2017 Program of Work

A healthy business community fosters growth throughout the greater Muskogee region. The Chamber focuses its energy and resources in these key areas.

The Chamber plans, budgets, coordinates and monitors these programs that are critical to creating a healthy business climate in Muskogee.

Click here to download the current Program of Work

Agri-Business Committee

Dedicated to promoting and supporting local businesses associated with this industry, including the Farmers’ Market. They also support the annual Muskogee Regional Junior Livestock Show, which gives 4-H and FFA students the opportunity to exhibit their livestock animals.

 

My Muskogee Christmas

This program promotes all of the events that are going on in Muskogee. It encourages local shopping and attending local events with incentives to win cash and prizes!
Get more details here!

 

Military Affairs Committee

The purpose of this committee is to build relationships between the community and Camp Gruber. Camp Gruber has millions of dollars in construction
underway and more planned. The task force realizes that communication is the key to continued growth and support for Camp Gruber and that Gruber has
a large economic impact on the surrounding communities, especially Muskogee and Davis Field.

 

Local Business & Industry Appreciation

Co-sponsor with The Port of Muskogee and Indian Capital Technology Center an annual awards banquet to recognize local industry accomplishments.

 

Shop Muskogee

Enhance the promotional campaign to market Muskogee shopping opportunities to outlying areas.

 

Chamber University

Quarterly workshops designed to help members provide affordable education to their employees on topics that are important in business today. Subjects range from how to build business relationships and customer service to keeping up with today’s technology.

Annual Dues Structure

The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce tries to keep your business in mind when asking you to pay annual dues to be a member.  We offer a variety of different rates based on the business type and size, as well as many options for payment.

In late 2016 we began a transition from “anniversary date” renewals, meaning a member would pay every year during the month they originally joined; to an Annual Dues Structure.  With our Annual Dues Structure all of our members will eventually have renewal dates in January of each year.   New members joining the Chamber will receive a pro-rated amount for the remainder of the year in which they join with their next dues payment date being the following January.

Click here to see our 2017 Dues Investment Structure and a Membership Application.

Benefits of Membership

Why should you join the Chamber?

Here are just some of the reasons why joining the Chamber can benefit you and your business:

  • We take on the tough issues that affect businesses.  Whether it is with our State legislators, our Senators and Congressmen in Washington, D.C., or working with the City and County, we are the voice for the Muskogee business community.  We help you stay informed of legislation or issues that could affect your business and the economy of Muskogee.
  • An annual Chamber membership costs less than the average one-time media buy.  We offer multiple opportunities for exposure of your business and help your advertising dollars go further.
  • Chamber membership gives you multiple and unique opportunities to make a difference in Muskogee.
  • Business training seminars and educational opportunities help any size company run a smarter, more efficient business.
  • People do business with people they know.  The Chamber helps you make connections and build relationships.

Download a complete report of BENEFITS AND FEATURES OF MEMBERSHIP HERE

Chamber Member Value

Business & Economic Development

Muskogee is a hub of regional growth in Northeast Oklahoma.

At the crossroads of the continent, Muskogee businesses command remarkable access to industrial, agricultural, wholesale and consumer markets throughout North America.  Located near three U.S. highways, one interstate, and three major rivers, Muskogee’s location truly is ideal for business.  With a growing affluent population and new businesses reporting success stories every month, Muskogee has much to offer businesses and retailers.  Unique community events draw hundreds of thousands each year to Muskogee, and our major merchants report 60% of their sales are to residents from outside of Muskogee.  More than 222,000 people live within an easy 30-minute drive.

Muskogee’s progressive council-city manager government believes in growing businesses and helping them prosper.  The city government and the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce work closely together to attract new businesses and residents.  Their positive attitude toward development and commitment to keeping the process simple means locating a business here just makes sense.  The success of this partnership is visible every day in Muskogee, evidenced by new construction and expanding businesses.

Click here to learn more about retail opportunities in Muskogee.

 

The Muskogee City-County Port Authority’s Business Development Office, in conjunction with the City of Muskogee works to implement an economic development program designed to increase business investment and job opportunities in the Muskogee community. Click here to visit their website and learn more about Business and Economic Development in Muskogee.

