Virtual National Small Business Week

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Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year

2020 Small Business Person of the Year State Winner

Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year

Lisa Riley, a Tulsa native, has been driven from the start.  She learned many lessons in the corporate world which she implemented when she became an entrepreneur.

In 2012 she opened her first Pinot’s Palette and it exploded on the scene.  Since the first year of operation she has opened an additional two locations in the Tulsa metro area.  Starting with seven employees, Lisa now employs a total of 25.  Along the way she received counseling from the SBA to get her started on the right track.

Naturally the pandemic hit the wine & painting business hard, but Pinot’s Palette innovated by creating take home paint kits and by taking advantage of the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

“It’s been really hard,” Riley said.  “My team has done a great job.”

During the third store opening she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was determined to beat it.  She is now five years cancer free and the businesses are thriving.

Lisa Riley

2020 Oklahoma District Small Business Awards

2020 Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year

Lisa Riley

Power of Three Investments, Pinot’s Palette


2020 Oklahoma Manufacturer of the Year

Bill Solomon



2020 Oklahoma Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Kevin Wilhite

Triad FSN

Oklahoma City

2020 Oklahoma Small Business Champion of the Year

Ken Talley

Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Oklahoma City

2020 Oklahoma District Director’s Award

LeAnn Jenkins

Oklahoma City

National Small Business Week Virtual Conference 2020

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and cosponsors will host all virtual events September 22-24, 2020. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover, contributing to a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of the National Small Business Person of the Year.

The National Small Business Week event schedule includes three days recognizing America’s outstanding entrepreneurs, shining a spotlight on the nation’s 30 million small businesses across the country.

Details and registration information will be posted on as events are finalized. 

Tuesday, September 22, 1 p.m. EDT – “Pride in America’s Small Businesses
Day’s events include:
National Small Business Week Welcome - SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza
Keynote Address
National Small Business Week Awards Presentations

Wednesday, September 23, 9 a.m. EDT– “Preparing for a Stronger Tomorrow: Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation
Day’s events include:
Panel Discussion Series - America’s Strength, Learning to Pivot and Innovate
Mid-day Sessions - SBA’s Veteran Resources and Veteran Success Story Videos

Thursday, September 24, 9 a.m. EDT – “Preparing for a Stronger Tomorrow: Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation
Day’s events include:
Panel Discussion Series - America’s Strength, Learning to Pivot and Innovate
Mid-day Sessions - The Business Landscape of today and Federal and Local Resources to Empower Small Businesses

Register today


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Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Small businesses, private non-profits and agricultural businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, can still apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. EIDL proceeds can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation to health care benefits, rent, utilities and fixed debt payments.

Learn more