The Norman Transcript

October 20, 2013

business briefs

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Nextep purchases Dillard building

Nextep Inc. a Professional Employer Organization, has reached an agreement to purchase the Dillard Building, a 35,000 square foot corporate office facility at 1800 N. Interstate Drive in Norman. Renovation will begin December 2013. Now in its 16th year of business, Nextep is a nationally recognized PEO with clients in 37 states. Nextep plans to relocate its corporate offices to the new location in April 2014.

Casualty losses can result in larger refunds

Many homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies have restrictions, including some that don’t cover natural disasters or flooding. Claiming disaster-related casualty losses for damaged or lost property is a way taxpayers can find financial relief for recovery costs that came out of their own pockets. This includes homeowner’s and renter’s deductibles on any claims made that were disaster-related.

Repair rotted wood on historic homes

Norman’s Historic District Commission wants to teach historic home owners and contractors who work with old homes how to save money and time by repairing rotted wood trim and siding rather than replacing them. The sixth annual hands-on preservation workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 9 and 10. This year’s topic is the repair of historic wood siding and preparation of wood structures for a paint job that lasts for years. The workshop site will be a private home in Norman’s core area.

To register for the workshop, email or call 405-366-5392. Pre-registration is required and preference will be given to Norman residents until Nov. 1. Each session will include a talk on wood siding and trim, tools, materials and techniques, after which students will learn how to scrape paint, use wood epoxies to repair rotted wood, how to fill nail holes and how to prepare a house to be painted.

A $7-per -person workshop fee includes beverages and snacks and is payable at the door. Lunch is on your own. Registration is limited to 12 participants per session, but observers are welcome as space allows.   


Oklahoma Wine Walk at Brookhaven

Frontier Country Marketing Association, representing the 12 central counties of Oklahoma known as Frontier Country, is gearing up for the inaugural Oklahoma Wine Walk, Nov. 2 at Brookhaven Village shopping district in Norman. The Oklahoma Wine Walk will feature wineries from across the state set up underneath tents in a festival-type atmosphere. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., patrons can taste delicious selections from Oklahoma wineries, listen to live music from local Oklahoma entertainers and stroll through outdoor booths including genuine wine collectibles and made-in-Oklahoma products.