• Best of Natchitoches Awards

  • Recognizing the Best Natchitoches Has to Offer

    Thank you to everyone who joined us on February 7th, 2024 to celebrate the annual Best of Natchitoches Awards Luncheon presented by Onyx Wine & Cigar Lounge!

    We had a wonderful time honoring the remarkable contributions of Natchitoches businesses in our community! The top three finalists were recognized and winners were awarded based on accomplishments from the last 12 months.

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  • The Process


    The criteria for nominees for the Best of Natchitoches awards are as follows:

    • Company management  •  Community service  •  Economic stability  •  Ethics and integrity  •  Growth of company  •  New jobs created for the community  •  Upward mobility for employees

  • Announcing the Winners

    Winners receive a commemorative Best of Natchitoches award to display at their place of business, and a Best of Natchitoches award-specific seal to proudly display on their company website and promotional material.

    Additional Best of Natchitoches Honorees 2023-24:

    • Ambassador of the Year
      • ​Russel Meissner
    • Lifetime Achievement Award
      • Janice Bolton
    • President's Award
      • ​Rebecca Blankenbaker
    • Elevate Award
      • Dustin Dauzat
    • 2023 Leadership Natchitoches Graduates
      • ​Clarissa Brown-Smith
      • Brandi Carpenter
      • Kristen Carpenter
      • Crystal Conway
      • Halie Errington
      • Azizah Hamilton
      • Troy Henderson
      • Susan Johnson
      • Morgan LaCaze
      • Heather Montoya
      • Donovan Ohnoutka
      • Felicia Pinkney
      • Sarah Rachal
      • Brad Walker
      • Shaunte' Williams
    • NYP 4 Under 40
      • Kathryn Beaudoin
      • Dustin Dauzat
      • Lynda Hammett
      • Logan Lambert
    • Teachers of the Year
      • ​LSMSA - Ray Gandy, Jr.
      • NPSB Support Personnel - Tammy Hall
      • NPSB New Teacher - Taylor Womack
      • NPSB Early Childhood Teacher - Melissa Manasco
      • NPSB Elementary School Teacher - Victoria Hippler
      • NPSB Middle School Teacher - Lisa Williams
      • NPSB High School Teacher - Kristine Walker
    • Principal of the Year
      • Micah Coleman
    • Students of the Year
      • ​LSMSA - Sam Ryan
      • St. Mary 5th Grade Student - Hudson Harrington
      • St. Mary Jr High Student - Chloe Methvin
      • St. Mary High School Student - Ava Errington
      • NPSB 5th Grade Student - Rachel Key
      • NPSB Jr. High Student - Jasmyn Carpenter
      • NPSB High School Student - Molly Coleman
    • Elite Scholars Scholarship Recipient
      • Dinah Ellzey
  • The Awards

    Rules & Regulations

    Business awards are given on an annual basis and are based on the last twelve month's achievements. Individual awards will consider the cumulative impact of a professional.

    A business must be a member in good standing with the Chamber to be eligible to win. Businesses may be nominated for multiple awards but can only be a finalist in one category. Past winners are ineligible to win in their previously awarded category for three years. (e.g. if AB Bakery won Best Small Business 2021, they are ineligible for a Best Small Business award through 2024; however, AB Bakery can qualify for other categories such as Best in Food and Beverage). On the fourth year past winners may apply again for the award.

    Affiliate offices are eligible for nomination in any category that their parent organization has not already won in the past three years. Multiple affiliate nominees can be submitted, but an organization cannot have multiple affiliates as finalists.

    Business Award Finalists & Winners:

    Best Start-Up Business 2023-24

    Flying Heart Brewing & Pub

    Category Winner - Natchitoches Picnic Company

    Sweetie's Bar-B-Q

    Best Non-Profit 2023-24

    Cane River Food Pantry

    Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches

    Category Winner - Natchitoches Parish Fair & Rodeo

    Best Online Presence 2023-24

    Category Winner - Brick & Row Merci Beaucoup

    Easton & Co.

    Rhodes Realty, LLC

    Best of Health & Wellness 2023-24

    All Hours Fitness, Inc.

    SweetD's Kitchen, Bakery, & Fit Fuel

    Category Winner - Women's Resource Center

    Best of Medical Services 2023-24

    Guidroz Physical Therapy

    Category Winner - Lang Orthodontics

    Natchitoches Regional Medical Center - Cancer Center

    Best of Food & Beverage 2023-24

    Bayou Soul & Family

    Category Winner - Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant

    Trail Boss Steakhouse

    Best of Entertainment 2023-24

    Category Winner - Dark Woods Adventure Park

    Onyx Wine & Cigar Lounge

    The Venue on Front Street

    Best of Professional Services 2023-24

    Category Winner - Good Hope Veterinary Hospital

    The Harrington Law Firm

    Saint Mary's Catholic School

    Best of Public Services 2023-24

    Atmos Energy

    Natchitoches Fire Department

    Category Winner - Natchitoches Parish School Board

    Best of Lodging 2023-24

    The Cabins of Horseshoe Hills Ranch

    Chateau St. Denis

    Category Winner - Violet Hill Bed & Breakfast

    Best of Retail 2023-24

    Little Eva Pecan Co., LLC

    Category Winner - Magnolia Spa & Wellness

    Vaughn Chevrolet Buick

    Best of Financial Services 2023-24

    BOM Financial Services

    Category Winner - Engage Federal Credit Union

    Hancock Whitney

    Best of Manufacturing 2023-24

    Category Winner - International Paper - Red River

    Magnolia Steel & Supply

    Rhodes Properties & Development