Greater Shreveport Chamber announces 2022 Minority Business Opportunity Awards honorees

The Business Development Connection (BDC) of the Greater Shreveport Chamber will honor outstanding business owners and professionals who are making a difference in our community at the Minority Business Opportunity Awards (MBOA) Dinner, presented by Willis-Knighton Health System. The event will be held on June 15, 2022, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino.

Each year, the BDC recognizes a diverse group of honorees. All the honorees inspire us by building a stronger business culture that 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 recipients of each category will be announced at the event on June 15th. Sponsorships and tickets for the dinner are available now by visiting

MBOA Chair, Darlene S. Rossum states, “The MBOA stage is set, and this year’s event promises not to disappoint! Without question, our honorees and recipients truly embody a spirit of well-earned success. Their phenomenal talent, determination, and most certainly their resilience have served to distinguish them as champions among their peers. It is indeed an honor and a privilege to be a part of this collaborative effort to showcase this amazing group of businesses and individuals.”

At the event, David Raines Community Health Centers will be recognized as our Business of the Year Recipient. This award is given to an established business that creates opportunities for minority individuals and has a strong philanthropic commitment in our community.

The Honorable Carl E. Stewart, Judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, is our Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. This award is presented to an individual who, throughout their long career, consistently exemplifies the highest standard of professional excellence, has dedicated many years to providing service to our community, has an extensive record of accomplishments, and a has a reputation that is widespread.

“This year’s class of honorees speaks to the entrepreneurship and engaged leadership that is increasingly the hallmark of 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. If you know any of the honorees or recipients, please make sure to congratulate them on their achievements.”

Our 2022 Honorees are:

Emerging Business of the Year Honorees
GEAUX 4 GREEN LLC – Frank Gipson
MRJ Homes – Marie Jones

Small Business Owner of the Year Honorees
Shemika Caldwell-Owens – Jericho Staffing, LLC
Latronia Durham – Durham Transport Express
Vanette L. Harris – VH Barber & Styling Academy
Brent Latin – Young Professionals Entertainment
Sarah Lowder – Lowder Baking Company, LLC
LaToria Stewart – The Ultimate Financial Boutique
Donesa Walker – The Brain Train LLC dba LearningRx of Shreveport-Bossier

Top Business Professional of the Year Honorees
Darrin Dixon – Southern University at Shreveport
John Green, Jr. – Ochsner LSU Health System
Quantine Sudds Myles – Griggs Enterprise, Incorporated/McDonald’s
Shilpan Patel – Papa Johns
Cheredith Dianna Rhone – The City of Shreveport – SPAR

Non-Profit Professional of the Year Honorees
Toccara Huckaby – Volunteers of America North Louisiana
RJ Johnson – PFH, INC./Red River Education & Empowerment Foundation
Lynn A. Stevens – Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana

We invite you to join us in celebrating the achievements of these individuals at the 2022 Minority Opportunity Awards dinner on Wednesday, June 15 at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino. Cocktails and registration begin at 5:45 p.m., and the program will commence at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, tables, and sponsorships may be purchased through the link:

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