LSU Named Host Organization for Small Business Development Centers Network

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BATON ROUGE — Louisiana State University has been named the new host organization for the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network, a statewide system that provides training and technical support to small businesses and entrepreneurs. The network, which consists of 10 regional offices across the state, is funded by Louisiana Economic Development and the US Small Business Administration.

Over the past 15 years, the Louisiana SBDC network has provided 350,000 hours of entrepreneurial consulting to more than 55,000 entrepreneurs and delivered more than 5,000 training workshops and seminars to 92,000 attendees. During this same period, LSBDC has helped launch more than 630 new businesses which have created 3,500 direct new jobs.

“The Louisiana Small Business Development Center network is an essential resource for small businesses in Louisiana,” said Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson. “LSBDCs provide personalized, professional and high-quality business advice and technical assistance to existing small businesses and new pre-enterprise entrepreneurs. When small businesses need help with problems, need help with funding during this COVID pandemic or after severe storms, the LSBDC Network is there to support them.

“Through the dedicated efforts of LSBDC, our small businesses are retaining and growing jobs in Louisiana. With Louisiana State University now playing a leadership role for our LSBDCs, I am confident that the LSBDC system will continue to provide exceptional service. Together, we can and will position our state’s small businesses to succeed and grow in the face of national and global competition.

In its role as host organization, LSU will help manage the LSBDC’s annual program budget of approximately $4.4 million, which includes in-kind value obtained from participating universities that house the SBDC’s regional offices. He will also coordinate the operations of the 10 regional offices from the network’s new statewide headquarters at LSU Innovation Park in Baton Rouge.

“As Louisiana’s flagship university, LSU’s resources and expertise are intended to serve the entire state,” said Andrew Maas, director of innovation and ecosystem development at USL. “We are honored to lend our support to strengthen the network with our colleagues in SBDC regional offices across the state. When we help small business owners and entrepreneurs succeed, Louisiana wins.

Louisiana small business owners and entrepreneurs can access assistance through their regional SBDC offices.

  • LSBDC LSU Alexandria serves the parishes of Avoyelles, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon and Winn.
  • LSBDC to LSU serves East Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes and specializes in helping small businesses with technology.
  • LSBDC at Southern A&M University serves the Capital Region, including Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.
  • LSBDC at the University of Southeastern Louisiana serves the Florida parishes of Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington.
  • LSBDC at the University of Louisiana Lafayette serves eight parishes in the Acadiana region, including Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion.
  • LSBDC at McNeese State University serves the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis.
  • LSBDC at the University of Louisiana Monroe serves northeast Louisiana, including the parishes of Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, and West Carroll.
  • LSBDC Greater New Orleans Region at Xavier University serves the parishes of Jefferson, Orléans, Plaquemines, Saint-Bernard, Saint-Charles, Saint-James and Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
  • LSBDC at Southern University Shreveport serves northwest Louisiana.
  • LSBDC at Nicholls State University serves the parishes of Lafourche and Terrebonne.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate on this project with LSU and look forward to expanding and expanding support for small businesses throughout the state of Louisiana,” said Bill Joubert, LSBDC director at the Southeastern Louisiana University.

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