 

The Muskogee City-County Port Authority works to ensure the continued viability of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System while encouraging retention, expansion, and location of industry to benefit the City of Muskogee, Muskogee County and the State of Oklahoma. Click here to visit their website and more about industrial opportunities in Muskogee.


The Chamber provides educational support, recognition, and networking opportunities to retain and grow businesses and industries in the greater Muskogee area.

Agri-Business Committee

Actively involved in supporting local agricultural businesses, the Chamber distributes an Agricultural Resource Guide and serves as a sounding board for events like the Muskogee Farmers’ Market. We also support the Muskogee Regional Junior Livestock Show by hosting a Business After Hours in conjunction with the event.

 

Retail Promotion

The Chamber actively participates, providing resources for the holiday retail promotion and local shopping initiatives throughout the year.

 

Muskogee Vision

We serve as a think tank to facilitate discussion and recommend revitalization strategies for the city of Muskogee.

 

Chamber University

Quarterly workshops designed to help members provide affordable education to their employees on topics that are important in business today. Subjects range from how to build business relationships and customer service to keeping up with today’s technology.

 

Local Business & Industry Committee

The Chamber co-sponsors this committee with The Port of Muskogee Business Development and Indian Capital Technology Center. The BIC hosts an annual awards banquet to recognize local industry accomplishments.

 

Magic Promotions Committee

We sponsor community-wide annual retail promotions including Muskogee’s Magic Holiday Giveaway, an Azalea Festival Promotion, and the Fall Festival of Fabulous Savings.

 

Member-to-Member Promotions

The Chamber encourages members to do business with other members through a robust member-to-member discount program.

 

Membership Directory

We provide a resource directory of the Chamber membership arranged alphabetically and by category to encourage member-to-member business.

 

Success Expo

We plan and implement a business-to-business marketing event designed to showcase member businesses and organizations, and provide a forum for employers and employees as well as free training seminars.

 

Women’s Leadership Conference

The Chamber plans and implements a marketing event and conference program designed to develop women’s business skills and help women business owners improve their bottom line.

Chamber Events

Our events are great opportunities to network, have fun and become more involved in Muskogee. We pride ourselves on hosting excellent, professional and fun events that help local businesses and enhance the experience of being a Chamber member.

The Annual Banquet

The Chamber’s Annual Banquet is typically held in late March of each year and includes a fun theme and exciting entertainment for the average 350+ attendees.  The Banquet celebrate’s the successes of the past year and recognizes notable companies and volunteers that are key to the successful execution  the Chamber’s mission.  This event sells out every year and many area business leaders have said it is “the best and most fun Chamber Banquet they attend throughout the year.”

Thursday, March 28, 2018 (tentative).


Agri-Business Appreciation Dinner

The agricultural community is very important to the economy of Muskogee.  We recognize the Agricultural Business community each Fall with an Appreciation dinner.

October 12, 2017 .


Chamber Golf Classic2013 Golf Classic

Generally the first organized golf tournament of the season, the Chamber’s golf outing offers a fun, relaxing, and definitely competitive day in April each year.  We include fun games on the holes, great prizes and lunch with your entry.  In addition to just being fun, the Chamber Golf Classic provides an effective way to bring your sales team, important clients, prospective customers and partners closer together to build relationships and socialize in a casual environment. Great business deals are made on the golf course! This event sells out every year so be sure to RSVP early.

MORE INFO COMING SOON

 


Women’s Leadership Conference

2013WomensLeadershipConferenceIn partnership with our hosting sponsor, Indian Capital Technology Center, the Chamber hosts a full day conference designed to provide professional and personal development.  Women from around the state come together every July for a day of diverse seminars and educational sessions by professional presenters.  The conference is carefully planned by a committee of women with the intention of energizing, supporting and educating attendees making this event a must for any female in the business industry from entry level to the CEO.  Attendees also enjoy a fashion show, an amazing lunch, Women in Leadership Awards presentations, and opportunities to build a network and gain the wisdom of 200 other women.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (tentative)

 


State of the City Address

The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce serves as a voice and a resource for our business community.  In helping meet that mission, we offer many opportunities for your business to connect with your elected officials.  Each fall the Chamber hosts a luncheon which gives the Muskogee Mayor and the current leadership of the City of Muskogee the opportunity to highlight the City’s accomplishments and goals for the upcoming year.  The event offers the opportunity to stay informed and learn about relevant issues in Muskogee, as well as having lunch with Muskogee’s elected officials and others in the business community.  Approximately 350 people attend this event each year.

