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Oklahoma business briefs for July 23

Oklahoma business briefs for July 23, 2013
Oklahoman Published: July 23, 2014

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ONE Gas Inc. Declares Dividend

ONE Gas Inc. directors on Tuesday declared a quarterly dividend of 28 cents per share of common stock, payable Aug. 15 to shareholders of record at the close of business Aug. 1. The distribution is in line with the company’s previous announcement that it will pay a total of $1.12 per share in dividends in 2014, with annual dividend growth of 5 percent between 2014 and 2018.

Foreign entrepreneurs helped

Terry Neese, founder of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women and AT&T Oklahoma President Steve Hahn will speak Wednesday to participants and mentors who are part of IEEW’s Peace Through Business program. The meeting will be at 3 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at Lakeside Women’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. Program participants are women entrepreneurs from Afghanistan and Rwanda who have been mentored by American business owners and have spent two weeks in intensive leadership training in the United States. This year’s mentors include newspaper publishers, hospital administrators, restaurant owners and marketing professionals in the Oklahoma City metro area. AT&T has said it will donate $125,000 to the program during the event.

First Mortgage launches division

Oklahoma mortgage lender First Mortgage Co. LLC said Tuesday it has created a new division to focus on helping community banks and their customers with their mortgage needs. The new division is led by Kent Carter, the immediate past president of the Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association. Under the program, First Mortgage will provide mortgage services to community banks that will take the risk of compliance and associated liability out of the banks hands. Carter, an industry veteran and former president of another local mortgage firm, has nearly 40 years of experience in the mortgage and banking industries. He will be based out of the firm’s Norman office.

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