Business Intelligence Report
6:49 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Conifer Commerce: Oklahoma's Lingering Drought Means Higher Prices, Smaller Trees

Joseph Hollowell and Drew Polk hold a Christmas tree in the tree shaker at Sorghum Mill Tree Farm in Edmond.
Credit Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The weather is turning colder, and it’s been wet and dreary all week, so Oklahoma’s long-term drought doesn’t necessarily come to mind the way it does during the summer month.

We’ve discussed the effects of Oklahoma’s drought on the cattle ranching industry, but the ongoing climate event also impacts a different kind of agricultural worker – Christmas tree farmers.

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Business and Economy
11:57 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.5 Percent

Credit Kate Hiscock / Flickr Creative Commons

State officials say Oklahoma's unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent last month.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the state added 3,600 jobs last month. The state has added 36,600 jobs since October 2013.

Six of the state's nine reported seasonally adjusted sectors recorded job gains last month. Mining and logging added 1,600 jobs and construction 1,300.

The leisure and hospitality provided the largest decline with 2,100 jobs lost. Financial activities and government also shed jobs in October.

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Aviation Industry
8:23 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Boeing To Add Jobs In Oklahoma City

Credit Boeing

Boeing plans to move most of its defense and support-related services from Washington state to cities that include Oklahoma City and St. Louis.

Boeing said Monday the moves are part of efforts to improve the competitiveness of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security unit.

The company says about 900 jobs could move to Oklahoma City and up to 500 to St. Louis in about three years. About 2,000 employees could be affected by the move that also include jobs being sent to Jacksonville, Florida, and Patuxent River, Maryland.

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Planet Money
4:20 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Why Do We Sign For Things? A Rabbi, A Lawyer And A MasterCard Exec Explain

David Kestenbaum's signature
David Kestenbaum NPR

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:21 am

Take a look at your signature the next time you buy something with a credit card. Maybe you spell out every letter. Maybe you just put a squiggly line. The other day, I drew a tree.

Signing is a very old ritual, according to Rabbi Pinchas Allouche. He's a scholar of the Talmud, a collection of Jewish texts that's over 1,000 years old.

The Talmud not only mentions signatures; it has rules for them. "A scribble is prohibited," Allouche says. The name has to be legible. "Just yesterday, when signing a Toys R Us receipt, I thought of the Talmud," he says.

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Business and Economy
2:14 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

The 'Instant Gratification' Economy

Instacart is a same-day grocery delivery startup and one of the "instant gratification" services Liz Gannes looks at in a Re/code special series. (Instacart)

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 2:10 pm

Services like the ride-sharing company Uber are making it easier than ever for Americans to get what they want, when they want it.

Liz Gannes of Re/code writes about the so-called “instant gratification” economy that allows people to get everything from a tamale to a house cleaner on-demand.

She joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss how these services — how they work, where they’re available and whether the companies are financially sustainable.

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Business Intelligence Report
9:31 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Top Business Stories: Hotel Investors, Pigeons & Busses

A Cabela's near Fort Worth, Texas.
Credit Matt Howry / Flickr Creative Commons

Two weeks ago, the Oklahoma City Council agreed to consider giving incentives to Cabela’s, an outdoor retailer.

Then, the company announced that it will build an 80,000-square-foot store in the new Chisholm Creek development. That project is coming together near the John Kilpatrick Turnpike and Western Avenue.

The city admitted that it was negotiating with the store before the announcement.

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6:58 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Lessons In Leadership: It's Not About You. (It's About Them)

Ronald Heifetz draws on his training as a psychiatrist to coach aspiring leaders at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 6:15 pm

Ronald Heifetz has been a professor of public leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School for three decades, teaching classes that have included aspiring business leaders and budding heads of state. Each year, he says, the students start his course thinking they'll learn the answer to one question:

As leaders, how can they get others to follow them?

Heifetz says that whole approach is wrong.

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1:11 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Shrinking and Growing, New Census Data Reveals State Population Trends

The McAlester, Okla. area is losing population at one of the highest rates in the nation, according to information released this week by the U.S. Census.
A drive to keep a local shoe store chain in McAlester failed. Despite area business leaders' best efforts, the store closed Monday. The local Blockbuster video will soon follow suit, just as has been the case in other cities and towns.