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, October 5, 2018; 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.


My Muskogee Christmas

This holiday season the Chamber will be premiering My Muskogee Christmas. This new community-wide, month long program is designed to promote local retail and businesses, as well as enhance events taking place here in Muskogee.  The program will incentivize shoppers to come to, or stay in, Muskogee for their holiday shopping, as well as promote all the fun things to do and see during the season.

For additional details about the program, contact us.


Candidates Forums

The Chamber hosts forums during campaign season to provide opportunities for candidates for federal, state or local office to speak with Chamber members regarding their ideas and plans if elected.  Watch for details for a Fall 2017 Forum for Muskogee City Council candidates who will be on the ballot February 13, 2018.

 


Leadership Muskogee

Leadership Muskogee is a community leadership development program that seeks to inform, motivate and increase community awareness and involvement of its participants through seminars and interaction with community decision makers. Graduates from this nine month program gain the leadership skills necessary to work effectively toward the growth and development of Muskogee.

Class 24 (2017-2018) Application


Glow on the Green

Quickly becoming a favorite event by all who participate, this “Not-so-Classic” Chamber Golf Tournament is one you do not want to miss! Join us as we take over the Muskogee Golf Club after dark and play 9 holes of one of the most interesting games of golf possible!

Team of 4: $300

Single Player: $100

For more information and to register contact Sherry at (918) 682-2401

 

Community & Professional Development

The Chamber cultivates leaders who will work more comprehensively for the benefit of the entire greater Muskogee community.

 

Leadership Muskogee

Leadership Muskogee is a community leadership development program of the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to inform, motivate and increase the awareness of each participant through interaction with community decision makers during monthly seminars. Graduates from the nine month program re-enter the community with enhanced leadership skills necessary to work effectively toward the continued growth and development of Muskogee. The Leadership Muskogee Class offers eight monthly sessions.

Click here to download the Application for Class XXIII

Youth Leadership Muskogee

Youth Leadership Muskogee is a leadership development program for area high school juniors and seniors who qualify through a competitive application process. The six month program introduces participants to their community through monthly sessions designed to foster community pride and a sense of ownership.

YLM seeks to prepare area youth to make a positive difference through community leadership by developing leadership skills, increasing awareness of community resources and volunteer opportunities, building a life-long commitment to the role and responsibility of community citizenship, instilling a greater understanding of current issues through interaction and problem-solving with peers and community leaders, fostering an understanding and appreciation for the Chamber of Commerce and the business community which it represents and developing pride in the community.

Community Profile

This burly city has a rich and varied history. Many cultures have come together over time to create this unique community. Muskogee was established in 1872, but its history goes back much further. Three Rivers — the Arkansas, Grand and Verdigris — were the natural magnet that drew people to this area. The earliest Native Americans here were the Mound Builders. Since then, a wide range of people have poured into this natural trade center from all over the world.

Today, Muskogee is a business-friendly regional center of trade and commerce serving Northeast Oklahoma. It is also home to a diverse group of hard-working people. It is their strong character that gives this Oklahoma community its genuine personality.

 

Population:

City: 38,310

County: 68,078

 

Climate:

Annual Average Temperature: 61

January Average Temperature: 37

July Average Temperature: 82

Annual Rainfall: 40 inches

Annual Snowfall: 7.6 inches

Average Relative Humidity: 66%

 

Government:

Muskogee has a Council/City Manager type of government.

There is a comprehensive city plan and zoning.

Sales Tax: 8.75 %

Full time Firefighters: 100

Fire Stations: 6

Fire Insurance Rating: 4

Law Enforcement Officers: 85

 

Medical Facilities

Muskogee offers many choices in medical care for the region. Eastar Health System is a 320-bed, two-campus full-service health system serving a seven-county area and employing 870 people. The Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center has 50 beds, primary care providers, and outpatient services. Additionally, Muskogee offers 70 MD’s, 8 DO’s, 28 Dentists, 4 Optometrists, 3 Podiatrists, 8 Chiropractors and 4 clinics.

