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.
2017 Small Business Summit & Awards agenda:
7:30 a.m. – Morning keynote
8:30-11:45 a.m. – Breakout sessions
-Family and Work
-Attracting and Retaining Talent
-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.