Cawthon is an experienced leader with a proven track record
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) and Northwestern State University (NSU) have named Dana Cawthon as Regional Director of the LSBDC Northwest & Central Region. Cawthon has dedicated her career to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners grow and succeed, bringing to the network more than 20 years of management and financial consulting experience in the public and private sector.
“I want to welcome Dana to Louisiana from Mississippi, as she takes on the responsibility of Regional Director for Northwest & Central Louisiana.” LSBDC State Director Rande Kessler said. “She comes to us from another SBDC network, and in addition has experience starting a business in Colorado and as a financial advisor for a CPA firm. She told me she knows this is a “people business” and I look forward to her influence and strategy as she grows the region’s small business support from the Center at NSU.”
Prior to joining the LSBDC, Cawthon served as a business consultant for the Mississippi Small Business Development Center in Tupelo, Mississippi, as well as owned and operated a management and financial consulting firm in Denver, Colorado for 15 years.
In addition to her entrepreneurial experience, Cawthon is a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force. She has been honored for her outstanding service and achievement by former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfield. Cawthon has also received numerous meritorious awards including an Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, and America Campaign Medal.
Northwestern State University Vice President of Technology, Innovation and Economic Development Dr. Darlene Williams said Cawthon’s leadership experience will help guide the LSBDC to future success.
“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Dana Cawthon to Northwestern State University as the Regional Director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center for the Northwest & Central Region,” said Dr. Williams. “Dana brings experience and expertise to this position that will be a great asset as we strive to provide exceptional service and high quality solutions for our partners while creating current and future opportunities for students.”
As Regional Director, Cawthon will lead the LSBDC Northwest & Central Region which is comprised of three service centers located in Natchitoches, Shreveport and Alexandria.
“I am thrilled to become a member of the Louisiana SBDC team. I see many opportunities for small business owners throughout the region and look forward to assisting entrepreneurs in developing sustainable solutions,” said Cawthon. “I already feel welcomed by NSU. They will be a significant partner in the success of our Center.”
Cawthon said she is eager to get to know the leaders within her 14 parish region and is looking forward to building strategic partnerships to achieve a stronger economic region that supports the local population.
“By focusing on the needs of the community, we will develop training programs designed to create actionable plans for our entrepreneurs,” said Cawthon. “We will also explore useful means of technology to communicate and extend our outreach to individuals not able to attend in person.”
Cawthon earned an Executive Leadership MBA from the Daniels Business School, University of Denver and a BS in Accountancy from the University of Mississippi.
The LSBDC Northwest Central Region serves 14 parishes including Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Grant, Jackson, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Vernon, Webster and Winn.
For more information, to make an appointment, or for a list of upcoming training events, visit the LSBDC website at www.lsbdc.org
About Louisiana SBDC
The LSBDC is Louisiana’s largest and most accessible source of assistance for entrepreneurs and the only statewide nationally accredited program that provides business consulting to entrepreneurs at no cost. Designated as the state’s principal provider of small business assistance by Louisiana Economic Development, the LSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA, LED and participating universities.