Southeastern LSBDC staff win state awards

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 SBDC
by: Rene Abadie

LSBDC STAFF HONORED – Members of Louisiana Small Business Development Center who were recognized at the recent state meeting are, from left, Director William Joubert, Business Consultant Brandy Boudreaux, Assistant Director Sandy Summers, and Senior Business Consultant Wayne Ricks.

     HAMMOND – Staff members with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University – named the top center in the nation last year by the Small Business Administration – took several awards at the state LSBDC meeting held in New Orleans recently.
     Director William Joubert was named to the Million Dollar Club in recognition of his helping to raise more than $1 million in capital for area businesses and entrepreneurs. He has received that recognition, as well as the $5 Million Club honor, several times previously. He has also been named a LSBDC State Star and serves as director of the Southeastern Louisiana Business Center.
     Assistant Director Sandy Summers received the Outstanding Service Provider Award, a new award that recognizes LSBDC employees for an outstanding commitment to quality service. A certified training professional, Summers coordinates the center’s educational and training programs and maintains contacts with area chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and other agencies that frequently co-host programs.
     Senior Business Consultant Wayne Ricks received the Job Creator Award for his assistance in helping area businesses get established or expand, efforts that resulted in helping to create approximately 90 new jobs  in 2014-15 for the region. He was also named to the $3 Million Club. Ricks has been honored in the past by being named a State Star twice, and to the $1 Million Club and the $5 Million Club.
     Business Consultant Brandy Boudreaux received the LSBDC’s Rookie of the Year Award and was named to the Million Dollar Club. Her areas of expertise include include medical, pharmaceutical and hospital consulting, imports and exports, and small business bookkeeping and financial administration.
     The Southeastern LSBDC is one of 10 such centers in the state and serves businesses and employers throughout the five-parish region of Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes.

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