Eastar Health System – www.eastarhealth.com

Veterans Affairs Medical Center – www.muskogee.va.gov

 

Recreational and Social Facilities

Number of Parks: 32

Number of Tennis Courts: 13

Number of Swimming Facilities: 6

Number of Theaters: 3

Number of Public Libraries: 1

 

Lakes

Fort Gibson Lake

Greenleaf Lake

Tenkiller Lake

Eufaula Lake

Webber’s Falls Lake

 

Residential Real Estate

Cost of Living Index: 86.6 %

The average cost of a single 3-bedroom 2000 s.f. home is $80,000 and the average rent for a 3 bedroom, 2000 s.f. home is $650/mo

 

Average Hourly Wages

Warehouse/Shipping: 8.04

Custodian: 6.09

Customer Service II: 9.54

Electrician: 11.61

Secretary: 10.22 w

Inspector: 9.91

Machine Operator: 10.47

Computer Operator: 9.42

 

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Community Resources

Muskogee has many support resources for residents. Several of those are listed below, from law enforcement and emergency services to city government and local utilities.

Police Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 918-683-8000 or 911

Fire Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-682-1313 or 911

Ambulance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-683-0130 or 911

Animal Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-683-8000

AT&T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …877-722-5516

Better Business Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .877-492-1266

Board of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .918-684-3700

Building Permits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .918-682-6602

Cemetery, Green Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-682-0331

Cemetery, Memorial Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 918-682-1311

City Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .918-682-6602

Civil Defense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-682-9601

Civic Center Box Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-684-6363

County Transit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .918-682-1721

Crime Stoppers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 918-682-2677

Davis Field Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-683-0699

Department of Human Services (DHS) . . . . . . . . . . . .918-684-5300

Domestic Violence Shelter (WISH) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-682-7879

Employment Office (Workforce OK) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-682-3364

Health Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-683-0321

Highway Patrol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .918-683-3256

Hospital, Eastar Health System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .918-682-5501

Love-Hatbox Sports Complex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .918-684-6302

Mayor of Muskogee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-682-6602

Muskogee Phoenix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .918-684-2828

O G & E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-522-0280

Oklahoma Natural Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-482-4513

Parks & Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-684-6302

Poison Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-764-7661

Post Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-686-5246

Public Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-682-6657

Senior Services Referral Service & Case Mgmt . . . . . 918-682-8159

Sheriff’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .918-687-1275

Social Security Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .918-687-2338

Suddenlink Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-364-7511

Tag Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-682-3763

Water Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918-682-6602

Directory

Looking for certain products or services? Search our Member Directory to find members offering just what you’re looking for.


Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Q.    What is the Chamber of Commerce?
A.     The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, 501(c)6 organization dedicated to helping grow commerce and support businesses in the Muskogee area.   Every business has different needs so we work to listen to our Members to know how we can help and have the most impact for their success.  Our annual operational plan includes five focus areas:  Business and Economic Development; Community and Professional Development; Government Relations; Marketing and Communications; and Tourism. GMACC currently has over 500 active members ranging from a one-person shop to manufacturing plants with 2,000+ employees.  We have an efficient, talented, and customer service oriented staff, and a strong and influential board of directors.
Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement
2016 Annual Report
Program of Work 2017 


Q.     How is the Chamber funded?

A.     Every Chamber of Commerce in every town will look a little different, provide different services and programs, and probably funded differently as well.  In 2016, the GMACC received 21% of our operating funds from the our generous Legacy Members and sponsors of the events and programs we provide; 16% of our income was Chamber membership dues; and 63% of our income was from the City of Muskogee for Tourism and Convention services.   Learn more about how Tourism and Conventions are funded in Muskogee, OK by clicking here.

 

Q.     We are hosting an event; will the Chamber send an email about the event in their weekly blasts?
A.     The Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is happy to promote a community event in our weekly Fun Things to Do email that goes to over 2,500 people every Thursday morning.  You may also put it on the Muskogee Community Calendar by clicking here.  Our Monday Morning Memo is reserved for Chamber business and is distributed only to Chamber membership.  We do not send information about other organizations in that Monday email.

 

Q.     How do I find out if a business is a Chamber Member?
A.     A complete list of businesses who are members of our Chamber, click here.  You may also call us anytime for a referral to one of our partner businesses.

