Seven statewide small business award winners were announced Wednesday by Michael Ricks, Louisiana state director for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Todd E. Matherne, of Renaissance Publishing in Metairie, was named Small Business Person of the Year.
Mark S. Boucree, of Capital One in New Orleans, was named Financial Services Champion; Courtney T. Davis, of Bart’s Office Furniture Inc. in Metairie, Family-Owned Business Champion; Kasie Jones Coleman, of Sugarbelle LLC in Baton Rouge, Minority Business Champion; Troy Downs, of Downs Enterprises LLC in Bastrop, Veteran Small Business Champion; Kristen Preau-Moore, of Cook Me Something Mister in New Orleans, Women in Business Champion; and William Joubert, of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, the Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award.
The winners will be recognized at the 2015 Louisiana Small Business Awards hosted by the Louisiana Economic Development department on May 5 in the Governor’s Mansion.
As Small Business Person of the Year, Matherne is in competition with winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the 2015 National Small Business Person of the Year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The national winner will be recognized in Washington, D.C., May 8.
Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, noted that small businesses created nearly 2 million of the roughly 3 million private-sector jobs generated in 2014. More than 7 million of the 11 million jobs created during the recovery from the recession have been generated by startups and small enterprises.