Baton Rouge business professionals bring home Louisiana Small Business Awards

    Joyce James, director of the Southeast Louisiana Women’s Business Center in Baton Rouge, and a Baton Rouge-based contractor are among the 2017 Louisiana Small Business Award winners.

    Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration on Wednesday honored all of the winners in 17 categories at a private reception held at the Governor’s Mansion.

    James received the Region VI Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award. Advantage Personnel was named Louisiana PTAC Contractor of the Year, with Suzette Freeman, Janet Berry and Carrie Harper receiving the honor on behalf of the Baton Rouge firm.

    “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 says in a statement. “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.”

    Among other winners, Waitr CEO Chris Meaux received the LED Small Business Innovation Award, and Alejandro Hernandez of Hernandez Consulting in New Orleans was named Small Business Person of the Year. Read a recent Business Report feature on Waitr’s dominance in the Baton Rouge market.

    See the full list of award winners.

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