University of Tulsa Athletics Now Accepting Nominations for Small Business Golden Heart

The University of Tulsa Athletics is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the first annual Golden Heart Award contest. This award will recognize small businesses impacting the Tulsa area through generosity and community commitment.
Nominees will be accepted from now until July 31. This program is a collaboration and is underwritten by First Pryority Bank of Tulsa and Southwestern Payroll Service.

The Golden Heart Award winner will receive a free TU football advertising campaign for the 2017-2018 season, a 12-month membership with 36° N, a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice, and other additional products and services provided by the sponsors.

First Pryority Bank President Aaron D. Dillard is proud to support local businesses and says, “We wanted to pioneer this program with TU because, as a small business owner, I understand how hard it is to run a business, have a family and still have time to give back to others. This contest gives us an opportunity to give back to those businesses.”

“Tulsa is incredibly lucky to have a thriving small business community that not only supports our local economy but also supports our community,” says Kathy Duck, executive director of the Tulsa Small Business Connection, a program for the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “Tulsa’s philanthropic spirit doesn’t just apply to our large corporations. Making up nearly 85 percent of businesses in our region, small businesses play an important role in our communities by regularly donating their time, resources, goods and services to charitable organizations.”

Southwestern Payroll President Darin Alred says, “At Southwestern Payroll, being a supportive member of our local community is a core value. Serving the needs of small businesses is a huge part of our mission. We applaud and want to recognize the unsung heroes in small businesses who go the extra mile to make Tulsa a better place to work and play.”

For more information about the Golden Heart Award qualifications, deadlines, rules for nominations, and how to nominate a Tulsa area small business, visit

Updated 07-24-2017

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