A dozen local entrepreneurs were recognized Wednesday as being among a group of 100 standout firms that are helping drive the city’s economy forward.

John Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and owner of The Advocate, served as the reception’s master of ceremonies. Georges’ other business interests include Imperial Trading, a century-old wholesale grocery company, and the historic Galatoire’s restaurant in the French Quarter.

Georges ticked off a list of major challenges Imperial has faced since its founding, including world wars and several devastating storms.

“Imagine what it was like 100 years ago,” he told a crowd of a few dozen at a reception. “Yet 100 years later, we’re still around, we’re vibrant, we’re a $1 billion company, and it’s largely because we’re headquartered right here in New Orleans.”