Small Business Awards

The Connection's annual Small Business Awards honor the region's small business leaders. Nominees will be notified and asked to complete an award application sharing successes of their business and efforts. Award applications will be reviewed by outside judges. Award winners will be announced at the Tulsa Small Business Summit & Awards Luncheon. 

Nominations are now open through Thursday, April 30. Nominees will be asked to complete an awards submission by Tuesday, June 30. 


Award categories are as follows:

Small Business Person of the Year

This award recognizes a small business owner who has fostered northeast Oklahoma's small business ecosystem by being a leader in their business and in the community. This person has grown their company, responded to adversity, and given back to the small business and/or nonprofit community. 

Rising Star Award  (Young Entrepreneur of the Year)

Northeast Oklahoma has a thriving entrepreneurial community. This award recognizes entrepreneurs who are 40 years or younger, and who are past their third year of business. This person has demonstrated the potential necessary for long-term growth and is active in the entrepreneurial community through advocacy, education and/or mentorship. 

Entrepreneurial Success

This award celebrates the vision and determination that a current or former small business owner has. You do not have to be a small business owner (50 employees or less) to be nominated for this award. This award celebrates our visionary entrepreneurs who have turned an idea into a successful and growing business.

Manufacturer of the Year

Our Manufacturer of the Year award recognizes local manufacturers for their staying power and response to the changing market. This owner or business has shown innovation in their field and advocates for the regional manufacturing industry.

Diverse Business Champion

This award recognizes an individual who actively supports minority-owned businesses, diverse hiring and/or veteran hiring. This person also makes internal efforts toward diversity in their own business. 

Family Owned Business of the Year

Working with family can be fun yet challenging, especially when passing the business on to the next generation. This award recognizes a second (or more) generation business that has been open for at least 15 years. This business has demonstrated the potential for long-term growth and has shown support for employees and the community.


Want to Learn More?

Contact Colleen Almeida Smith with any questions.