The Edmond Sun

May 3, 2013

Chamber ready to salute Small Business Week with events

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb keynotes kickoff event

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce will present its first Small Business Week of Celebration from May 20-26. Every U.S. president since 1963 has designated Small Business Week as a time to recognize contributions of America’s small business owners and professionals.

Each of the three days will offer inspiration and networking opportunities for the small business community, said Karin Dallas, a member of the chamber and the city’s Small Business Committee.

“I really think the educational opportunities of the conference are going to be fantastic,” Dallas said.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will kick off the first event of Small Business Week. Plug Into Edmond is set for 5:30-7 p.m. May 21 at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, 825 E. Second St.

“He is the small business advocate for the state of Oklahoma, so we think it appropriate for him to be here as we start our week,” said Ken Moore, chamber president and CEO.

Kickingbird Square will be the site of the second event, titled Signal Your Community, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 22. Residents are encouraged to create a “Cash Mob” instead of a flash mob by converging on Kickingbird Square merchants and bring $15-$20 to spend in order to support local small businesses. Merchants at the shopping area will offer special shopping incentives during that time frame.

Business resource professionals will offer their insight to help small business owners when Charge Up Your Knowledge takes place at Oklahoma Christian University from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23.

Booths will be set up for individuals to discuss strategic marketing plans with business leaders representing the Small Business Development Center, the Edmond Economic Development Authority and Francis Tuttle. There also will be a discussion about the Affordable Care Act’s impact on small business, Dallas said. A keynote speaker, yet to be announced, will conclude the session.

“As a small business owner here in Edmond, I have found it’s a tremendous community, a great business climate but more importantly a great customer base,” said Dallas, owner of College Nannies & Tutors, 1333 N. Santa Fe Ave., Suite 116.

Small Business Week will give small business owners concrete knowledge to work and grow their businesses, Dallas said.

TO REGISTER or learn more about Small Business Week in Edmond, go to www.edmondsbw. You also may contact the chamber at 341-2808 or email