Meet our team

Donna Little


Donna Little has a bachelor's degree in english and an MBA, both from McNeese State University. She has been part-owner of a small start-up business, working in the shop every day. She has also worked for several other small businesses.

Donna has over 30 years experience in business, including working with advertising and marketing for a company with over 50 stores, and supervising departments. She has worked for large companies, including Calcasieu Marine National Bank, Entergy and US Unwired. She was hired as assistant director of the LSBDC in October of 2003. Following Hurricane Rita, under her leadership, the center helped dozens of individuals apply for disaster loans. In 2006, she was named center director.

Donna serves her community as a volunteer on the Banners Arts & Humanities Series committee. She is a long-time member of the Ad & Press Club of Southwest Louisiana.

Susan K. Thibodeaux

Senior Business Consultant

Susan Thibodeaux has many years of lending experience. Susan began her financial career at First Federal when it was still a Savings and Loan institution. In lending, she has worked as Branch Manager, Quality Control Manager, Assistant Manager, and Loan Originator.

Rounding out her business experience, she has also been Office Administrator, Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk, Teller Supervisor and Payroll Accountant. One of the characteristics that Susan brings to her role as Business Consultant is that of a hands-on business owner. In 1993, with the help of the LSBDC, she opened a mortgage company in Lake Charles. She managed as many as eight employees and was a broker for over $400,000,000 in mortgages.

Susan joined the LSBDC at McNeese’s team in September 2014. She has lived the majority of her life in the Lake Charles area. She earned a B.S. in Finance in 1991 from McNeese State University. Susan is married with two grown children, Justin and Katelyn.

She has firsthand knowledge of the vast resources LSBDC can offer small business owners, and has practical experience to help an entrepreneur start, grow and expand a business.

Elizabeth Jimney

Administrative Manager

Elizabeth Jimney is a McNeese State University alumna with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Upon graduating from McNeese, she began running a small marketing company that primarily focused on local businesses. Elizabeth has years of experience promoting various events and is well-versed in social media as a marketing platform. She has now returned to her alma mater to put her skills and experience to work at the LSBDC and reinvest in her community.

She has firsthand knowledge of the impact that marketing can have on small businesses, and has brought those resources to the LSBDC to help entrepreneurs understand and utilize the marketing tools at their fingertips.

SEED Center
4310 Ryan St, Ste 162
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Phone: 337-475-5529

M - F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm




Parishes Served: 
Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis