Sealed with a Kiss - 25th Anniversary

Tell us about your company

Sealed with a Kiss began in 1993 as a knitting pattern design house. An early leader in self-publishing, SWAK patterns and books have been distributed to yarn shops and knitters throughout the world. A few years after our inception, we opened to the public offering fine yarns and supplies to those who knit and crochet. Our expertise and experience are unparalleled, and we supplement this by hosting renowned designers and instructors for special workshops. In addition to offering the finest of yarns and fibers, we also create our own in-house line of hand painted yarns and clothing. SWAK is more than just a yarn shop, offering free classes, stylish handbags, and comfy clothing.

What's one thing that makes your company great?

In one word - community! We truly love what we do. Nothing brings people together quite like knitting and crochet. We sell yarn, we teach our craft, but in the process provide so much more. We take our role in creating a sense of community quite seriously, and are very proud of our accomplishments in this area

Why is Guthrie a great community to be a part of?

Guthrie provides a unique backdrop for our business. I couldn’t imagine being poked into a sterile strip mall in an impersonal big city setting. Guthrie is one odd and quirky place, surrounded by beautiful architecture and a unique history creating an environment for our creativity and community to thrive.

Why is your company a part of the Chamber?

Because of our strong sense of community, we are a part of the Chamber. It is refreshing to see the Chamber taking such an active role in community building, embracing the new while respecting our unique history.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

My students. I volunteer at my son’s school (St. Mary’s Catholic School) teaching graphic design to thirty middle school students. Their ideas, stories and accomplishments never fail to bring a smile to my face!

Join us for the Anniversary Bash on March 10th from 10-5

Keely Northup - President, owner, CEO, CFO, creative director… you name it! I wear a lot of hats.

Sealed with a Kiss - swakknit.com

Rick's Fine Chocolates and Coffees - making Valentines Day Sweeter

Tell Us about your Business

At Rick's Fine Chocolates and Coffee we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality products and services to every customer, every time. In fact, that is our actual "Mission Statement". We have a full espresso bar as well as a wide variety of non-coffee based drinks. However, what we are most know for is our Chocolates. In fact, we make over 150 different products right here in our little shop. 

What is one thing at makes your business great?

Chocolate.........ok, it's actually the people. The community we serve is so supportive and generous. We couldn't do it without them.

Why is Guthrie a great community to be apart of?

Guthrie is a great community to be apart of because of the diversity of businesses and people and culture that all seamless work together as one unit to improve the quality of life for us all. 

What are you apart of the Chamber?

We invest in the Guthrie Chamber to be apart of the economic development and cohesive goal of ensuring businesses are successful and continue to thrive within our community and surrounding areas. The Guthrie Chamber has come so far in it's own person growth in the past few years and I am proud say, "I am a loyal Guthrie Chamber investor".

 

Citizen's Bank is in Edmond, but they choose to be apart of Guthrie America

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For four generations, Citizens Bank has grown up with the Edmond and surrounding community. We're the bank that will love you back! Our community spirit, cash mobs, Heard on Hurd, and amazing team will quickly demonstrate how community banking is different. Our team is 55 strong and dedicated to being an innovation leader in the finance industry, you'll find BIG things happen at this little bank.

Citizens Bank of Edmond continues to operate on the same downtown Edmond intersection where it was founded in April 1901. We are an independent $250-million-asset institution and an innovative leader in the community banking industry. We happily provide commercial and consumer financial services, mortgage origination, cash management and mobile banking solutions as well as accessibility through non-traditional avenues. At our award-winning bank, you'll find old-fashioned service combined with leading-edge technology.

“Small businesses are the mechanisms and the drivers of this economy!” says Citizens Bank of Edmond President & CEO, Jill Castilla. In response to customer need, Citizens Bank of Edmond will be opening a spot in Midtown OKC which will deploy technology never before seen in banking. This hub will be an unmanned and fully functional banking location with the same dedication to community and customer service.

Citizens is proud to be launching a co-working space in downtown Edmond, Vault 405. Community and commerce meet at Vault 405, an innovative co-working space that serves as a catalyst for collaboration and creativity for Edmond and surrounding communities. Vault 405, powered by Citizens Bank of Edmond, is a vibrant new workspace for entrepreneurs, small businesses, independent contractors and other creative Oklahomans looking for a hub for networking and productivity.

