Choctaw Development Fund Awards $5,000 Forgivable Loan to Small Business

Choctaw Development Fund TLK Trucking
L-R: Christian Hampton, Choctaw Nation Small Business Advisor; Tyler Kirkes, owner of TLK Trucking; and Eddie Bohanan, Choctaw Nation Tribal Councilmember District 3. 

TALIHINA, OK – TLK Trucking in Talihina, OK, was awarded a $5,000 small business forgivable loan from Choctaw Nation Small Business Development and the Choctaw Development Fund. 

Owned and operated by Tyler Kirkes, TLK Trucking offers brush hogging, demolition/cleanup, mulching, pad work, post driving, post-hole digging and dump truck hauling for areas surrounding Talihina.  

“The Choctaw Nation goes above and beyond for their Chahtapreneurs and I’m so grateful for their support and guidance,” said Tyler Kirkes, owner of TLK Trucking. “This forgivable loan will allow me to purchase necessary safety equipment and continue to grow my business and offer fence maintenance and other services to my clients in the future.” 

The Choctaw Development Fund supports economic viability and sustainability by partnering with Choctaw small business owners, cities and municipalities to create long-term growth and job creation within the territories of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. 

“Tyler is a determined Chahtapreneur who has found a passion in working for himself and building on his skills,” said Eddie Bohanan, Choctaw Nation Tribal Councilmember District 3. “We couldn’t be prouder of Tyler and providing him with this forgivable loan will allow TLK Trucking to create a lasting impact in Talihina and the surrounding area.” 

Funding from the Choctaw Development Fund will assist TLK Trucking by allowing them to purchase a welder, welding mask, welding safety equipment and other equipment necessary for safety and business growth.