Local music school among Louisiana Small Business Award winners
Louisiana Economic Development recognized business owners who exemplify Louisiana’s entrepreneurial spirit at the 2021 Louisiana Small Business Awards ceremony hosted by LED Secretary Don Pierson.
Michael Berthelot of Rockin Mozart Academy, LLC was among the recipients. The music school has locations in Donaldsonville, Plaquemine, and Port Allen.
“According to the SBA, small businesses account for 53 percent of Louisiana workers, and 99 percent of Louisiana employers,” Gov. John Bel Edwards told attendees of the virtual event. “Every day, we witness their dedication – to their companies, their employees, and their communities. When your business thrives, Louisiana prospers. So it gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the entire state, to join you in honoring companies who have earned special recognition over the past year.”
Pierson noted that LED and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network served 17,534 small businesses and individuals last year, directly resulting in 2,136 new jobs, 2,111 retained jobs and the launch of 134 new businesses representing more than $93 million in capital formation.
“As a former small business owner myself, I understand well the unique challenges and rich rewards of running a small business,” Pierson told attendees. “Louisiana small businesses contribute to a growing economy and are critical in spawning new ideas and solutions to common hurdles. On behalf of all my LED colleagues, thank you for all you do, in your business and in your local community.”
The Small Business Award program recognizes top performers in a broad range of categories. Eighteen business leaders received awards received awards at the Nov. 4 event. The 2021 honorees are:
LED Small and Emerging Business of the Year
Robert Fruge and Matthew Zaunbrecher
Under Pressure Premier Pressure Washing, LLC
LED Resiliency Award
Dalia R. Matheus
Global Management Enterprise, LLC
Rockin Mozart Academy, LLC
Virginia Huling and David Maples
Catapult Creative Media Inc.
LED Community Impact Award
Pelican State Credit Union
Essential Federal Credit Union
H. Carter Leak IV
Bank of St. Francisville
Rayne Building & Loan Association
Hudson and Veteran Champions
Major General D. Keith Waddell
Department of Military Affairs
Office of Elderly Affairs
Office of Governor John Bel Edwards
Louisiana PTAC Government Contractor of the Year
SolVet Services, LLC
MEP of Louisiana Small Business Award
AFCO Industries, Inc.
NFIB Small Business Champion Award
The Design Studio of Louisiana
USDA Rural Development Lender of the Year
United Community Bank
USDA Rural Development Borrower of the Year
Mr. Mudbug, Inc.