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The ORA works to negotiate valuable discounts, programs and services on behalf of our members, always keeping in mind the health of your bottom line. Leveraging your ORA membership with our partners representing every facet of running a restaurant has the potential to present savings that could cover the cost of annual membership dues.
Card and Payroll Processing
Heartland
Brandon Howe, HR/Payroll Processing Division Manager - 405-317-2337


The partnership between the ORA and Heartland Payment Systems continues to prosper. Added to the ORA's endorsed Heartland products in 2002 was a payroll processing program. The two programs together have serviced over 300 ORA members who have taken advantage of the processing discounts and quality service. These statewide programs are supported by five Relationship Managers. Benefits of utilizing Heartland Payment Systems as your bankcard processor include: 
  • Program discounted rates and transaction fees for VISA/MasterCard
  • Additional rate reductions for multi-unit operators
  • Local Relationship Manager to respond quickly to quotes, issues and questions
  • Pass through cost of all mid- and non-qualified transactions, which include manually entered transactions, corporate cards or foreign visas
  • No application, reprogramming, annual or hidden fees
  • In addition to the payroll processing program, ORA members have the benefit of the Heartland PayDay employee payroll card. The card is primarily targeted to employees that do not have a current banking relationship, and employers reduce expenses by offering it because it eliminates check issuing and handling costs along with lowering the risk of check fraud.

Heartland delivers fast, secure omni channel payment processing and business solutions to more than 400,000 business locations nationwide. Product offerings include payments, payroll, point of sale, customer engagement and lending. Heartland pioneered the Merchant Bill of Rights, a public advocacy initiative to educate merchants about fair payment processing practices. Heartland Payment Systems is a Global Payments company (NYSE: GPN). heartland.us

 
 
                                
Workers' Compensation Insurance
Midlands Management Corporation
Patricia Songer
405-840-0074
psonger@midman.com


This program was designed for members of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association to utilize the insurance agent of your choice while providing loss prevention and superior claims services. Midlands, founded in 1990, is a specialist in workers’ compensation and meets the needs of many organizations that require workers’ compensation coverage and services.

Program Highlights:
  • Competitive Rates
  • Risk Evaluation
  • Flexible Payment Plans
  • Risk Management
  • Ability to Write Multi-State Risks
  • Program Evaluation
  • New Ventures Accepted
  • Safety Training
  • A.M. Best Rated “A-’” or Higher
  • ORA Safety Seminars
  • Nurse Case Management
  • Free Monthly Web-Based Training
  • Serious About Your Success!

Every day, our employees demonstrate our company values:  Passion, Professionalism, Accountability, Teamwork & Execution.
Third-Party Natural Gas
Clearwater Enterprises
Regina Fort - (405) 842-9200 ext. 201
rfort@clearwaterenterprises.net


Clearwater Enterprises, LLC and the Oklahoma Restaurant Association are excited about their partnership to provide third-party natural gas to association members. With over 1,000 satisfied customers in Oklahoma, Clearwater is thrilled about the prospect of becoming your supplier of choice. In addition to the dramatically discounted pricing, which has been negotiated for ORA members, this new natural gas purchasing program offers:
  • Clearwater pricing is better than other providers in the market because Clearwater controls their own gas supply; 
  • No minimum purchase per month; 
  • 1,000 dekatherms per year minimum requirement to qualify; 
  • No nomination by the customer is required; 
  • No monthly service charge; and 
  • As our endorsed program grows, further savings is available. 
  • In addition to these benefits, our new member-only program offers several pricing options to meet your company's needs: ONG Index, NYMEX, or fixed price.
If you are interested in third-party natural gas, ONG has a 30-day waiting period to become a transport customer. So if you enroll in the program before the end of the month, you will start transport after 30 days.