 

Q.     Do you have information that will help me start a business in Muskogee?
A.     Yes!  We will provide you with a road map and some information specific to helping you get started.  Click here to see more.

 

Q.     I am considering relocating to the area.  Do you have any relocation information.
A.     Yes, we are happy to provide you with a complete Relocation packet.  You may call our office at 918.682.2401 to request the packet and speak to someone about specific interests or needs; or you may visit our Move to Muskogee information page by clicking here.


  Membership Questions

Q.    How much does membership to the Muskogee Chamber cost per year?
A.    Our membership rates vary based on the number of employees and the type of business you have.  We also have rates for individual members and small businesses.  For details on rates and how to join the Chamber, download a 2017 Membership Application

 

Q.    Why should I be a member of the Chamber of Commerce?
A.     Chamber membership offers a wide variety of benefits and resources that can enhance your business.  To see Chamber Benefits and Features click here.

 

Q.     How do I update my company’s directory listing?
A.    You may login to your member account to update information, pay an invoice or view additional information exclusive to Chamber members.  Click here to go to the Member Login page.

 

Q.    If my employer is a member of the Chamber, does that make me a member?
A.    Yes!  If your employer has joined the Chamber they are providing all of their employees with access to, and benefits of, the Chamber.  The business is always listed as the member and you may need to contact the person who oversees Chamber of Commerce relations with your company to be able to access some information.  Individuals may also join the Chamber.  Click here for more information on  joining the Chamber.

 

Q.    How can my company be included in the Member Spotlight?
A.    Our Member Spotlight is chosen by random drawing every month.  All Chamber Members in good standing are eligible to be drawn.

 

Q.     How do I pay my annual Membership Dues online?
A.     Visit the Member Login page and login into your account to pay your dues.

 

Q.     How can my company sponsor a specific event or program hosted by the Chamber?
A.     We offer sponsorship opportunities for a wide variety of events, programs and activities.   Download our 2017 POP here.

 

Q.     Do I have to be a member of the Chamber to attend events and programs?
A.      Some of our events are exclusive to Chamber members; however the majority of events and meetings we host are open to anyone who wants to attend.  If there is a fee to attend the Member price is lower than the non-member price.  If there is a specific event or activity you’re interested in attending, please contact us for further information.

 

Q.     Can the Chamber provide me with a list of all the businesses in Muskogee?
A.     We do not keep a list of every business in Muskogee.  We do have a list of businesses that are our Chamber Members.  Member listings are provided free to the public by visiting the Membership Directory link on our web site.  Mailing labels for each business may be provided at a cost of $40, or $30 for Chamber Members.  We do not provide lists of contact information for our Members.


Visiting and Tourism

Q.    When is the best time to visit Muskogee to see the Azaleas at Honor Heights Park?
A.     Azaleas are incredibly fickle according to the weather and hard to predict.  Typically, the first and second week in April are ideal.  It is always best to the call the City of Muskogee’s Park and Recreation Department if the azaleas are an important part of your visit.  The Parks and Recreation Department may be reached at 918.684.6302.

 

Q.    Can I buy Real Okie merchandise online?
A.     Yes!  You can buy Real Okie merchandise in our online store.  Go to the Real Okie Store now.

 

Q.     Where can I find a Tourist Information Center and get more information about what to do and where to stay in Muskogee.
A.     We have a variety of ways you can obtain this information.  Please click here to find a site just right for you.

 

Q.     Does Muskogee have a bus station and where is it located?
A.     Muskogee does have a bus station.  Union Bus Depot is located at the Phillips 66 Station at 3950 N. 32nd St.   The phone number is 918.682.1371

 

Have more questions?  Please call or email us.

 

Government Relations

The Chamber provides opportunities for members to become informed on legislative issues and proactively supports Muskogee and its business community with the appropriate government entities.

 

Paul Revere Legislative Affairs

We sponsor local public forums and town hall meetings and serve as the catalyst for proactive community partnerships on matters affecting public policy. The Chamber also monitors state and federal legislative activities on behalf of small business.

 

State of the City Address

The Chamber coordinates the annual luncheon held in September, featuring the State of the City Address from the Mayor of Muskogee.

 

Military Affairs Task Force

We have purposed to build relationships between the community and nearby Camp Gruber. The task force realizes that communication is the key to continued growth and support for Camp Gruber and the large economic impact the base has on the surrounding communities, especially Muskogee and Davis Field.