Citizens Bank of Edmond is committed to serving Oklahoma through many avenues. Heard on Hurd is a huge community block party that takes place on the third Saturday of the month March-October. Heard on Hurd brings neighbors together in a single location to celebrate all things local: shop, eat, dine, and bank local. The vision of Heard on Hurd is to create a local movement that revitalizes downtown Edmond, provide an avenue for local downtown and Oklahoma City area merchants to prosper, and drive excitement for all things local on social media. Citizens supports many local organizations such as Peppers Ranch, Edmond Public Schools, The Oklahoma Council on Economic Education and many more in daily initiatives. As Citizens Bank of Edmond, we are fiercely passionate about the Oklahoma community, innovation and staying true to our 116 year history.

To learn more about Citizens, visit www.CitizensEdmond.com. SOCIAL MEDIA: Be sure to check us out on social media to see the latest updates during the day. Check out our Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Helping People Makes Me Happy

Where to begin? I have worked in insurance for about 6 years.  It suits me well.  I have always worked in customer service, so helping people makes me happy.  I appreciate structure and rules.  I am not a spontaneous person.  I am not a thrill seeker either.  Roller coasters, scary movies, sky diving, bungee jumping, ect. are not my idea of a good time.  I do enjoy reading, getting to know people, solving problems, learning new things and sharing that info with someone.  This is why I love working in the insurance industry.  Before I worked in insurance, I worked in healthcare as a respiratory therapist.  I realized very quickly I liked people too much to see them sick and suffering all the time.  I wanted to help people in a different way.  Then came insurance. 

 Before AAA, I worked for 2 State Farm agents in Shawnee and MWC.  When my husband took a job near Stillwater, I started looking for a job closer to where we live in Perkins.  I met with AAA about opportunities within their company.  They told me they needed an agent in Guthrie.  Two months later I had signed a lease on an office space and spent the next couple of months getting everything ready to open for business.  We officially opened on February 02, 2015.  I remember getting the office decorated and the computers all setup and thinking now what? We were open but had no customers!  So I went out in the community.  I joined the Chamber and met all of you wonderful people.  I cherish the friendships I have made since I have been here.  People always ask me if I am from Guthrie.  Although I do not live in Guthrie, I did go to preschool here at Tree House Pre-school.  My family moved shortly after.  It is good to be back!  We have been open for almost 3 years now.  We just moved into a bigger office space to accommodate our growing business.  I am looking to bring more team members on for 2018.  I had a 5 year plan that happened 2 years early thanks to this community. 

 

AAA has been a great company to work with.  Here is a little history lesson for you: They were the first auto club formed in 1902, has offered insurance for over 100 years, produced maps and depicted roads, introduced road signs as landmarks, set the standard for safe driving programs, introduced tourbooks and the School Safety Patrol program, adopted the AAA Diamond rating for hotels, and so much more.  We offer insurance for your home, auto, life, and commercial needs.  If there is anything I can help with, please give me a call at 405-293-6633 or stop by our new office at 622 S Division St in Guthrie.

Thank you for allowing me to serve this great community!

#ChooseGuthrie

Sara Whitt – AAA insurance agent

sara.whitt@aaaok.org  

Redefining Failure - Becky McCray

I think it's time to stop calling things a failure just because they come to an end. This comes up because I asked a friend about a project in her town that rehabbed downtown buildings. 

"It's not really active anymore," she said with more than a note of failure in her voice. 

Let's check that sense of failure against a record of half a dozen rehabbed buildings back in use today. I can't call that a failure. 

What about your festival that doesn't happen any more? It mattered at the time. That revitalization project that kind of fizzled out? It made a difference while it was going. 

Plenty of good projects run their course. Maybe you couldn't get enough volunteers anymore. Maybe it just didn't make financial sense to keep going. That doesn't diminish what it was while it existed. 

The SBA will count your business as a failure if it ever stops. I won't. If you served customers and you learned something while doing it, it was a success in those ways. 

When you lower the barriers to entry and encourage hundreds of new tiny businesses to sprout, you're also inviting a lot of failure. Most of those hundreds of tiny businesses will stop at some point. Unless you want the would-be entrepreneurs to be discouraged by being labeled as a failure, you're going to need to start redefining what you call it when you stop doing something. 

The coming and going of projects and businesses is like breathing; it's a natural process. 

Instead of talking about how something failed, let's start saying, "I'm really glad we had that when we did," or "I'm glad you tried that." 

