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LED, SBA Honor 2020 Louisiana Small Business Award Winners


BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2020 Louisiana Small Business Award winners. Small businesses that exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of Louisiana were acknowledged as award-winners during a virtual event hosted by LED Secretary Don Pierson.


“Louisiana is fortunate to have enterprising and innovative business leaders such as these Small Business Award winners,” Pierson said. “Small businesses account for 99 percent of all employers in Louisiana, and they employ more than half of our private-sector workforce. Our small business community plays a vital role in expanding and enhancing our economy, and we appreciate the significant contributions these leaders are making.”


LED and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network served 10,758 small businesses and individuals last year, directly resulting in 1,373 new jobs, 2,581 retained jobs and the launch of 179 new businesses representing more than $86 million in capital formation. The Small Business Award program recognizes top performers in a broad range of categories.


James J. Moore of Expert Maintenance & Construction Services in Prairieville was named Louisiana Small Business Person of the Year. The company was founded in 2005 as a janitorial and maintenance service with two employees and has expanded to include general construction, with 85 employees now on its payroll.


The 2020 Louisiana Small Business Award winners are:


SBA Champion Awards

Entrepreneurial Success Award

ν Melissa Hill

Niche Creative Studio

Lake Charles


Minority Business Champion

ν Corey Jack

Jack & Associates

Lafayette


Women in Business Champion

ν Renae Trahan

All-Star Signs & Specialties

Lafayette


Regional Awards

Region VI Prime Contractor of the Year Award

ν Keith Porta

APC Construction

Harvey


District SBDC Excellence and Innovation Center Award

ν Ada Womack-Bell

LSBDC Southern University

Baton Rouge


Region VI and District Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award

ν Klassi Duncan


Urban League of Louisiana

Women’s Business Resource Center

New Orleans


LED Entrepreneur Awards


LED Small and Emerging Business of the Year

ν Herman Marigny

Wing 7 Advanced Trucking, Leasing and Logistics

Lake Charles


LED Resiliency Award

Chad Perez

Pinnacle Security & Investigation

New Orleans


Andrea Jeanfreau

MedPharmics

Metairie


LEDC Bank of the Year

Bank of St. Francisville

St. Francisville


Hudson and Veteran Initiative Champions

Office of State Procurement Agencies Recognition


Department of Transportation and Development

Office of Lieutenant Governor

Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness


Louisiana PTAC Government Contractor of the Year


Sean Warren

Native Engineers

Mandeville


MEP of Louisiana Small Business Award


Ron Mason

Mid South Extrusion

Monroe


NFIB Small Business Champion


Monique Chauvin

Mitch’s Flowers

New Orleans


USDA Rural Development Lender of the Year


Ken Hale

BOM Bank

Natchitoches


USDA Rural Development Borrower of the Year


CLHG-Leesville

and

Leesville Real Estate Holdings

Leesville


Small Business Person of the Year


James J. Moore

Expert Maintenance & Construction Services

Prairieville

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