“We have so much to be proud of in Louisiana and our small business community is among our greatest assets,” Gov. Edwards said. “Each of our Louisiana Growth Leaders began as a small company that experienced success by bringing great products and services to the marketplace. They have persevered through challenges, capitalized on opportunities and represent some of the best of what Louisiana has to offer. I look forward to their continued success in the years to come.”
“It’s my honor to congratulate the 2021 Class of Louisiana Growth Leaders,” Wyant said. “Your organization stands out for leadership, organizational culture and contributions to your communities. As a Growth Leader, you are one of the entrepreneurial engines in the state of Louisiana. I also want to congratulate the entire LED Growth Network. It is our privilege at the Edward Lowe Foundation to serve so many of you alongside LED.”
Created in 2017, the LED Growth Network consists of more than 500 companies from all eight Louisiana regions. Members are second-stage businesses — beyond the startup stage and poised for growth, but not yet mature — and they collectively account for over $3.6 billion in annual sales and represent 17,400 jobs. Louisiana small businesses enter the LED Growth Network by participating in one or more of the department’s programs for second-stage firms, which include strategic research, peer learning, leadership retreats and more.