U.S. Small Business Administration District Director Mike Ricks presents the 2016 SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Center award to the LSBDC at McNeese State University Director Donna Little and Business Consultant Susan Thibodeaux.
(June 10, 2016) The Louisiana Small Business Development Center has received reaccreditation for a five-year period by America’s Small Business Development Centers nationwide network. The LSBDC network has seven centers, including the LSBDC at McNeese State University.
LSBDC State Director Rande Kessler said, “It is rewarding to see the efforts of our service centers and state office team maintain our mission toward Louisiana small businesses and entrepreneurs in a level that is peer-approved and respected. I truly appreciate the work of our LSBDC staff across the board and am proud that we have been reaccredited for our work with small businesses.”
According to Donna Little, director of the LSBDC at McNeese, the entrepreneurs of Southwest Louisiana have wonderful opportunities in today’s economic climate. “When we meet the national accreditation standards, we guarantee that our LSBDC team continues to improve in how we assist small businesses.”
Recently, McNeese’s LSBDC was recognized as the U.S. Small Business Administration SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Center for 2016 at the Governor’s Mansion during the annual Louisiana Small Business Awards Ceremony last month and Little is very proud of this accomplishment.
“This award acknowledges McNeese’s center as the top SBDC in the state,” Little said. “We appreciate being recognized for our hard work and for the successes achieved by our clients. We strive every day to help entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and improve our economy. Our biggest reward is seeing business owners achieve their goals.”
SBA District Director Mike Ricks said the LSBDC at McNeese played a major role in the recovery process of Southwest Louisiana after the disasters of Hurricane Rita in 2005. Since then, the center and the region have significantly progressed.
According to Little, LSBDC at McNeese has helped start 202 businesses, create 589 jobs, retain another 340 jobs, secure $47 million in capital and increase sales by $7 million. The LSBDC at McNeese is located in the McNeese SEED (Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development) Center.
“Helping entrepreneurs is an exciting, fulfilling mission,” Little said. “We love working with individuals to pursue their passion and build a future for themselves and their families and employees here in Southwest Louisiana. It’s wonderful to be recognized for doing the work we enjoy.”
Little added, “I also want to recognize McNeese State University as a strong ally for our operation. We appreciate the support that McNeese has provided to our center for over 30 years.”