CNB company recognized by U.S. Department of Commerce


CATOOSA, Okla. — Cherokee CRC was recently named Minority Construction Firm of the Year by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency. The company was recognized during the 2013 National Minority Enterprise Development Week for its leadership and commitment in advancing the minority business community.

“It is an honor to be acknowledged by the U.S. Commerce Department for our services and business growth,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “This award recognizes our commitment to quality-building processes and unequaled customer service. Cherokee CRC has proven time and time again that it is a national leader in the construction industry.”

The award is presented to a minority-owned firm that has achieved outstanding success in private or public sector construction projects and has exhibited revenue and job growth over a sustained period of time.

“Cherokee CRC has made a significant impact within the tribe’s diversified portfolio,” said Shawn Slaton, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “This company continues to capture new work, providing clients nationwide with the services they need and the quality they have come to expect from the Cherokee brand.”

CCRC has more than 25 years of experience and has built a strong reputation among government agencies and commercial clients for its outstanding quality of work and superior customer service.

A percentage of its profits is returned to the Cherokee Nation for health, housing, education and other important social services for Cherokee citizens.

“We are so grateful to receive this honor,” said Cheryl Cohenour, president of CCRC. “Our staff works hard to deliver the absolute best to our clients, and I can’t thank them enough for their hard work and commitment to this company and our tribe.”

The award was presented by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to CCRC’s Operating General Manager John Sparkman during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2.

CCRC is a subsidiary of Cherokee Nation Businesses, the tribally owned holding company of the Cherokee Nation, the largest Indian nation in the United States.

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