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City of Norman to recognize National Small Business Week

The City of Norman will recognize National Small Business Week, the first week of May, with a proclamation at the next Tuesday’s City Council Meeting and by offering  a free workshop.

“Small businesses are central to our economy and our community. They are the local ‘face’ of Norman and represent what is unique and wonderful about our city,” said Mayor Miller. “When our small businesses thrive, the benefits are many and multi-faceted.”

In partnership with the Norman Chamber of Commerce, the Norman Economic Development Coalition, the Norman Transcript, and the Pioneer Library System, the City of Norman will offer a Small Business Start-up workshop to assist new entrepreneurs.

The workshop, Starting a Small Business, will be May 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Norman Central Library, 225 North Webster.  Representatives from several organizations including the SBA, Norman Economic Development Coalition, Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers, Moore-Norman Technology Center, Pioneer Library System and others will present information about the start-up process as well as local resources available to help businesses.

The morning session will focus on the business start-up and registration process and will highlight local resources available in our community. The afternoon session will delve into more details on how to write a business plan, financials, and information on how to source funding. Participants may attend one or both sessions.

The event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is encouraged. To register for the workshop, visit

For more information, contact Sara Kaplan at or Laura Callaham at

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed National Small Business Week to highlight the programs and services available to entrepreneurs through the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies.