Tulsa Entrepreneur Named Small Business Champion for Oklahoma

Larry Mocha, president of APSCO Inc. of Tulsa, has been named Solveras/NFIB Small Business Champion of Oklahoma by the National Federation of Independent Business.
“Larry will do anything and everything he can to help small business, not just in Tulsa but across the state,” said Benny Vanatta, state director of NFIB/Oklahoma, the state’s leading small business association.
Mocha, an NFIB member for 11 years, is a member of the NFIB Leadership Council, a volunteer group that advises the association on issues affecting small business owners. He regularly attends NFIB events, including the NFIB National Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the Legislature on bills affecting small business owners, hosted numerous NFIB events and contributed to the NFIB political action committee, the Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust.
“Larry Mocha is the premier NFIB activist member in Oklahoma,” Vanatta said.
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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