The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Urban League of Louisiana are proud to launch the Ernest N. Morial Small Business of the Year Award and the Ernest N. Morial Corporation of the Year Award. These annual awards will recognize a small business and a corporation that have demonstrated innovative growth and economic impact, as well as exceptional contributions to the sustainability and growth of local communities and small businesses across the state of Louisiana. These awards are established in celebration of Mayor Ernest N. Morial’s achievements and his legacy as a civil rights activist, and political pioneer. As the first Black mayor of New Orleans in 1977, a position he held for two terms through 1986, he championed the Convention Center’s construction and saw it as a way to promote economic development, especially for local and diverse small businesses.
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