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Wayne Ricks

Ricks named 2010 Louisiana State Star by LSBDC

Contact: Rene Abadie


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     HAMMOND – Wayne Ricks, senior business consultant at Southeastern Louisiana University, was recognized as the 2010 Louisiana State Star at the recent annual conference of the Association of Small Business Development Centers held in San Antonio, Tex.
     Ricks received the award – presented to top business consultants across the nation – for his work with Southeastern’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC). Earlier this year he was named one of only two statewide recipients of a prestigious “Five Million Dollar Club” award presented by the LSBDC for securing more than $5 million in client capitalization.
     “It is very exciting to work with so many business owners and help expand the economic development of this region,” said Ricks, a resident of Independence. “I am humbled to be this year’s recipient of the State Star Award and honored that the efforts of our network have garnered so much success.”
     Ricks was chosen for being an exemplary performer, making a significant contribution to the LSBDC and showing a strong commitment to small businesses in the state. In the past five years, he has been responsible for helping to start 55 businesses and aiding them in gaining more than $136 million in capital. His efforts helped create more than 1,400 new jobs and retain 130 jobs. 
     “Wayne Ricks is probably one of the best business consultants who has come through our center,” said William Joubert, director of the university’s Southeast Louisiana Business Center, which houses the Southeastern LSBDC. “It is a real joy to work with him. He is focused, passionate and extremely competitive, and the clients love him.”
     The LSBDC is a nationally accredited network of nine centers statewide dedicated to promoting business formation and growth through no-cost, confidential business consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial and business training, and online business information and resources. For more information about Southeastern’s center, call 985-549-3831.

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