FairWind, LLC Founders Named SBA Small Business Persons of the Year

Release Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2015
Larry Weatherford, 405-609-8012

Brett Bain and Brian Edwards, Co-Founders of FairWind, LLC, have been named 2015 Small Business Persons of the Year. The Oklahoma District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2015 winners today.

“Brett Bain and Brian Edwards exemplify Oklahoma’s can-do attitude at its best,” Dottie Overal, Oklahoma SBA District Director said. “They are an example of entrepreneurs identifying a need and building a strong Oklahoma business to serve that need.  These young men have built an environmentally friendly company employing Oklahomans and growing to meet the needs of our nation and eventually the world in the wind and oil industries.”

The Oklahoma District of SBA also has two Region 6 award winners in Lance Fuller Parkhill, Owner of Parkhill’s Warehouse Liquors & Wine, in the Family-owned business category and Lori Dreiling, Co-Owner of Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa as the Women in Business Champion. SBA Region 6 includes Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and New Mexico.

The 2015 winners will be honored at the Oklahoma State Capitol and an awards luncheon June 17, 2015.

2015 Small Business Persons of the Year

Brett Bain/Brian Edwards, Joint Owners, Fair Wind, LLC

2015 Exporter of the Year

Sawyer MFG Company, Dave Hembry, Vice President

2015 Veteran Champion

Larry Findeiss, Bid Assistance Coordinator, Tulsa Tech

Family-Owned Business

Parkhill’s Warehouse Liquors & Wine, Lance Fuller Parkhill, Owner

Women in Business Champion

Lori Dreiling, Co-Owner, Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa                 

The Oklahoma District Office of the SBA is responsible for providing businesses with tools for enhancing and growing their businesses. It also oversees the delivery of SBA's programs throughout the state such as:

  • Free counseling, advice and information on starting a business through SCORE, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers, and the Women’s Business Center.  These organizations also conduct training events throughout the district.
  • Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders.
  • Business development assistance via the 8(a) program, available to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • Veterans assistance through the Boots to Business program and dedicated lending programs for Veterans

For more information on any of these programs, contact the Oklahoma District office at 405/609-8000.