The Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce and Business Development Center joined forces last Thursday for their first 2014 "Food for Thought" luncheon. These bi-monthly lunch ‘n learn programs are designed to provide meaningful networking and professional development at no cost to the participants.

The Tolson Agency sponsored lunch with home-made hot ‘n tasty Sloppy Joes. Rumor has it the recipe came from Mary McCartney, one of Pawhuska’s most renowned cooks.

Co-trainers Tara Gotwalt and Tonya Foreman presented a dynamic program with audience interaction and inspiring mini videos. Interjecting humor, they shared "Six Steps to Accomplish Your Goals and Resolutions."

Following Chamber Executive Director Mike McCartney’s welcome, PDBC Coordinator Cindy Helmer recognized the incredible representation from City, County, Osage Nation and PDBC incubator clients.

"Participation in our lunch ‘n learn series continues to grow," said Helmer. "At last count, I had 107 RSVP’s!"

This is a significant increase from the 40 who attended the first Food for Thought program in November of 2012.

To learn more about "Food for Thought" Lunch ‘n Learn series, contact Helmer at or 918-287-3357.