Larry Findeiss Named 2015 Veteran Small Business Champion

Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network’s Findeiss Recognized by SBA’s Oklahoma District

Larry Findeiss
Larry Findeiss

APTAC congratulates Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network (OBAN) PTAC’s Larry Findeiss, who was named 2015 Veteran Small Business Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Oklahoma District.

Findeiss is active with the Mayor’s Veteran Advisory Council in Tulsa and also participates in Community Service Council veterans initiative programs. He has worked with a coalition of Veterans Administration, veteran service organizations, area health and mental health agencies and volunteers concerning the Homeless Veterans Stand Down in Tulsa.

Findeiss is a veteran himself. He attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and was a member of the Navy ROTC. He served six years on active duty as an aviator deployed in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf as well as in Washington, D.C. and Pensacola, Florida. He left active service in 1977 to attend Dartmouth College and accepted a commission in the Navy Reserve. He retired in 2000 at the rank of commander.

“Larry’s background in aerospace as a pilot, a business professional and an industry leader brings great value to OBAN’s clients and his fellow coordinators across the state. We are proud of his work and congratulate him in this SBA recognition,” said Carter Merkle, OBAN program manager with Oklahoma CareerTech.

OBAN also has ties to Oklahoma’s Small Business Persons of the Year, Brett Bain and Brian Edwards, co-founders of Fair Wind LLC. The company, which provides industrial cleaning and maintenance services to oil and gas and wind companies, worked with OBAN through Great Plains Technology Center’s Economic Development Center. Great Plains Tech and OBAN provided the company training in bid assistance for government contracting; business plan development, financial services and human resources; and trademarks, exports and OSHA issues.

Part of a nationwide program administered by the Defense Logistics Agency, OBAN is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education with funding support from all levels of government. OBAN provides marketing and technical assistance to Oklahoma businesses interested in selling products and services to federal, state, local and tribal governments.

Findeiss and other award winners were honored at the State Capitol at an awards luncheon June 17th.


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