SBA Louisiana District Office Announces their Small Business Person of the Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana District Office is pleased to announce Alejandro Hernandez as the 2017 District Small Business Person of the Year.

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has declared National Small Business Week to formally recognize the important role and contributions of America’s small businesses.  National and local events recognize top entrepreneurs for their achievements to include those individuals and organizations who champion small business.  Special recognition is also given to SBA resource partners and community organizations for their outstanding efforts in business and entrepreneurial development.

This year’s National Small Business Week is scheduled for April 30-May 6 with the theme “Dream Big, Start Small”.

“National Small Business Week is a great opportunity to honor small business owners and employees whose spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation and determination help our economy prosper,” said Michael Ricks, SBA Louisiana District Director.

“The Louisiana District Office is excited to announce this year’s District Small Business Winners and look forward to honoring them during our special event, in collaboration with the Louisiana Economic Development, during National Small Business Week on May 3rd .”

The Louisiana District Office Small Business Winners are:

Small Business Person of the Year
Alejandro Hernandez- President
Hernandez Consulting, LLC New Orleans, LA

8(a) Graduate of the Year
Tiya Scroggins, President/CEO
Scroggins Consulting, Shreveport, LA

Women Business Champion of the Year
Klassi Duncan- Director
Women Business Resource Center of the Urban League of Louisiana

Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award (Regional and District)
Joyce D. James- Director
Southeast Louisiana (SELA) Women’s Business Center, Baton Rouge LA

Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
Carla Marie Antoine- Executive Director
Life Towne Center for Veterans, Boutte LA

Family-Owned Business of the Year
Tom Sawyer- President
Automotive Alignment & Brake Service, Inc., Lake Charles, LA

Green and Sustainable Business
Elizabeth Shepard- CEO
LifeCity, LLC, New Orleans, LA

SBDC Excellence and Innovation Center Award
William (Bill) Joubert- Director
Sandy A. Summers, Assistant Director
LSBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University (Regional and District), Hammond, LA

The SBA’s Louisiana district covers 64 parishes in the state.  It is estimated that well over 400,000 small businesses are located throughout the state of Louisiana.

For more information about National Small Business Week, please visit

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