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Melinda Stinnett Named SBA Small Business Person of the Year

Release Date: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Larry Weatherford, 405/609-8012

Melinda Stinnett has been named 2017 Small Business Person of the Year. The Oklahoma District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2017 winners today. Stinnett is Managing Director for Stinnett & Associates, LLC, which she founded in 2001.

“The entrepreneurs we honor exemplify the can-do spirit of Oklahoma,” Dottie Overal, Oklahoma SBA District Director said. “The American dream is alive and well with these honorees.  We look forward to celebrating their success during National Small Business Week April 30th through May 1st.”

For more than 50 years, SBA has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions in their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.  And in recognizing the changing face of America, the SBA’s National Small Business Week awards honor individuals and businesses that reflect our nation’s rich diversity.

The 2017 winners will be honored at the Oklahoma State Capitol and an awards luncheon during Small Business Week in May.


2017 Oklahoma District Small Business Awards

Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year

Melinda Stinnett, Stinnett & Associates, LLC, Tulsa

Oklahoma Exporter of the Year

Eric Kunkel, CCK Strategies, PLLC, Tulsa

Entrepreneurial Success Award

DJ Patterson, EcoGreen Mobile Detailing, LLC, Tulsa

Young Entrepreneur

Matthew & Katrina Thomson, 6th Street designs, Lawton

Veteran Champion

Roger Ford, Ford Funeral Service, Midwest City

Minority Champion

Stephanie Elder, Gallant Background Checks, Tulsa

Family-Owned Business Champion

Allison Dickens, Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery

Women in Business Champion

Jennifer Edwards, REI Women’s Business Center, Oklahoma City                               

Women’s Business Center of the Year

REI Women’s Business Center, Durant

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.