On Aug. 26, three local small businesses; Carmack's Garage, Lil' Ice Cream Truck and Pirate Nutrition Club were each awarded a $5,000 Small Business Forgivable loan from Choctaw Nation Small Business Development and the Choctaw Development Fund.
The Choctaw Development Fund supports economic viability and sustainability by partnering with Choctaw small business owners, cities and municipalities to create long-term growth and job creation within the 10.5 counties of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
"Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and job growth," states Delton Cox, Choctaw Nation Councilmember District 4. "I'm so very proud of our Chataprenuers and look forward to seeing how they grow our local economy, become more innovative and create new jobs within our community."
Carmack's Garage: Carmack's Garage is owned and operated by Matthew Carmack and provides vehicle maintenance and repairs for Poteau and the surrounding areas. Offering a wide range of services, like oil changes, tire rotation, inspection and more, their goal is to be a one-stop facility to all auto servicing needs.
The funds Carmack received will be used to help update his new facility. Upgrades will include, installation of air hose plumbing in the ceiling, wheeler balancer, power washer and carport for addition of wash and vacuum service to customers. Eventually, the shop plans to hire more staff members to better assist the growing business.
Lil' Ice Cream Truck: Lil Ice Cream Truck is a cute 1969 International Metro Mite Ice-Cream truck, owned and operated by Shirley Terry. The ice cream truck makes rounds throughout Leflore County and can be booked for special events including weddings, car-shows, birthday parties and sporting events. The ice-cream truck sells classic ice-cream treats such as, push-ups, fudge bars, nutty cones, ice cream sandwiches and more!
"I remember the days when I would hear that iconic ice cream truck jingle outside, and I would drop what I was doing and chase it down for a treat. I want the kids of this community to feel that same joy from Lil' Ice Cream Truck," states Shirley Terry, Owner of Lil' Ice Cream Truck.
The funds Terry received will be used to grow her business to better serve her customers.
Pirate Nutrition Club: Pirate Nutrition Club is owned and operated Veronica Sisco. Sisco's new shake and tea club in Poteau offers a variety protein shakes and energizing tea. Customers can add different boosters such as immune system, eye health, skin health and weight loss additives.
The money Sisco received from the Choctaw Nation will be used to update and improve her building, like adding new floors.
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From left to right: Delton Cox, Choctaw Nation Councilmember District 4; Matthew Carmack, Owner of Carmack's Garage; Michelle Carmack and Kreg Haney, Small Business Advisor.
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Shirley Terry, Owner of Lil' Ice Cream Truck and family get presented with $5,000 forgivable loan check by Delton Cox, Choctaw Nation Councilmember District 4.
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From left to right: Angel Rowland, Choctaw Development Fund Manager; Veronica Sisco, Owner of Pirate Nutrition, Kaitlan Fout and Kreg Haney, Small Business Advisor.
About The Choctaw Development Fund
The Choctaw Development Fund supports economic viability and sustainability by partnering with Choctaw small business owners, cities and municipalities to create long-term growth and job creation within the 10 ½ counties of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
The Choctaw Development Fund partners with the Choctaw Nation Small Business Development Services (CSBDS). The CSBDS is a single-source contact for member advisory in the business start-up and existing business enhancement processes that increase the opportunity for success through partnerships with state, federal, and tribal resources. Our focus is delivering technical assistance, training programs, and access to capital for individuals and entrepreneurs in an effort to build successful, job-creating, Choctaw-owned companies within the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
About the Choctaw Nation
The Choctaw Nation is the third largest Indian Nation in the United States, with close to 200,000 tribal members. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, the historic boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma. The vision of the Choctaw Nation is "To achieve healthy, successful, productive, and self-sufficient lifestyles for a proud nation of Choctaws." Tribal business success over the past few years has enabled the Choctaw Nation to begin to achieve this vision, as well as to assist the communities that are in the Choctaw Nation. Faith, Family and Culture are important values to Choctaw people. For more information about the Choctaw Nation, its culture, heritage and traditions, please go to www.choctawnation.com.