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Small Business Summit

Hundreds gathered at the 2016 Small Business Summit & Awards

Hundreds gathered at the third annual Small Business Summit and Awards this October. We hope attendees enjoyed the event, met new people, learned from our speakers and celebrated with our Crystal Star Award winners.

The event featured keynote speakers Bill Graham, President of Graham Communications, and Brian Byrnes, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Local small business experts led breakout sessions in areas such as social media, leadership, customer service and sales training.

“The Summit is an opportunity for small businesses to be recognized for their impact in our community,” said Kent Williams, Chair of the Tulsa Small Business Connection. “It also provides the chance to connect small businesses to the resources they need to succeed and to other small business owners who have been in their shoes.”

The annual Crystal Star Awards honor the region’s small business leaders. The following businesses and individuals received Crystal Star Awards:

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.

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