Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma recognizes 12 small businesses with Chahtapreneur Awards

Choctaw Nation
Michelle Weaver

DURANT – On June 9, Choctaw Nation’s Small Business Development Department held their annual Chahtapreneur Award Ceremony at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant, where they revealed its Chahtapreneur Award winners. Each year, one Choctaw-owned small business from each district is recognized, and one of those exceptional businesses wins the highest honor, Chahtapreneur of the Year award.

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This year’s Chahtapreneur of the Year award winner is Carl Brown, owner of Cavanal Services, located in Poteau. Cavanal Services offers staffing and fulfillment support to the national real estate transaction industry. With facilities located throughout the Choctaw Nation reservation, their approach is aligned with developing career opportunities for Native Americans and others living in Indian Land communities, providing an alternative to offshore outsourcing and direct fulfillment of mortgage production.

“These Chahtapreneurs have made significant impacts throughout the Choctaw Nation reservation, and we couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of them,” said Gary Johnson, Choctaw Nation Small Business Development Senior Manager. “It was an honor to award these business owners whose skill, determination and hard work embody the vision that is the Choctaw Nation.”

Award nominations are based on the Chahtapreneur business owner’s participation within the Choctaw Nation Small Business Development Program, community involvement and community impact. This is the sixth year the Choctaw Nation has given the award.

Below is a complete list of the Chahtapreneur Award winners by district:

District 1: Bendette Hardwick: The Red B Restaurant – Idabel
District 2: Dan Stovall: Beavers Bend Restaurant – Broken Bow
District 3: Bradley Dorsey: Where the Wild Things Grow Daycare – Heavener
District 4: Carl Brown: Cavanal Services – Poteau
District 5: Brooke Turner: Saw Saw’s Snow Balls – Stigler
District 6: Katherine Ashby: Little Country Flowers and Gifts – Wilburton

District 7: Karen Burgess: Someday Furniture and Décor – Antlers
District 8: Danny Bias: Cover Your Assets Tool and Safety Supply – Hugo
District 9: Greg Phillips: Greg Phillips State Farm Insurance – Durant
District 10: Kobi McAdams: KTC Distribution – Atoka
District 11: Kelly Hughes: Designer Cakes – McAlester
District 12: Lindsay Campbell: S&L Logistics – Centrahoma

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