Center Director Named Louisiana’s State Star

Center Director Will Campbell Honored Nationally as Louisiana’s State Star


The LSBDC proudly announces Will M. Campbell, Jr., Center Director at LSBDC at Southern University, as the 2013 Louisiana State Star. Campbell was honored at a private awards reception in Orlando, FL, held in conjunction with the 33rd Annual America’s Small Business Development Center Network (ASBDC) Conference. The reception recognized 63 State Stars from across the nation.

Will Campbell, Louisiana State Star

Charles "Tee" Rowe, president of ASBDC, presents Will Campbell, Center Director at LSBDC at Southern University, the Louisiana State Star award.

“I am very honored to receive this award and humbly grateful to have the opportunity to serve the small business community,” said Campbell. “This award would not have been possible without the support of our clients, Southern University, SBA, LED, the City of Baton Rouge, our great staff and my family.”

Campbell was chosen for being an exemplary performer, making significant contributions to the LSBDC program, and showing a strong commitment to small businesses in the state.

“Will has been a tremendous asset to the LSBDC network. He is a dynamic leader who is passionate about small businesses and the community,” said Rande Kessler, LSBDC State Director. “We are proud to have him as part of our team.”

Under Campbell’s leadership, the LSBDC at Southern University has grown to become one of the top producing centers in the state. Over the last three years, Campbell and his team have started 47 small businesses helping them access more than $33 million in capital, creating 319 new jobs and saving 89 jobs.

“Mr. Campbell hit the ground running and unlike some runners, he knows in which direction to run,” said Donald Andrews, dean of the college of business at Southern University. “As director of the LSBDC at Southern University, he has made major progress in moving the center in the direction needed to enhance the business potential and impact within our service area.”

Earlier this year, Campbell was a recipient of the prestigious LSBDC “Three Million Dollar” award which recognizes recipients for helping their clients secure three million plus dollars in loans, equity, and other capital within a fiscal year. This is Campbell’s second consecutive year earning the coveted award.

As director, Campbell is responsible for managing, promoting and evaluating SBDC services to improve service delivery and impact, as well as develop strategies to take businesses to the next level. He works with small business owners to provide counseling, training, and technical assistance in all aspects of business management. Campbell also works closely with local, state and federal officials to assist with regional economic development efforts.

Prior to joining the LSBDC, Campbell served as a Regional Manager for Liberty Bank. His experience also includes serving as Vice President and Banking Center Manager at Bank One and Branch Manager at Wells Fargo Financial. He is the owner and president of Millennium Consulting, Inc., a janitorial staffing company based in Baton Rouge.

Active in his community, Will’s civic involvement includes serving as a member of the National Incubation Association, Louisiana Incubation Association, Baton Rouge Chamber Small Business Development Counsel and the Capital Area Technical College Advisory Board.

The Lucedale, MS native is a former captain in the United States Army Reserve. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management and military science from the University of South Alabama and a Certificate of Entrepreneurship from the Price-Babson Symposium of Economic Educators in Boston, Massachusetts. Will is currently pursing a master’s degree from Pensacola Christian College. Additionally he is enrolled in LSU’s Economic Development Certification program.

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