Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center has been granted three-year accreditation with gold-level commendation from the Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

Voluntary accreditation is based on 34 quality care standards, evaluated every three years through a survey process. The center has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer for more than 20 years. As such, it maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Database, a joint program of the commission and the American Cancer Society. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the database and used to explore trends in cancer care.

Education-focused nonprofit City Year Baton Rouge received the Stephen G. Woodsum Best of City Year award from City Year Inc. in Boston.

This past school year, 93 City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps members served as tutors, mentors and role models for more than 5,200 students, which is more than 10 percent of students enrolled in a public school in Baton Rouge. City Year Baton Rouge partnered with 11 Baton Rouge schools.


Grow St. Bernard has graduated participants in a seminar series created to address the disparity between educational opportunities available to startups and the needs of entrepreneurs strapped for time and resources. The educational program is a joint venture between the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation and the St. Bernard Parish Chamber of Commerce.

The organizations are Clements Insurance Services, Brewster’s Restaurant & Lounge, Pirogue’s Whiskey Bayou, Sandra & AA Stucco LLC, Casa New Orleans, The Cottage Store, Café Aquarius, Big Chief Vapor Products, Crazy Cajun’s Fish Shack, Deborah D. Keller & Partners, Devoted Dance Academy, Evanschmidt Design, Functional Health & Wellness, Lori Noto Law Firm, Reactive Digital Systems, Shoemaker Chiropractic, Tabary & Borne LLC, The Lady’s Garden & Gifts and Leeside.

Vinson Guard Service Inc., a private security service, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by Women's Business Enterprise Council South, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Christine M. Vinson is president and third-generation majority co-owner of the company, which has 19 branches. Certification is based on an in-depth review of the business and site inspection, and it is designed to confirm the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.