LED Honors 2024 Louisiana Small Business Award Winners

BATON ROUGE, La. – From Louisiana Economic Development:

LED and the U.S. Small Business Administration recognized business owners and supporters who exemplify Louisiana’s entrepreneurial resilience and diversity at the 2024 Louisiana Small Business Awards ceremony Thursday, May 2, at the Louisiana Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge.

“Louisiana’s small business community continues to be a shining light driving our state’s economy forward,” LED Secretary Susan B. Bourgeois said. “That is why here at LED we are equally committed to growing existing Louisiana businesses of all sizes as we are to attracting new investments. Congratulations to this year’s honorees for their significant achievements in – and contributions to – our great state.”

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The annual event hosted by LED for more than 25 years comes during National Small Business Week. For over 60 years this weeklong celebration has acknowledged the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners to the national economy.

The Small Business Awards recognize excellence in a broad range of categories. The 2024 honorees are: 

2024 SBA Champion Award Recipients

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Minority Small Business Champion

Mayra E. Pineda, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, Metairie


Lender of the Year

Alton L. McRee and Donald Peltier, American Bank, Covington


Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Xavier Barreda and LaDonte Lotts, JiggAerobics, LLC, Baton Rouge


Veteran Small Business Champion

Jack L. Gunter, GUNCO, LLC, Sulphur


Women in Business Champion

Trudy R. Poret, Tarpan Construction, LLC, Cottonport


Small Business Development Center Excellence & Innovation Center Award

Susan Thibodeaux, LSBDC at McNeese State University, Lake Charles


Phoenix Small Business Recovery Award

Dirk Guidry, Terrebonne Parish Council- District 8, Chauvin


2024 LED Entrepreneur Awards


LED Small and Emerging Business of the Year

LaDarby Williams, Germ Slayers Cleaning & Maintenance Solutions, New Orleans


Outstanding Small and Emerging Business Development Up-and-Coming Business Awards

Anastacia Francis, Little Starr’s Center, LLC, LaPlace


LEDC Equity Fund of the Year

Mickal P. Adler and John K. Roberts III, Boot64 Magnolia Fund I LP, Metairie


LEDC Micro Lender of the Year

Jonathan Reynolds, Carter Credit Union, Shreveport


LEDC Most Valuable Bank of the Year

Cody Gil and Courtney Tramiel, First Guaranty Bank, Hammond


Louisiana APEX Accelerator Government Contractor of the Year

Christina C-Do, Quality First Marine, LLC, Covington


Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana Small Manufacturer’s Award

Cherrie Guidry, Guidry’s Catfish, Inc., Breaux Bridge


National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Champion Award

Wayne Rabalais, Rabalais Business Consulting, Lafayette


USDA Rural Development Lender of the Year

Stephen C. Van Sickle II, BOM Bank, Natchitoches


USDA Rural Development Borrower of the Year

Walker Alford, All Hours Fitness, Inc., Many


Small Business Person of the Year

Iam C. Tucker, Integrated Logistical Support Incorporated (ILSI), New Orleans


Tucker has also been recognized as the National Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. This prestigious award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate exceptional leadership and create sustainable, thriving businesses in their communities.

The ILSI owner was in the inaugural class of LED Growth Leaders and has participated in several LED small business programs including CEO Roundtables, Strategic Research and Mentor-Protégé Recognition Program.

“The SBA is proud to recognize 2024 National Small Business Person of the Year Iam C. Tucker, who exemplifies the grit, ingenuity and determination that define our nation’s entrepreneurs,” said U.S. SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman. “As a second-generation owner of ILSI, Iam has overseen tremendous business growth over the last 15 years in the engineering field while demonstrating the value of hard work and resourcefulness in ensuring continued resilience. I am honored that the SBA has been a part of her successful and ongoing journey.”

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