Tulsa Member is Regional Small Business Champion

Date: October 26, 2009


NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner (left), regional Solveras/NFIB Small Business Champion Larry Mocha and Solveras Payment Solutions CEO John Cramp at the Oct. 26 awards luncheon in Washington.

TULSA, Okla., Oct. 26, 2009 – Recently honored at home as a strong advocate for small business, Larry Mocha has been named one of four U.S. regional Solveras/NFIB Small Business Champions for 2009. He was named this year’s Oklahoma state small business champion in September.

The four regional winners will be honored on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at a luncheon in Washington, D.C.

Each year, NFIB, the nation’s leading small business association, selects a small business owner in each state for special recognition and honors him or her with the prestigious state Small Business Champion award. The regional honors are chosen by each region’s state directors and public policy directors.

This is the first time Mocha has received the regional award. He was previously honored as state champion in 2005 and 2008.

“We’re thrilled that Larry is being recognized for everything he does for small business,” said Benny Vanatta, state director of NFIB/Oklahoma. “NFIB is the voice of small business in Oklahoma City and Washington, but we couldn’t be heard without the support of members like Larry.”

Mocha, a 12-year member of NFIB and president of APSCO Inc. of Tulsa, serves on the NFIB Leadership Council, which advises the association on issues affecting small businesses. He has hosted numerous NFIB events and contributed to the NFIB political action committee, the Save America’s Free Enterprise (SAFE) Trust.

He is a former chairman of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He served as Region IV Chairman of the U.S. Small Business Administration Regulatory Fairness Board in 1999-2000.

This summer, he testified before a congressional subcommittee in Tulsa on proposed cap-and-trade legislation, telling lawmakers the bill would hurt small businesses by driving up energy prices even as employers struggle to recover from the recession.

Mocha also chairs the Tulsa Mayor’s Initiative for Small Businesses and the Center for Legislative Excellence.

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