ODCTE Small Business and Community Development Forum

Jan 23 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (ODCTE), in partnership with OSU Extension, have put together a program to help build our communities. 


Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education 
1500 W. 7th Ave. 
Stillwater, OK 74074


10:00 am – 12 pm   Filling the Gaps Downtown:  How to Fill Empty Lots and Empty Buildings to Create an Entrepreneurial Community

Counting your empty buildings is the first step to filling them.  And filling those empty buildings boosts the prosperity of your town: more businesses, more activity downtown, more for visitors to do, more people with jobs.

So how do you do that in a small rural town?

Even when the building owners are a real pain?

Even when building are in bad shape?

Even when no one knows what business to start?

Our featured speaker, Becky McCray, will present a dozen ideas tested in real small towns, including the Tour of Empty Buildings, shared spaces, pop-ups, and even figuring out the real reasons buildings are staying empty in the first place.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm    Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm   Introduction to NEW Census Business Building Tools - Dave Shideler, Associate Professor and Community Development Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Registration is $25.00 & cut-off is midnight January 15, 2017.

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