CN honors TERO-certified companies

BY STAFF REPORTS
11/09/2018 03:30 PM
CATOOSA – The Cherokee Nation honored hundreds of Native-owned businesses during its 11th annual TERO Certified Indian Owned Business Awards Banquet on Nov. 1 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

“Eleven years ago we had around 330 TERO-certified vendors, and today that number is well over 800,” Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden said. “Cherokee Nation has, by far, the largest and most progressive TERO program in Indian Country. It is growing more and more each year and enabling more Cherokees to earn a quality job and make a good living. These Indian-owned businesses are vital to northeast Oklahoma’s economy.”

The CN Tribal Employment Rights Office has more than 820 Indian-owned companies that are TERO-certified vendors able to do business with the tribe and compete for government contracting jobs. In fiscal year 2018, TERO vendors earned more than $40 million in contracts with the tribe.

“I am so grateful to our TERO certified businesses, because they have played such a vital role in Cherokee Nation’s economic growth,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “The ripple effect of Cherokee Nation’s recent economic success is evident when you see the growth of Cherokee Nation certified TERO businesses. We are not only helping Natives establish and succeed in business with the awarding of contracts, but also indirectly providing even more jobs to all Native people through our TERO vendors.”

Nine of the TERO-certified businesses received special recognition for their outstanding performances as part of the annual awards banquet.

Turtle Nation Engraving, located in Proctor, received the Retail Business of the Year award. The company has been a TERO vendor since 2013. It has completed a number of projects for the CN since becoming a TERO vendor.

“Being the TERO Retail Business of the Year is a great honor and something we are extremely proud of. Receiving the award with our boys present was a very grateful moment,” John Turtle, owner of Turtle Nation Engraving, said. “Being TERO certified has been a huge asset to our company over the past five years. Majority of our jobs come from being TERO certified and we would not be the business we are today without TERO.”

The nine certified Indian-owned businesses for 2018 are:

Woman-Owned Business of the Year – L & H Services, Tahlequah,

Pioneer Award – C & L Supply, Vinita,

Community Leadership Award – Frame Tek, Bixby,

Consulting Firm of the Year – HP Engineering, Rogers, Arkansas,

Customer Service Award – Maska Builders, Jenks,

Retail Business of the Year – Turtle Nation Engraving, Proctor,

Small Business of the Year – Walkingstick Painting, Westville,

Large Business of the Year – Lynxsystems, Tulsa, and

Construction Company of the Year – Contech Inc., Broken Arrow.

The tribe’s TERO also presented Cherokee Elder Care a check for more than $17,000. The money was raised through the annual TERO golf tournament and will help provide Christmas gifts to Cherokee Elder Care participants this year.

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