LifeCity Recognized as Louisiana SBA’s Green and Sustainable Business Champion

BATON ROUGE, La. — On Wednesday night, Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2017 Louisiana Small Business Award winners at an event honoring small business leaders who exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of Louisiana. The winners were honored in a private reception at the Governor’s Mansion.

LifeCity and Elizabeth Shephard were recognized at this prestigious awards ceremony for the "Green and Sustainable Business Award".

“We are pleased to recognize these enterprising and innovative business leaders, especially at this time in the middle of National Small Business Week,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “Small businesses account for more than 97 percent of all employers in Louisiana. They provide jobs to more than 900,000 of our state’s residents – more than half of our private-sector workforce – and they keep our communities vibrant. Small business success is vital to our state’s economy, and the business people we honor today are some of Louisiana’s best.”

LED and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network served more than 13,475 small businesses and individuals last year, directly resulting in 1,022 new jobs, 1,587 retained jobs and the launch of 165 new businesses. The Small Business Award program recognizes top performers in a broad range of categories.

The 2017 Louisiana Small Business Award winners are:

2017 SBA Champion Award winners

8(a) Graduate of the Year: Tiya Scroggins Scroggins Consulting Shreveport

Family-Owned Business of the Year: Tom Sawyer Automotive Alignment and Brake Service Lake Charles

Green and Sustainable Business Award: Elizabeth Shephard LifeCity LLC New Orleans

Veteran Small Business Champion: Carla Antoine Life Towne Center New Orleans

Women in Business Champion: Klassi Duncan Urban League of Louisiana – Women’s Business Resource Center Contractor’s Resource Lab New Orleans

Region VI Women’s Business Center of Excellence: Joyce D. James Southeast Louisiana Women’s Business Center Baton Rouge

Region Small Business Development Center of Excellence and Innovation Center Award: William (Bill) Joubert and Sandy A. Summers Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond

2017 LED Entrepreneur Awards

LED Small and Emerging Business of the Year: Trudy R. Poret Tarpan Construction LLC Cottonport

LED Small Business Innovation Award: Chris Meaux Waitr Lake Charles

LED Most Outstanding Business Growth Award: Alex W. Reed Fluence Analytics New Orleans

LED Resource Partner of the Year: Louisiana Small Business Development Centers Network

Louisiana PTAC Contractor of the Year: Suzette Freeman Janet Berry Carrie Harper Advantage Personnel Baton Rouge

MEPOL Small Manufacturing Award: Walerij Holack Gulf South Machine Ponchatoula

NFIB Small Business Champion: Mike Coullard Panola Pepper Corp. Lake Providence

USDA Rural Development Lender of the Year: Jeremy Gilpin Greater Nevada Credit Union

USDA Rural Development Borrower of the Year: Rock Bordelon Central Louisiana Hospital Group, LLC Benton

Small Business Person of the Year: Alejandro (Alex) Hernandez Hernandez Consulting New Orleans

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