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Anthony Cambas chosen as OKSBDC State Star

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

STILLWATER, Okla. – Anthony Cambas, Director1 of the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development and the International Trade Center - Small Business Development Center (ITC-SBDC) at Oklahoma State University, has received the State Star award for 2014 for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Network.

Every year, each state that has a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network, nominates at least one person to be the State Star.

Cambas will be recognized at the annual conference for America’s Small Business Development Centers Sept. 9-12, 2014 in Grapevine, TX at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center.

The Oklahoma State Star is selected by the state-wide leadership team. The work done with clients and partnering with other federal, state and local resources that help small and medium sized businesses are two important characteristics that are taken into account when selecting the State Star, said Bill Carter, Oklahoma SBDC State Director.

“Cambas has been to almost every SBDC center in the state of Oklahoma providing service to entrepreneurs,” Carter said. “He’s truly the expert’s expert at what he does.”

Cambas said that SBDCs and ITC-SBDCs are found throughout the country, Oklahoma having 16.

“There are centers throughout the state, located at different universities and each one its own geographic or technical area of specialization, and ours [Oklahoma State University ITC-SBDC] is in international trade,” Cambas said.

Cambas said this award is important to him because it comes from the state director’s office and recognizes the impact that the OSU ITC-SBDC is having on small businesses throughout the state.

“It is an important recognition that focuses on the work we do on a day-to-day basis; not only the work on the ground, but also reflects our strategy to achieve effective networks within Oklahoma,” Cambas said.

Cambas is a former U.S. Customs official who has been working in international trade and development for more than 25 years, and has been at Oklahoma State for 2.5 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida International University in Miami, FL in International Relations with a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He received his master’s degree from the University of Canberra, Australia Centre for Customs and Excise Studies in International Customs Law and Administration and has undertaken post-graduate studies in Switzerland and in El Salvador.

OSU ITC-SBDC is an integral part of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC) network. OKSBDC assists small business owners and new entrepreneurs by providing no charge, quality and confidential one-on-one business management advising, business management workshops and business technical assistance. For more information go to

Interested persons and companies can contact the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development with their international trade related questions at 405-744-4272 or

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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

OSU Phi Beta Delta Chapter wins national award.

Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014

The OSU Phi Beta Delta chapter, Epsilon Upsilon, won the award for most outstanding chapter in the United States at the international honors society’s national conference in Houston. Phi Beta Delta annually gives the Eileen Evans Overall Outstanding Chapter award to a chapter that demonstrates growth and development, expands outreach within and beyond the academic community and provided service to Phi Beta Delta.

The award was the result of a two-year project the chapter launched under the guidance of immediate Past President, Dr. Lupita Fabregas, and concluded under the current President, Dr. Derina Holtzhausen. In addition to offering several events throughout the year the chapter established and supported Phi Beta Delta chapters in Mexico and Uzbekistan and supported graduate student research through scholarships that allowed two students to present their research at the Houston conference.

Receiving the award Dr. Holtzhausen said the institutional support OSU and its international departments provide was crucial in winning. Phi Beta Delta coordinator Jeffrey Simpson from the Study Abroad office and treasurer Tim Huff from International Student Services provide the necessary continuity when committee membership changes every year. Founding member, previous president and longtime secretary Dr. Nani Pybus provides the institutional memory that keeps committee members focused on the organization’s mission.

Jonathan Douglas and Catherine Molleno were the two students who won the scholarships and presented their research at the Houston conference. The presentations given by the students further highlighted the importance of international academics within the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter and OSU.

From left:  Tim Huff, Nani Pybus, Lupita Fabregas, Derina Holtzhausen, Sarah Gordon and Jonathan Douglas.
From left: Tim Huff, Nani Pybus, Lupita Fabregas, Derina Holtzhausen, Sarah Gordon and Jonathan Douglas.

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