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Need Help? The SBA is at the Business Recovery Center

Friday, October 16, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the SWLA Economic Development Alliance announced the reopening of an SBA Business Recovery Center in Lake Charles on Thursday, Oct. 15, to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by Hurricane Laura that occurred Aug. 22-27, 2020.  

“The center will provide a one-stop location for businesses to access a variety of specialized help. SBA customer service representatives will be available to meet individually with each business owner,” said SBA’s Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.

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SEED Center Incubated Business Wins State-Wide Award

Friday, October 2, 2020

Earlier this week, Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2020 Louisiana Small Business Award winners. Wing 7 Advanced Trucking, Leasing & Logistics won the LED Small & Emerging Business of the Year. This makes the third time since its doors opened in 2013, one of the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) Center Incubator clients has been awarded this prestigious award. The other two were Cypress Engineering and Waitr. 

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Business Recovery Center gets assistance

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

When SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza visited the SEED Center Sept. 22, a plea was made for SBA counselors to help. It took a while and with prodding from Sen. Bill Cassidy, we now have the help we need.

 Last week, the U.S. Small Business Administration sent counselors to help with one-on-one assistance for businesses. Director Tanya Garfield of the SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West said the center will provide a one stop location for businesses to access a variety of specialized help.

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Our SW La. businesses need help right now

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Without help, a lot of our valuable businesses will close. Not only do these businesses provide goods and services for us, they employ a lot of our friends and neighbors. Local governments also benefit from badly need sales and property tax to offset the unexpected expenses incurred from Laura.

Our five-parish region of Southwest Louisiana has been severely impacted by the triple threat of COVID-19, Hurricane Laura with more hurricanes possible, and the election-year economy.

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