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LED, SBA honors Bossier Chamber Chairman Jonathan Reynolds and other members at Louisiana Small Business Awards 

2024 La. Small Business Award winners honored at Capitol Park ceremony 

May 3, 2024

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BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Economic Development 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.” 

Among those honored was the Bossier Chamber of Commerce’s own 2024 Chairman of the Board Jonathan Reynolds, who was named LEDC Micro Lender of the Year for his work at Carter Credit Union to benefit our local small business community. Bossier Chamber members First Guaranty and BOM Bank also were honored at the event.   

A micro lender provides access to capital for small businesses and startups with smaller financing needs, up to $100,000 in the case of LED. The award, offered for the first time this year, is given to the top performing lender offering micro loans in the state. This is the first year they (LED) presented this award. Carter Credit Union is the only participant in the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) loan program from North Louisiana. 

“I'm honored to represent Carter Credit Union as the recipient of the Micro Lender of Year Award,” said Reynolds. “While our performance and loan production is noteworthy. I'm most excited about the economic impact my MBS team and I continue to achieve as a result of providing access to capital to small businesses along with the advice, guidance, and education that facilitates growth, expansion, and retention of business and workforce in the State of Louisiana.” 

The annual event is 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
Entrepreneurial Success Award
Cristy Cali, Cristy’s Collection, LLC, St. Rose
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 RoundtablesStrategic 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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