SPEL- Lou Ann CarlstromIn Oklahoma, depending on the economy and climate, the two most important things coming out of the ground are oil and water. Testing the quality of the latter isn't just about making sure what comes out of the kitchen faucet is potable either, with sources from waste water plants to wells requiring constant monitoring to ensure the content and quality meets environmental standards.


Lawton, Okla.'s Southern Plains Environmental Laboratory, LLC, or SPEL, is one business working across the state of Oklahoma to help ensure the safety of its water resources.

Jacob & Natalie LebaInjuries happen all the time. They can happen at work, at home, while playing sports or doing any number of normal activities people go through each day. That's why people like Dr. Jacob Leba of Leba Chiropractic are there to help alleviate and treat some of those injuries.

 

Oct. 2014 is Leba Chiropractic's fifth anniversary of being open. According to Dr. Leba, since the 2009 opening, business has flourished more than he could ever imagine. One part of getting to that anniversary was through assistance from the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, which loans to Native American-owned businesses.

iBall Instruments-Carl BrightFor decades, workers in the energy industry have been exploring and detecting gas while drilling through the use of devices called hotwires. However, the tried and true use of hotwires was also a hindrance in a sector where technological advances have opened up new possibilities for energy exploitation. That need for a technological advance was just what was needed by a client of Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Carl Bright. One of Bright's customers, a mud logger looking to expand his drilling and detection capabilities, asked Bright if he could invent a tool that would improve or even replace the traditional hotwire. The result of that request was Bright's company, iBall Instruments LLC, development of the infrared Bloodhoud detection system.

Brian Stillwell 1Everyone has waste of some type to dispose of, be it every day trash or a major renovation project at home or work. If there's a job that is just too big for the normal cleanup process, Comanche Nation tribal member Brian Stillwell is your man. His CPCDC-financed small business will pick up and dispose of your project's waste through roll-off bins.

DC Cake Appeal PicDC Cake Appeal, Inc. is unique, and that is how owner, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal member, David Conway and co-owner Owen Davis want it to be perceived.

 

The name itself says cake appeal, and judging by their return customers, their products certainly do. Baking cakes was the initial focus when they began their business in 2006 out of their home in Prague, Okla. A colleague of Davis' asked if he would bake a cake for her because he had been in the baking industry and taught classes at Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee, Okla. One request became two, and then word of mouth got out about how delicious the cakes were.

Andrea Worden, PLLCThere are very few people that have careers they view as a calling, yet Choctaw and Cherokee tribal member Andrea Worden views hers as such.

 

During Worden's time as an undergraduate at the University of Central Oklahoma, she took a required course for her Political Science degree. Her professor showed a film about child sex trafficking in Thailand, a viewing that Worden cites as the moment she knew her calling was as a lawyer.

 

"This video touched me in a really powerful way. Because of it I knew going to law school wasn't an option, but a calling," said Worden.

 

Worden is passionate about what she does and looks to serve her clients during some of their most stressful times in hopes she can ease their pain and burdens. She believes in the services she provides and wants to offer them to as many people as she can.

 

Friendly smiles and beautiful faces is what you will be greeted with when you enter Tanquility Tanning Spa and Hair Salon.

 

Located in the shopping center at 1510 North Kickapoo Street, Tanquility is a tranquil place of relaxation that provides tanning and high quality cosmetology services in one location. They have nine hairstylists, a variety of indoor tanning beds and a VersaSpa spray-tanning booth. Tanquility’s 12 employees in the tanning salon and nine hairstylists are always there to assist

 

Counter tops, window sills, showers, fire places, and other stone pieces are the specialties of Sooner Stoneworks LLC, a Native American-owned business in Shawnee, Okla. Owners Scott Patten and Steve Taylor chiseled their company from the former Sooner Marble, Granite, and Tile. After some initial financing from the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, today, the two head one of local community’s staple businesses.

 

Starting a new business is always a daunting prospect, while maintaining steady growth is an entirely different matter with its own set of challenges. Mark and Cindy Cheatwoods’ Shawnee-based small business, MC Trucking, has taken on those obstacles and more. Open since 2006, the business has navigated challenges like the 2008 financial crisis and rising fuel costs. MC Trucking has overcome these challenges and prospered because of the support of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Community Development Corporation, a tribally chartered non-profit providing capital and technical assistance for Native American-owned businesses.

 

     You are starting your own business and you need marketing material printed. Well, Pronto Print, Inc in Ardmore, OK is your one stop shop for all of your business and marketing needs. 

 

     Robert and Brandy Rogers have owned Pronto Print, Inc since October 2009 after Robert had been working there for approximately five years.  Robert has been in the screen print industry since 1994 and Brandy has been in retail and marketing just as long. Brandy received her degree from the University of Oklahoma in Business Management and Communication in 2004 which allowed their clientele spectrum to be widened much more, because now, according to Brandy, the knowledge has allowed the marketing to take over and allowed contracts to be signed.

      Being familiar with the business already, this intrigued them to purchase the business when the owner was ready to sell, and Robert already knew the clientele list; they just wanted to increase their market.

     Since the purchase of their business in October 2009, they have grown their business 50%, according to Brandy.

 

     You and your family decided to have a family vacation in Little Rock, AR this year. You rented a cabin and are playing by the water when one of you cuts the bottom of your foot with a piece of glass you don’t see.    
 

     You google the nearest hospital and its Arkansas State Hospital and it’s only ten minutes away. You rush there and into the Emergency Room to be seen.

      Everything is okay once you get your stitches and, of course, your tetanus shot because you can’t remember the last time you had yours.

 

     Family man, Devron Ross, is   trying to build something for not only his family, but also for his community.

      As a Federal Mechanic Contractor, specializing in HVAC, plumbing,   process piping, medical gas, and  hydronic systems, Ross began his career over 25 years ago in upper management with different companies ending with his current company starting out as a foreman and working his way to the top and then having the ability to own the company in July 2008.

 

     You are rushing to get the last minute gifts or groceries for Christmas, but you cannot seem to find a parking spot. No one can see the yellow lines that mark the parking spots so everyone is just parking anywhere they can. 

      Almost three years ago Samuel and Valerie Rucker decided to start their own family business. It is called After Hours Striping. They are the ones you see in the parking lot after hours making sure you can park in the parking lot the next day when you are at the grocery store or even on Main Street. There are no limits to their striping work and they are willing to drive the miles to help your business or city for whatever parking needs you have.

Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation (CPCDC) client, Shawnee Cleaners and Laundry, Inc., located at 704 East Independence, Shawnee, OK has doubled in size since moving into their new location in May of 2009.  The owners, Dwight and, CPN Tribal Member, Darcee Yancey, have grown their company from 6 to 11 employees and their new location has increased their size from 2200 to 5500 sq. ft.  Recently the final building code was satisfied for the City of Shawnee to approve the last of the two retail spaces to be rented.


Katherine and Mary Tabbytite, of Luxe Objects in Nichols Hills, are the epitome of elegance in interior design. Katherine, a Comanche Nation tribal member and Opera Singer, was visiting her mother, Mary, when they began discussing options for starting a business together. At the time Katherine was in route to New York to pursue a career in Opera, but began having so much fun starting a business with her mother she decided to make Oklahoma City her home.