Gov. Henry Names Lt. Gov. Askins

Small Business Advocate in Oklahoma

Oklahoma CityGov. Brad Henry has appointed Lt. Gov. Jari Askins as Oklahoma’s Small Business Advocate, a role tasked with providing assistance to small business owners throughout the state.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of Oklahoma’s economy, and it is vital that we provide the resources and attention necessary to help them to thrive,” Gov. Henry said. “Jari Askins is a proven leader with a strong and unwavering commitment to Oklahoma’s small businesses. This is a perfect fit, and one that I am confident will help our economy continue to grow.”

Lt. Gov. Askins said she is eager to help small business owners throughout the state.

“Small business is the backbone of Oklahoma’s economy and a key part of our state’s continued and future prosperity,” she said. “I am honored by Governor Henry’s appointment to advocate on behalf of our small business owners.”

As Small Business Advocate, the Lieutenant Governor will provide assistance in every possible manner to the small businesses of Oklahoma.

Gov. Henry said he is confident Lt. Gov. Askins’ advocacy position will help fuel Oklahoma’s entrepreneurial spirit.

“Because the vast majority of all businesses in Oklahoma have less than 100 employees, it is only appropriate that these small businesses have an advocate when dealing with the numerous state regulatory agencies,” he said.