The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service recently received a grant to tour successful women-owned business across Oklahoma to learn how they are being successful and what they have learned to keep their businesses growing.

The bus tour will be held Oct. 3 and 4. The bus will leave Ada at 8 a.m. and travel to Drumright to visit a successful winery, before heading onto Pawhuska to tour a small town that has become a host to successful women-owned business due to the opening of The Mercantile, also owned by a very successful woman Ree Drummond. While in Pawhuska the group will tour businesses downtown and learn how they started their businesses and how they get customers in their doors. Businesses like Salt Creek Marketplace in Pawhuska have their own unique story of how the business grew from a small dream to a booming business. Owner Barbara Jacques will speak to the traveling group about her dream and the reality of owning. Mrs. Jacques features many Oklahoma products in her marketplace and is proud of the success she has had.

Our tour of Pawhuska will end with dinner at The Mercantile with a special guest speaker.

We will board the bus for Tulsa, where we will be greeted by a Kendra Scott Pop-Up Shop for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

After a good night’s rest, the group will travel to PfUnlimited in Tulsa and Lemon Tree Landing in Morris and tour the rebuilding of downtown Okmulgee before returning to Ada.

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Their success is critical to the strength of all local communities. This story is true for Ada, most of the businesses downtown are women-owned businesses. These women are true leaders and work hard to keep our downtown alive and vibrant. Women owned business tend to over a variety of unique items to their customers.

The Pontotoc County Extension Service was honored to receive the Marilyn Burns Endowment Fund for Home-Based and Micro Business, Program Development Award. This award will help make this trip affordable for women with big dreams of owning their own business. We are also honored to partner with Rural Enterprise Inc. Women’s Business Center.

You can register for this trip by going to and clicking on upcoming events. The cost of the trip is $115 for double room and $155 for single room. This cost includes the bus trip and all meals.

For more information, please call the OSU Extension office at (580) 332-2153.

Oklahoma State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, State and Local Governments Cooperating: The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a veteran, and is an equal opportunity employer.