When thinking of Louisiana in the year 2016, one might summarize with two words: disaster and recovery. The state was plagued by budget cuts and devastated by two historic floods; one in March that slammed most of the northern and central parts of the state and another in August that covered the southern part of the state. So for the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) network, it became a year of response, relief, and resilience: three R’s.
In previous years, resilience meant being able to use what we had to endure, but 2016 offered another meaning – just live to fight another day.
And we did. With your help, the Louisiana Small Business Development Center was able to live and fight another day in the trenches with the entrepreneurs and small business in our state. We all suffered, but we all survived. And as a shock to none, Louisiana was able to succeed and continues thriving.
As we present this 2016 Annual Report, you will see great partnerships, outstanding productivity, and our state pride will stand strong throughout. So please, take a moment and see what the trenches were like for us. The purpose of the report is to provide an overview of how Louisiana survived and succeeded through the storm.
And to our resource partners, we say thank you. Your strong support and belief in the mission of the Louisiana SBDC is invaluable to us and without you our survival and success through the storm would not have been possible.
2016 redefined resilience for the Louisiana SBDC, but you all helped us remain in alignment with our values and strategic plan. Most importantly, you stood by our side.
As we’re off into 2017, we surge closer to the 2020 vision. It’s easy to look back and see clearly, now we’re making sure to continue looking forward with focus.
Louisiana Small Business Development Center