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Small Business Summit

Mark your calendar for the fourth annual Small Business Summit & Awards


The Connection is excited to host the fourth annual Tulsa Small Business Summit and Awards on Thursday, Sept. 28. The Summit is northeast Oklahoma’s premier small business event, and will feature keynote speakers, topical breakout sessions and the annual Crystal Star Awards presentation. 

This year’s Summit includes breakout sessions such as cyber security, attracting and retaining talent, relationship marketing and others. The lunch keynote is Ann Rhoades, president of People Ink and former executive of JetBlue and Southwest Airlines. 

The Summit will culminate with the Crystal Star Awards presentation, which honors the outstanding small businesses in our region. Award winners will be further eligible to compete in the Oklahoma Small Business Administration Awards.

Register for the 2017 Tulsa Small Business Summit and Awards

2017 Small Business Summit & Awards agenda:

7:30 a.m. – Morning keynote

8:30-11:45 a.m. – Breakout sessions
-Cyber Security
-Family and Work
-Attracting and Retaining Talent
-Relationship Marketing
-Maintaining Passion in Your Business

Noon-1:30 – Lunch keynote and awards presentation

The annual Crystal Star Awards honor the region’s small business leaders. Below is a list of the 2016 Crystal Star Award winners.

Small Business Person of the Year: Melinda Stinnett, Stinnett and Associates

Women in Business Champion: Sangita Patel Chaterjee, 3S Hospitality

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Dixie Agostino, Switchgear Search and Recruiting

Entrepreneurial Success: DJ Patterson, EcoGreen Mobile Detailing

Manufacturer of the Year: Brooke Hamilton, NPI

Veteran Business Champion: Travis Jones, Career Development Partners

Diversity Business Advocate: Stephanie Elder, Gallant Background Checks

Family Owned Business of the Year: Allison Dickens, Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery and Coffeehouse

Pioneer Award: Barrett Waller, Waller & Company Public Relations

Lifetime Achievement Award, Tier 1: White River Fish Market

Lifetime Achievement Award, Tier 2: Tulsa Area United Way

Stay tuned for information on the 2017 Small Business Summit and Awards.

For more information, call 918.560.0294 or email

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