The Business Development Connection (BDC) of the Greater Shreveport Chamber honored outstanding business owners and professionals at the Minority Business Opportunity Awards (MBOA) Dinner, “Building Business, Empowering Change”, held on June 20, 2019, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino.
Each year, BDC recognizes a diverse group of honorees and recipients. All of the honorees and recipients inspire us by showing that building a stronger business culture involves empowering growth, creating leadership opportunities, and developing robust community support. They have made a commitment to connect, grow personally and professionally, discover strategies for positive change, and develop new ideas for their business and employees.
“The range and diversity of our class of honorees speaks to the entrepreneurship and engaged leadership that characterizes our Shreveport-Bossier community,” said Dr. Timothy Magner, President of the Greater Shreveport Chamber. “By celebrating these individuals and organizations, we not only lift them up for their own accomplishments but celebrate their trailblazing leadership as an example to others.”
This year the Chamber introduced a new category, Non Profit Citizen of the Year. This category honors a non-profit leader who demonstrates a strong philanthropic commitment to addressing the needs of and/or expanding opportunities for minorities in our community.
The 2019 recipients are:
Top Business Professional of the Year — Badreka Shaunte Harper, KTBS 3 News
Emerging Business of the Year — Lola Magazine, Carie Cotter Hart & Bevin Sutton Hicks
Small Business Owner of the Year — Dr. Lorgan Trahant Lang, Lang Orthodontics
Non Profit Citizen of the Year — Rashida Dawson, United Way of Northwest Louisiana
Business of the Year — Barksdale Federal Credit Union
Lifetime Achievement Award — Willie C. White, III