Meet our team

Heidi Melancon


Heidi Melancon is Director with Louisiana Small Business Development Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She began working for the network in 2005 and worked as Senior Business Consultant until she took over as director in 2014.

She is responsible for consulting with clients in the areas of strategic planning, business development, financial evaluation, and marketing. In addition to her primary duties, she is the Acadiana area coordinator and for Louisiana Economic Development's Small & Emerging Business Development Program.

She was named the 2008 Louisiana State Star for Association of Small Business Development Centers and a team member of the Small Business Development Center Service and Excellence and Innovation Center Award presented by SBA in 2009. Heidi earned her MBA degree in 2000 from the B.I. Moody III College of Business at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Lauren Titus

Business Consultant & Training Coordinator

Lauren Titus is a Business Consultant at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at UL Lafayette. With a background in banking and marketing, she specializes in business start-ups, access to capital, and marketing plans.

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Louisiana State University.

Phillip Russo

Senior Business Consultant

Phillip Russo is a Business Consultant specializing in strategy, research and accounting for startups and existing businesses. Prior to joining LSBDC, he worked in the financial and oil & gas industries, holding management and research positions.

He was named the 2018 LSBDC State Star, an award recognized by America’s Small Business Development Centers ( SBDC) that highlights a person who is an exemplary performer, makes a significant contribution to his or her state and shows a strong commitment to small business.

He has worked in various small businesses throughout his career. Phillip is a native of Abbeville and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

537 Cajundome Blvd. Suite 236
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: (337) 482-6312

M - Th 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
F 8:00 am to 12:00 pm




Parishes Served:
Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion