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Oklahoma City, OK  April 25, 2005 National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and former Governor of Michigan John Engler, and Center for America (CFA) Chairman Steve Hantler, told state leaders today at the Capitol the time has come for legal reform in Oklahoma for businesses and consumers. 

CFA Chairman Steve Hantler


“The Lieutenant Governor should be commended for her efforts,” said Engler. “For everyone who has a payroll and cashes a payroll check, it is essential that we accomplish legal reform at the state level to create a predictable business environment that will enable us to compete

NAM President John Engler

 successfully at home and against our competitors around the globe."


“Oklahoma is at a crossroads and the economic well-being of the Oklahoma families, communities and businesses hang in the balance,” said Hantler.  “Their well-being depends on state leaders making a commitment to the goal of restoring fairness and predictability to the legal system.”                 


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Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce


Our Mission:
To make Oklahoma "The State of Choice for Business".

Our Vision:
The State Chamber's business advocacy will be the most valued membership investment for Oklahoma business.


The State Chamber, Oklahoma's Association of Business and Industry is the state's most effective lobbying organization representing all types and sizes of business.


We are a private, nonprofit, business-membership organization designed to advocate business needs at the state and federal levels. Our staff consists of 21 professionals, including ten registered lobbyists.


While The State Chamber's primary mission is to represent business interests at the capitol, we also provide services and programs designed to address the specific needs of small business, manufacturing, community development and education.


The State Chamber's membership is more than 2,000 individual business locations, in 25 states. More than 50 percent of our members have less than 35 employees.


The State Chamber's policy is developed and set by a volunteer membership corps comprised of more than 650 professionals involved in more than 30 separate committees, task forces and councils. Their recommendations are then taken to the full Board of Directors for policy approval.


Our organization is 73 years old and serves as both The State Chamber and the State Manufacturers' Association for all Oklahoma businesses.
Affiliate organizations of The State Chamber include: Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives; Oklahoma Economic Development Council; and,
Oklahoma 2000, Inc.


In 1990, The State Chamber became the nation's first accredited state chamber. In 1996, we became the first state chamber in the nation to become re-accredited. We are proud of the designation and continue to use the re-accreditation process as a tool for future growth and development.




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