CN TERO to host awards dinner

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/30/2012 02:44 PM
CATOOSA, Okla. – On Nov. 1, the Cherokee Nation’s Tribal Employment Rights Office will host its fifth Certified Indian-Owned Business Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to celebrate its partnership with 747 certified Indian-owned businesses.

“The Cherokee Nation appreciates the hard work and quality products these businesses provide to our Nation,” TERO Director Jon Overacker said. “The vendors are also really proud to be recognized by the tribe with these awards.”

While all businesses will be celebrated, eight Native American-owned businesses identified as performing exceptionally well over the past year for the CN and its entities will earn top awards during the banquet.

The award categories consist of Large Certified Business of the Year, Small Certified Business of the Year, Certified Indian Retail Business of the Year, Certified Indian Business Construction Company of the Year, Certified Indian Business Customer Service Award of the Year, Certified Indian Business Community Leadership Award, Certified Indian Consultant Business of the Year and Certified Indian Woman-Owned Business of the Year.

Before the awards banquet, the TERO will also host a free vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa where the vendors will display their products and services to the public.

For more information, call 918-453-5334.

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