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Chamber to resume events next month

By Jeff Harrison
Managing Editor

The Midwest City Chamber of Commerce announced plans to begin hosting social events next month.

The Midwest City Chamber of Commerce will resume regular events beginning next moth. The organization put all activities on hold due to the coronavirus. (Staff photo by Jeff Harrison)

Bonnie Cheatwood, executive director, said the organization will begin hosting regular social networking events. The Chamber was forced to postpone numerous events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cheatwood said they will resume events as allowed under phase three of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s Open Up and Recover Safely plan and with precautions for social distancing and sanitation.

“Every event that we’re planning we will follow all the guidelines,” Cheatwood said.

The Chamber will kick off its reopening with a Business After Hours event July 9 at Andy’s Altitude 1921.

The group hosts Business After Hours, Sunrise Social, and Speed Networking Lunch, and ribbon cuttings and grand openings every month.

Tinker and the Primes is scheduled for Aug. 18-20 at the Sheraton Midwest City at Reed Conference Center. Cheatwood said they have received strong feedback from vendors and participants, but the Department of Defense is still under restrictions due to the virus.

The Chamber Golf Tournament has been rescheduled for Sept. 10. Other events planned include Picnic with Protectors Sept. 17, SASSEE luncheon Oct. 22, and Veteran’s Day Parade and Reception Nov. 11.

The Leadership Midwest City Class was postponed due to the coronavirus. The group will resume its weekly meetings in August. The annual Taste of Midwest City, a fundraiser organized by the Leadership class, has been put on hold. The event includes food sample tastings local restaurants and raises money for local non-profit organizations. They are exploring other options since the restaurant industry was hit hard by the virus.

The Chamber has been promoting local businesses and the community through social media and on its electronic billboard near SE 29th St. and Air Depot Blvd.

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