Tulsan named small business champ

Larry Mocha, president of Tulsa-based APSCO Inc. and a coach for this year’s Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, was recently 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 a statewide small business association.
Mocha, an NFIB member for 12 years, is a on 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.
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.

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