Keep shaping the future of your town

A Cut Above rises to the top in lawn care

A Cut Above Lawn Service, Inc. started in 2006 with 7 customers. At that time it offered mowing services only. Today it serves over 350 customers and offers complete lawn and tree care services including: mowing, weed control, fertilization, tree removal/trimmingand custom privacy fences. The tremendous growth and success of A Cut Above is due largely to the wonderful patrons of Guthrie. This community supports its people. That is part of what makes Guthrie so great. People are more than willing to refer your business to everyone they know once they see the outstanding work you do and the service you provide. A Cut Above views its work as more than just lawn care services. It is a chance to provide something to those in need, or who may not otherwise be able to take care of their property. It is a way to give back to the community. A Cut Above has been an active member of the Guthrie Chamber since 2011. It credits the chamber with many opportunities to network and expand its customer base. 

A Cut Above is owned and operated by Jerred Young.  Jerred started his business at age 20 with just a few accounts and quickly started growing it into the thriving business it is today. Jerred has been a resident of Guthrie his entire life. You won’t meet many people that have as much pride in their hometown as he does. Anyone who knows him (and most of us do) know that he always has a smile and a story to tell everyone he sees. 

What we LOVE about Guthrie America

The City of Guthrie is a charming little town with many stories to tell and much to offer.  So many reasons to LOVE living/visiting here.

Here are just a few:

  • Local restaurants, museums, boutiques, and music shops there is always something to do for visitors and residents.
  • The city welcomed new city manager Leroy Alsup early this month and we’re excited to see Guthrie prosper under his leadership.
  • Guthrie has also begun preparing for the well-known 89er Day Celebration in April. The celebration includes a huge carnival, chuck wagon feed and auction, the 89er Queen competition, a parade, The Great Bed Race, 5K Run, and much, much more.
  • The Pollard Theater is showcasing their production of “FENCES” a play written by Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson. It is sure to be one you won’t want to miss.
  • Byron Berline of the Double Stop Fiddle Shop has several upcoming events. Always a good time. 
  • Tipsy Artist never disappoints when you are looking for a fun, artsy evening out. 

There are sooooooooo many more reasons. Why don't you name a few?? We would LOVE to hear what you LOVE about this amazing town we call home. 

Making Healthy Living Changes in the New Year

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 As we begin a new year, my motto will be this: Out with the old, in with the new. To me this means that I will think about every action and say “Is this right for me or could I be doing something different?” In health it means the same thing. So Guthrie businesses, in 2017 I encourage you to:

· Become a tobacco free worksite- not only does this create a healthier    environment, it also saves time on picking up all the tobacco litter outside.

· Make healthier choices more readily available.

·  Get up and get moving. Encourage employees to be active and support  them in those efforts.

· Rethink your Drink

Kudos to the 2017 Certified Healthy Oklahoma organizations that are being recognized for promoting health and wellness in Logan County where residents live, work, learn, and play. Congrats on setting positive examples and shaping brighter futures for Oklahomans.

Family and Children’s Consultants- Basic            

 City of Guthrie (Community)- Excellence

Langston University- Excellence                                        

City of Crescent (Community)- Merit

Logan County Health Department- Excellence              

First Baptist Church (Guthrie)- Merit

Mercy Hospital Logan County- Excellence                      

First Christian Church (Guthrie)- Merit              

Red Rock Consulting- Excellence                                      

Seventh-day Adventist Church (Guthrie)-Basic

City of Guthrie (Business)- Merit                                      

YMCA Before and After School Program- Basic

Logan County Aging- Merit                                                

First Step Academy too (Langston)-Basic

Logan Community Services- Merit                                    

Macks 512 Academy- Basic

Guthrie Early Head Start- Merit                                         

For more information about becoming involved in the Logan County Healthy Living Program grant and making a difference where we live, work, and play please contact Courtney McLemore, Wellness Coordinator for the Logan County Health Department, at 405-282-3485 or at courtneyt@health.ok.gov.

2016 Territorial Christmas

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Guthrie's Territorial Christmas begins Thanksgiving weekend and continues throughout the Christmas season, during which Guthrie puts its most festive foot forward and invites you to enjoy our celebration. It all begins with the Opening Night Ceremonies, a Lighted Parade, the Inauguration of the 2016 Territorial Governor, and Lighting of the Territorial Christmas Tree. Then, historic homes of Guthrie will be showcased in the Historic Homes Tour as a special remembrance of days gone by. Finally, to finish off the season, there will be two Victorian Walk Evenings to showcase the shop windows with live scenes of Christmas past. There will be carolers, peanut vendors, street musicians, and Christmas surprises around every corner. Come enjoy the holidays Guthrie Style and let us entice you with our wonderful celebrations.

