This annual event, sponsored by the J. Pat Beaird Memorial Fund and 318 Forum, allows the chamber to bring nationally recognized speakers to the area and honor outstanding Industry & Small Businesses who demonstrate “Best Practices” of entrepreneurship, such as sound business planning, fiscal responsibility and innovation in operating their business. Nominations for the awards are accepted year round.
The J. Pat Beaird Memorial Top Businesses of the Year Award recognizes a corporate entity from the Greater Shreveport area for their outstanding business achievements. The award itself honors the memory of J. Pat Beaird, Sr., whose lifetime of community service helped to make Shreveport and the State of Louisiana a better place to live and work.
The criteria for the award are the same as those Pat Beaird himself sought to promote: real dollar expansion, community involvement, and the creation of new jobs. Businesses qualifying for the award must also represent an industry that employs a large personnel.
To nominate a business for the award, please complete the form below.You may nominate more than one business, however, please complete one form for each nominee. Nominee(s) will be notified of their nomination and asked to submit more detailed information.
Businesses nominated should be at least 3 years old. The winner will be recognized at the annual Award Presentation. For more information, call the Chamber at 318-677-2547.
Past Winners Include: Griggs/McDonald's, Libbey Glass, General Motors, Beaird Industries, Alloyed Piping Products, GNB, LJOP, Rockwell, H. N. Norton, Atlas Processing. Print Pack, Frymaster Corporation, BASF, General Electric, LSU Health Sciences Center, Casinos, BAFB, and Ivan Smith Furniture.