Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee (SBC), today made the following statement in recognition of the 52nd National Small Business Week.

“The very definition of the American dream can be seen in the entrepreneurial spirit and dedication of small businesses,” said Vitter. “I am in awe of the men and women who every day put in the hard work and sacrifice necessary to create good jobs and help the middle class. It is my great honor to recognize and celebrate the success and achievements of the American small businesses that have played such a critical role in our nation’s history, the economy, and our daily lives.”

Vitter is working on legislation to reduce the federal paperwork burden and compliance costs for small businesses and eliminate disincentives for growth. As SBC Chairman, Vitter is committed to advocating for America’s small businesses, and is working to make sure that the voices and concerns of small business owners across the country are heard in Washington.

Since 1963, the President has designated one week each year as National Small Business Week. This year’s Louisiana winners are:

Minority Business Champion:

Kasie Jones Coleman

Sugarbelle, LLC - Baton Rouge

LSBDC at Southern University

Veteran Small Business Champion:

Troy Downs

Downs Enterprises, LLC - Bastrop

LSBDC at University of Louisiana Monroe

Women in Business Champion:

Kristen Preau-Moore

Cook Me Something Mister - New Orleans

LSBDC Greater New Orleans and Bayou Region

Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award:

William Joubert

LSBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University - Hammond