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SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

Louisiana winner to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 30 – May 1
Release Date: 
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Release Number: 
SCR 17-29
Michael Ricks 504-559-6685

LOUISIANAAdministrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced today this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, which includes the Louisiana Small Business Person of the Year, Alejandro (Alex) Hernandez, president of Hernandez Consulting & Construction in New Orleans.


All of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C on April 30 – May 1 where they will be presented with their individual award along with the naming of the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year. 


“It is my honor and distinct pleasure to announce the 54 winners from across the U.S. and its territories,” McMahon said. “These small business owners define entrepreneurial spirit and best represent the 28 million small businesses that are the backbone and economic engine for today’s economy. I look forward to welcoming the winners to Washington next month when they are officially honored for their achievements.”


“I am proud to recognize Alex Hernandez of Hernandez Consulting & Construction on his selection as Louisiana Small Business Person of the Year.  As the this year’s top entrepreneur in the state, Alex characterizes strong, courageous and creative leaders who help build our communities and create jobs,” said South Central Region Acting Regional Administrator Dottie Overal, who leads the delivery of SBA programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. 


“Small businesses like Alex Hernandez of Hernandez Consulting & Construction are the unsung heroes of America. Together, let’s seize the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories,”  said District Director Michael Ricks, Louisiana District Office.


Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week.  National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 30 – May 6 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Indianapolis, Arlington, Texas, and Fresno, Calif.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.