SWOSU Small Business Development Center Wins Prestigious Awards
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.