Choctaw Development Fund Awards More Than $99k to Town of Red Oak

New Red Oak Reading Center to open in Summer 2021. Pictured: Jennifer Woods, Choctaw Nation Tribal Council Member and Town of Red Oak and Reading Center representatives. Photo credit: Choctaw Nation.  

RED OAK, OK – On April 13, The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Choctaw Development Fund awarded the town of Red Oak $99,200 that will be used to construct a brand new, turn-key Reading Center for the town of Red Oak and surrounding communities.  

The Choctaw Development Fund supports economic viability and sustainability by partnering with Choctaw small business owners, cities and municipalities to create long-term growth and job creation within the territories of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. 

“The goal of the Reading Center is to provide our community with access to resources and materials in a location without a leaking roof and crumbling exterior,” states Leslie Robertson, Mayor of Red Oak. “We’re very grateful to the Choctaw Nation for their support on this project. Without them, projects like this, and several others would not be possible.”  

The Town of Red Oak has little access to collections of popular and new books and The Red Oak Reading Center will support students and the community in their thirst for knowledge. In addition, the center will offer access to wi-fi, computers, printers and host community meetings as well as other events. 

The expected completion date for the Reading Center is early July 2021.  

About The Choctaw Development Fund 
The Choctaw Development Fund supports economic viability and sustainability by partnering with Choctaw small business owners, cities and municipalities to create long-term growth and job creation within the 10 ½ counties of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The Choctaw Development Fund partners with the Choctaw Nation Small Business Development Services (CSBDS). The CSBDS is a single source contact for member advisory in the business start-up and existing business enhancement processes that increase the opportunity for success through partnerships with state, federal, and tribal resources. Our focus is delivering technical assistance, training programs, and access to capital for individuals and entrepreneurs in an effort to build successful, job-creating, Choctaw-owned companies within the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. 

Carmen Davis - Founder, Publisher and Executive Editor of Native Business Magazine

Carmen Davis - Founder, Publisher and Executive Editor of Native Business Magazine

Mrs. Davis is the founder, publisher and executive editor of the only Native American owned and operated national tribal business publication, Native Business Magazine, and the producer of the annual and nationally attended Native Business Summit.

Mrs. Davis is also president of Davis Strategy Group has over 23 years of service to Indian Country and as an entrepreneur she has successfully established, operated, managed and grown several businesses in multiple sectors. She is equal parts a strategic visionary and behind-the-scenes implementor, essential in guiding and overseeing every process of brand development, business expansion, nation-to-nation relationship building and more.

She was named in 2009 as one of the first recipients of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s, “40 Under 40” award which recognizes up and coming community and business leaders from across Indian Country.

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