Tulsa Entrepreneur Named Small Business Champ

Larry Mocha, president of APSCO Inc. of Tulsa, has been named the Solveras/NFIB Small Business Champion of Oklahoma by the National Federation of Independent Business.
“Year after year, Larry has proven his commitment to NFIB and small business, not just in Tulsa but throughout Oklahoma,” said Benny Vanatta, state director of NFIB/Oklahoma, the state’s leading small business association.
Mocha, an NFIB member for 12 years, is a member of the NFIB Leadership Council, a volunteer group that advises the association on issues affecting small business owners. He has hosted numerous NFIB events and contributed to the NFIB political action committee, the Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust.
He recently worked with Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to organize a series of “Small Business Forums” around the state. Last month, he testified before a congressional subcommittee in Tulsa on proposed cap-and-trade legislation, telling lawmakers the bill would devastate small businesses by raising energy prices even as the nation is trying to recover from a deep recession.
Mocha was previously named NFIB/Oklahoma’s Small Business Champion in 2005 and 2008.
“Larry is a tireless activist for NFIB and small business in Oklahoma,” Vanatta said. “He does everything he can to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses.”
APSCO was founded as Air Power Systems Co. Mocha’s father, William J. Mocha, hired him to join the company in 1970 – and then laid him off six months later. Larry Mocha, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Oklahoma State University, rejoined APSCO in 1972 and today serves as the company’s president.
Larry Mocha is a former chairman of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Mocha also is active on the U.S. Chamber Small Business Council and served as Region IV Chairman of the U.S. Small Business Administration Regulatory Fairness Board in 1999-2000. He serves as chairman of the Center for Legislative Excellence as well as the Tulsa Mayor’s Initiative for Entrepreneurship.

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