DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — The Choctaw Nation has launched a new initiative to support economic development in the form of a smartphone app. The Chahtapreneur Business Locator app (for iPhones and Android devices) helps promote Choctaw-owned businesses in Oklahoma and across the country.

David and Taylor Batton opened Sundrop Books in Durant a month ago and applied for a spot on the app just last week.

"We submitted all of the paperwork and everything we needed to, but it was so fast that we were sorta caught off-guard," David Batton said.

The Battons hope being on the app will increase their exposure.

"We want to be able to offer native authors, native books, books about their culture, all cultures... especially Choctaw," said Taylor Batton.

The Chahtapreneur Business Locator is part of Choctaw Nation Small Business Development. The goal is to help businesses and culture continue to grow.

"They can look in the catalog and know what businesses are part of the program, and we can support each other," said Kimberly Naifeh-Wagoner, owner of Dining Around Café and Catering in Durant. Her restaurant, which has been around for more than two decades, is one of the establishments found on the app.

While most businesses on the app are in Oklahoma, it's not limited to just the tribal territory.

"Right now we've launched it locally, and so we're populating the businesses within the Choctaw Nation," said Billy Hamilton, director of Choctaw Small Business Development. "It is open for anybody that is a Choctaw tribal member with a business to apply."

Anyone interested in registering and getting their business on the app can find more information on the Choctaw Small Business Development website.