Louisiana Small Business Development Center Office Opens in LSU Business Education Complex

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) and Louisiana State University (LSU) are embarking on a venture that will significantly add to the support effort for consulting and training small businesses and entrepreneurs in Baton Rouge.

LSU is the host institution for the new satellite center that will be referred to as the LSBDC at LSU, an organization that will offer high-quality technical assistance to existing and start-up small businesses, and to small business entrepreneurs in Louisiana at no cost to the client.

“LSU and the E. J. Ourso College of Business are dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and making a positive impact on Louisiana’s economy. LSBDC at LSU allows us to intensify efforts in these areas,” said Richard D. White Jr., dean of the E. J. Ourso College. “We have demonstrated our commitment to entrepreneurship through the creation of the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems (SDEIS) and our bachelor’s in entrepreneurship. Thanks to our relationship with LSBDC, we have new avenues to serve small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.”

This new partnership helps the LSBDC to have a stronger presence in the Capital Region and in southern Baton Rouge, complimenting the existing service center at Southern University & A&M College.

LSBDC State Director Rande Kessler explained this opening of an SBDC satellite office on the LSU campus “is a very much anticipated and positive move for increased support of our Baton Rouge small businesses and entrepreneurs.”

“I look forward to the synergy with LSU and the escalated economic development results for the capital region,” Kessler said. “In partnership with Dean White and Dr. Edward Watson, SDEIS chair, we have assembled a small but energetic staff that will, without a doubt, contribute significantly to the small business support footprint in Baton Rouge.”

The LSBDC services include no-cost business consulting and affordable training seminars designed to help businesses attract customers, improve operations, increase sales and successfully access capital.

The LSBDC at LSU office is located in suite 2200 of the LSU Business Education Complex, 501 South Quad Drive.

For additional information or to request a consultation, visit lsbdc.org.

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About LSBDC:

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center offers high-quality technical assistance to existing and start-up small businesses, and to small business entrepreneurs in Louisiana at no cost to the client.

The Small Business Development Center Network is the largest provider of management and technical assistance for small businesses in the United States, and the LSBDC is a member of that network.

The LSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA, LED and participating colleges and universities. The LSBDC was established in 1983 and is located strategically to service all 64 parishes in Louisiana. With seven regional centers throughout the state, and now eleven locations, the LSBDC offers an array of specialized consulting services including growth acceleration, international trade, government contracting, and emergency preparedness.

About the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems:

The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business combines teaching and research to create a rich learning experience for its students. Relationships with industry and state agencies enable the department to assist organizations with issues related to entrepreneurship, information systems, analytics and business intelligence, as well as innovation and technological change and offer enhanced career opportunities for its graduates. Collaborative research efforts of its diverse faculty have resulted in major grants from the National Science Foundation and the state of Louisiana. For more information, visit lsu.edu/business/sdeis.

About the E. J. Ourso College of Business:

Since its establishment in 1928, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has continuously improved and expanded its offerings for students and alumni. Additionally, the college has made it a priority to provide its faculty with the resources it needs to further research in every aspect of the business world and to produce industry leaders for a global work environment. For more news and information about the E. J. Ourso College, visit lsu.edu/business.

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