Delta Community College Chancellor W. Dennis Epps announces Carla Holland as the Louisiana Small Business Development Center State Director. Holland began her role on December 2, 2019.
Holland’s experience includes 14 years of Small Business Development Center (SBDC) experience including Business Advising, Trainer, and has most recently served as the Center Director at the South San Diego California SBDC. She has coached over 200 small businesses in the areas of marketing, financial planning, access to capital and strategic planning; and she operated her own consulting business for 4 years.
Chancellor Epps said he is delighted to have Holland assume the role of State Director for the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.
“Her significant experience in other states has prepared her well for this leadership position,” Epps said. “Perhaps most important, however, is the commitment she has to the service of others and to building a collaborative team across the Louisiana Small Business Development Center network. I am confident that the search process has led to the selection of a remarkable leader who has unparalleled commitment to the advancement of our state.”
A search committee was comprised of leaders from across the state who submitted a recommendation to Chancellor Epps after reviewing and interviewing a strong pool of applicants from the region and throughout the country.
As State Director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center, Holland will oversee the statewide network comprised of university and community college supported entrepreneurial assistance centers. She will also work closely with local, state and federal officials to assist with statewide and regional economic development efforts.
“I am excited to be a part of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center team because providing resources to small business to move them forward in their endeavors of business success is my passion which aligns with the mission of Louisiana Small Business Development Center,” Holland said.
Her vision is to supply Louisiana Small Business Development Center resources to small businesses in every Louisiana Parish to increase economic impact, grow communities and make Louisiana the number one place for small businesses.
Her vision also includes utilizing a Louisiana Small Business Development Center network team of high-quality experienced consultants, and collaboration with economic development organizations and stakeholders. Through specialized programs, low-cost trainings and no-cost business management consulting for pre-venture and existing businesses, the work the Louisiana Small Business Development Center does for entrepreneurs will help increase revenue to cities and create jobs for local communities. Every small business will be afforded technical assistance to grow and contribute to Louisiana’s economy.
Prior to coming to Louisiana, Holland served on the Board of Directors for National City Chamber of Commerce and Urban League San Diego where she was the Chairperson of the Economic Development committee for both organizations. She was an adjunct professor for the University of Delaware and Past Chairperson of Public Policy for NAWBO. Her SBDC Center was awarded the 2019 SBA Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center award. Twice she was awarded the Association of Small Business Development Centers State Star award, once in San Diego 2017 and once in Delaware 2011.
In addition, she was named Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher 2017 Woman of the Year and she was awarded SBA’s Minority Small Business Champion of the Year 2008. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Labor from Cleveland State University and two Master’s Degrees, one in Business Administration from University of Phoenix and one in Theology (Master of Divinity) from Palmer Theological Seminary.