 

State Chamber Military Affairs Committee

This committee maintains direct communication with the State Chamber of Commerce, supporting their military affairs efforts and the Oklahoma Strategic Planning Commission without duplication. The purpose is to maintain this multi-billion dollar industry in the State of Oklahoma from the US Department of Defense.

 

Political Forums

The Chamber provides opportunities for candidates for federal, state or local office to speak with the Chamber members regarding their ideas and plans if elected.

 

Prosperity Project

The Oklahoma Prosperity Project is a partnership between The State Chamber, more than 1,300 leading Oklahoma companies and nearly 100 local chambers of commerce and trade associations. The project is dedicated to helping our workforce “vote smart” on Election Day by educating them on issues that will keep our economy strong.

 

Oklahoma Mid-Size City Coalition

The Chamber participates in this effort to bring deserved funding for viable and important projects to their member cities through legislative action.

 

Washington DC Fly-in

The Muskogee Chamber of Commerce participates in meetings with officials in Washington DC about local, state and federal economic issues, organized by the State Chamber or Tulsa Regional Chamber.

Join the Chamber

Creating and maintaining strong partnerships with the business community is critical to meeting our mission at the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce.

Our staff, board and Ambassadors are committed to promoting and supporting our members.  Becoming a member of the Chamber is an investment for your business.

Click here to see more benefits and features of joining the Chamber


To download the application form and view annual dues amounts, click here  2017 Membership Application.

Military & Veteran Banners

REAL.OKIE MILITARY AND VETERAN BANNER PROJECT

The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce Military and Veteran Banner program recognizes and honors those brave individuals who are serving, or who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The program was created to recognize and show appreciation for veterans and military personnel and their families who live, or have lived, in the Muskogee area. Banners will display a photo of the service person, as well as their name, rank and dates of service and branch of the United Stated Armed Forces.

DEADLINE for SUBMISSIONS
The deadline to submit an application for a banner is SEPTEMBER 8, 2017.


QUALIFICATIONS
To qualify for the Military and Veteran Banner Program, the following criteria must be met:

The honoree is an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces; OR the honoree is a retired or honorably discharged member of the United States Armed Forces who has, or did, reside in Muskogee, or resided in Muskogee and are now deceased; OR

The applicant must be a current resident of Muskogee County or have resided .


BANNER LOCATIONS
Banners will be located throughout Downtown Muskogee, then to other downtown streets as quantity necessitates. Banners will be installed and displayed approximately October 1st through November 27th.


BANNER STYLE AND DISPLAY
Each banner is double sided, full color, 18″ x 36″ and custom made with an image of the honoree. Upon removal, the banner will be given to the honoree or applicant and eligible to re-use the following year.

For more information, please contact the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce at 918.682.2401 or email Angela@muskogeechamber.org

Move to Muskogee

Life is beautiful in Muskogee!

Muskogee is a place we are proud to call home. Whether you live, work or just play here, Muskogee is a city with a rich heritage, numerous activities, quality amenities, and a sense of pride and ownership in our city. We have an excellent system of attractive parks throughout the city, including the famous Honor Heights Park where you can enjoy 122 acres of some of the most beautiful flowers and flowering trees in the world. We have become a regional hub for higher education, medical and health services, transportation of goods and retail shopping. We love to share our rich history at our many fine museums as well as through our vibrant public art program sponsored by the Muskogee Arts Council. We’re known throughout the region for our fabulous antique shopping and our historic downtown is a delight.


Community Profile

This burly city sits at the junction of three major rivers that brought Native Americans, explorers, traders and pioneers. Today, those same groups and many others come by way of three major highways. No matter how they got here, these incredibly diverse groups come together to form the unique character of the place we know as Muskogee.

Those same highways make it easy to get around, and get outside. Those great rivers and their lakes lie just beyond the city borders in the foothills of the Ozark mountains. Boating, fishing, hiking, camping, hunting and wildlife watching are just a few of the things Muskogee residents enjoy year-round.

A strong economy and proactive business development is bringing jobs, good housing and retail business growth. Education fuels that growth with a good public school system, Indian Capital Technology Center and several higher education institutions nearby.

