Small businesses have shown resilience, dedication and a love for their community during this time. Now, more than ever, we want to recognize them for the incredible work they do. The Connection's annual Small Business Awards honor small business leaders for their work not only in their business, but also for the region's business community. Award winners will be announced at the Tulsa Small Business Summit & Awards in September.
Nomination deadline is Friday, June 12, 2020. Nominees must be members in good standing with the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
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.
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 innovation in the current economic conditions. This owner or business has shown expertise 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 and in the business community.
Family Owned Business of the Year
Working with family can be 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.