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Choctaw Nation small business owners awarded

Times Record Staff
Lynn White and his team of Mimic MFG in Heavener.

Three small businesses in east Oklahoma were recently awarded a Chahtapreneuer Award from the Choctaw Nation Small Business Development.

Carmack’s Garage, Fields Hardware & Automotive, LLC and Mimic MFG were recognized for the community involvement and community impact.

Every year, one Choctaw-owned small business from each of the tribe’s 12 districts is recognized. Carmack’s Garage, Fields Hardware & Automotive and Mimic MFG were all awarded based on their participation with Choctaw Nation Small Business Development, community involvement and impact to their local economies.

Carmack’s Garage provides vehicle maintenance and repairs for Poteau and the surrounding areas.

Fields' Hardware & Automotive, LLC hardware store is in Red Oak and supplies building materials, hardware and garden supplies.

Mimic MFG in Heavener is a small manufacturing business that specializes in welding, fabrication, tool and die work, mold building, injection molding and home of Mimic Lures.

CSBD is supporting the vision of the Choctaw Nation by helping Choctaw tribal entrepreneurs that want to start or expand their business within the 10.5 counties of the Choctaw Nation.

This year’s top honor was awarded to Micky Lloyd, owner of Common Roots Mercantile in McAlester. Common Roots opened in 2014 and carries a wide variety of unique gifts. It also offers over 30 flavors of ice-cold, glass bottled soda and sweet treats to enjoy while shopping. Lloyd is an active member of the community who has renovated three historic downtown buildings and has played a big part in Choctaw Avenues new Streetscape design which is currently underway, a news release states.

“We’re incredibly proud of all our Chatapreneuers. Owning a small business takes hard work, determination and consistency,” says Gary Johnson, Choctaw Nation Small Business Development manager. “These awards showcase the achievements of some of the area’s best entrepreneurs. It is truly a privilege to serve our Chatapreneuer business owners within their communities.”

Award nominations are based on Chahtapreneur business owner’s participation with Choctaw Nation Small Business Development Program, community involvement and community impact. This is the fourth year the Choctaw Nation has given the award.

Below is a complete list of the Chahtaprenuer Award winners by district:

District 1: Greg Willie: Willie Independent Insurance – Idabel

District 2: Aaron Clay: Southern Comfort Heat & Air – Broken Bow

District 3: Lynn White: Mimic MFG – Heavener

District 4: Matthew Carmack: Carmack’s Garage – Poteau

District 5: Mike West: West’s Tools, LLC – Quinton

District 6: Stephen Goldsborough: Fields Hardware & Automotive, LLC – Red Oak

District 7: Sequina Hunter: Little Disciples Day Care – Antlers

District 8: Josie Rosales: Taco Mamas – Hugo

District 9: Leigh Anne Brooks: Texoma Wealth Management – Durant

District 10: Vidal Munoz: T & M Mobile Detailing – Atoka

District 11: Micky Lloyd: Common Roots Mercantile – McAlester

District 12: Paul Watkins: S & T Hauling, LLC (S and T Trash Service) – Indianola

For more information on Choctaw Nation Small Business Development visit, choctawsmallbusiness.com

Matthew and Michelle Carmack of Carmack's Garage in Poteau.