How Guthrie plays Board Games

Meet Timothy and Kailyn Swonger,

Founders/Owners of The Boarding House

Tell us about your company? The Boarding House is a board and table game lounge and snack bar. We have a huge selection of snack foods and drinks, as well as hundreds of board, card, and table games to choose from! Our goal is to provide a space with hours that are accessible to those who work and go to school; to provide a fun and inviting atmosphere that offers a unique form of entertainment while motivating interaction; and to provide these things in such a way that it fills the gaps in Guthrie’s food and entertainment offerings, rather than repeating what someone else is already doing. For us, the appeal of The Boarding House is less about board games than you would think. Our goal is relational. It’s the rejuvenation, promotion, and growth of this beautiful historic town we love. The goal is community.

What's one thing that makes your company great? Definitely something that sets The Boarding House apart, besides the unique entertainment we offer, is our hours. Catering to the modern busy lifestyles of our customers is important to us. We're open from 2:30P-10:30P on weekdays, and from 2:30P-midnight on Saturdays.

Why is Guthrie a great community to be a part of? Guthrie is an amazing place to live, work, or visit because it has a little bit of everything: history, gorgeous architecture, art, culture, events, music and museums, all with a small-town laid back feel and a close-knit, friendly community.

Why is your company a part of the Chamber? We decided to join the Chamber because we feel it's important to dedicate and involve ourselves in our community, as much as possible. The Chamber provides excellent resources and insight for small businesses, and is a useful tool in staying connected to the pulse of the town.

What was the last thing that made you smile? Hearing my son (almost 3) tell his sister (just turned 1) that he would share his snack with her.

 www.theboardinghousellc.com

Get to know the CEO - Tracy Zserdin

Picture credit to Mark Schlachtenhaufen and to Heath Shelton for making me look shiny. 

Picture credit to Mark Schlachtenhaufen and to Heath Shelton for making me look shiny. 

I am from Boulder CO where I attended Front Range Community College and the University of Colorado. I was born a Buff, but I have also become a Poke over the last 20 years of living in OK.

I have had the privilege of being married to Mike Zserdin for 26 years. He is a great guy, loving husband, and a fun dad. He is in software development. His latest endeavor Made Possible started right here in Guthrie. 

I have had the privilege of being married to Mike Zserdin for 26 years. He is a great guy, loving husband, and a fun dad. He is in software development. His latest endeavor Made Possible started right here in Guthrie. 

We have two boys. Isaac is our oldest at 17. He has completed his GED and is looking into college or Job Corps. He loves basketball, playing the guitar, all-things-technical, and girls. 

We have two boys. Isaac is our oldest at 17. He has completed his GED and is looking into college or Job Corps. He loves basketball, playing the guitar, all-things-technical, and girls. 

Jake is 13. He plays baseball and works hard for Jerry Casey at the Guthrie Fairgrounds. You have probably seen him running errands for me around town on his bike. I pay him in snow cones. 

Jake is 13. He plays baseball and works hard for Jerry Casey at the Guthrie Fairgrounds. You have probably seen him running errands for me around town on his bike. I pay him in snow cones. 

We have a small goat farm and a few chickens (bought at Willoby's #ChooseGuthrie!). Having always been a city girl, living in the country has been good for my soul. As you can see, all of my animals are spoiled. I may be the only CEO you know who comes home and shovels goat poop. :)

What I did before the Chamber:

I was the first Team Red Bowl captain in the US. During my time as captain, we raised over $60,000 to feed children in Africa. 

I spent the majority of my career in the fitness industry. I taught numerous types of classes for over 12 years in many different facilities. I especially enjoyed helping women achieve their fitness goals.

Before that I worked in property management in Boulder, CO with Hudson Properties.

I was also a leader with Student Venture, Cru's high school ministry for over 10 years. Working with kids is a joy. I loved being a part of helping students learn who they really are, and what they are capable of doing.

My Chamber plan

Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little about me. I hope to get to know you as well as I continue to connect with businesses in the community. Have an excellent day!

