U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC), today announced Healthy Image of Lake Charles, La., as Small Business of the Week, and will be submitting it into the Congressional Record.

“Every so often, an entrepreneur’s passion and the needs of the market mix together to create the perfect storm for a business to thrive, which is exactly what happened for Kristy Armand and her team over at Healthy Image in Lake Charles,” Vitter said. “Kristy welcomed the opportunity presented to her and incorporated her experiences in healthcare and marketing to form her own successful business. During the last week of National Women’s Small Business Month, I am pleased to honor Healthy Image as the Small Business of the Week, and I wish them the best in their continued growth and success.”

While working as a marketing director for a healthcare organization in the Lake Charles area, Kristy recognized the demand for a local marketing agency that catered to a variety businesses and jumped at the opportunity to provide unique marketing, image and communication strategies to her clients. After recruiting her former intern, Christine Fisher, the two women landed their first client in 2002. Today, Healthy Image has grown into a team of specialists that provide more than 100 clients with an array of business services that include advertising, event planning, graphic design, social media and branding. Their success story has been recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who listed them as one of the Top 100 Small Businesses in the Country and awarded them a Blue Ribbon Award in 2013.

October is National Women's Small Business Month, celebrating more than 9.8 million woman-owned small businesses in the United States. Women-owned businesses employ nearly nine million Americans, making up one-third of all businesses, and contributing over a trillion dollars to the economy.

As SBC Chairman, Vitter continues the tradition of honoring America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.