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Sometimes we all look through our closets and see a sea of clothes that we will never wear again, for one reason or another. This always poses the difficult question of what to do. Do you have a yard sale? Do you give the clothes away to a friend? Do you donate them? Do you try to sell them online? The choices can be overwhelming, and sometimes you might just give up and leave the clothes in your closet after all, taking up much needed space. There is another alternative, though, that is the best choice of all—25 Trading Company at 114 W. Main. 25 Trading Company is a locally owned consignment store that opened in June of 2015. Unlike resale stores, this consignment store gives you half of the profit on your items. Resale stores typically give you money up front for your items, but you get much less. While you might have to wait a little bit with a consignment store, the profit will be greater. Charity and Chris Eakens had some friends in the consignment business in McAlester and wanted to open a business in the Ada area. It was the perfect time because there wasn’t a true consignment store within sixty miles of Ada. Charity took some time off from teaching Language Arts in McAlester to have her baby, Jett, who is now 20 months old. While she was taking time off, they decided they wanted to open a business and this was the perfect fit. They have a large selection of clothes to choose from, mainly focusing on clothing and shoes for women and kids. Women’s sizes go from 00 to plus size and children sizes go from newborn to 18. They have designer and name brand clothes, handbags have included brands 6 • www.adahub.com
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Ada Job Fair These days many people find it difficult to make ends meet. Some can’t find a job, while others can’t find a job in their own field. Others still work multiple part-time jobs just to keep the lights on. This is one reason why the Ada Job Fair, coming up on Thursday, September 8th from 10:00-2:00 at the Chickasaw Nation Community Center, is of great importance for our entire community. Not only does it allow our community members to find a job, it also allows our local employers to find the help that they need, which also encourages them to stay in Ada. This is the seventeenth year that Ada has hosted an annual job fair. Organizer, Mary Plumlee, has been with the project for fourteen years now. Mary started out working for Big Five Community Services. This is how she became involved in the Ada Job Fair. For the past ten years, she has been the Coordinator/ Instructor for Employment and Training Program at Murray State College. While the Ada Job Fair is not technically part of her job description at Murray State College, she still does it and gets help from her current employer. It is a lot of work, organizing such a large scale endeavor, but, as Mary says, “If one person walks away with a job, it can change a life.” That is why she is so passionate about this program. The Ada Job Fair truly is a community effort. Call-A-Ride is offering free transportation to the job fair. Workforce Oklahoma is offering free workshops the day before to help prepare applicants for the best outcome pos-
sible. On Wednesday, September 7th, from 9:00-12:00, the people at Workforce Oklahoma will be offering classes on how to prepare for a job fair, including tips about how to dress and even looking at your resume, making sure that it is as appealing as possible to prospective employers. Many people have never been to a job fair, so they wouldn’t know what to expect. That is one reason why this workshop is so crucial; it helps applicants get the most out of the experience. If you are interested in the workshop, please call them at (580) 332-1533 to reserve a spot. As of now they are planning on only having the morning class available, but if there is a demand, an afternoon class may be added as well. There are many benefits to a job fair as opposed to simply applying for jobs. First, you will have the chance to meet with many different employers. They usually have between 30-50 employers represented, many of which have jobs readily available to fill. There is also a wide range of employers present—everything from medical to service to manufacturing and more are represented. Second, you actually get face to face time with the hiring staff. This is much different than usual job searches where you simply drop off your application or resume. In this context, it is less formal and more cordial, but at the same time you have a chance to put your best self forward. Usually you don’t reach this point until an actual interview for a job, which can sometimes be difficult to get in the first place.
If you are an employer, there is still room for you to be a part of the Ada Job Fair as well. There is no cost to the employer to participate. They will provide you with an eight foot table, breakfast, lunch, and have staff on hand to help load and unload. Mary Plumlee will take reservations until it is full, even up to the day of the job fair. They can take as many as seventy employers, so chances are that there will still be room if you want to be a part of this community building event. This can help you find the help that you need. If you are looking for a job, or even a better job, come by the Ada Job Fair. Make sure to come prepared, bring copies of your resume, be clean and neatly dressed, smile, and ask questions. This job fair is a win-win for our community. It allows our residents to find good jobs and allows our businesses to find the employees that will make their businesses just that much better. As Mary notes, “I have had students that got jobs from the job fair and they still have them. It has made in different in their lives and their families lives. It only takes that one person to get a better job to raise a family up to another standard of living.” If you have any questions, or if you are an employers who would like to reserve a table, please give Mary Plumlee a call at (580) 272-0733 or email her at email@example.com. You can also contact Darrell Walker at (580) 436-7294. Also, don’t forget about the workshop at Workforce Oklahoma the day before. You have a chance to make your lives better. Don’t let it slip by. www.adahub.com • 9