Muskogee is becoming known for its attractions with an eccentric twist. The Renaissance Faire in May is one of the country’s biggest. A BBQ and Chili Cook-off, a Mud Volleyball Tournament and a Cardboard Regatta are just a few of the popular annual events in the city. Honor Heights Park and the Veterans Center bring thousands of visitors every year. Residents get to enjoy it all without even having to leave home.

Muskogee is full of genuine characters who have survived some hard times. Together, they make up the rich fabric of this strong Northeast Oklahoma city.


Population

City: 38,776

County: 68,078

Climate

Annual Average Temperature: 61

January Average Temperature: 37

July Average Temperature: 82

Annual Rainfall: 40 inches

Annual Snowfall: 7.6 inches

Average Relative Humidity: 66%

Government

Muskogee has a Council/City Manager type of government.

There is a comprehensive city plan and zoning.

Sales Tax: 9.15 %

Full time Firefighters: 100

Fire Stations: 6

Fire Insurance Rating: 4

Law Enforcement Officers: 85

Medical Facilities

Muskogee offers many choices in medical care for the region. Saint Francis Hospital is a 320-bed, two-campus full-service health system serving a seven-county area and employing 870 people. The Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center has 50 beds, primary care providers, and outpatient services. Additionally, Muskogee offers 70 MD’s, 8 DO’s, 28 Dentists, 4 Optometrists, 3 Podiatrists, 8 Chiropractors and 4 clinics.

Saint Francis Hospital

Jack C. Montgomery, Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Public Facilities

Number of Parks: 32

Number of Tennis Courts: 13

Number of Swimming Facilities: 6

Number of Theaters: 3

Number of Public Libraries: 1

Lakes

Fort Gibson Lake

Greenleaf Lake

Tenkiller Lake

Eufaula Lake

Webber’s Falls Lake

Average Hourly Wages

Warehouse/Shipping: 8.04

Custodian: 6.09

Customer Service II: 9.54

Electrician: 11.61

Secretary: 10.22 w

Inspector: 9.91

Machine Operator: 10.47

Computer Operator: 9.42

Residential Real Estate

Cost of Living Index: 86.6 %

The median home price in Muskogee is $85,200, while the median rent for a one bedroom apartment is $641.

My Muskogee Christmas

 

NOVEMBER 25 – SHOP SMALL SATURDAY hosted by the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce. Shop at local retailers and check in on Facebook with hashtag #mymuskogeechristmas for a chance to win $100 cash! Drawing will be held Monday, November 27th. Participating Businesses:

  • Hattie’s House
  • Mattie Jane’s
  • Poppy’s Garden
  • Planet Unique
  • Pinon Creek Trading Company
  • Hoopes Hardware
  • Creations Sew Fabulous

NOVEMBER 27 – MAGIC HOLIDAY SQUARES presented by Okie Country 101.7. Listen live starting on November 27th for chances to win cash and prizes. One of the prizes is $500 cash! Okiecountry1017.com for more details.

DECEMBER 2 – SOUTHERN LIVING event at Dillard’s Department Store from 11:00am – 4:00pm.

DECEMBER 2 – MUSKOGEE CHRISTMAS PARADE, 5:00pm in Downtown Muskogee. For more information Main Street Muskogee.

DECEMBER 4 – 6 – LIVE REINDEER! Meet Santa’s live reindeer from 5:00pm – 7:00pm inside Arrowhead Mall next to Dillard’s. Check in on Facebook with hashtag #mymuskogeechristmas for a chance to win CASH!!!

DECEMBER 7 – MISTLETOE MARKET hosted by the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce. Come shop with local vendors for that perfect holiday gift. Vendors spaces available. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. The Mistletoe Market is from 2:00pm – 8:00pm at the Martin Luther King Community Center. For more information Visitmuskogee.com.

DECEMBER 9 – CAMP OUT FOR KIDS hosted by the Muskogee Police Department. Help them collect new unwrapped toys for the kids in Muskogee. The camp out will start Saturday, December 9th at 2:00pm and go through Sunday, December 10th at 5:00pm in front of Wal-Mart. All toys are donated to the Salvation Army in support of the Angel Tree.

