Carla Holland

State Director

Carla’s experience includes 14 years of SBDC experience including Business Advising, Trainer, Center Director and over 15 years of retail and commercial banking. She has coached over 200 small businesses in the areas of marketing, financial planning, access to capital and strategic planning. She operated her own consulting business for 4 years.

Carla is served on the Board of Director for National City Chamber of Commerce and Urban League San Diego where she was the Chairperson of their Economic Development committee for both organizations. She was an adjunct professor for the University of Delaware and Past Chairperson of Public Policy for NAWBO. Her SBDC Center was awarded the 2019 SBA Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center award. Twice she was awarded the Association of Small Business Development Centers State Star award, once in San Diego 2017 and once in Delaware 2011.  Carla was named Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher 2017 Woman of the Year and she was awarded SBA’s Minority Small Business Champion of the Year 2008.  She holds a Bachelor Degree in Management and Labor from Cleveland State University and two Master’s Degrees, one in Business Administration from University of Phoenix and one in Theology (Master of Divinity) from Palmer Theological Seminary.

Bryan Greenwood, MBA

Associate State Director - Programmatic

Bryan Greenwood, Associate State Director - Programmatic of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center has worked with entrepreneurs and small business owners for more than 10 years. Greenwood primarily works in the areas of strategic and business planning, technology commercialization, business process analysis, and financial analysis and modeling.

Bryan also works with entrepreneurs in accessing capital by assisting them with the development of the information needed to obtain debt or equity capital financing and has assisted more than 200 entrepreneurs and small business owners statewide in a variety of industries and areas. In addition to providing business management consulting services, Greenwood has conducted training events in the areas of strategic planning, business planning, finance, marketing, and business operations. He has served on the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneur Institute faculty as an instructor, teaching MGMT 2000: Innovation and Creativity and MGMT 3111: Business Planning courses.

Greenwood earned both his MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from LSU. Aside from his primary duties, he does an extensive amount of public speaking on behalf of the LSBDC Technology Center at LSU and the LBTC. Greenwood plays an active role in community endeavors, providing services and boosting awareness of what the LSBDC and LBTC can offer to entrepreneurs and prospective business incubator tenants. He recruits companies to participate in case‐projects, even arranging and managing training events and seminars that promote small business growth and foster the creation of new jobs.

Previously, Greenwood was a commercial loan officer with three financial institutions where he focused on small and medium size businesses providing loan and treasury service products. Greenwood is a certified FastTrac™ Facilitator by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and is a member of the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA), the Association of Small Business Development Centers, Risk Management Association (RMA), and Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA).

Greenwood performs community outreach and public speaking activities, lectures in business classes, recruits companies to take part in classroom case‐projects, organizes training events, and works with economic development groups to promote the startup, growth, and development of small businesses and the commercialization of new products, thereby creating jobs for Louisiana.

Barry W. Parker, MBA

Special Projects Director

Barry W. Parker is the LSBDC Special Projects Director including the Business Continuity program. His professional experience has focused on areas of technology, risk, and operations management serving in roles ranging from a private consultant to small business to the National Business Continuity Manager for a multi-national banking firm.

Joining the LSBDC following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Barry established the LSBDC emergency response call center in support of the statewide recovery efforts. Since that time, he has worked closely with the SBA Field Operation Centers to streamline response times and coordinate the LSBDC response to a litany of natural and manmade disasters. He has also worked extensively with the small business clients focusing in areas of risk management and strategic planning. He has developed training materials and instructional programs for the LSBDC related to emergency preparedness and response. In 2012, the LSBDC Business Continuity program was identified as a national "best practice" and the model adopted by numerous states.

Barry chairs the Disaster Interest Group for the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) and has presented several times at the ASBDC national conference on topics related to small business emergency preparedness.

