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LABI to recognize businesses, company leaders


September 10, 2017
By Mike Hill
Originally Posted on Houma Today

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry is accepting nominations for its Free Enterprise Awards until Oct. 18.

The awards honor LABI members “who demonstrate exemplary commitment and contributions to the state’s business climate and who play an integral role in their local communities’ growth and sustainability,” the organization said in a news release.

LABI will hold its awards ceremony Nov. 16 in Baton Rouge. Nominations can be submitted at http://labi.org/about/free-enterprise-program.

Categories are:

The Ed Steimel Achievement Award

Honors long-standing membership in and service to LABI and recognizes individuals who have committed extraordinary time and effort to improve the quality of life in Louisiana.

Free Enterprise Champions

Honors individuals who demonstrate exemplary commitment and contributions to the state’s business climate and their local communities.

Young Businessperson (under age 40)

Companies of the Year

Companies with less than 100 employees.

Companies with more than 100 employees.

Manufacturers of the Year

Manufacturers with less than 100 employees.

Manufacturers with more than 100 employees.

Workforce Innovator of the Year

Honors individuals or organizations that have excelled in creating, implementing or supporting a high-caliber education and/or workforce development initiative aimed at closing the employment gap.

Economic Development Partner of the Year

This category recognizes exceptional leadership by an economic development or business organization.