LED Growth Network program recognizes small businesses’ innovation, leadership, economic contribution
METAIRIE, LA.—(September 18, 2020)—M S Benbow & Associates (MSB) was honored for the second time as a finalist for the Louisiana Growth Leader award recognizing small businesses’ strategy, innovation, leadership and contribution to vibrant communities and Louisiana’s economy. The honorees were selected from Louisiana Economic Development’s LED Growth Network, which is comprised of 350 companies that have graduated from LED’s Economic Gardening Initiative and/or its CEO Roundtable programs.
The companies in the LED Growth Network are second-stage companies that are innovative, employ a high volume of people, and are more likely to export products out of state and bring in new wealth into the state.
“Louisiana’s small business programs have created substantial return on investment for the State of Louisiana, both in job growth and dollar-for-dollar returns,” said Christopher Cassagne, LED Assistant Director of Small Business. “The Louisiana Growth Leader awards recognize companies that are not only some of the most successful but are champions in ensuring all of our industries become more productive.”
MSB participated in the LED’s Economic Gardening Initiative, which helps accelerate business growth by providing customized core business strategies, market research and qualified sales leads to gain new markets in other states. The multi-specialty engineering consultancy based in Metairie was recognized as a finalist for the inaugural Louisiana Growth Leader awards in 2019 and in 2018 received the Louisiana Small Business Award for Most Outstanding Business Growth. MSB has four locations in Louisiana and Texas and more than 100 associates delivering integrated engineering services serving the industrial, government, institutional and energy sectors.
“These programs have been instrumental in helping MSB focus on long-term growth strategies that nurture innovation and provide a roadmap for scaling business operations while maintaining the caliber of ideas and talent that we are recognized for,” said MSB President Leo L. Holzenthal, Jr., PE.
Last October, LED’s Small Businesses team earned the Gold Award for Excellence in Economic Development by the International Economic Development Council among the IEDC’s largest population category (more than 500,000). LED’s Economic Gardening Initiative has been hailed as a national model for creating a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem by the Edward Lowe Foundation, a national nonprofit that advocates for entrepreneurship as a strategy for economic prosperity.
With more than 40 years as a privately-owned engineering consultancy, MSB delivers integrated, turnkey engineering services for complex engineering projects from California to the Northeastern U.S. Its engineers are registered in over 30 states and are consistently recognized for technical ability, leadership in industry organizations and regional excellence.
About M S Benbow & Associates
A multi-discipline, integrated engineering consultancy, M S Benbow & Associates is regarded as one of the top professional engineering firms in the region serving some of the most notable refineries, airports, convention centers, campuses, and large public venues in the United States. With professional registrations in over 30 states and offices in Metairie, Mandeville, Houston and Dallas, MSB provides expertise in Electrical Power Systems, Instrumentation & Controls, Telecommunications & Technology, and Drafting & Design with end-to-end project management services. MSB provides a wide range of engineering services including feasibility studies, front-end engineering design, detailed design packages, site acceptance testing, startup/commissioning services and specialty installation services.