(Press Release) ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA – Local businesses were honored on Friday, June 15, 2018, at the 6th Annual Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Gala at the Downtown Alexandria Holiday Inn. Winners in each of the 16 categories were named at the red-carpet event with Mayors Jacques Roy of Alexandria and Clarence Fields of Pineville serving as Masters of Ceremonies.
Crest Industries served as the Presenting Sponsor of the event, as a part of celebrating its 60th Anniversary. The Best Large Business category is now permanently named the Crest Industries Best Large Business Award.
“The Chamber extends congratulations to each of the nominees and the winners,” said Deborah Randolph, President, Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The accomplishments of the businesses and industries honored at the Bizzy’s are stellar and very deserving of recognition.”
The winners were selected among nominees made by the Chamber Board of Directors and Chamber members. Chamber member representatives voted via ballots emailed in an electronic survey. Chamber member votes counted for 20 percent of the decision and 80 percent by a panel of judges composed of Chamber and economic development executives from other communities in Louisiana.
Previous winners served as presenters for each category, such as Kristin Lemoine of Aspen Bleu who won Best New Business in 2017.
“The Bizzy Award provided my business with more credibility with the public,” said Lemoine.
2018 Bizzy Award Recipients:
RoyOMartin Best Overall Business Award: CLECO
Red River Bank Entrepreneur of the Year: Jason Ingalls, Ingalls Information Security
Crest Industries Best Large Business: Diamond B Construction
CLECO Innovation Award: Procter & Gamble
Best Non-Profit Organization: Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition
CLEDA “We Make Good Stuff” Award: Tance Hughes, Southern Designs
Best New Business: Walk-Ons
Best Broadcast Promotion of a Business: Hotel Bentley
Emerging Leader Award: Kelli West
Best Marketing Campaign: Spirits
Best Business Website: LSUA Foundation
Best Interior Design of a Business: A TIE Million Air Alexandria & Copeland’s Brass Pearl
Best Medium Business: A TIE SolScapes & Manchac Technologies
Best Business Logo: Key2Escape
Best Small Business: JM Test Systems, Inc.
Best Curb Appeal: Schnack’s Fine Jewelry