Businesses have always celebrated ribbon cuttings, grand openings and company anniversaries, and for a second year they’ll be able to celebrate the people who help them turn their dreams into reality – Small Business Development Centers. America’s SBDC Day is set for March 21, 2018, a day that will unite nearly 1,000 SBDCs across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they’ve served in their 38-year history.
SBDC Day is a national proclamation of the success of America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) on the success of the nation’s dreamers, innovators and doers – America’s small businesses.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, for the second year in a row, proclaimed the third Wednesday in March “SBDC Day” in the State of Louisiana.
In 2017, the LSBDC consulted over 2,500 entrepreneurs which accounted for 143 business starts, 995 jobs created, $50.1 million in new sales, and $58.7 million in capital investments.
“Although ‘every day’ is really SBDC day as the Louisiana team meets with entrepreneurs and conducts small business training events all year long, Wednesday is an excellent day to highlight that effort and the results. And it is an opportunity to draw attention to the fact that helping small businesses across the entire country is not seen as just a job – it is a passion,” said Louisiana SBDC State Director Rande Kessler
Since 1980, 63 state and regional Small Business Development Center networks have provided free one-on-one consulting to small businesses at nearly 1,000 locations throughout the nation.
A new business is opened with the assistance of the SBDC around the country every 30 minutes; a new job is created every 5.5 minutes; more than $100,000 new sales are generated every 8.2 minutes, and small businesses are able to obtain more than $100,000 in capital every 10 minutes.
“It’s great to see SBDCs, their clients and supporters come together to celebrate SBDCs and their amazing clients. With SBDC support small businesses around the country raised over $5 billion in capital and created nearly 100,000 jobs,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO of America’s SBDC.
Small businesses, partners, and advocates are invited to help spread the word about SBDC Day using the hashtag #SBDCDay. On March 21, participants are encouraged to share how their local SBDC has created a difference in their life and community.
The Louisiana SBDC will host several trainings for entrepreneurs on March 21 such as:
- SBA Woman-Owned Business Certification – Louisiana Technology Park at 10 a.m.
- Business Certifications that can Grow Your Business – Fletcher Technical Community College Houma Campus at 10 a.m.
- Starting & Financing a Small Business – Ascension Parish’s Dutchtown Library at 1 p.m.
- Starting & Financing a Small Business – Delgado Community College City Park Campus at 2 p.m.
- Business Planning for Entrepreneurs – Xavier University at 5 p.m.
America’s SBDC network is a partnership that includes the U.S. Congress, SBA, the private sector, and the colleges, universities and state governments that manage SBDCs across the nation. SBDCs provide management and technical assistance to an estimated one million small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs each year.