Barry completed his BBA in Data Processing from Northeast Louisiana University, and his MBA from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

DeRon Talley, MBA

Director of Marketing & Communications

DeRon Talley is a native of Folsom, La., a 2019 Master of Business Administration (Marketing) recipient from Louisiana State University-Shreveport, and a 2012 Bachelor’s Degree recipient in the field of Mass Communications from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). DeRon joined the LSBDC in 2015 as the Communications Specialist and served in that role until July 2017.

DeRon manages and directs the statewide marketing, media and communications activities of the LSBDC, and maintains and monitors all digital components of the LSBDC such as social media platforms and websites, and also contribute media releases and other public-sought information.

During his time at the LSBDC, DeRon created and leads the America's Small Business Development Centers (America's SBDC) Millennial Conference "Maximizing Millennial Minds," and serves as a member of the America's SBDC Marketing Committee. Using this platform, DeRon has been a speaker at the America's SBDC National Conference speaking on marketing topics and millennial generation topics.

For Louisiana specifically, DeRon developed an initiative during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 for the LSBDC service centers to educate the millennial generation on entrepreneurship and economy. Through seven events taking place online and in-person, the LSBDC service centers reached nearly 9,000 participants who engaged in the millennial and technology focused entrepreneur workshops.

Prior to joining the LSBDC in May of 2015, DeRon served concurrently as the Editor of two Ascension Parish newspapers, the Donaldsonville Chief and the Gonzales Weekly Citizen. As the Editor of the Donaldsonville Chief and Gonzales Weekly Citizen newspapers concurrently, he and his editorial team earned more than a dozen Louisiana Press Association awards, with Talley carrying the bulk of nine individual awards. Talley was the youngest and first black male to serve as the Editor of both papers, being a role model for aspiring minority journalists.

DeRon is the Pastor of the St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church in West Monroe Louisiana, was an active member of Rotary International, where he served as President of Twin Cities Rotary Ouachita Parish (2017-2018). He is also a graduate of Leadership Ouachita and was selected as the Charles McDonald "Twice As Much Kindness Award," which recognizes one person for caring twice as much, be twice as kind, and work twice as hard throughout the yearlong class. Talley and his wife, Patience, also founded and own Journey 4 Success, which is a non-profit organization that helps young adults and teens develop life skills, inform them of opportunities, and empower their minds for a confident self.

Rebecca Camp

Grants Accountant

Rebecca Camp is the Grants Accountant for the LSBDC.  She is responsible for the operations of post-award administration. She is responsible for the AP/AR, Payroll, Grants Reconciliation, and Travel for the state office and Individual Center Invoicing for the SBDC centers in Louisiana. She has extensive experience in the field, including serving as a public accountant, with responsibilities spanning audit, tax, financial reporting and business management.

She has been with the LSBDC for 2 years. She is a graduate of University of Southern Mississippi, with a Business and Finance Degree. In 1986, her career began when she partnered in starting, building and operating every aspect of a Temporary/Permanent employment agency in Mississippi.  In 1996, she married and moved to Louisiana with her husband, selling the business in 2000.  Moving to Louisiana she began working with a private CPA firm.

Before coming to the LSBDC she spent 7 years working for the Ouachita Parish School System.

She and her husband reside in Calhoun, Louisiana with their 4 children.  Where they are active in the community and First West. 

Roman Starns

Senior Business Consultant

Roman Starns brings over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and small business owner to the LBSDC as a Business Consultant. He has expertise in leadership and a vast knowledge of finance, financial planning, human resource management, marketing, strategic planning, accounting, business growth and development and seeks to provide quality advice and support to Louisiana business owners.

He was awarded an MBA from Louisiana State University's E.J. Ourso College of Business with a 4.0 GPA and Beta Gamma Sigma Honors. Roman also possesses a Bachelor's Degree from LSU where he proudly served as a Senior Co-Captain on the LSU Fighting Tiger Football team and is a permanent member of the LSU National “L Club” as a Varsity Football Letterman.

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