Monroe, LA – Business has changed dramatically over the last 37 years, and the America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has been there throughout. Since 1980, America’s SBDCs—the nation’s largest business assistance network—have helped aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship.
With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. In 2016, America’s SBDCs provided 1.3 million hours of consulting to 192,205 client businesses, resulting in 100,233 jobs created; $6.9 billion in sales growth; $4.6 billion in capital investments; and 17,864 new businesses started.
To celebrate the collective impact and success SBDCs have across the nation and in local communities each year, America’s SBDCs will hold the first SBDC Day on March 22. SBDC Day is a national movement to help share the small business success stories and notable impact SBDCs have fostered in communities nationwide.
“We are thrilled to see SBDCs around the country working together to celebrate their clients and showcase the work they do for America’s small businesses,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, America’s SBDC President & CEO. “SBDC clients see an average job growth of 15.5 percent versus the national job growth average of just 1.9 percent. There is no denying the impact SBDCs have on the success of the small businesses in their communities and their local economies.”
In 2016, the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) through its partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and its host universities, consulted over 3,400 entrepreneurs which accounted for 180 business starts, 916 jobs created, $35.2 million in new sales, and $74.4 million in capital investments.
“It’s always great when Louisiana can be a part of a national conversation like this,” Rande Kessler said, LSBDC State Director. “By celebrating small businesses and supporting SBDCs on SBDC Day and year-round, everyone can play a part in strengthening our nation’s economy and celebrating the success of it.”
Social media will play a central role in the promotion and celebration of SBDC Day. Small businesses, partners, and advocates are invited to help spread the word about SBDC Day using the hashtag #SBDCDay. On March 22, participants are encouraged to share how their local SBDC has created a difference in their life and community. SBDCs nationwide will collectively share, in real time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDCs collectively have on the small business community at large. This special day will also be celebrated through public relations initiates, campaigns, and online and in- person events.