The SBDC is one of Louisiana's oldest and strongest allies for small business. The services of the SBDC include assessments, counseling and training as well as connections to other important resources. The SBDC is located at the SLEC offices at Nicholls State University and can be reached by calling SLEC at 985-448-4485.
A-maz-ing! That is how we describe Louisiana Economic Development's Small and Emerging Business Development Program, also located at SLEC on the Nicholls State campus. There are qualifications but once qualified, businesses can receive up to 50% cost matches to cover important activities like marketing, website design, accounting systems setup, specialized training and more. Funds are limited but the program is able to serve a number of companies each year. For more information call SLEC at 985-448-4485.
The Technical Assistance Network was formed in response to the need to assist small businesses damaged by the 2005 storms. Assistance is available to cover the costs of consultants and business specialist in marketing, web design, accounting and more. The program is very flexible in the types of services it can support but as with the SEBD, funds are limited. The Technical Assistance Network also is time limited and is in force only through August 2008 although it may be extended beyond that. As with SBDC and SEBD, the Technical Assistance Network is located at SLEC. Give them a call at 985-448-4485.
Our area is known for having an exceptionally strong entrepreneurial community. Many of our area's new companies get their start after completing a 10-week program of entrepreneurial training. The series covers essential information in starting and successfully running a small business. Led by experienced entrepreneurs, the session provides insights into business issues typically learned the hard way. The series also helps entrepreneurs to network with other companies who typically are experiencing similar challenges and situations. The Entrepreneur Training Series is offered through SLEC. Call 985-448-4485.
Bayou Region Center for Economic Growth and Technology, Small Business Incubator
Located on East 1st Street between Nicholls State University and Downtown Thibodaux, the incubator offers affordable space for new and emerging businesses for up to three years. In addition to space, the incubator offers the additional support of each of the services offered by SLEC. To learn more call 985-448-4485.