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LA Small Business Development Center

LA Small Business Development Center

Assisting Small Business in Southwest Louisiana

A partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration Serving The Parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis.

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University has helped businesses in Southwest Louisiana for over 24 years. As part of a non-profit national network, the LSBDC provides entrepreneurs with high quality one-on-one counseling, management training, and information vital to business owners who want to grow and prosper in Southwest Louisiana.

We can help you write a business plan, develop financial projections, or understand the dozens of issues involved in starting a small business. Our services are free and confidential. Call us at (337) 475-5529 to schedule a free appointment. Also check out the link to our Training Events on this website for more information on upcoming seminars.

The Center is a one-stop center for assistance in business plan development, market analysis, sources of capital, technology transfer, inventor assistance, and other business related issues. The McNeese Center serves a five parish area: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis. Counseling services and training events are offered throughout the year in each of these areas.

Statistics show that small businesses account for approximately 97.6% of all business ventures in Louisiana. Whether you are an established business person or a budding entrepreneur, the LSBDC at McNeese State University can help with your business needs.

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To request free counseling, please complete this form external link.
Sales Tax 101: The Basics
The Calcasieu Parish School Board Tax Office presents this valuable seminar the first Friday of every month. This free seminar begins at 9:00 and ends around 11:00. There is no charge to attend. Topics at these sessions include record keeping, filing returns, and exemptions. There are also assistants who can help you with individual questions or concerns. To register, please phone 217-4280. The Calcasieu Parish School Board Tax Office is located at 2439 6th Street in Lake Charles.

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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

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