Together, Clearwater Enterprises and the Oklahoma Restaurant Association look forward to providing members with this exciting discounted program.
Property and Casualty Insurance and Group Health Insurance
McGregor Insurance Group
Heather McGregor - (877) 392-0577
heather@mig-ok.com


McGregor Insurance Group was founded in 2008 by longtime ORA supporters Heather and Travis McGregor for the purpose of providing quality, affordable insurance solutions to the Hospitality Industry.  MIG is proud to be the only agency endorsed by the Oklahoma Restaurant Association for Property & Casualty Insurance, as well as Group Health Insurance.  

Unique P&C insurance program highlights include:
  • Commercial Property, General Liability, Liquor Liability
  • Fine dining, fast food, and delivery operations accepted
  • Obtain quotes from at least 3 different insurance companies with 1 phone call 
  • Mixed Beverage Bonds (Liquor Bonds) generally $100 per year
  • Local service - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Free claims and audit assistance
  • 20% average savings for ORA members

Unique group health insurance program highlights include:
  • Exclusive discounted rates with a minimum of only 2 employees and/or owners enrolled.
  • No individual medical underwriting for groups with 5 or more full-time employees.
  • Management carve-outs available.
  • Insure Oklahoma (O-Epic) Premium Subsidy eligible plans.
  • No prior insurance required with “no pre-existing condition exclusions” plans available.
  • COBRA and HIPAA Compliance assistance at no charge for enrolled members.
  • Claims and appeals assistance to enrolled owners and employees at no charge. 


  
What's Happening
06.07.21
The Culinary Cook-off is a cooking competition that takes place during the ORA Expo. Oklahoma's most talented chefs will race the clock to create dazzling dishes using a mystery basket of ingredients. Chefs will compete in various heats until the contest is narrowed down to the last two chefs. Judges will consist of a panel of industry professionals who will critique each competitor on plate presentation, creativity, product taste, and sanitation practices, among other things. For each contestant, the high and low scores will be discarded. Chefs will be competing for a trophy, medals, and cash prizes. Learn more by clicking the link! #CCO2021
06.07.21
Support Oklahoma’s most talented bartenders as they compete for prizes in the Oklahoma Restaurant Association Cocktail Shakedown. This exciting competition takes place during the first day of the ORA Expo. Bartenders from all over the state will put their skills and abilities to the test as they compete to move through four timed rounds of cocktail preparations including the Championship Round. As each bartender lifts a shaker and creates his or her requisite signature concoction, they race the clock to create innovative and crazy delicious cocktails that will be judged on taste and balance, originality, drink presentation, and stage presentation. Each round reduces the number of talented competitors until the four finalists compete for the grand prize! Applications will be available soon.
05.13.21
The ORA Expo at the OK State Fair Park in Oklahoma City is considered the best opportunity of the year for hospitality professionals to connect with food and equipment manufacturers, and a range of other suppliers who are eager to feature products and services to help you reach that next level of success. With restaurants back in full swing, we know that operators are more interested than ever in products and innovations to help save money and build upon their success. This is one Expo you won't want to miss!
06.07.21
Thirst for a Cause, an annual event started in 2009, raises funds to help with urgent medical expenses for members of Oklahoma's hospitality industry. Through our non-profit Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation, we are able to give something back to the hard-working employees in the hospitality industry. Thirst for a Cause was established to meet the extreme medical needs of persons employed in the restaurant industry in Oklahoma. Funds are limited and will be awarded based on demonstration of need to long-term employees in the restaurant industry. Aid to individuals may only be provided if such individual has no other means to receive needed support, such as from insurance, government assistance programs, etc. Monetary support will not be granted directly to the individual, but to the entity supplying goods and services to the individual, i.e. hospitals, physicians, etc. As you walk around and sample food from some of Oklahoma City's best restaurants, you'll be able to meet and interact with winemakers from all over the wine world. These vintners, who represent some of the best wines available in the country, are coming all the way to Oklahoma to help raise money for our cause. This is THE best wine tasting event of the year! Nowhere else will you be able to meet this many vintners, taste this many great wines, and sample this much amazing food under one roof - right here in OKC!
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