The Oklahoma District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced their 2016 award winners yesterday afternoon. Lanny McIntosh, owner of The McIntosh Group, a Tulsa-based architecture firm, was named 2016 Small Business Person of the Year.
Two other local small businesses were honored, as well. Michael and Mark Tedford of Tedford Insurance were named 2016 Family-Owned Business of the Year, and Lisa Riley, owner of Pinot’s Palette Northeast Studios, was named the 2016 Women in Business Champion.
“The impact that small business has on our regional economy is far from small,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “We are thrilled that these local businesses have been recognized for their achievements and the contributions they have made in our community.”
McIntosh, Tedford and Riley were honored with Crystal Star Awards in October of last year at the Tulsa Small Business Summit and Awards and were then nominated for the SBA Awards by the Tulsa Small Business Connection.
“Small businesses make up more than 85 percent of the total number of business in our region and we are ecstatic that these businesses have been recognized at the state level,” said Heather Davis, executive director of the Tulsa Small Business Connection. “The small business community in the Tulsa region is thriving, and we hope that local small businesses will continue to be recognized for the valuable impact they have.”
The winners will be honored at the Oklahoma State Capitol and an awards luncheon May 5, 2016. Tedford and Riley will be eligible to compete at the seven-state regional level and McIntosh will be nominated for National Small Business Person of the Year.