AWARDS

  • Keith Tillage named Region VI 2012 Minority Small Business Person of the Year

    October 25, 2012

    Fort Worth, tx – Keith Tillage, co-owner of Tillage Construction LLC in Baton Rouge, La. has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2012 Region VI Minority Small Business Person of the Year.  Tillage, along with other winners from 10 SBA Regional offices were honored during ceremonies at the National 8(a) Training, Business Matchmaking and Awards event at the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C. Oct. 10, 2012.  SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns and Associate Administrator John Shoraka who oversees the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, commemorated the award winners for their achievement. Region VI serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  Tillage was distinguished for this honor based on the company’s growth, response to adversities and obstacles, use of minority suppliers and participation in community projects. “It is an honor to recognize Mr. Tillage with this prominent Regional honor,” said SBA Regional Administrator Yolanda Garcia Olivarez.  “He demonstrates the spirit of innovation and perseverance characteristic of prosperous entrepreneurs who see the importance of building successful businesses and boosting the economy of their community and the nation.” Since its inception in 2000, Tillage Construction LLC has experienced steady growth becoming one of south Louisiana’s leading minority full-service commercial construction companies with 26 full-time employees.  The company has received several 8(a) contracts including a multi-year Job Order award worth $12 million at the Fort Polk Army Base in Louisiana. “This has been a truly humbling experience,” said Tillage.  “There was no way I could have conceived that the path my father and I are on would involve me having one-on-one discussions at the White House with the country’s highest ranking business officials.  Our hope is that the story of Tillage Construction inspires others to take that step toward entrepreneurship, pursue their dreams, create jobs and strengthen the economy of our country.  Our main characteristics of success are hard work, perseverance and dedication.  With these ingredients, success is possible for everyone.” Tillage Construction LLC has been featured in the New York Times, The Baton Rouge Business Report, Black Enterprise, The Morning Advocate and the international publication of Kauffman foundation’s thought book.  The company was a finalist for the Black Enterprise Small Business of the Year award and named the PTAC HUBZone Business of the Year.  They were honored with the United States Small Business Award for excellence, and were recognized in both 2011 and 2012 as one of the fastest growing private companies in America by Inc. 5000. Tillage Construction LLC and its employees have continually demonstrated a strong commitment to serving the community. The company made a conscious effort to not only headquarter their office in a historically underutilized business zone but to hire and utilize as many subcontractors from that and other communities like it throughout Baton Rouge. Tillage Construction LLC continues support the north Baton Rouge community where Mr. Tillage grew up by sponsoring the local youth athletic association, providing scholarships through various church and social organizations, underwriting the Scotlandville secret Santa program and participating in the NBA New Orleans Hornets tickets for charity program.
  • SBA AWARDS KEITH TILLAGE

    July 25, 2012

    NEW ORLEANS, The 2012 “District Minority Small Business Person of the Year” was awarded to Keith Tillage, Owner of Tillage Construction LLC. Each year the winner of the SBA “District Minority Small Business Person of the Year” award is selected based on several criteria, including the company’s overall financial strength, sales and profit growth, growth in number of employees, demonstrated ability to overcome business obstacles, and dedicated involvement in community and charitable events. This year, in conjunction with Minority Enterprise Development Week, the Louisiana 8(a) business retreat was held in New Orleans where the award was presented.  With the theme of “Job Creation in America: Build it Here — Sell it Everywhere”, the retreat featured Mr. Tillage, who was also selected to serve on a panel leading discussions on motivation and empowerment to retreat participants. “This award is truly an honor in recognition of our commitment to service, quality and a testament to hard work”; said Mr. Tillage but added “the true measure of success is never in acclaim or awards but in the contribution you make to society”. Tillage Construction LLC’s success has been widely lauded; having been named HUBZONE small business of the year in 2007, received the SBA excellence award in 2009, named one of America’s 5000 fastest-growing companies in 2011 by Inc. magazine, and was a finalist for the 2012 Black Enterprise Small Business of the Year award. “Mr. Tillage has proven himself to be an exceptional business leader and has developed his firm into an exceptional contracting services provider, becoming one of the SBA’s best success stories”; said Mike Ricks, District Director, SBA Louisiana District Office. The national SBA Deputy Associate Administrator, Eugene Cornelius, Jr. and the Louisiana District Supervisory Business Development Specialist, Jo Ann Lawrence were on hand to make the presentation at the award ceremony and to commemorate this achievement. Tillage Construction LLC and its employees have continually demonstrated a strong commitment to serving the community. The company made a conscious effort to not only headquarter their office in a historically underutilized business zone but to hire and utilize as many subcontractors from that and other communities like it throughout Baton Rouge. Tillage Construction LLC continues support the north Baton Rouge community where Mr. Tillage grew up by sponsoring the local youth athletic association, providing scholarships through various church and social organizations, underwriting the Scotlandville secret Santa program and participating in the NBA New Orleans Hornets tickets for charity program. About Tillage Construction LLC Tillage Construction LLC is a 100% minority-owned commercial construction company that offers full-service comprehensive packages to the Federal Government, private and public sectors. The Company specializes in Job Order Contracting (JOC), Design Build, New Construction, Commercial Renovation, Interior build-out construction and facilities maintenance.
  • TILLAGE CONSTRUCTION NOMINATED FOR 2012 SMALL BUSINESS AWARD

