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

Weldon Bowman

2020 Chair
W Design

Angela Byers

Immediate Past Chair
Byers Creative

Allison Dickens

Incoming Chair
Ludger's Bavarian Cakery

Kathleen Pence

Diversity & Inclusion Chair
Pence Law Firm

Tina Parkhill

Marketing Chair
Parkhill's South Liquors and Wine

Jeri Barrientos

Events & Programs Chair
First Mate Financial Advisors

Ted Sherwood

Legislative Chair
Sherwood Consulting

Advisory Board

Mike Bausch

Andolini's Pizzeria

Heather Berryhill

Chatter Marketing

Hannah Demuth

McGraw Realtors

Lynn Flinn

The Rowland Group

Brooke Hamilton


Curt Hellen

Stava Building

Ashley Jackson

Jackson Technical

Elli Johannsson

360 Engineering Group

Whitney McKellar-Stevens

M&M Lumber

Sunny Patel

3S Hospitality Group

Jennifer Poole

Excel Therapy

Frauke Petersen

LUXA Enterprises

Lisa Riley

Pinot's Palette Tulsa Area Studios

Brad Scrivner

Valley National Bank

Mark Tedford

Tedford Insurance

May Yang

Flash Flood Print Studios

Past Chairs

Lori Dreiling

Fleet Feet Tulsa
2017 Chair

Amy Bates

Merry Maids
2018 Chair

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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