We were nominated for the awards we have received and are honored to contribute to articles whenever requested regarding website design, Internet marketing, and hospitality marketing. The content of our New Orleans sites has received awards from USA Today, C-Net, and Best of the Web. We have contributed to expert panels on the subject of Internet services for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Independent Information Professionals and Loyola University New Orleans.
The owner of Compucast, Judy Weitz, has been selected as one of the top five finalists for "Woman Business Owner of the Year" by the National Association of Women Business Owners for 2007! The award recognizes "one outstanding woman entrepreneur, who has used creative initiatives to overcome obstacles, create jobs, grow a successful business, and help her community".
Judy’s tireless efforts to establish connections between her clients and their employees following Hurricane Katrina, in addition to her development of an employment engine for the New Orleans hospitality industry to help overcome the challenges then faced by both employers and employees—all at no charge—showed her commitment to her clients and to the city of New Orleans. These were just a few of the reasons cited by clients that led to her earning this national recognition.
"Small Business Champion of the Year" Small Business Association
Compucast was awarded SBA’s 2006 "Small Business Champion of the Year" for the State of Louisiana in its category after having been nominated by a representative of the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association. The award is a testament to and recognition of our sustained commitment to the growth and development of the New Orleans area through professional representation of its businesses on the web.
Reception at Governor's Mansion Honors Louisiana Small Business Person of
the Year and Other Business Award Winners
April 19, 2006
BATON ROUGE, La - Hal Struckman, owner of Eco Mulch and Sod, Inc. in Shreveport, was recently honored with a 2005 Small Business Person of the Year Award, sponsored by Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The award was presented on April 18 at a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion.
Struckman was nominated by Debra Wayt, senior vice president of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. In addition to honoring Struckman as the Small Business Person of the Year, other special awards such as the 2006 SBA Champion and District Award Winners, the 2006 Louisiana Small and Emerging Business Development Outstanding Client, the 2006 Louisiana Business Incubation Association Entrepreneur, and the 2005 Louisiana Small Business Development Center State Star were presented. In 1997, Struckman and his wife Debbie started Eco Mulch and Sod, Inc. as an outlet to introduce and sell the quality Centipede, 419 Bermuda and Crowne Zoysia sod grown on Struckman’s family farm. Today, Eco Mulch and Sod, Inc. has become one of the fastest growing landscape companies in the Ark-La- Tex area. As owner of this business, Struckman is responsible for a growing landscape company, a newly launched wood recycling operation and providing strategic direction for a 2,500-acre family sod farm.
Struckman has been actively involved in ecological sound business practices and continuing eco-education programs, which has earned him much recognition in industry trade organizations, publications, as well as leading to speaking engagements and multiple television appearances including HGTV. In 2002, he and his family were recognized as “Farm Family of the Year.” With rapid growth of the business, Struckman decided to expand Eco Mulch and Sod, Inc. to a second location. After four years of many obstacles, Eco Mulch and Sod, Inc. opened its second location in Shreveport.
The winner of the 2006 Small Business Person of the Year Award was selected according to the following criteria: number of years in business, growth in number of employees, increase in sales and/or unit volume, current and past financial reports, product/service innovation, response to adversity and evidence of contributions by nominee to aid community-oriented projects.
SBA Champion Award Winners recognized at this year’s ceremony include:
FINANCIAL SERVICES CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
James Hudson, President
VETERAN SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Francis P. Moises, Director-Member Services
Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association, New Orleans
MINORITY SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Fred Parker, General Manager
New South Parking
WOMEN IN BUSINESS CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Lynda Nugent Smith, Broker/Manager
Keller Williams Realty
HOME-BASED BUSINESS CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Judy Weitz, President
Compcast Web Design
SMALL BUSINESS MEDIA CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Katherine Gilbert, News Editor
SBA District Award Winners recognized at this year’s ceremony include:
Charlotte W. Burnell, President
Strategic Planning Associates, LLC
Aaron T. Paul, Co-owner
Timothy Ray Soto, Co-owner
Business Technology Group
Hal Struckman, Owner
Eco Mulch and Sod, Inc.
Additional award winners recognized at this year’s ceremony include:
2006 SMALL & EMERGING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OUTSTANDING
Tri-C Machine Shop
2006 LOUISIANA BUSINESS INCUBATION ASSOCIATION
Sy Wiley, President
Polytech Ammunition Company
2005 LOUISIANA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER STATE
Alice Kennedy, Director
University of New Orleans Small Business Development Center
For more information contact Skip Smart, LED director of business retention, at 225-342-4321 or visit LouisianaForward.com.
The mission of Louisiana Economic Development is to provide excellence in leadership, policy and programs to create a business climate enabling public-private linkages, which result in capital investment, a diversified economic base and quality job opportunities for all Louisiana citizens. For more information, visit LouisianaForward.com.
Fleur de Lis Award New Orleans Bar Association
A Letter from the Executive Director of the New Orleans Bar Association…
Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Bar Association began a new bar year while mourning our losses and facing tremendous uncertainty about the future of our city. With your unwavering support during this period, we were able to accomplish our goal of demonstrating the viability of New Orleans and preserving the rule of law during this period.
Our Annual Meeting in November was a cause for thanks and celebration at which time we recognized those people and organizations who helped us in our rebuilding efforts. Our president, Carmelite Bertaut, was pleased to award you the Fleur de Lis Award for your steadfast support during our recovery.
The fleur de lis was always the symbol of New Orleans and now has become a meaningful symbol of hope and recovery for all New Orleanians. For us at the New Orleans Bar Assocation, the three plumes of the fleur de lis represent faith, honor and justice, three qualities it took to remain steadfastly beside us.
Thank you for being our “Fleur de Lis”.
With sincere appreciation,
Helena N. Henderson
4th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business The Stevie Awards
NEW ORLEANS—Oct. 24, 2007—Compucast Web Media is a finalist for a prestigious business award for its marketing campaign promoting the New Orleans hospitality industry post-Katrina.
Compucast was named a finalist for "Marketing Campaign of the Year" in the 4th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, presented by Infiniti. The Stevie® Awards have been hailed as "the business world’s own Oscars" (New York Post, April 27, 2005).
Compucast Web Media’s Post-Katrina Marketing Campaign
Category: Marketing Campaign of the Year
Our committee appointments have included: