The Tulsa Small Business Connection, a program of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, serves as the voice of small businesses in the Tulsa region. It also serves as northeast Oklahoma’s leading network for connecting small businesses with the tools to grow in a competitive global market.

The mission of the Connection is to educate, empower and expand small businesses to further the economic opportunity and prosperity of small businesses in the Tulsa region. 

Originally founded in 1994 as the Small Business Council, small business members of the Tulsa Regional Chamber gathered to collectively advocate, network and educate each other. Rebranded as the Tulsa Small Business Connection in 2014, this group has grown to 1,800 Tulsa Regional Chamber members and continues to make a great impact on the small business community.

The Connection offers many avenues for engagement through its programs, events and committees. Governed by the advisory board and executive committee, the Connection’s mission and vision are led by small business leaders in the Tulsa area.

Executive Board Committee

Amy Bates

2018 Chair
Merry Maids Tulsa

Lori Dreiling

Immediate Past Chair
Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa

Angela Byers

Incoming Chair
Byers Creative

Dixie Agostino

Women Business Leader Chair
Switchgear Search & Recruiting

Heather Berryhill

Marketing Committee Chair
Chatter Marketing

Weldon Bowman

Programs Chair
W Design

Steve Holen

Events Chair
BKD CPAs & Advisors

Ted Sherwood

Legislative Chair
Sherwood Consulting

Advisory Board

Craig Baxter

Baxter's Interurban Grill

Allison Dickens

Ludger's Bavarian Cakery

Stephanie Elder

Occupational Onsite Screening

Lynn Flinn

The Rowland Group

Carla Grogg

Grogg's Green Barn

Brooke Hamilton


Jeff Jaafar

Precision Engineering Group

Eric Kehmeier

Integrated Business Technologies

Whitney McKellar

M&M Lumber

Katrina Morgan

Pure Barre

Carl Novara

Novara Insurance Agency

Sunny Patel

3S Hospitality Group

DJ Patterson

EcoGreen Mobile Detailing

Franke Quiroga

Luxa Enterprises

Eric Sanders

Intent Productions

Brad Scrivner

Valley National Bank

John Stava

Stava Building Corp

Past Chairs

Kent Williams

HRB Consultants
2016 Chair

Adam Marshall

Marshall Brewing Company
2015 Chair

Carey Baker

2014 Chair

Barrett Waller

Propeller Communications
2013 Chair

Billy Kulkin

Cubic Creative
2012 Chair

Jim Light

Tulsa Tech
2011 Chair

Cari Marshall

CMCi Consultants, Inc.
2010 Chair

Rick Bahlinger

Runners Licensing and Permit Processing
2009 Chair

Dave Grim

Meeks Group
2008 Chair

Derek Gates

DW Gates Engineering
2006 Chair

Scott Burnett

Burnett Windows & Siding
2005 Chair

Paul Wheeler

Accent Realtors
2004 Chair

Lynda Wingo

Miss Helen's Private School
2002 Chair

Jim Shirley

James Shirley Management Consultants
2001 Chair

Bill Lohrey

Lohrey & Associates
2000 Chair

Jerry Holder

Oklahoma LED
1999 Chair

Jean Carter

Aerial Data Systems
1994 & 1995 Chair


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