Notebook: November 2015
Topics of interest to Tulsans
Young Tulsan launches business
Fifteen-year-old Remmi Smith’s goals include developing her own cookware and chefwear lines, and the energetic teen will likely achieve them. She is already a growing force in the world of food and nutrition.
Smith, who has her own online cooking show and cookbook and is the student ambassador for Sodexo, was recently named the winner of Cox Business’ “Get Started Tulsa” competition to encourage entreprenuership. She won $10,000 in cash and prizes to launch her new business, Chef Club Box.
The company, which Smith says will launch by December, is a monthly subscription service that delivers a box of snacks and other products that encourage a healthy lifestyle for children.
“Chef stands for ‘Cook healthy exercise frequently,” Smith says. “My platform is eliminating the childhood obesity issue in America.”
She says she hones her business pitching skills by watching ABC’s “Shark Tank” with her dad most Friday nights.
Don’t be surprised if Smith is someday pitching to Mark Cuban, Daymond John and the rest of the “sharks.” Perhaps she’ll be one of them herself.
Tulsa STEM chosen for national initiative
The STEM Funders Network chose Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance to help launch the STEM Ecosystems Initiative, a national project that seeks to nurture and scale effective STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for young people.
Twenty-seven cities were chosen from 70 invited applicants. Participants will form a national Community of Practice with expert coaching and support from leaders such as superintendents, scientists, industry professionals and others. The White House will host its first gathering this month.
Jenks band invited to Rose Parade
The Jenks Trojan Pride Marching Band is one of 20 international bands — and the only
Oklahoma band — selected to perform in the prestigious Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2016, at the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California.
Bands are chosen based on musicianship, marching ability and entertainment or special interest value. In addition to marching in the 5.5-mile parade, bands also perform in one of three events on Dec. 29 and 30 at Pasadena City College.
Between 700,000 and 1 million people attend the parade each year, and tens of millions watch it on television, according to the Tournament of Roses.
Bands must raise all funds for travel and accommodations. More than $600,000 is needed to send 250 individuals from Jenks. To support the band’s trip, visit www.jenksband.com or call AnnAline Drake at 336-906-2528.
Baker partners with Women in Recovery
Heather Matheson recently moved her home-based cookie business, Peace, Love & Cookies, to Women in Recovery, a program of Family & Children’s Services.
Women in Recovery is an intensive outpatient alternative for women who face incarceration for nonviolent, drug-related offenses. Participants help Matheson make and package the cookies from the kitchen that houses Women in Recovery’s culinary programs.
Matheson also contributes 10 percent of her sales to Women in Recovery.