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Workshops for Small Businesses offered during National Small Business Week

The City of Norman, in partnership with the Norman Chamber of Commerce and Norman Transcript, will offer two free workshops to assist small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week, the first week in May. This year’s theme is “Dream Big, Start Small.”

“From the ‘mom and pop shops’ that line our street to the high-tech start-ups in our research facilities, small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and preserve our community’s unique culture,” said Sara Kaplan, the City of Norman’s retail marketing coordinator.

The first workshop, Retail Details, is scheduled for May 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Municipal Complex located at 201 W. Gray. Guest speakers will be local retail consultant Allison Barta-Bailey and Shane Hampton of the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities.

The presentation and outdoor walking tour will show examples of how to respond to your location’s context to make your business more successful. Though targeted to retailers, the workshop could be beneficial to any business with a “brick and mortar” location.

To register for the Retail Details workshop, email

The second workshop, Starting a Small Business, will be held on May 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Norman Central Library located at 225 N. Webster. Representatives from several organizations, including the Small Business Association, the SCORE Association, Moore-Norman Technology Center, and Pioneer Library System, will present information on the start-up process and local resources available to help businesses.

To register for the workshop on Starting a Small Business, visit

Registration is open for both workshops. For more information, contact Sara Kaplan at 405-366-5257.

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.

Partners and sponsors for the Norman workshops include Hallbrooke Development, the Norman Chamber of Commerce, Norman Economic Development Coalition, the Norman Transcript, and Pioneer Library System.


Retail Details flyer

Starting a Small Business flyer