Margo Gray-Proctor was named the Minority Small Business Champion, Tulsa Metro Chamber
TULSA- The Tulsa Metro Chamber named Margo Gray-Proctor the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year at the Small Business Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Tuesday, May 17. The Minority Small Business Champion is awarded to a person who demonstrates extraordinary voluntary efforts beyond business/professional responsibilities, efforts to improve conditions in the minority small business community and not for personal gain, volunteers professional services to the business community in a legal, legislative, managerial, or financial capacity, and can show demonstrated accomplishments in advising minority small business groups of opportunities within the overall business community.
Gray-Proctor has been an advocate for small, minority businesses in the City of Tulsa, across the Nation, and internationally. Her love for business drives her to succeed while bringing others up with her. Margo strives to encourage Indian entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams, while helping counsel tribal leaders to create government and legal environments that will enable Indian businesses to thrive.
“The Tulsa Metro Chamber is proud to name Margo Gray-Proctor the 2011 Minority Business Champion for her advocacy for minority business development and her ongoing support of minority entrepreneurs. Her efforts are helping create jobs and drive enterprise in the Tulsa regional economy.” Mike Neal, President & CEO for Tulsa Metro Chamber
Margo is a member of the Osage Nation, Deer Clan, and a third-generation entrepreneur. She is the President of the Horizon Engineering Services Company, a certified 8(a) SBA, award-winning, Native American, and woman-owned civil engineering firm. She has spent the last 13 years dedicating herself to the enrichment and advancement of Native Americans, their communities, and minorities/women.
“It is great to see Margo Gray-Proctor being recognized with the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year award for the contributions she continues to make in support of the business community both in Oklahoma and across the nation. Her commitment to building a high performing business with Horizon Engineering Services and being a mentor to other small businesses is what defines true leadership.” James Ray, Native American Business Enterprise Center for Oklahoma
Margo is in her second term as the Chairwoman for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development which is a forty-year old, non-profit organization that represents thousands of American Indian businesses and tribal enterprises nationwide and is dedicated to developing American Indian economic self-sufficiency through business ownership. She has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences nationwide and has testified in front of Congress regarding the modernizing of SBA’s entrepreneurial development programs.
Later this year, Margo looks forward to advocating for indigenous peoples at the International World Indigenous People Business Conference. As a strong competitor in “Corporate America”, she encourages entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams, and counsels tribal leaders to create government and legal environments that will enable Indian businesses to thrive.
“I will always commit myself to the advancement of small minority and woman owned businesses. I will continue to work hard in helping others and develop my passion in encouraging American Indian entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams”