Guthrie Public Schools - Educating Tomorrow's Leaders Today

1.   Tell us about your business.

Guthrie Public Schools serves over 3500 students in grades PK-12.  Our school district covers 232 square miles of Logan County.  With over 460 employees, we are the largest employer in the county.  We offer two intergenerational Pre-Kindergarten classes in local nursing facilities where the students interact with the residents on a daily basis.  Guthrie High School has multiple opportunities for students to obtain college credit while still in high school.  We also partner with Meridian Technology Center to provide students with many options as they seek the best opportunity for their career.  Our award winning extra-curricular activities offer many additional opportunities for students to find success. 

2.  What is one thing that makes your business great?

Our people make the difference at Guthrie Public Schools.  We care for children as if they were our own from the beginning of the day until the end.

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

This community supports the school system through many different opportunities.  The overwhelming support in the past two bond issues is one of the greatest signs of support.  We continue to move in a positive direction as a community and the support of the school system is a big part of that movement.

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

The growth of any community begins from within.  The Chamber of Commerce is a powerful agent for our community to grow and prosper.  A strong Chamber of Commerce builds leadership capacity within a community which in turn makes Guthrie stronger.

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

Walking through the buildings while reviewing the improvements we have made over the summer to better serve our students.  

National Little Britches Rodeo Rides Again

Tell us about your organization.

The Little Britches Finals is the largest youth rodeo under one roof in the National. 1230 contestants qualified from 34 states and Canada to make the trip to the Lazy E the first week of July. We award 80K in scholarships and 300k in cash and awards. 18 board members spend a year preparing for this event.

What is one thing that makes your organization so great?

The family and faith based environment that is the foundation of this youth rodeo association that began in 1952. We are one of the few rodeo associations that has allows the entire family to haul together from age 5-19.

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

Guthrie is a lot like the NLBRA, small town values with a melting pot of awesome businesses that choose to be there...and they truly are genuine and care about their people

Why is your company a part of the Chamber?I

It's the hub of Guthrie, the networking is priceless. It's a very welcoming environment.

What was the last thing that made you smile?
A mom that called this morning asking for clarification on the Classic Equine Horse of the Year. We visited for a while and she told me how the NLBRA had been such a positive influence on her son and how excited they were to have made it to Nationals. That is the good stuff...the families and the kids.

Guthrie's YMCA making an impact on kids!

Tell us about your organization.

Our Mission

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

We believe that to bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities, we must be focused and accountable. That's why we focus our work in three key areas that are fundamental to strengthening community: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

What is one thing that makes your organization great?

The Y's four core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. We challenge our members and participants to believe in and behave according to these values. Our core values unite us as a movement with a common cause. They are the shared beliefs and essential principles that guide our behavior, interactions with each other and decision-making.

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

The Guthrie YMCA raised over $42,000 for the 2019 Annual Support Campaign. This money was donated to the Guthrie Y by people who live in Guthrie or have strong ties to the Guthrie Y. These funds are given out to individuals who may not be able to afford a membership or participation in our programs. To feel the support this community offers the Y has been a blessing.

Why is your company a part of the Chamber?

We are a part of the Chamber because we love to make meaningful connections and build relationships within our community.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Since today is the first official day of Summer Day Camp, it would have to be watching our camp kids play dodgeball!

Helping to heal and sweeten Guthrie America

Tell us about your business, Mark’s Drug

We are a full line pharmacy and we accept all major insurances! We cater to our patients individual needs. We know our customers and take good care of them. We also offer a great gift line along with delicious malts, shakes and Java Dave’s coffee.

What is one thing that makes your business great?

Our Customers! Without them we would not be in business.

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

The city of Guthrie is a thriving community. Its citizens care about our town and its success. It’s a great place to live.

Why is your company a part of the Chamber?

The Chamber is the heart of small town businesses. Supporting our Chamber makes our business stronger and in turn makes our town stronger.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Red Brick Nights! Seeing everyone come together and have a great time.

Guthrie Nutrition - Building Heathy People in Guthrie America

Tell us about your business .

At Guthrie Nutrition you will find a supportive community of friends. It is our mission to help to get a community leader healthy, active, lifestyle. We accomplish this by providing delicious meal replacement shakes, energizing drinks, wellness evaluations, and our Guthrie Nutrition FITCAMP! Our team of wellness coaches would love to meet you and help you reach your health and nutrition goals.

What is one thing that makes your business great?

The best thing about our business is the positive, supportive community. In a world where negative is normal, and positive is on purpose, we hope to be a beacon of hope ,health, and wellness for a growing Guthrie community.

Why is Guthrie a great community to be apart of?

GUTHRIE is a great community to be a part of because of the down-home feel, the incredible people and the amazing history of the downtown historic area. We believe that cities like Guthrie, Oklahoma are the future of Oklahoma’s commerce and community.

Why is your business an investor in the Chamber?

Our company is a part of the guthrie Chamber of Commerce to increase our opportunities for networking and spreading our healthy active community and positive culture to the masses.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

The last thing that made me smile was filling out this questionnaire. As I filled out the answers I realize the incredible impact that we’ve been able to have in such a short period of time. As well as how blessed we are to be a part of this incredible community. We are so excited for the growth of our business in Guthrie, Oklahoma and cities like it across the globe.

89er Days Events

This '89er's Day Celebration will mark 100 years of the American Legion! To honor our brave American Veterans, the American Legion and Guthrie's '89er's Celebration and Parade are inviting our Logan County Veterans to be our parade marshals in the 2019 '89er's Day Parade.

