Chamber Events

Tulsa Small Business Summit & Awards 2020

September 22, 2020

Time:7:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual


The Tulsa Small Business Summit is northeast Oklahoma's premier annual event for small businesses and their employees. This half-day virtual event will include keynote presentations and topical breakout sessions from national and local business experts. Breakout sessions will provide key takeaways on topics such as workforce and HR, marketing, diversity, equity and inclusion, and more.

It will also feature the annual Small Business Awards presentation, which recognizes outstanding business owners and organizations for their resilience and dedication the community. 

The keynote speakers, breakout sessions and awards presentation will be available to watch via a livestream on our website at



7:30-8:15 a.m.
Virtual Networking
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8:30-9:15 a.m.
Morning Keynote

Tracy Spears
Executive leadership coach and co-founder of Exceptional Leaders Lab
"How to Build a High-Performance Culture"

9:30-10:15 a.m.
First Breakout Session

10:30-11:15 a.m.
Second Breakout Session

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote

Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky

Author and consultant on organizational culture change
"Culture in the Current Context"

12:30-1 p.m.
Awards Ceremony


Keynote speakers

Tracy Spears
Executive leadership coach and co-founder of Exceptional Leaders Lab

How to Build a High-Performance Culture

A high-performance culture is critical for a leader and an organization's success, but is not always easy to build or maintain. Tracy Spears will discuss how high-performance cultures actually work, and will share strategies for self-awareness, employee engagement and recognition, the seven things you must give up as a leader and how to optimize core values.


Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky
Author and consultant on organizational culture change

Culture in the Current Context

During a time of crisis, corporate culture can make or break an organization. Dr. Gustavo will share evidence of the success achieved by companies that focus on culture first. It will also identify the critical culture components – whether employees are working in-person or remotely – to ensure employees are fully engaged and committed to your culture. Lastly, it will provide guidance to ensure your culture can adapt to the current business context.



Zoom Boom: Stand Out Sales in a Digital World 

Josiah Sutton & Michael Amberg, CommunityCare 

Advance your knowledge of the sales and communications concepts key to success for small business owners and operators in a virtual landscape. Gain tips and how-to for pivoting to online platforms, nurturing relationships at a distance, prospecting and deal closing virtually, and combating video conference fatigue. Josiah and Michael will also discuss how evolving social norms impact your brand, how to use social media to attract customers, and how to foster an inclusive and positive marketplace to conduct business.

Leading in 2020: Wisdom From Our Winners

Melinda Stinnett, Stinnett & Associates
Lanny McIntosh, The McIntosh Group 

Two previous winners of the Chamber's Small?Business Person?of the Year award will join Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal to discuss the real-life challenges and innovation required to respond to customer needs and environmental factors. Hear what it has been like to lead in 2020 as Melinda and Lanny share their stories and inspire small business?owners to give and receive grace and support in the most challenging of times.?? ??

Safe to Soar: Using Inclusive Language to Your Competitive Advantage

Yvonne Davis, MHR, SHRM-SCP, Luxa Enterprises
Kuma Roberts, IOM, Tulsa Regional Chamber

So much of our everyday language excludes different backgrounds, genders and abilities. While this is oftentimes unconscious and unintentional, some commonly used words and phrases can read as male- or CIS-gender-centric, while others can reinforce negative stereotypes about race, mental health, physical ability or nontraditional family structures. It’s time for our workplaces to feel safe to soar by embracing a new, more inclusive way to communicate to, and about, one another. 

Game Changers: Tips for Employee Engagement, Accountability & Results 

Kristi Spaethe, PHR, SHRM-CP, The People Perspective, LLC
W. Kirk Turner, McAfee & Taft

Managing engaged and productive employees for success can present challenges in the most prosperous and predictable of times. So, how do you lead employees to meaningful and measurable outcomes in a variable and uncertain reality? Join the “people” experts to gain the confidence and concepts you need to communicate your expectations and manage your teams well.  




Presenting Sponsors

Gold Sponsor


Small Business Benefactors


Small Business Champions



Small Business Supporting Sponsors

Integrated Business Technologies
TEDC Creative Capital


Corporate Sponsors

Byers Creative CommunityCare Delta Dental of Oklahoma First Mate Financial Advisors, LLC
Merry Maids of Tulsa Public Service Company of Oklahoma Security Bank The Summit Club
Tedford & Associates Volunteers of America   W Design  


Amazing Athletes of Eastern Oklahoma BKD CPAs & Advisors Burnett Home Improvement Hall Estill
Integrated Business Technologies Ludger's Bavarian Creamery Oklahoma Aquarium Public Service Company of Oklahoma
York Electronic Systems       


Partner Sponsors

Integrated Business Technologies
Key Personnel
Miss Helen's Private School
The Rowland Group
Tulsa World Media Company



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