Governor Edwards proclaims Small Business Development Center Day in State
Monroe, LA – For nearly 40 years the America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has helped aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship. On March 20, the Louisiana SBDC will join SBDCs from around the country for one special day to celebrate their work, impact and most importantly their clients – America’s small businesses.
SBDC Day is a national movement to help share the small business success stories and notable impact SBDCs have fostered in communities nationwide.
In Louisiana alone during Fiscal Year 2017-2018, the Louisiana SBDC helped start 141 new businesses, created more than 866 jobs, helped businesses obtain more than $75 million in capital, and grow more than $17 million in new sales.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards showed his support in the celebration by proclaiming Wednesday, March 20, 2019 as Small Business Development Center Day in the State of Louisiana citing the organization also helped businesses retain 323 jobs in the proclamation.
With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. In 2017, America’s SBDC clients experienced annual sales growth of 18.1% almost 4.5 times more than the national average. SBDC assistance resulted in 93,471 jobs created; $7 billion in sales growth; $5.9 billion in capital investments; and 14,716 new businesses started.
“SBDC clients give their SBDCs 4.5 out of 5 stars and 92% of SBDC clients recommend their SBDCs to other small businesses. With nearly 40 years of expertise, proven ROI and stellar client ratings it’s clear that America’s SBDCs are the nation’s most trusted small business resource.” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO of America’s SBDC.