SBDC will offer Jumpstart Assistance for Businesses


The Louisiana Small Business Development Center is offering assistance to Louisiana businesses interesting in applying for the 2017 Startup Prize Competition.

“I am seeking Louisiana companies and/or start ups who wish to apply for the Louisiana Startup Prize for 2017,” said Dana Cawthon, regional director of the Small Business Development Center, northwest and central Louisiana region. “I am offering a Jumpstart assistance in working with alumni, business owners or students wishing to take their business projects to the next level.”

LSBDC will provide assistance to accepted candidates by developing business concepts for six plans in marketing/sales, accounting/finances, technology, human resources, operations and legal matters. The service is provided as a courtesy to help candidates get a Jumpstart for the 2017 Louisiana Startup prize competition.

Applicants must be a Louisiana company, have creative or innovative concepts and be cost-effective. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, Nov. 18.

For more information on Jumpstart assistance, call the SBDC at (318) 357-5611 or email For information on the Louisiana StartUp Prize, visit

The LSBDC is Louisiana’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 Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network, hosted by Northwestern State University, is an accredited member of
the National Association of Small Business Development Centers and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and participating universities.