NEW ORLEANS (press release) – An architectural and interior design firm based in New Orleans NANO was selected as the “Small Business of 2021” at the second annual Morial Awards Ceremony, hosted by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on March 16. The Morial Awards recognize local businesses that have demonstrated innovative growth and economic impact, as well as exceptional contributions to the sustainability and growth of local communities and small businesses throughout Louisiana. NANO was selected among the finalists in the Gotech, Inc. category. and VPG Enterprise.
“We are incredibly honored to have received this recognition,” said NANO architect and co-founder Terri Hogan Dreyer. “It reminds us that the work we do for our clients can have a broader and positive impact on our community that continues long after our part of the project is completed.”
Founded in 2001, NANO has an extensive portfolio of local and national commercial, residential, educational, municipal and industrial projects, including the role of record architect for ongoing capital improvements at the Ernest N. Morail Convention Center in New Orleans, worth several million dollars. project. They are also the first architectural firm from the state of Louisiana to be invited to the project Venice Biennale where they won the ECC Architecture Award 2021.
“We would like to express our congratulations to NANO,” said Michael J. Sawaya, president of the Convention Center. “As a major economic generator, they are committed to the growth and prosperity of our region. Celebrating success and investing in the health of local businesses is a big part of our philosophy of supporting small and disadvantaged businesses as well as local corporations. ”
The Morial Awards were established to celebrate the achievements of former Mayor Ernest N. Morial and his legacy as a civil rights activist and political pioneer. As the first black mayor of New Orleans in 1977, he held the position for two terms until 1986, promoting the construction of the Convention Center and seeing it as a way to support economic development, especially for local and diverse small businesses.