FranklinCovey Leadership Programs Offered at MNTC

Moore Norman Technology Center offers two ways for organization influencers to experience FranklinCovey leadership programs. Sessions are held at the South Penn Campus in south Oklahoma City and topics cover leadership issues like productivity and internal trust among teams. The classes may be taken as either lunch and learn 90-minute sessions, or through an all-day workshop.

Lunch and learns are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., are $19 and include lunch. All-day workshops are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $349. For those who attend a lunch and learn, their registration fee is deducted from the registration fee for the corresponding all-day workshop. A lunch and learn enrollment is not required to attend an all-day workshop. This year’s MNTC FranklinCovey Leadership topics are:

• Four Essential Roles of Leadership: Even in the most turbulent times, there are four roles leaders play that are highly predictive of success. We call them essential, because as leaders consciously lead themselves and their teams in alignment with these roles, they lay the foundation for effective leadership. The 4 Essential Roles are: Inspire Trust, Create Vision, Execute Strategy, Coach Potential.

· Lunch & Learn, June 6

· All-day workshop, June 21

· Leading at the Speed of Trust: Trust is an economic driver and always impacts two measurable outcomes: speed and cost. Learn the skills that increase personal credibility and specific behaviors that increase trust and enable you to better manage change and lead high-performing teams that are agile, collaborative, innovative, and engaged.

· Lunch & Learn, Aug. 22

· All-day workshop, Sept. 20

· The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity: The workplace is an unprecedented minefield of constant demands from other people, technology, and a nonstop workday. This program focuses on skills that increase the productivity of individuals, teams, and organizations. Participants are introduced to methods for making more selective, high-impact choices about where to invest their valuable attention, energy, and time.

· Lunch & Learn, Nov. 7

· All-day workshop, Nov. 15

· Lunch & Learn Presenter: Jeff Cleary joined the Covey Leadership Center in 1991 where he served as president of its New Jersey affiliate. Jeff has served a variety of clients in his 15 years with FranklinCovey including Fortune 100 and 500 companies. He has helped industries including oil and gas, pharmaceutical, communications, investment banking and large and small IT firms. He has worked with the military, state, and federal government agencies and a number of nonprofit organizations.

· Full-Day Workshop Presenter: Deborah Davis founded Quest Executive Services and serves teams through experience-based training and coaching. She holds a master’s degree and an Executive Coaching Certification from University of Texas at Dallas, has been a member of the International Coach Federation since 2015 and holds an ACC credential. She is a certified People Acuity and FranklinCovey facilitator and Leading Out of Drama provider. She is also a Strengths Strategies coach and Strengths Strategies for Optimal Performance facilitator and a CDR Assessment Group executive coach.

To register for FranklinCovey Leadership classes or workshops visit or call 405-801-5000.

National Small Business Week starts today

The City of Norman will celebrate National Small Business Week from May 5-11.

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. From the “mom and pop shops” that line city streets to the high-tech startups in local research facilities, small businesses are the backbone of the local economy and preserve the community’s unique culture.

The City of Norman and the Pioneer Library System will host a Small Business Startup workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs on May 9. The free workshop will be in the Lowry Room in the Norman Central Library (225 North Webster Ave.). The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will include details on the business startup process and a panel of local resource providers including the Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE Oklahoma City Chapter, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, Moore-Norman Technology Center and more.

A follow-up session will take place on from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on July 30 at the Norman East Library (3051 Alameda St.). James Arati, Business Advisor with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center will present the core elements of a business plan and financial projections.

Both workshops are free and attendees may attend one or both sessions. Advanced registration is required. Register by visiting the Pioneer Library System’s website at

For more information, contact Laura Callaham at or Sara Kaplan at or 405-366-5257.

15th Annual Citywide Garage Sale set

The 15th Annual Citywide Garage Sale is scheduled for May 31, June 1 and 2. During the time of the citywide sale, no city garage sale permit is required.

Registration begins May 1 and participants must contact the Action Center prior to noon on May 23 to be included on the list. The Action Center will need the address and dates of participation. Registration for this event is optional and is not required to have a garage sale.

The list of participating addresses that have been registered will be available on the City of Norman website, at the Norman Public Library at 225 North Webster, and at the Norman Police Department at 201 West Gray Street, Building B, beginning May 29, after 3 p.m., and on the GIS maps accessible from the City’s website.

To register, contact the Action Center at 366-5396 or or register online at after May 1.

Chamber Membership Derby starts Tuesday

The Norman Chamber of Commerce will kick off its first ever “Membership Derby” Tuesday.

The event will continue through Thursday at the Assistance League, 809 Wall St.

For two-and-a-half days, more than 100 volunteers will “race” against each other to sign up new Chamber members and create a greater community awareness of the important role of the Chamber of Commerce.

“We appreciate each and every one of our members and look forward to strengthening the Chamber during this exciting drive,” said Scott Martin, chamber president and CEO. “The drive will give us the chance to share our value and grow our ranks of businesses who care deeply about Norman. The Chamber supports the efforts of our members as they create jobs and expand economic opportunities for our citizens.”

The event is organized by Jimmy Cusano and a group called Your Chamber Connection. Its specialty is high energy membership campaigns that allow volunteers to conduct out-of-the box membership fun while building the membership base.

“It’s about business,” said Cusano. “The Chamber of Commerce is the business community. This brings everyone together to build our Chamber. It’s a membership-based organization and most people don’t like ‘membership drives.’ With a specialized event they come together in a competitive fun setting and tell the Chamber story. When others hear about everything the Chamber does, all of a sudden you have a great deal of enthusiasm for the Chamber, and a great deal of support.

The event is made possible by the following sponsors: CA McCarty Construction Inc., HeyDay Entertainment, Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Garden Inn, Landers Auto Group, Republic Bank and Trust, and Valliance Bank.

For more information, contact Jamie Wade, Norman Chamber’s Vice President of Membership, at (405) 321-7260 or

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