Alum hatching new business in incubator
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Envoc founder Calvin Fabre is interviewed at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center
by Chris Yeich, director of strategic content for Geeknet, an online Microsoft network
that provides news and content to millions of tech-savvy users.
Calvin Fabre, CEO, Envoc
William Joubert, Director, Southeast Louisiana Business Center
A computer applications operation in Southeastern's business incubator is gaining
national attention for its development of a new product that allows businesses to
create customized mobile apps with ease.
Envoc, a Louisiana-based company that specializes in creating customized software and applications unique to individual businesses, is growing its business through the development of a product called "AppMelt." The company moved to Louisiana from Houston in 2001 and joined the business incubator, housed in the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, in 2010.
Calvin Fabre, right, CEO of Envoc, a software
With customers ranging from oil and gas companies to a 44,000-acre deer ranch, Envoc has become so successful that Geeknet - the online Microsoft network that provides content and news for 53 million tech-savvy users each month – interviewed Envoc founder Calvin Fabre for a website posting.
"AppMelt came about because companies want to extend their brand into the mobile space,"
"AppMelt is a place where graphic designers can easily assemble a mobile app for iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile without the need of a programmer. It takes care of everything, including servers, firewalls, databases, and backup."
Fabre credits Southeastern with providing him the environment that has helped Envoc grow and achieve success.
"The entrepreneurial side of Envoc needed a place to launch its ideas. As a graduate of Southeastern, I knew there was passion for programming here," he said. "When Southeastern offered us the ability to come into an incubator environment – where we have access to development resources, business coaches, and people who hold us accountable for our marketing goals – we applied to be a part of the incubator and were approved.
"The incubator provides us with space and other amenities at a low cost," he added. It's a great environment, with access to college professors and to the talent of the university, including excellent student workers who we've hired and who are gaining valuable experience working for us. We see that as a great jump start to our entrepreneurial work."
"Companies like Envoc are exactly what Louisiana is hoping to build and retain, as the reputation for the expanding 'Silicon Bayou' starts to take hold in the nation," said William Joubert, director of the business center. "Digital media and software development are important business sectors that Louisiana Economic Development is working hard to entice."
“The Small Business Development Center brought to light key factors we did not consider in our business decisions,” said Fabre, who earlier this year was named the outstanding alumnus of the College of Science and Technology. “Their input has been critical to the expansion and success of our business.”
For more information on the business center's incubator program, contact Joubert at 985-549-3831. For more information about Envoc, contact Fabre at 225-910-8239, or visit www.envoc.com.