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Cherokee Nation Honors Vendors


The Cherokee Nation honored hundreds of Native-owned businesses, from construction companies to printing shops during the tribe’s Ninth Annual TERO Awards Banquet Thursday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, a media release states.

The Cherokee Nation Tribal Employment Rights Office has more than 800 Indian-owned companies that are TERO-certified vendors able to do business with the tribe and better compete for government contracting jobs.

“In the past five years, we have almost tripled the number of TERO-certified vendors, and we have given our certified Indian-owned businesses billions of dollars in opportunity as they do business with the Cherokee Nation,” said Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “As we contract to build more homes, new entertainment facilities and the future 478,000-square-foot expansion at W.W. Hastings Hospital campus in Tahlequah, it means our TERO vendors are hiring more Cherokee tradesmen. Those jobs have a positive effect on our economy and our communities.”

In 2016, TERO vendors earned more than $21 million in contracts just through the Cherokee Nation. At the banquet, the Cherokee Nation honored eight standout TERO businesses with awards.

Computer Solutions in Waxahachie, Texas, which helps troubleshoot IT needs for companies across the country, was named Indian Business Customer Service Award Winner of the Year.

“Having TERO certification is recognized by most governments when we’re competing for projects, and it’s helped us tremendously,” said owner Duke Burge, who has been TERO certified nearly 10 years and earned $10 million in contract awards and more than $150,000 in work through the Cherokee Nation.

TriArch, PLLC, of Tulsa, was awarded Indian Consulting Firm of the Year.

Owner Scott Vrooman said he gets to provide more architectural services on health care and cultural construction projects since being TERO certified two years ago.

“It completely changed the course of our business,” Vrooman said.

The eight certified Indian-owned businesses for 2016 are as follows:

• T-N-T Professional Masonry of Stilwell for Woman-owned Business of the Year.

• Johnson Plumbing of Stilwell for Community Leadership Award.

• TriArch, PLLC, of Tulsa for Consulting Firm of the Year.

• Computer Solutions Inc., of Waxahachie, Texas, for Customer Service Award.

• Turtle Nation Engraving of Westville for Retail Business of the Year.

• T & M Precision Services, LLC, of Claremore for Small Business of the Year.

• Builders Unlimited Inc., of Tulsa for Large Business of the Year.

• TTA Construction of Gore for Construction Company of the Year.