Offerings from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s Division of Strategic Development recently received four awards from the International Economic Development Council, a nonprofit organization representing more than 5,000 economic development members.
Its 2018-2019 Community Profile, Chahtapreneur Business Guide, the Regional Economic Development Partnership website, and the Small Business Development operations were all award winners.
“The Division of Strategic Development and the economic and small business development teams are grateful to IEDC for their recognition of the hard work and dedication our team members and Chahtapreneurs have accomplished this past year,” said Tammye Gwin, senior executive officer of strategic development. “Our amazing teams have worked hard to attract diverse businesses, create jobs and enhance the economic well-being throughout the Choctaw Nation territories, and I believe these awards have proven that.”
The Choctaw Nation created the small business development team to help Choctaw Tribal members interested in starting small businesses. The term “Chahtapreneurs” grew out of that team in 2015, and is used to describe Choctaw business owners.
The small business development team has grown to include eight members who saw a need to create the now award-winning Chahtapreneur Business Guide, a 104-page book detailing entrepreneurship characteristics, idea generation, business types, business structures, business planning, finances, marketing, and legal requirements.
The International Economic Development Council’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize only the world’s best. With 35 categories, awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community development professionals from around the globe. More than 500 submissions from four countries were considered.
“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day,” said Kenny McDonald, 2020 IEDC Board Chair and One Columbus CEO. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing campaigns, projects and partnerships have measurably improved regional quality of life.”