-19 Chamber Happenings

By Sara Powell

Christmas is just around the corner! We’ve stayed busy these last few weeks with Christmas Parties, the Poteau Christmas parade, our last board meeting, open house and ribbon cuttings. We’ve been truly blessed this past yea! We are proud to be a part of such a community. We are excited for what the future holds.

Don’t forget that Lights on the Island out at Wister Lake State Park is still going on, it’s opened each night from 6p to 9p until Christmas. We grow this event each year with the donations from the visitors that drive through as well as the sponsors that purchase displays. We have great volunteers to greet you and give you a candy cane or two. We hope you can take time during this busy season and take a stroll through the lights.

Our office will be closed December 23rd through December 27th and January 1st for the holidays. We are taking this time to spend with our families to get rejuvenated for what’s in store for 2020. We wanted to take this time to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

There’s still so much to do and we’re moving right along. To stay up to date follow us on Facebook or sign up for text notifications through our website

If you have questions give us a call at 918-647-9178 or email me directly at .
Kind Regards,
Sara Powell
Administrative Assistant/ Event Coordinator
Poteau Chamber of Commerce
501 S Broadway
Poteau, OK 74953


Thursday, 19 December 2019 12:56

Sign up now for Leadership LeFlore County 2020

Poteau Chamber of Commerce & the LeFlore County Development Coalition
Taking Applications
For The 13th Annual
Leadership LeFlore County Class 2020

(POTEAU, OKLAHOMA) – Leadership LeFlore County is taking applications for the 13th annual leadership class of 2020. Applications are now being accepted by contacting Poteau Chamber of Commerce 918-647-9178 or online at

Leadership can consist of a variety of positions and attributes. Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive Leaders empower people to accomplish their goals. Defining a great leader depends on several qualities and the desire to succeed. Some of the key qualities of a great leader are attitude, drive, imagination and passion. The 2020 Leadership course touches on all of these during the eight-week session. LLC is sponsored each year by The LeFlore County Development Coalition, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, OG&E, The Community State Bank, The Donald W. Reynolds Center, City of Poteau, Leadership Development and Citizens Engagement and the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

Leadership LeFlore County:
The 2020 session marks the 13th year with over 165 alumni that hold successful leadership positions on the state and local level. LLC is a county wide leadership program designed to be a series of issue-oriented forums and learning experiences which are based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of a successful leader. LLC is looking for applications from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and geographical locations in LeFlore County and the surrounding areas.

Leadership Leflore County is open to all interested LeFlore County residents and does not discriminate based on age, sex, race, religion or natural origin. Participants are selected based on the ability, demonstrated interest in their community and insight for effective leadership.

The application process is to ensure a class consisting of members from diverse backgrounds and locations. Fifteen are chosen annually to attend the nine-week course. Danette Russell, OSU Extension says, “each year has been a great success, numbers increase, feedback is positive and new leaders develop.”

Each year we offer a diversified curriculum of studies that will prepare the participants for future leadership roles. The Chamber Board as many board members of other organization consist of graduates of LLC. It is great each year to see the past graduates grow in leadership capacities adding to the success of our entire community. Karen Wages, CEO Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

The leaders that develop from this experience has taken the chamber, the city and county to new levels of professionalism, community pride, unity and growth.

We are looking for to the vision, energy and connectivity with the 2020 class.

Session I begins March 12, 2020

*The Course consist of seven sessions.
*Classes will be held at various locations in the area.

Opening Session March 12, 2020
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. The Donald W. Reynolds Center-Poteau
All other session are Thursday's 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Locations TBA around the City and County

Class Courses include:
The Meaning of Leadership
Using Leadership Types to Your Advantage
Community Pride
City & County Government
County Tour
Conducting Meetings /Dealing With Conflict
Practicing Leadership/Public Speaking
Tour of The Oklahoma State Capitol


The LeFlore County Development Coaliton
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
OSU Extension - LeFlore County
The Community State Bank
Poteau Chamber of Commerce





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For more information call
Karen Wages 918-647-9178










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Karen Wages
CEO, Poteau Chamber of Commerce
Director, Donald W. Reynolds Community Center
PH # 918-647-9178




The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Covenant Benefits & Insurance Services as new members of the chamber of commerce with a ribbon cutting.


