By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Other | Issue: January 2011
(L to R): Jim Light, Don Walker, Martin Piplits, Matt Stiner, Shannon Wilburn, Majick RavenHawk, Kelsy Eakin, Marilyn Boyce, Sean Kouplen and Mike Neal.
The nomination process for the esteemed Crystal Star Small Business Awards for 2011 has begun, and the Tulsa Metro Chamber needs your help to find the rising stars of Tulsa’s small business community.
Each year, Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Small Business Awards honor the best and brightest of small business in the Tulsa area. Business members are invited to nominate an esteemed colleague to receive recognition for his or her business efforts. The awards consist of 10 categories. The Small Business Awards include Small Business Person, Entrepreneurial Success, Small Business Exporter, Young Entrepreneur, and Family Owned Business. The Small Business Champion Awards focus on the advocacy role of each nominee within the specified area without regard to a business ownership and include Financial Services Champion, Home-Based Business Champion, Minority Small Business Champion, Veteran Small Business Champion, and Women in Business Champion.
All nominees must be Chamber members and in business a minimum of three years. All nominations will be considered and reviewed by the Small Business Awards Committee to verify nominees meet award criteria. “The key to a successful candidate is whether or not the nomination package shows that the nominee successfully meets the criteria required for each award,” explains Warren Unsicker, small business program manager for Tulsa Metro Chamber.
Along with Tulsa-area recognition, winners are nominated for state-level awards with a chance to proceed to regional or national.
Nominations will close January 28, 2011. Nomination packages will be due March 25. The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s annual awards luncheon on May 17 at the Crowne Plaza Downtown.
To make a nomination, simply fill out the application available online at www.tulsachamber.com. Businesses can nominate themselves, or you can nominate someone secretly. Either the nominee or the nominator can submit the nomination package.
Nomination packages should include a nomination letter, a narrative explaining point by point how the nominee meets each of the award criteria, reference letters, news clippings, and pictures, all placed in proper binding.
The Small Business Awards symbolize excellence in the business community. They are awarded to small business practitioners who, in the judgment of their peers, exemplify professional skill and leadership and are considered a champion in their field. “Of the 3,000 members of the Tulsa Metro Chamber, 90 percent are small businesses,” said Unsicker. “The Crystal Star Awards represent the very best Tulsa has to offer.”
Small Business Person
Small Business Exporter
Home-Based Business Champion
Minority Small Business Champion
Veteran Small Business Champion
Women in Business Champion
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.