    April 10, 2012

    Cast your ballot for which finalists selected by Black Enterprise deserve People’s Choice kudos at the Entrepreneurs Conference in Chicago There is no one given industry or type of business that will render any entrepreneur riches beyond his or her wildest dreams. However, there are niches to be found throughout any market and during any cycle of the economy. The annual Black Enterprise Small Business Awards recognize those entrepreneurs who have found their niche, possessing the right strategy and skill to eventually grow their small enterprises into sizable entities within their industries. The winners of the 2012 Small Business Awards will be announced at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by Nationwide, May 23 to 26 in Chicago. This year we broadened our Innovator of the Year criteria to include early stage emerging companies that have been in business at least two years and have at least $250,000 in revenues. Our nominees run the gamut from entrepreneurs who are high-tech innovators to those running age-old businesses with a modern twist to entrepreneurs with socially conscious enterprises. In preparation for the Small Business Awards, BlackEnterprise.com is giving you the chance to weigh in on this fierce competition by voting online for who should win in each of the four categories (Innovator of the Year, Family Business of the Year, BE Next Award and Teenpreneur Award). Scroll through the next few pages to see who our 2012 nominees are and cast your ballot to decide who the People’s Choice winners are. Your choices will be celebrated at the Black Enterprise Small Business Awards Luncheon hosted by Ariel Investments on May 24 at the Hilton Chicago. The power is in your hands. —Carolyn M. Brown via BlackEnterprise.com
  • KEITH TILLAGE RECEIVES LAMSDC SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND IVY LEAGUE BUSINESS EXECUTIVE PROGRAM

    July 26, 2009

    Owner of Tillage Construction LLC, Keith Tillage is the recipient of the Louisiana Minority Supplier Development Council’s scholarship to attend Tuck School’s Building a High-Performing Minority Business Program. Tuck has celebrated more than 25 years of providing world-class minority business executive programs. In Building a High-Performing Minority Business, the focus will be on the development and implementation of a customer-focused strategic plan. The program will be held on the Tuck/Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, New Hampshire July 2009.
  • SBA ADMINISTRATOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

    May 9, 2009

    In May 2009, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded Tillage Construction LLC the Administrator’s Award for Excellence. This award recognized Tillage Construction LLC’s “outstanding contribution and service to the nation by a small business in satisfying the needs of the Federal procurement system.”
  • HUBZONE CERTIFIED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

    February 9, 2007

    Tillage Construction located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was awarded the “HUBZone Certified Business of the Year Excellence in Government Contracting” award. Mr. Keith Tillage received the award on behalf of Tillage Construction at the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center’s (LA PTAC) and Southeastern Small Business Development Center’s conference and trade fair held at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs, Friday, March 2nd. Tillage Construction is a full service commercial construction company with comprehensive packages that allow customers a single point of contact. Tillage specializes in new construction, commercial renovation, heavy construction and demolition. During fiscal year 2006, Tillage Construction received contract awards from Department of Air Force, Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Baton Rouge Community College and the East Baton Rouge School Board. Southeastern’s Small Business Development Center is a partnership program funded by the US Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development, and Southeastern Louisiana University. The SBDC provides free consulting and low or no cost training to businesses in its service area. Just last year, the SBDC consulted with over 500 startup and existing companies and provided training for over 1000 persons, resulting in over $100 million in capital formation. LA PTAC receives funding from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to assist Louisiana based businesses with government contracting — local, state, and federal. During 2006, LA PTAC assisted their Louisiana based businesses in securing $629 million in government contracts.