LSBDC at Southeastern receives state award for service and innovation
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University received the 2010 SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award for the state at a reception held last week at the Governor’s Mansion.
Presented by U.S. Small Business Administration and Louisiana Economic Development, the award recognizes Southeastern’s SBDC for its efforts to help strengthen the state’s economy and improve its economic competitiveness.
“I am pleased to see our SBDC receive the recognition it deserves for the outstanding assistance it provides businesses and entrepreneurs in this region,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “Our team has focused on developing innovative programs specific for the needs of our area and providing excellent services to their clients. The results speak for themselves.”
The center was nominated for exceeding its economic impact and performance goals. In the last several years, the center has served more than 2,000 clients, helped in the development of more than 125 new businesses and 30 expansions resulting in hundreds of new jobs being created or retained in the area. In addition, more than $130 million in capitalization has been obtained for area businesses.
“I believe our success is due in large part to the partnerships we have cultivated over the years with organizations that are also focused on enhancing the economic strength of our region,” said William “Bill” Joubert, Southeastern LSBDC director. “In addition, our staff takes a very personal, service-oriented approach with each project to maximize every opportunity to succeed.”
In addition to Joubert, other staff members recognized with the award were Assistant Director Sandy Summers and consultants Wayne Ricks and Jonathan Holland.
The Southeastern SBDC serves the five-parish region of Livingstion, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, St. Tammany and Washington. Located in the Southeast Louisiana Business Center at 1514 Martens Ave. in Hammond where it maintains an extensive business library, the SBDC has seven outreach locations throughout its service area.