Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension

The Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension (MBECA) is an entrepreneurship development center which offers a variety of specialized training and technical assistance programs with an emphasis on microbusinesses.


The Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension (MBECA) is an entrepreneurship development center which offers a variety of specialized training and technical assistance programs to individuals interested in starting a business, improving an existing business, or gaining management training to improve their marketability in the workplace.


MBECA was founded in 2003 to provide economic development through managerial, technical, and entrepreneurship training and specialized assistance for micro businesses of Ascension, St. James, Iberville, and Assumption Parishes. The mission of MBECA is to inspire economic development through entrepreneurship and small business development.


  • Small & Emerging Business Development Program (SEBD)
  • One on One Technical Assistance
  • Specialized and Focused Training Modules address the Needs of a Selected Cohort of SEBD Clients
  • Interactive and Participant Integrated Web Conference Modules Offered to Multiple Markets Through the Louisiana Main Street Program
  • SEBD Peer-to-Peer Roundtables
  • Entrepreneurial Operations Leadership Program
  • Chartering, Managing & Setting a Standard of Excellence for Not-for-Profit / Nonprofit Corporations
  • LEAP Center / Incubation Program
  • Entrepreneur Mentor / Advisory Program
  • Youth Entrepreneurship

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development (Specialty)
  • Economic Forecast (Specialty)
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization (Specialty)
  • Site Location Assistance (Specialty)
  • Watershed Planning
  • Tax Credits

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business (Specialty)
  • Tax Services

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Demographic and Census Data (Specialty)
  • Diversification (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping (Specialty)
  • Angel Investment Providers
  • Bonding
  • Crowdfunding Preparation
  • Debt Funding Preparation (Specialty)
  • Disaster Loans and Grants (Specialty)
  • Equity Funding Preparation
  • Financial Modeling (Specialty)
  • Financial Statement and Cash Flow (Specialty)
  • Government Funding (Specialty)
  • Grant Funding Providers (Specialty)
  • Insurance Requirements (Specialty)
  • Loan Providers (Specialty)
  • Matching Fund Providers
  • Microloan Providers (Specialty)
  • Real Estate Finance (Specialty)
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring)
  • Tax Credit Providers (Specialty)
  • Technology Grant Providers (Specialty)
  • Trade Show Financial Assistance (Specialty)
  • Venture Capital Providers

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Apprenticeship
  • Childcare Resources
  • Disability Services for Employees
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Employee Development
  • Healthcare
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Industry
  • Insurance
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Policies and Templates
  • Re-Entry Support
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Placement
  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Student Training
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Environmental Compliance
  • Patent Seminars
  • Contract Review
  • Employee Relations
  • Forming a Business
  • Labor Relations
  • Lease Review
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Company Data/Prospect Lists

Management Issues

  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Health and Safety Training

Marketing and Sales

  • Call Center Services
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Advertising
  • Award Recognition
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Digital Marketing Consulting
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Website Development


  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)
  • Peer Mentoring (Specialty)

Networking and Associations

  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General (Specialty)
  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Accounting (Specialty)
  • Board Development (Specialty)
  • Funds Development (Specialty)
  • Grant Writing (Specialty)
  • Human Resources (Specialty)
  • Organizational Audits (Specialty)
  • Strategic Planning (Specialty)
  • Technical Services (Specialty)


  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities (Specialty)
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space (Specialty)
  • Coworking (Specialty)
  • Lease Review Assistance (Specialty)
  • Makerspace / Hackerspace (Specialty)
  • Office Space (Specialty)
  • Retail Space (Specialty)
  • Site Location Assistance (Specialty)

Operations and Logistics

  • Freight and Distribution
  • Health and Safety Training

Product Development

  • Product Assembly and Packaging
  • Product Design and Development
  • R&D Support

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business (Specialty)
  • City Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Parish Business Issues (Specialty)
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Small Business Policy (Specialty)
  • State Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues (Specialty)

Regulatory Compliance

  • Bonding
  • Certification
  • Codes
  • Government Requirements
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Government and Military Specifications
  • HUBZone Certification (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Certification (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Government Contracts (Specialty)
  • Price History
  • Registration Assistance
  • Subcontracting Opportunities (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Home-Based Business Training (Specialty)
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits (Specialty)
  • Site Location (Specialty)
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)

Tax Services

  • State and Federal Tax Training (Specialty)
  • State Tax Credit Information (Specialty)
  • Tax Credits (Specialty)
  • Tax Preparation Assistance
  • Tax Registration (Specialty)

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training (Specialty)
  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes
  • Commercialization
  • Design Services (Specialty)
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services (Specialty)
  • Website Development (Specialty)


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training (Specialty)
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training (Specialty)
  • Business Management Training (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion (Specialty)
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing (Specialty)
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Health Care Training
  • Home-Based Business Training (Specialty)
  • Human Resources Training (Specialty)
  • Marketing Plan Training (Specialty)
  • Online Courses and Videos (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)
  • Trade Education and Training (Specialty)

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator (Specialty)
  • Incubator (Specialty)

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends (Specialty)
  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals (Specialty)
  • Pitch Events (Specialty)
Contact Information
Lee Melancon
PO Box 220
Prairieville, LA 70769