Reflecting on recent Guthrie events by Cody Mosely

It’s hard to believe that we’re already to July in 2016. So much has been going on lately, including our Road Trippin’ Series with Fox 25, the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals, another great Red Brick Nights event, and a great buzz around town. With September football, October’s Bluegrass Festival, and then gearing up for Victorian Walk and A Territorial Christmas at the Pollard in November and December, I believe we’re a town that really takes shape in months that end with “ber”. Maybe I’m just trying to think cool thoughts on another 90 degree plus day, but you can’t deny that Guthrie gets a special buzz around town with kids being out of school and live music in the streets during these summer months. 

It’s nice to see new retail options coming to town, giving us more opportunity to #ChooseGuthrie. Galleria Furniture just opened at 1611 S. Division St. in the former Aaron’s location. Galleria got off to a hot start with a very successful opening weekend. Of course, Tractor Supply is making great progress on their building near I-35 as well, and there are more developments in the works that we will learn more about as we close in on the end of summer. Another new way to #ChooseGuthrie is the new GuthrieAmerica co-working space along First Street. If you haven’t already picked up a GuthrieAmerica tee shirt, be sure to swing by Boutique 206. I’m sure we’ll see a lot of blue GuthrieAmerica tees inside The Rock this football season. 

Earlier in the month, to celebrate Independence Day, several downtown merchants got together to put on a sidewalk sale which was a huge success. We’ve seen numerous examples lately of Guthrie businesses supporting each other and partnering together to make great things happen for our entire community. I urge you, continue seeking out opportunities to support Guthrie businesses that invest so much into this community. Many of these businesses are more than just a commercial storefront, many of them have people that are actively engaged and volunteering in the community; to continue raising the quality of life in Guthrie. 

If there is something you’re in the market for but don’t know where to find it, talk to these store owners. If you’re shopping around for insurance rates, or looking to make some new investments, there is someone with a lot of talent in Guthrie that would love to help you. 

Adopt a City Street

Adopt a City Street

What is the Adopt a City Street program?
Guthrie's Adopt a Street program began in April 2016 as an initiative to revitalize neighborhoods through public participation in beautification efforts - specifically through removal of trash along City streets and roadways. You and your organization can help!

How do I get involved?
1. Contact the Executive Assistant at 405-282-0496 or via email at apost@cityofguthrie.com with the name and portion of the street(s) your organization wishes to adopt. Adoptions are for a minimum of two (2) years, and must be for one (1) mile of roadway or greater to be considered.

2. Once availability of the street(s) selected is verified, an information packet will be sent to the group's contact person. The information packet will include the application and agreement that needs to be completed and returned to the Executive Assistant on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, 101 N. 2nd St., or faxed to (405) 282-0192.

3. Upon receipt of your completed information packet, you will be contacted to set up your first cleanup date. Cleanup should take place at least four (4) times a year, with one of these cleanups scheduled during the annual Trash-Off in April.

4. To allow adequate time for scheduling, contact the City two weeks prior to each cleanup date. The City of Guthrie will provide trash bags and bright safety vests. Vests need to be returned within two days after cleanup is completed. After your first cleanup is completed, the City will install an Adopt-a-Street recognition sign for your organization.

Volunteers under the age of 18 may participate with the approval and signature of a parent or guardian and under supervision. For health and safety, children under the age of 11 may not participate as a volunteer, nor be present along the adopted street, in the street, or along the street right-of-way.

Horse Feathers Equine Center supports the ASPCA Help a Horse Day

Horse Feathers Equine Center will be celebrating the ASPCA national Help a Horse Day on April 23, 2016 from 9am till 3pm at Liberty Lake, Guthrie OK competing for a chance to win up to $25,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts to protect horses. To celebrate the day, Horse Feathers Equine Center , in conjunction the Oklahoma Equestrian Trail Riders Association and the Logan County Trail Riders, who are making donations to make improvements for equestrians. We will be putting in a hitching rail, installing a picnic table, cleaning trails to make them safe for riding and making mounting blocks for those to get back on their horses when stopping. The lake access fee will be waived that day, too. Bring your horse and ride and clean the trails. This nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected. Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 150 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.

In order to win this contest we have to excel in the following categories:

• Number of people in attendance

• Amount of money raised

• 350-word essay

• Three event photos

We realize that not everyone can attend, but if you do that is awesome! If you cant, how you can help is to donate to us from April 1st to April 30th and help us raise as much money as possible. No amount is too small to help us win this contest. If you want to donate by check you can mail to: Horse Feathers Equine Center, PO Box 1372, Guthrie OK 73044.

