Top 50 Local Businesses In Southwest Louisiana - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Top 50 Local Businesses In Southwest Louisiana

Reported by: Charlie Bartlett

Business leaders from all over Southwest Louisiana came to the Lake Charles Country Club today to celebrate. They were there to receive accolades for being named as one of Southwest Louisiana's Top-50 businesses.

"It's important to recognize anybody that succeeds in the business world especially with peoples views of the economy today," said Tyler Williams.

"The economic engine not only of Calcasieu parish but the entire united states is basically run by small businesses like this, who provides 80 percent of all jobs," said Steve Jordan.

As our economy continues to struggle with high gas prices and food costs, many of these businesses have overcome the barriers, earning anywhere from 3 million to 660 million in total revenue in 2007.

"Being a local business is difficult because there are national chains and larger businesses in this country. You have to fight hard, work hard and you go to do what you can," said Dennis Stine.

"Complying with the ever changing, irregularity environment, government, and bureaucracies that are constantly changing," said Jordan.

"We definitely need to work on bringing people in from other cities. The more people we bring in, the better it is for everyone," said Ryan Navarre.

These business leaders say this wouldn't be possible if it weren't for the full support of the local community.

"A vibrant community needs a merchant class, a small business community. We have that here in Southwest Louisiana," said Stine.

"It's the community, it's just such a great place where you know everybody, and that's something you can't get anywhere else," said Navarre.

While these business leaders say 2007 was a great year, 2008 appears to be even better.


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