CORTEZ COLEMAN How do we determine the direction that our lives take? How much of it comes from our own ambition and how much comes from our environment? And how can it be possible to reverse the course of our lives once a path has been set? Cortez Coleman, a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, teacher, mentor, and motivator, illustrates these struggles perfectly within his own journey. He is a rising star in the MMA community, but his path has been anything but simple and easy. Coleman grew up in Hugo, Oklahoma, raised by a single mother, Georgia Lynn Coleman, who worked as hard as she could to support her family. There were no opportunities and no role models. As Coleman says, “In Hugo, everything was cowboys, cops, and robbers, and I picked the bad side.” He went to college for a year after high school, but got kicked out. He moved to Oklahoma City and went down a very bad path. He was involved in the street life and was even shot once. He was headed for disaster, ruin, and either jail time or an early death. But then, one night at Buffalo Wild Wings changed the course of his life. Coleman says, “It was God directing my life to something better.” Buffalo Wild Wings and life changing events don’t usually go hand in hand, but on this particular night, Coleman was watch10 • www.adahub.com
ing a fight on the big screen with a friend. Chuck Liddell was fighting and Coleman didn’t like his fighting style. He criticized it at length and loudly. Another fellow patron overheard him and proceeded to tell him that he studied MMA at a local gym and that he should come by sometime and check it out. Coleman decided to take him up on the offer. He went in and said, “I’m here to fight.” Now, Coleman thought he knew how to fight; he had been fighting on the streets all his life. But he had no clue what he was in for once training started. He started studying jujitsu and was getting tapped out by fourteen year old boys. But he became determined. He started studying seven days a week and in about two months, he was handily defeating those same fourteen year old boys. He never thought that he would get such a sense of accomplishment from beating a teenage boy, but it didn’t come easy; he would laugh about it with the boys and their parents. He was starting to see improvement, but also a sense of pride in something good and honest. During his time training in OKC, Coleman met two twin boys, Mike and Ken Jackson. They had been training at the same gym for free in exchange for also teaching some classes. However, once their car got repossessed, Coleman realized that the owner of the
gym wasn’t taking care of them as well as he had promised so he offered to help them out. They moved into his house and he took care of them. He became their nutritionist. He managed them. He found them a boxing coach, Buck Smith, and in return they trained him in Jujitsu. Coleman had guys recording them and they were doing great with their own fights. He had invested his time and money in helping them succeed, caring about the wellbeing of something outside of himself. After a short while, though, his uncle, Larry Coleman, told him that he should invest in himself. He hadn’t really committed to the MMA lifestyle for himself and had still been involved in some illegal activities. His first fight was in Arkansas. He was 205 pounds and he won in 16 seconds. He still wasn’t sure what he wanted to do so he prayed about it. In this life, he might get beat up a bit, but he didn’t have to worry about getting shot or going to jail or doing things that he would regret. He took his second fight but had gone out the night before and drank entirely way too much. He was beating the guy at first, but then the partying caught up with him and he lost steam. He ended up being beaten by submission. However, after the fight, Marc Fiore, from Matt Hughes’ gym, walked up to him and offered him a spot at his gym in Illinois, “The Hit Squad.” Coleman made his way to Illinois and the gym manager, Todd Lux, took
good care of him and became a great friend. At this gym they lived like they were on an army barrack. He lived with fighters from all over the world. Most people had fought dozens of times to make it in, but Coleman did it with only two fights under his belt. After only three or four days, Marc Fiore got him a fight against Johnny Buck. He won with a Total Knock Out (TKO). Within a month, he had another fight and another TKO, this time in front of Chuck Liddell. His first tournament was after a mere five fights, where the other eight men competing had at least 30-40 fights apiece. He made it to the finals and won points wise, but they ended up giving the victory to his opponent instead. Even though he was disappointed, he didn’t give up and went back to Illinois to continue training. He continued fighting and training and even made a debut on Strikeforce on Showtime fighting Lucas Lopez, submitting him in the second round. He was making a name for himself, and then Matt Hughes sold the gym. When this happened, things started falling apart. All the guys he had become friends with started moving to other gyms and going their separate ways. The camaraderie was broken and Coleman ended up moving back to Sulphur. He started working at a restaurant and felt like his career was over. However, after gaining weight and getting out of shape, he got a call. They wanted him to be on the
Ultimate Fighter Reality Show. He didn’t even have to try it. He just had to get down to 170 pounds within six weeks. The problem is that he was at 225. It was difficult, but through the help of a nutritionist, he made the weight. However, by doing it in such a short amount of time, he also lost a lot of energy. The day of the fight, Dana White, one of the most influential men in MMA, was excited to see him fight and gave him the nickname “The Crazy Cowboy.” During the fight, he started off strong but then he had nothing left in him from the fast paced weight loss. He ended up losing by a submission. But this was by no means the end of the Crazy Cowboy, Cortez Coleman. He started fighting for Bellator, winning fights, and training at Factory X, a gym in Denver. Mark Montoya, the head coach and owner, started training him and becoming his friend. As Coleman says, “Montoya changed my game and my life like crazy.” Since Montoya came into his life, Coleman won the FCF (Freestyle Cage Fighting) Title, got second in the Oklahoma Grappling Invitation Tournement, got the AFG Purple Belt Absolut Division, and earned his Brown Belt in Jujitsu from Black Belt, Sandro Sampaio whose Master Carson Gracie, is the one who brought Brazilian Jujitsu to the United States in the first place. Coleman has more fights coming up, has opened his own gym in Ada (Conquer BJJ), and has truly turned his life around, becoming an inspiration to many. He believes that, “No matter what color you are, or where you come from—if you can visualize something you can change your life and your environment.” He has a strong presence on social media, so check him out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @CrazyCowboyMMA. He has a wonderful sense of gratitude, sending all the love to his children and all the fans that follow him. He is truly a success story with even more success to come in the future.
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