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Free Business Consulting
We want to help you sustain and enhance your small business. Our team is focused on providing business owners the tools needed to optimize return on investment. The LSBDC network has access to robust databases, business research resources, and knowledgeable experts who can help you successfully navigate the obstacles that come with innovating, launching, growing, and transitioning a business.
Our no-cost, confidential consulting assistance is customized to your needs. LSBDC business consultants will help you evaluate your business idea, prepare marketing strategies, determine financing needs, develop a loan proposal, conduct industry and market research, and create an actionable business plan. Our consultants have extensive experience and training in diverse industries and expertise in the areas of marketing, finance and management. Many have been business owners themselves and most have advanced business degrees.
All are experts who can help you develop and implement strategies to get – and keep – your business up and running.
Need Consulting? Register for a Consulting Appointment ONLINE.
Free Customized Training
Whether your organization is incurring large training expenses or experiencing long training cycles, we can develop a custom training solution that addresses the challenges in your business. From training your administrative staff on etiquette to teaching your sales staff how to close the deal, our customized training services help you achieve your performance goals.
Our training coordinators will work with you to develop customized training curriculum and find instructors for your training initiatives. We can provide customized training either at our site or at your facility. Either way, our professional staff will provide the administrative support you need for a quality experience.
Free Business Library
Whether you are starting, operating, or growing your business in the Bayou Region, business research can help you find the information you need to be successful. Our business information services include access to our business library — offering extensive online business tools and resources — and general reference assistance in conducting industry and market research. Reference services include help and direction in collecting industry or market statistics needed for a business or marketing plan, researching specific market or industry trends, and identifying competitors, suppliers or potential customers.
Customized research services are provided exclusively to our Nicholls State University Small Business Development Center clients. We access on-line business reference sources to research, collate and present clients with information including in-depth industry and market research, detailed reports on competition, and access to specialized databases for targeted market research.
We have paid access to research from data suppliers such as Profit Cents, IRMI (Institute of Risk Management Industry), and more. Ask a consultant for some specific data via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our professional business consultants will send an email response.
Link to additional business information resources at these websites:
http://www.louisianasiteselection.com/bayouregion/SelectProfile.aspx – Bayou Community Profiles
http://www.entrepreneur.com/ – Articles and startup information on several businesses
http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business – SBA StartUp Info
http://www.geauxbiz.com – GeauxBiz Licensing Information Center
Business and Market Research
http://www.census.gov/ – U.S. Bureau of the Census – extensive statistical data
http://www.adage.com/americandemographics – Demographic articles
http://www.maritzreserach.com/ –American consumer surveys
http://www.emarketer.com/ –Stats on e-commerce
http://www.internetnews.com/ –Internet stats
http://www.zapdata.com/ – Prospect lists, company research, industry reports
http://www.alibaba.com –Global e-commerce for small businesses
The LSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and Nicholls State University. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.