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Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 24

Oklahoma business briefs for Oct. 24
Modified: October 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm •  Published: October 24, 2012


Deer-vehicle collisions rise

Deer-vehicle collisions are up across the United States compared to a year ago, and Oklahoma has jumped two notches in a national ranking for such mishaps, according to figures from State Farm Insurance. The chances of a motorist hitting a deer if driving in Oklahoma in the next 12 months are 1 in 195, placing the state at No. 31 in the country. Last year, the odds were 1 in 238, or 33rd in the nation. Using its claims data and the number of licensed drivers in each state, State Farm estimates 1.2 million collisions between deer and vehicles occurred in the U.S. between in the year ending June 30. That's up 7.7 percent over a year ago. The previous three years have seen an overall drop of 2.2 percent. For the sixth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list, where the company estimates the odds of a motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at 1 in 40, compared with 1 in 48 the year before. South Dakota moved from third to second, at 1 in 68 on the list. Iowa drops from second to third, at 1 in 72. The state in which deer-vehicle mishaps are least likely is still Hawaii. The odds of a driver in Hawaii colliding with a deer in the next year are about equal to the odds that any one person will be struck by lightning during his or her lifetime.

Business skills workshop set

Professionals with Suited for Success and Barrows Cooper Coaching will combine traditional teaching and mentoring techniques in a one-day relational and business skills workshop 9:15 a.m., Thursday on the fourth floor of the Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave. Admission to the workshop, which includes a light lunch, is one canned food item and completion of a brief survey. The workshop will be motivational, high-energy and life-changing, presenter Sharon Barrows said, and includes a 10-minute computer-based follow-up for completion by Nov. 25. Call 521-1089 for reservations.

Scholarship offered for training

Sandler Training, an international training and development organization with local operations in Oklahoma City, is offering a $25,000 scholarship to a nonprofit organization in central Oklahoma. The scholarship winner will receive one full year of training, including nearly 200 hours of live professional development training and access to thousands of additional hours of audio and video training, said Mike Crandall, principal of Sandler Training in Oklahoma City. The scholarship winner will be determined by the impact the nonprofit will have on the community and the dedication it has to growth by embracing Sandler training to impact its specific challenges, Crandall said. Applications will be accepted online at until Dec. 1. The top three applicants will be interviewed and winner announced on Dec. 21.

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