Please contact the American Legion at (405) 282-2589, or go to for more information, if you are an American Veteran who lives in the Logan County, Oklahoma area, and you would like to participate.

Thank you for your service!

Here is a list of just SOME of the events - Go to 89er Day’s Facebook page for the full listing.

Chuck Wagon Feed & Auction - Tuesday April 16th

Meet & Greet Chamber Coffee - Wednesday, April 17th

Carnival - Wednesday - Saturday

GHS 89 Invitational Baseball Tournament

Geezers & Gassers & Hawgs

The Great Bed Run

Land Run Rodeo

90th Annual 89er Day’s Parade

Crossroads Clinic

Tell us about your business.

Crossroads exists to present alternatives to abortion and promote Biblical sexuality, all while demonstrating the love and salvation of Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior.” Everything we do at Crossroads must fit into this Mission Statement. Whether our TRACE program which equips students with life-saving information to build the best future possible, our PASSAGES post abortion healing classes, our STD Testing and Treatment clinics, or our pregnancy testing, options education and ultrasound services— it all must fit into that mission statement.

What is one thing that makes your business great?

Crossroads is great because, as a Pro Abundant Life ministry we have the opportunity to see lives saved physically and spiritually! Saving lives for this world is critically important. But saving lives for eternity is the most important thing we can do. True and lasting transformation of those involved in making pregnancy decisions (moms, dads, family, friends) comes only through a transformative relationship with Jesus Christ. As pro abundant life people, we celebrate and encourage efforts to help mothers and fathers making pregnancy decisions come to transformative relationships with Jesus Christ.

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

Guthrie is a great community to be a part of because the people care about and support each other. Twelve years ago when we knew God was calling us to bring hope and help to those facing unwanted, untimely or unexpected pregnancies - we reached out to this community for support. They responded with prayer, resources and encouragement to help us become one of the most effective pregnancy help clinics in the country today.

Why is your company a part of the Chamber?

We support the Chamber because the business of this community have been incredibly supportive of Crossroads’ ministry in Guthrie, OKC, and the surrounding community.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

That’s easy! This week we saw several moms who were in crisis because of unplanned pregnancies come to our clinics, receive options counsel including free ultrasounds - and chose LIFE for their tiny unborn babies. In the first two months of this year we have already seen 26 babies saved from abortion!

On a personal level, my biggest smile recently was spending the afternoon with my grandkids at Highland Park. We walked the trails, enjoying the beauty around us and enjoying each other’s company.

Black History Month Celebrations

Black History Month Celebrations

Black History Month is celebrated in many ways in Guthrie America. Two of them include the Annual Taste and Tell Cook Off and the Crowns Tea.

The Taste and Tell Cook Off is an event where individuals, churches and businesses come together to enjoy a meal. It is a large event enjoyed by many in the community, especially by Mayor Steven Gentling.

The Guthrie Public Library hosts the yearly Crowns Tea. It is a celebration of the rich tradition of church hats in the African American community. This event honors the visual & literary contributions of Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry, authors of Crowns: Portrait of Black Women in Church Hats. As you can see, the group of over 60 enjoyed drinks, hor d’ oeuvres and entertainment.

Simple Life Center - Making a Difference in Guthrie

Tell us about your origination.  SLC is a community center to have fun in that one can come for free to enjoy games, music, laughter, learn, and lots more! A community center that is TECH FREE! We have several events that occur at different times, days, seasons that include tutoring, art, candle making, professional days on Fridays (for professionals to come with a specific skill), swimming, bicycling, lemonade stand, ice cream social, tea parties, and movie nights.

What makes your origination great? PEOPLE!! Smiles, Fun, Laughter!! People being human without technology!

Why is Guthrie a great community to be apart of?  Small town atmosphere where people care and support about one another.

Why is your origination apart of the Chamber?  To join in on the leadership within Guthrie so I can better have understanding of the needs and wants along with awareness within the community. I love being able to go to Chamber events especially at Chamber Coffees and be able to state my name and who I represent. It’s great networking and being able to see and know Guthrie’s businesses and organizations. We want the kids who are educated or trained here in Guthrie (especially at SLC!), to be the professionals here in our town!

What was the last thing that made you smile?   For Mother’s Day, my friend wrote a poem about Motherhood-Not only did I smile, but  a tear trickled down my face.

Home Sweet Home on the Range is a new market-style shop at 110 W. Harrison Ave. offering art, locally crafted and repurposed gifts and home décor. We also offer make and take classes to learn a new art, craft or skill.

We are focused on supporting Oklahoma companies and individuals by giving them a space to market their items. We know how important it is to a community and its services to shop local and shop small.

We love being here in downtown Guthrie where visitors come from all over the country to learn about Guthrie’s unique early history, including the Indian Territory and land runs of the late 1800’s. We talk to many people in our shop who enjoy learning Guthrie history, seeing the early architecture, visiting the museums, browsing the variety of shops and just enjoy walking our cobblestone streets.

The Chamber of Commerce in a community is pivotal in promoting both businesses and the city in general. Tracy and Cindy of the Guthrie chamber have a passion for what they do and we look forward to coming alongside them to grow local and national awareness of what a great place Guthrie is to visit. As this happens, Guthrie will become an even better place to work and live.

This was not the last thing that made me smile, but there were lots of smiles and encouragement going out to the people who braved the weather to march in the ‘89r Day Parade. It was a clear example of the heart of Guthrie.

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 -

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


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 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!


Sara Whitt – AAA insurance agent  

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.