You can also Paypal to: plainswindrdr@gmail.com

“Horses are majestic, loving animals, and we hope our local supporters will come out on April 23, 2016 from 9am to 3pm to help us win a $25,000 grant so we can continue our lifesaving efforts for years to come.”

For more information about Horse Feathers Equine Center please visit www.horsefeathersequinecenter.org

Raising My Family in the Heart of Guthrie

I’m a Guthrie’ite!  I was raised in this lovely town of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and these are days I’m proud to say that…..

I graduated Guthrie High School in 2001 & since then graduated from UCO w/a bachelor’s in science in Family Life Education; Marriage & Family.  I moved out of state after graduating college, then made my way back to Oklahoma.  After stating that I’d never move back to my hometown, I have actually landed right back here in Guthrie, America within the last few years!

The struggle was real…I never foresaw myself raising my family right in the heart of where I was raised, but it’s happening & I couldn’t be happier! The closeness of friends, family, & church fellowship is exactly what I needed to prosper in my adulthood. With having worked w/the Department of Human Services for 7 ½ years in Adult & Family Services, I have made a change to the Logan County Health Department as an Assistant Wellness Coordinator with the Healthy Living Program.

I took on this change in careers in order to invest my energy assisting the community in getting healthier.  I’ve realized that each one of us can make a difference by just reaching out to others or being a positive support to one another.

Healthy Living Program (funded by TSET-Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust) serves schools, community organizations, businesses, & cities/governments in Logan County to adopt an all-around healthy lifestyle through physical activity, proper nutrition, & being tobacco-free. Yes, we all know it’s difficult to do all these things on a consistent & regular basis as we have busy, personal lives, but we can all make a few changes in our lifestyles to create a better environment for all!

Eat Better: Eat your fruits & veggies each day; kids or no kids, make them accessible to grab on the go especially for those busy days of running to Cottonwood Flats or Owen’s Fields! Don’t forget to drink lots of water when doing so! Guthrie has a Farmer’s Market & a community garden; take time to learn about Vision Farms too (www.vision-farms.org).

Move More: Get 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Go to the walking trails or swim at Highland Park, walk around the Temple or shop downtown-discover Guthrie!

Be Tobacco Free: City of Guthrie is on board & their property is tobacco-free as of 2014!! You can get free patches, gum, or lozenges along with free quit coaching for those who are ready to quit tobacco at 1-800-QUIT NOW (can’t pass down FREE!).

So choose Guthrie, explore your options, & don’t think there’s nothing there for you to do! Create your own life plan because there is always something going on that YOU can be involved in and support small town Guthrie!


Written by Carissa Redman | Assistant Wellness Coordinator | Logan County Health Department

Guthrie Chamber Spotlight - Laura Dutton

 

Work Bio:

  • Laura Dutton
  • Job Title:  Administrator
  • Company Name – Willow Creek Healthcare
  • Company Website – www.willowcreekhealthcare.net

1. Tell us about your company?   

Willow Creek Healthcare is home to 85 extraordinary residents of our community.  Our staff of approximately 100 dedicated employees have the privilege of taking care of them in their home each day.  We partner with the Guthrie Public School system, so during the school year we also get to witness a Pre-Kindergarten class interact with our residents for singing, arts and crafts, reading and show and tell.  This interaction is priceless.  Willow Creek is a great place to work.    

2. What’s one thing that makes your company great?   

Working for a mission-minded company makes all the difference in my day.  I know that each day my main focus is to give quality care and respect to each and every resident.  I pass that same respect on to my co-workers. 

3. Why is Guthrie a great community to be part of? 

Guthrie’s is full of opportunities.  There are many things to do as far as entertainment, unique shopping, volunteer opportunities, super schools and educators, and of course, our awesome annual festivals.  I believe the leaders of our community are inspired and want to continue to grow our city so that people feel like they can raise their families and feel connected to such a great place.   

4. Why is your company a part of the chamber? 

Willow Creek is a chamber member to stay connected with our community.  We want to be part of the progress of Guthrie and we believe that being a chamber member will help us to do that. 

5. What was the last thing that made you smile?

The thing that ALWAYS makes me smile every day is seeing and interacting with my pre K kids. They love unconditionally and give me hugs every day.