Donna Little is the director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University. She has a bachelor's degree in English and a Master's in Business Administration, both from McNeese. A native of Egan, Louisiana, she has called Lake Charles home for over 30 years.
She has been part-owner of a small start-up business, working in the shop every day. She has also worked for several other small businesses, giving her a bird's-eye view of the hard work and rewards involved in being an entrepreneur.
Donna has over 30 years experience in business, including working with advertising and marketing for a company with over 50 stores, and supervising departments. She has worked for large companies, including Calcasieu Marine National Bank, Entergy and US Unwired, providing a view from the other side of the fence.
She was hired as assistant director of the LSBDC in October of 2003. Following Hurricane Rita, under her leadership, the Center helped dozens of individuals apply for disaster loans. She operated from the Chamber Southwest office in downtown Lake Charles for four weeks until McNeese was able to reopen.
Donna serves her community as a volunteer on the Banners Arts & Humanities Series committee. She is a long-time member of the Ad & Press Club of Southwest Louisiana.
Donna believes that her 30-plus years of experience and contacts in southwest Louisiana are invaluable assets today as she works to assist small businesses.
Nancy G. Borel joined the LSBDC at McNeese in November 2011 as Administrative Assistant. Nancy has a bachelor's degree in General Studies from McNeese State University. She is a Certified Administrative Professional and Notary Public.
Nancy is a member of International Association of Administrative Professionals and a small business owner. She serves her community as an organizer of benefit events to assist individuals with medical needs and is a member of St. Pius Catholic Church in Ragley, LA.
Susan Thibodeaux has many years of lending experience. Susan began her financial career at First Federal when it was still a Savings and Loan institution. In lending, she has worked as Branch Manager, Quality Control Manager, Assistant Manager, and Loan Originator. Rounding out her business experience, she has also been Office Administrator, Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk, Teller Supervisor and Payroll Accountant. One of the characteristics that Susan brings to her role as Business Consultant is that of a hands-on business owner. In 1993, with the help of the LSBDC, she opened a mortgage company in Lake Charles. She managed as many as eight employees and was a broker for over $400,000,000 in mortgages.
Susan joined the LSBDC at McNeese’s team in September 2014. She has lived the majority of her life in the Lake Charles area. She earned a B.S. in Finance in 1991 from McNeese State University. Susan is married with two grown children, Justin and Katelyn. She has firsthand knowledge of the vast resources LSBDC can offer small business owners, and has practical experience to help an entrepreneur start, grow and expand a business.
The LSBDC at McNeese State University is a partnership program with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and is a member of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center network. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in any SBDC publication or workshop are those of the author(s) or speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US Small Business Administration. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.
The LSBDC at McNeese is partially funded by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development, and McNeese State University. SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any product, opinion, or service. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
All McNeese State University Small Business Development Center services shall be rendered on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Center at (337) 475-5529 or (800) 622-3352, extension 5529 or via email to LSBDC.MSU@lsbdc.org.
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