LSU Reactivates the Small Business Development Center
LSBDC will reopen Oct. 1 as part of LSU SEI
BATON ROUGE – LSU will once again be the host of a Louisiana Small Business Development Center location, beginning Oct. 1. The Louisiana Small Business Development Center’s newest location will be housed within the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, or SEI, of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business.
According to LSU SEI Interim Director Charles D’Agostino, the previous incarnation of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at LSU operated through the Louisiana Business & Technology Center, or LBTC. As Louisiana Small Business Development Center’s goal is to facilitate the formation and growth of small businesses through individual consulting services, entrepreneurial training programs and business information resources to develop and diversify the Louisiana economy, reopening the center as part of LSU SEI makes sense logistically.
“By moving the LSBDC at LSU into an academic unit within the college, we are able to better utilize the faculty, students and facilities to offer business counseling and entrepreneurial training,” D’Agostino said.
LSU E. J. Ourso College Dean Richard D. White Jr. agreed with D’Agostino’s sentiment and added that he is pleased to see LSU’s partnership with Louisiana Small Business Development Center continue.
“The business counseling that will be offered will allow the college to focus our outreach and economic development mission by assisting entrepreneurs with starting businesses and creating jobs for Louisiana.”
Louisiana Small Business Development Center at LSU will have a full-time business counselor and employ the talents of the staff of both LSU SEI and LBTC for additional services. LSU Flores MBA students, SEI Entrepreneurship Fellows and undergraduate students focusing on entrepreneurship as a career option will provide assistance also.
Louisiana Small Business Development Center Director Rande Kessler, who was recently appointed to the position after serving as center director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at LSU Shreveport, noted that “most of the LSBDC’s locations are housed within university settings.”
“The economic synergies and network provided in this type of environment are incredibly valuable for small business and budding entrepreneurs,” Kessler said.
Louisiana Small Business Development Center is the state’s largest and most accessible source of assistance for entrepreneurs and the only statewide nationally accredited program that provides business consulting to entrepreneurs at no cost.
The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, utilizes the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, LSU Executive Education, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, and the Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation. For more information, visit http://sei.lsu.edu or call 225-578-0313.