DECEMBER 12 – TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Shop Arrowhead Mall December 1 – 12th during the Twelve Days of Christmas promotion and enter to win a $2,500 shopping spree! The winning ticket will be drawn at 6:30pm on December 12th. You must be present to win. Door prizes, live radio remote with Okie Country 101.7 and more! For more information visit Arrowhead Mall on Facebook.

DECEMBER 13 -14 – DOG PHOTOS WITH SANTA at Arrowhead Mall. Times TBD.

DECEMBER 17 – SANTA’S REINDEER at the Papilion at Honor Heights Park. Feed the reindeer, get your picture with them and more from 5:30pm – 9:30pm.

DECEMBER 20 – YETI COOLER GIVEAWAY sponsored by Kyle Edwards Buick GMC. Visit the dealership at 1600 North Main Street in Muskogee all month long and enter your name in to win! One entry per person.

HAPPENING ALL MONTH LONG

GARDEN OF LIGHTS AT HONOR HEIGHTS PARK – November 24 – January 1

CASTLE CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE OF MUSKOGEE – November 23 – December 31

SANTA CLAUS AT ARROWHEAD MALL – Catch Santa as he arrives on Black Friday at Arrowhead Mall and will be there until December 24.

WINTER SKATE – Opening night is November 24 and is open Thursdays – Sundays each week, admission is $5 per person. For more information call 918.683.4600 or follow them on Facebook at Muskogee Winter Skate.

Printable Copy of Program of Work

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Start a Business

We want to help you be successful in starting a business here in Muskogee!  Our Chamber can provide guidance on how to get started in your journey to becoming a business owner.  Use our “road map” to help you get started, to navigate obtaining the required permits and documentation, and to provide lists of contacts and resources that will be helpful to you to make forward progress.Click on any of the Road Map Stops below to get more information and help with each.  We recommend you follow the Road Map in the order we have provided but some adjustments can be made to your trip to accommodate where you are in the start-up process.

Road Map Stop #1-Create a Business Plan
Road Map Stop #2-Choose a Location
Road Map Stop #3-Establish a Business Structure
Road Map Stop #4-Register with the State of Oklahoma
Road Map Stop #5-Secure Financing
Road Map Stop #6-Register with Tax Entities
Road Map Stop #7-Obtain Professional & Occupational Licenses
Road Map Stop #8-Understand & Implement City of Muskogee Processes and Permits

 

Need or want additional educational opportunities or advice?  Consider attending the monthly Muskogee Small Business Forum series.  The Small Business Forum Series is a partnership between the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Muskogee.  The sessions will be provided free of charge to any one who wishes to attend.  Topics each month include important issues for business including topics such as “Over the Top Customer Service”, “Building Your Network”, “Maximizing Social Media,” and much more.  Check back for dates, times and location of these monthly Forums.

Please contact Kevin Igert at the Chamber, 918.682.2401 or via email at kevin@muskgoeechamber.org if we can help you.

 

Tourism

In January 2011, the Muskogee community voted to increase the Hotel/Motel “Lodging Tax” from 3% to 8%, a vote that passed by 76%.  This tax is paid by visitors and others who stay in Muskogee lodging facilities is directed by City Ordinance to be used for Convention and Tourism in Muskogee.  See the Hotel Motel Tax Ordinance here.

In 2006, the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce applied for and received the Convention and Tourism contract from the City of Muskogee for the first time with an allocation of $208,000 for tourism services.  We have received that contract each year since, increasing from that original $208,000 budget to over a $600,000 allocation and budget.

The 2011 vote, and the collaborative work of the City of Muskogee, the Chamber of Commerce, the Tourism Committee, the local hoteliers, our current attractions and visitor sites, and the City of Muskogee Foundation, has allowed for phenomenal success and progress for Muskogee Tourism.  Strategic use of the Hotel / Motel Tax funds is imperative.  A plan that began with a Community Branding process to help identify everything Muskogee as “Real. Okie” led the efforts and success to date.  This brand has given Muskogee a cohesive look and feel, addressed and increased community pride, and gives people a reason to be proud Okie’s From Muskogee.

The Chamber’s Tourism efforts are led by an 11 person committee made up of appointees from the City of Muskogee, Muskogee City Council, Chamber Board leadership, the Muskogee Hotel and Lodging Association, and community stakeholders.  Click here to see the list of Tourism Committee Members.