Covenant Benefits & Insurance Services was started almost six months ago by Bobby Parker, Bobby has been in the Health, Medical and Supplemental insurance field since 2018 and has helped companies with as little as 3 employees to companies with over 300 employees improve their employee benefits while actually saving the companies money at the same time. Bobby has also helped dozens of individuals with Health, Disability, Dental, Vision and other Supplemental Insurance as well as Mortgage Protection, Juvenile, Annuities, Final Expense and other Life insurance needs. Bobby has been married to his wife Kimberly for 22 years and has four children, Elijah, Jacob, Sarah and Hannah.

At Covenant Benefits & Insurance Specialists, our Mission Statement is simple, "Insurance With a Difference".


Yes, it's simple and straight forward but it is our commitment to our customers and policy holders.

We operate differently than most agencies, we put our commitment to God FIRST and everything else follows. We honor God by providing only the best available options to solve problems for our clients at the lowest possible cost. Regardless if it is Individual or Group Health, Medical, Life, Disability Insurance or Voluntary Benefits, we tirelessly search for the best companies that offer exceptional customer service and the best value for the premiums paid. We will never recommend or even represent a policy or company that we would not recommend to our family.

To find out more contact Bobby at  479. 461.1894




The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce LeFlore County Abstract & Title, LLC as new members of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.


LeFlore County Abstract & Title, LLC ("LCAT") is a full-service title insurance company offering a complete range of abstracting, title, and escrow services.

Tearney Miller is the closing agent and takes care of business development.

Joy Womack is the processor and also helps with closings.

Shelbey Jackson is a processor and abstractor.

LeFlore County Abstract & Title, LLC is located at 2803 N Broadway in Poteau, next to the tag office.

Their phone number is (918) 647-2222.






Tuesday, 08 October 2019 17:16

Back Roads History Tour Vacation Package

Submitted by Judy Korten, Talihina Chamber of Commerce


The Back Roads History Tour has a vacation package available to add to your Fall enjoyment.


October 30th through November 3rd.


Thursday, Friday and Saturday enjoy a six hour tour that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner and evening entertainment.


Thursday’s tour includes the Beautiful Talimena Scenic Drive and side roads history tours. Friday the tour includes the Kiamichi Mountain area. Saturday the tour destination is the San Bois Mountain area and the intriguing Robbers Cave State Park.


These tours will consist of beautiful fall color, and historic sites.


Fall splendor should be in full swing at this time and this is an easy carefree way to enjoy the colors our area is so famous for. Lodging will be at the Kiamichi Baptist Assembly Camp, dorm style.


Packages are for singles and couples we also offer day packages if you live close enough to spend the nights at home.


Come and join the fun. Call 918-567-3434 to get prices and details.


Registration deadline is October 18, 2019.

For more information and to reserve your reservation, contact the Talihina Chamber of Commerce at 918-567-3434 or email at



The e-Farm Management website features resources to help producers learn about financial management topics along with production, marketing, and risk management topics. This site includes videos, tools, and publications for farmers and ranchers to strengthen their farm management skills.


One available resource is the Value Added Livestock Marketing video. In this video, viewers learn about approaches to increase value of their livestock as well as feeding systems and body condition. It provides strategies for adding value to calves through different management practices. Lastly, the video discusses research showing the value gained through these management practices.


To view this video and find additional information on value added livestock marketing, visit:


More information on this and other farm management topics may be found: 1) by contacting your nearest Extension Educator 2) on the e-farm management website ( or 3) on the OSU Ag Econ YouTube Channel (


Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For more information, visit https:///

Friday, 27 September 2019 07:14

Poteau Family Nutrition Joins Chamber


The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Poteau Family Nutrition as new members of the chamber of commerce.

Are you looking for great tasting nutritional shakes, coffees and teas. Poteau Family Nutrition is now officially open to the public.

Stop by their location inside Poteau Family Fitness at 211 South Witte St. Just behind the Patrick Lynch Library or the Reynolds Center.

Easy Access and the PFN is open to the general public. *You don’t have to be a Gym Member to purchase all the fantastic items.

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