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McNeese LSBDC Recognized as Top SBDC in State and Region

June 14, 2019 | McNeese Public Relations
U.S. Small Business Administration Louisiana District Director Mike Ricks, along with Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson, presents McNeese LSBDC Director Donna Little and Senior Business Consultant Susan Thibodeaux with the Region VI SBDC Excellence and Innovation Center award.
U.S. Small Business Administration Louisiana District Director Mike Ricks, along with Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson, presents McNeese LSBDC Director Donna Little and Senior Business Consultant Susan Thibodeaux with the Region VI SBDC Excellence and Innovation Center award.

McNeese
State University’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) has received
the 2019 Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award for the
state and region at
the annual Louisiana Small Business Awards.

Presented
by Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration
(SBA), the award recognizes the LSBDC as the top business center in Louisiana
and the SBA’s Region VI, an area that includes Texas, Oklahoma,
Arkansas and New Mexico.

According
to SBA Louisiana District Director Mike Ricks, the LSBDC at McNeese sets the
standard for working with community and business development partners in Lake
Charles and throughout the southwest.

“The
staff at McNeese’s LSBDC is dedicated to delivering effective assistance and
quality service to their clients and the small business community,” Ricks says.

During
2017-18, the LSBDC at McNeese helped start 18 businesses, create over 100 jobs and secure
over $14.7 million in capital, while also conducting over 30 community
workshops for more than 500 participants.

 “Winning is an honor and a tribute to the
small business owners we serve, acknowledging their hard work and success,” McNeese
LSBDC Director Donna Little says. “We value the trust of our clients as we help
them work through everything it takes to run a small business. I appreciate the
support of McNeese as we strive to grow Southwest Louisiana.”

Since
2006, the LSBDC has helped clients start 242 businesses, create 723 jobs and
secure $62.34 million in capital. Almost 6,700 individuals have taken advantage
of training offered by the LSBDC at McNeese.