Nominations being accepted for Shreveport Chamber’s Minority Business Opportunity Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Minority Business Opportunity Awards.
The award is how the Chamber’s Business Development Connection recognizes outstanding minority individuals or businesses who are making a difference in our community.
“The Minority Business Opportunity Awards provide a way for Shreveport to recognize professional minority leaders who are not only performing well at their job, but also dedicating their time to improving our community for future generations,” said Erin Smith, director of marketing, communications and public relations for the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. “We also get to highlight minority-owned businesses in our community, as well as companies who are providing opportunities for minority inclusion and growth. It’s a phenomenal honor for the Chamber to get to meet these individuals and learn more about what they’re doing to grow Shreveport.”
As defined by BDC, a minority for the purposes of these categories includes not only racial minorities, but also includes gender and ethnicity i.e. women, Hispanics, Asian American, African American, Native American, etc.
Award categories include:
  • TOP BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR – A minority individual who consistently exemplifies the highest standard of professional excellence; reputation/performance on the job is that of a respected leader or example to his/her colleagues; has a record of accomplishments and dedicates his/her time to providing service to the community.
  • SMALL BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR – A minority individual, who owns, operates and bears the principal responsibility for operating a small business (less than 50). Partners may be nominated as a team provided the number of individuals in the team does not exceed four.
  • EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – A new minority‐owned business (1‐3 years) that is poised for future growth and has carved a niche for itself in the business community.
  • BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – An established business that employs (50 or more) that creates opportunities for minority‐owned businesses and/or minority individuals and has a strong philanthropic commitment to the community. (Note: This category does not have to be a minority-owned business.)

To nominate someone, click HERE.

Recipients must be Chamber members. If a nominee is not a chamber member, they will be given the opportunity to become one.
Nominations close April 7, 2018.