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Cameron grads and local entrepreneurs win state small business award

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- From humble beginnings to receiving a special honor at the State Capitol, two Cameron Grads are sharing how they earned Oklahoma's Small Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Matthew and Katrina Thompson are the owners of Affinitee Graphics. They do everything from screen printing to embroidery and draw designs for clothing like shirts and hats.

They graduated from Cameron University in 2013 and starting their company in a garage. Then, they opened their first store in Apache in 2012 and because the business took off, they just opened a second location in February in Lawton off Sheridan Road.

"We didn't really expect the timeline to be so accelerated," said Matthew Thompson. "It's moved really quickly. It's been a big learning curve."

At just 27 years old, Matt and Katrina Thompson are their own bosses. They spend their days customizing art designs for customers. In fact, One of their first customers was a friend of the one and only Garth Brooks, another Oklahoma native. He was looking for someone to embroider Garth's button up shirts before he went on tour. 

"Is this real life," said Katrina Thompson. "Did that really just happen? So, it was a pretty amazing opportunity."

And that's when they started getting more customers, people started talking about how great their work was and business kept flooding in.

"It's been amazing, especially lately, to look back at where were at see just step by step and see all of these decisions we made along the way have added up to where we are at and that's really been amazing," said Katrina Thompson.

Katrina credits their success to their staff of 12 people, everything they learned at Cameron and the people who pushed and believed in them when they were just beginning. They're proud to have their work be appreciated. 

They will receive their award on May 4th at the Oklahoma State Capitol during Small Business week. They hope this achievement and their story will inspire others to not be afraid to follow their dreams.

"Be willing to fail," said Katrina Thompson. "Don't let pride get in the way of thinking you have to do it right the first time. Don't let your own excuses and road blocks get in front of you and stop you from going for it."

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