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SWOSU Small Business Development Center Wins Prestigious Awards

April 27, 2009

Small Business Champion Awards
The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Small Business Development Center was selected as SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Center of the Year at both the state and regional level. The SWOSU SBDC was recognized at a recent awards luncheon in Midwest City and will be recognized this summer in Washington, D.C., with the national SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Center of the Year Award. At the presentation were (from left): Dottie Overal, director of the Oklahoma Small Business Administration; SWOSU SBDC representatives Doug Misak, Lisa Snider, Lisa Rockett, Mary Eichinger and Dr. Marvin Hankins; and Mary Melon, president/publisher of the Oklahoma Journal Record.

Small Business Champion Awards
Doug Misak (center) was chosen as the Financial Services Champion of the Year for his efforts with the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Small Business Development Center on the Weatherford campus. He was recently honored at an awards luncheon in Midwest City. Making the presentation were (left) Dottie Overal, director of the Oklahoma Small Business Administration, and Mary Melon, president/publisher of the Oklahoma Journal Record.

The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Small Business Development Center in Weatherford was recently recognized with two state and regional Small Business Champion Awards.

Doug Misak was chosen as the Financial Services Champion of the Year and the SWOSU SBDC was selected as SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Center of the Year. Misak and the SWOSU SBDC, along with other award winners, were recognized at a recent awards luncheon in Midwest City. 

The SWOSU winners competed at the state level and then went on to compete regionally with winners from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. In addition to their state and regional awards, the SWOSU SBDC will be honored with the national SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Center of the Year Award this summer in Washington, D.C.  

The Oklahoma SBDC is part of a nationwide network of small business development centers that provide free assistance to hundreds of thousands of small business owners and managers annually.  The network has a special partnership with SBA, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, local chambers of commerce throughout the state, and many organizations in the public and private sector. 

The SWOSU SBDC, with offices in Lawton and Weatherford, serves the 15 counties of southwest Oklahoma.  These offices specialize in financial and veteran assistance. Nineteen percent of the clients served by SWOSU SBDC are veterans and at least 45 percent of the clients served are minority.

In his acceptance speech at the awards luncheon, Misak spoke about what an honor it is to serve the small business people of southwest Oklahoma and expressed his gratitude for the support the SBDC receives from SWOSU and President John Hays.

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