Information for Shawnee Area Businesses

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Please click and complete our travel industry survey before the end of the year. This survey will guide the City of Shawnee's future tourism efforts. Your voice is important.
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Small Business Relief Grant Program for Pottawatomie County
Shawnee Forward has opened the Small Business Relief Grant application. These are up to $5000 in COVID relief assistance grants paid for by Pottawatomie County, City of Shawnee and City of Tecumseh CARES funds. Applications are due December 23 from businesses within Pottawatomie County. For criteria, application and full details, please click HERE.
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Oklahoma Travel & Recreation Department

Yes, this is free. There are no strings. The more businesses that participate, the more robust our Shawnee area offerings appear to potential visitors. Add you business to the State's travel website at this link. is the first stop for millions of potential Oklahoma travelers looking for shops, restaurants, hotels and attractions at which to spend their money.

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Coupons? As a former small business owner, I can tell you visitors will go out of their way to "cash-in" their coupon from The coupon needs to be a .jpg with clearly stated promotion and expiration (usually Dec 31). You determine the rules of your coupon. See examples HERE. If you don't have this capability, we can create it together. Email .jpg and details to to submit to both and

This doesn't have to cost you much if anything.
  • Think % off with $X spent
  • Free Something with Purchase
  • Buy one, get one half off

The Oklahoma Gazette has free listings for restaurants looking for more traffic from the metro. FREE at then "SUBMIT A LISTING."
End of Year Plans? Let us tell people!

There is still time to be included in our weekly shopping guide being sent to over 15,000 subscribers all over the world. Reply to this email to participate. Include VisitShawneeOklahoma as a cohost on your facebook events. We can't promote what we don't know about.

  • Any holiday specials or promotions?
  • Pictures with Santa/Grinch/etc?
  • New Year's Eve parties or special promos?
  • Valentine's special deal, event or promotions?
Shop Small....
When you buy from an independent shop or restaurant, you are helping a family buy dance lessons, support the home team, upgrade that mini-van or just pay the mortgage. This year of all years, please remember our small businesses.
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Hey, drop us a line at with details of your holiday special. Keep us in the loop. Send some photos. We got this!

This order affects all 77 Oklahoma counties including Pottawatomie County and Shawnee, OK, USA.
Be aware most bars and restaurants have chosen to close at or before 11:00pm to stay in compliance.
  • Effective November 19th, 2020, food or beverage of any kind shall not be sold, dispensed or served for on-premises consumption by any license holder authorized to make such sales or services after 11:00 P.M. CST daily. The sale and service of food and non-alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption may resume at 5:00 A.M. CST daily. The sale and service of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption may resume at 8:00 A.M. CST daily.
  • Effective November 19, 2020, restaurants and bars shall ensure a minimum of six (6) feet of separation between parties or groups at different tables, booths or bar tops, unless the tables are separated by properly sanitized glass or plexiglass.
  • It is due to expire Dec 19, 2020.
The City of Shawnee has implemented a mask ordinance be in place until June 30, 2021. Masks are required when one is indoors in a public location. This would include concerts and stores. Masks are not required while you are eating - they are required while you wait. Masks are not required for outdoor activities like the Splash Park. Spectators at an indoor sporting event would require a mask, participants are not required to mask. The outdoor flea markets would be exempt from masks, unless required by the organizers. Masks are not required for people that are medically unable to wear masks or children under age 11. Many properties, such as tribal casinos or those outside of the City limits, previously implemented mask requirements. Click HERE for full text.

  • Pack your mask. Keep a mask handy in your purse or back-pocket.
  • When in doubt, wear your mask.
  • Keep an eye out for signage with further instructions.
  • You may experience modified hours of operation or reservations required.
  • If you have specific questions or concerns, contact the entity you are visiting directly by clicking the link to their website and contact information.