The Louisiana Small Business Development Center Greater New Orleans and Bayou Region (LSBDC GNOBR) cut ribbon for a new LSBDC satellite office at Fletcher Technical Community College in Houma on Nov. 16.
Regional Director Carmen Sunda said the LSBDC GNOBR is dedicated to creating positive economic growth in the bayou community by providing services to assist small businesses to start, grow and thrive.
“Sustainable small businesses help to create the unique flavor and quality of life in the Bayou,” Sunda said. “The satellite office in Houma creates a convenient and easily accessible location for business owners to take advantage of the no cost SBDC services to grow their businesses.”
Louisiana SBDC State Director Rande Kessler agreed completely with Sunda and added, “Blue Ocean Strategy says ‘create uncontested marketspace, and focus on the big picture’,” Kessler said.
“And that is the opportunity afforded to this regional SBDC; finding a new location to inject professional consulting services to the heart of the Louisiana economy, the small business entrepreneurs,” he said.
Dr. Kristine Strickland, Chancellor at Fletcher Technical Community College, said she was excited about having the Small Business Development Center as part of the campus.
“Fletcher is focused on serving the community and the LSBDC GNOBR aligns with its vision as an added resource,” Dr. Strickland said. “Many realize that small business is the heart of the economy and a strong small business community is important to our future. Having a strong community helps us have a strong institution.”
Fletcher recently added an Associate’s Degree in Business to its curriculum and Dr. Strickland added they hope to do entrepreneurship activities for the students.
“Having the LSBDC GNOBR encourages the entrepreneurship spirit and it’s an opportunity for our students to engage with the SBDC, as well as our community in general,” Dr. Strickland said.
The event was supported and attended by many key community advocates such as: Beryl Amedee, Louisiana Representative District 52; Jerome Zeringue, Louisiana Representative District 52; John Matthews, Louisiana Economic Development Executive Director of Small Business Services; Richard Barber, Director, Economic Development Lafourche Parish; Katherine Gilbert, Business Retention and Expansion Director, Terrebonne Economic Development Authority; Dr. Bruce Murphy, President of Nicholls State University; Suzanne Carlos, President and CEO of Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce; and Tammy Ledet, President and CEO of Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce.