Thursday, 15 May 2014 13:04
List of businesses awarded by Louisiana Economic Development, SBA
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moretToday, Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2014 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. 


“Louisiana’s small businesses provide the necessary goods and services to support our economy across many industry sectors. The 2014 award winners exemplify the vital role that Louisiana’s small business leaders and their enterprises have in our state’s economy,” LED Secretary Stephen Moret said. “Since January 2008, Louisiana has economically outperformed the South and the U.S., and with small businesses accounting for more than 97 percent of all employers in our state, there is no doubt that their innovations and successes are helping to drive our state’s performance. They play a crucial role in job creation and entrepreneurial growth, and we commend them on their dedication and fortitude.” 

In 2013, LED and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network served more than 11,700 small businesses and individuals, directly resulting in 1,281 new jobs, 415 retained jobs and the launch of 171 new businesses. The Small Business Awards recognizes top performers in various categories. The 2014 Louisiana Small Business Award winners are: 

2014 Champion Award Winners


Exporter of the Year:

Patrick Gililland

SPF Depot

Bossier City


Financial Services Champion:

Clayton J. White

Simmons & White, LLC

New Orleans


Family-Owned Business Champion:

Robert Neal Smith

Smith’s South-Central Sales Company, LLC



Minority Business Champion:

Tiya Scroggins

Scroggins Consulting, LLC



Women in Business Champion:

Marian Pierre

Crescent Guardian, Inc.

New Orleans


Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award:

Will Campbell, Jr.

Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University and A&M College

Baton Rouge


Small Business Person of the Year:

Keith DuRousseau

Keiland Construction, LLC

Lake Charles


2014 LED Entrepreneur Awards


LED Small and Emerging Business of the Year:

Dwayne Sonnier

Drake Specialties, LLC



LED Small Business Innovation Award:

Karan and Richard Kirkham

Bullet Designs, Inc.



LED Most Outstanding SEBD Intermediary:

Co-Awardees in Central Louisiana Region

Mayor Jacques M. Roy and Johnie Varnado

City of Alexandria

Rev. Joe S. Green and Johnie Varnado, Ministers of Economic Development



Louisiana PTAC Contractor of the Year:

Phillip LeBert

Service 24 Electrical & Maintenance, LLC



NFIB Small Business Champion:

Scott Roe

Spillway Sportsman



USDA Rural Development Lender of the Year:

A.J. Roy III

Cottonport Bank



USDA Rural Development Business of the Year:

Judd Anderson and Brad Augustine

Brudd Construction Company



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