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Oklahoma Firm Named 2015 Small Business Exporter of the Year

Award to be Presented at White House Ceremony as Part of National Small Business Week Celebrations
Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Release Number: 
David Hall (202) 205-6697

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sawyer Manufacturing Company, a global provider of pipeline and welding equipment with headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Small Business Exporter of the Year.

The award will be presented at a ceremony at the White House, on the last day of National Small Business Week, Friday afternoon, May 8. A reception will follow the awards ceremony.  Andrew Martins and Scott Persson from Sawyer Manufacturing are accepting the award on behalf of all its employees.

The Small Business Exporter of the Year award recognizes the accomplishments of a small company that has shown superior creative strategies in developing international markets, increased export sales and profits, or found creative solutions to business challenges in exporting, among other criteria.

Founded by Red Sawyer and AB Jensen back in 1948, Sawyer Manufacturing Company has grown to a 40-staff firm that exports to more than 50 countries, was recognized in 2013 as part of Tulsa’s “Fast 40,”,a ranking of the metro area’s fastest growing companies, and is an active mentor for other local businesses.

National Small Business Week is an annual event hosted by the SBA to recognize the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions.

Each year since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. This year, with the theme “Dream Big, Start Small,” National Small Business Week will be recognized from May 4-8 with national events planned in Miami/Boca Raton, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York and Washington, D.C.

Events throughout the week will be live-streamed on SBA’s website at Make sure to check in during the event for live social media engagement, using the hashtag #DreamSmallBiz. For additional information on National Small Business Week, please visit



Small Business Week 2015 sponsors include: Chase, Microsoft, Colonial Life, Office Depot, yp, ADP, Visa, PayPal, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Facebook, National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, CT Corporation, Sam’s Club, Como, Indeed, Manta, Marriott, Raytheon.

Cosponsorship Authorization # DreamSmallBiz. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any Cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA/SCORE programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.  Contact: SCORE is partially funded by SBA Cooperative Agreement No. SBAHQ-14-S-0001.