Louisiana Small Business Development Center

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network provides business advising, access to training, tools and resources to help small businesses start, grow, expand and succeed.


The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) delivers high quality, individualized business advising and technical assistance to existing small businesses and pre-venture entrepreneurs.  We provide problem-solving assistance to help small businesses access capital, develop and exchange new technologies, and improve business planning, strategy, operations, financial management, personnel administration, marketing, export assistance, sales and other areas required for small business growth and expansion, management improvement, increased productivity and innovation. 

Our mission is to facilitate the formation and growth of small businesses through individual one-on-one consulting services, entrepreneurial workshops, and training programs. With a network of 10 regional locations across all 64 parishes, professional LSBDC consultants turn simple ideas into profitable business ventures. Since 1983, LSBDC has broadened economic opportunities in Louisiana and fostered successful entrepreneurs.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Diversification

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Statement and Cash Flow

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Starting a Business

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Business Planning

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources

Marketing and Sales

  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • One-on-One Counseling

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Certification

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Heidi Melancon
8000 Innovation Park Drive, Bldg. 3000
Baton Rouge, LA 70820