2023 Chahtapreneur Award Winners Photo by Deidra Elrod

District 1 Councilman Thomas Williston and Choctaw Nation Small Business Development adviser Julia Arrieta celebrate Burgess Family Healthcare being named Chahtapreneur of the Year with owners Chabon and Rachel Burgess.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Awards 12 Businesses with Chahtapreneur Awards

Burgess Family Healthcare named Chahtapreneur of the Year

Published July 20, 2023

DURANT, Okla. – The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma recognized 12 small businesses at its annual Chahtapreneur Award Ceremony inside Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant on June 22.

Each year, Choctaw Nation gives Chahtapreneur Awards to a Choctaw business in each of the reservation’s 12 districts, as well as crowning one business Chahtapreneur of the Year. This year, the highest honor went to Burgess Family Healthcare in Valliant, Okla.

Burgess Family Healthcare is owned by Chabon and Rachel Burgess, who opened their doors in 2018. Rachel is a family nurse practitioner who attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University for her LPN certification, the University of Oklahoma for a bachelor’s in science and RN certification and Purdue University for her APRN. Burgess Family Healthcare’s mission is to be the standard in healthcare and patient care, and its core values are integrity, reliability and dependability.

“It is important to recognize our Chahtapreneurs that are putting in the time and energy to provide quality goods or services to the rural communities of the Choctaw Nation,” Billy Hamilton, director of Choctaw Nation Small Business Development, said. “Entrepreneurship can be difficult but through their efforts, they are making a tremendous economic impact by creating local jobs and giving back to the communities that they serve. Our Chahtapreneurs are a vital part of our local economies throughout the Choctaw Nation and deserve an opportunity to celebrate their success with their peers.”

Award nominations are based on business owners’ participation in the Choctaw Nation Small Business Development program, community involvement and community impact.

Below is a complete list of Chahtapreneur Award winners by district:

District 1: Burgess Family Healthcare (Valliant)
District 2: Gypsy Brew (Broken Bow)
District 3: McKinney Creations Shop (Watson)
District 4: Morningstar Creations (Pocola)
District 5: Snow’s Outfitters (Stigler)
District 6: Hey There, Honey (Red Oak)
District 7: Jenna’s Concession (Rattan)
District 8: A and W Lawn Service and More (Hugo)
District 9: Durant Main Street Wash (Durant)
District 10: D&H Wholesale Tire (Atoka)
District 11: Freeze & Flare Heat & Air (McAlester)
District 12: Legacy Cryogenic Transportation (Coalgate)

For more information on Choctaw Nation Small Business Development, click here.

About The Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 225,000 tribal members and 12,000-plus associates. This ancient people has an oral tradition dating back over 13,000 years. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, its historic reservation boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, covering 10,923 square miles. The Choctaw Nation’s vision, “Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture,” is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity.


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