Ricks certified as Global Business Professional

Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: May 21, 2012

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      HAMMOND – Wayne Ricks, a business consultant with Southeastern Louisiana University's business center has been certified as a Global Business Professional.

     Ricks works in the Southeast Louisiana Business Center and the university's Louisiana Small Business Development Center. The center also houses a business incubator and several area economic development agencies.

     He is the second member of the center to be certified. Director William Joubert received the certification earlier this year.

     The test, administered by NABSITE International (formerly the North American Small Business International Trade Educators), was formed to raise the level of practice in the field of international trade, provide professional development goals, and showcase competency through a rigorous certification process.

     "An increasing number of our clients at the center are coming to us with international concerns, and that spurred our interest in earning such certifications," said Joubert. "It provides another dimension of the extensive services we offer through the business center and the LSBDC."

     A consultant with the business center since 2005, Ricks works with start-up businesses, existing business owners and local economic development agencies. He holds an MBA degree and bachelor's degree in finance, both from Southeastern.

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