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Choctaw Business Development Center to assist local young professionals group

Durant_Young_Professionals_Flyer_2014_Kickoff The first Durant Young Professionals event of 2014 will occur on Tuesday, January 14, at 6:00 pm in the Yannish Room of the Choctaw Inn, 3735 Choctaw Road, Durant, OK. The Choctaw Business Development Center will sponsor the event, and food will be provided.

This meeting will serve as an annual business meeting for Durant Young Professionals. Area professionals will have the opportunity to renew their membership dues for 2014. All members in good standing will then have the opportunity to run and vote in officer elections. Membership dues for the whole year are $20 for members of the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce, and $25 for nonmembers. Cash and checks will be accepted.

In addition to officer elections, there will also be a business presentation from the Choctaw Business Development Center. DYP members will learn about business and entrepreneurial skills, as well as interact one-on-one with established entrepreneurs! Come prepared to ask questions about how you can successfully create your own start-up business!

For more information on the January event, visit Durant Young Professionals on Facebook or contact the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce at (580) 924-0848, or email

DYP is under the direction of the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce, and was formed in January 2013 to help connect the 20s, 30s, and young-at-heart in the Durant community. The DYP 2014 Kickoff is an example of “emerge” events hosted by DYP. Emerge events hone and develop leadership skills by learning from established professionals.

The mission of Durant Young Professionals is to provide opportunities to experience life with young professionals; opportunities to emerge and develop as leaders; and opportunities to engage the community through learning and service for the purpose of identifying, retaining and supporting the latest group of movers, shakers, and history makers of southern Oklahoma.”

Please contact Janet Reed, Durant Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, or Sara-Jane Smallwood, Durant Young Professionals President, for further information or to schedule an interview. Ms. Reed can be reached at and Ms. Smallwood can be reached at ssmallwood@choctawnation.