The SWLA Entrepreneurial & Economic Development Center

 On Ryan Street across from McNeese State University

Southwest Louisiana
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The foundation for growth and development has been laid in Southwest Louisiana with the groundbreaking for the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) Center.
Located across Ryan Street from McNeese State University, the SEED Center is a one-stop economic development shop housing regional organizations such as the SWLA Alliance which is comprised of the Chamber SWLA, the Alliance Foundation, and the public SWLA Partnership for Economic Development as well as the IMCAL Regional Planning Commission and the McNeese State University Small Business Development Center.

The SWLA Economic Development Alliance, in conjunction with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the City of Lake Charles, and McNeese State University, has been working on this project since before Hurricane Rita.

If you are a small business currently working from home or someone looking to start their own business, you can be a tenant at the SEED Center.

Visit the SEED Center Incubator website for more information.

Becoming A Client

If you are a small business currently working from home or someone looking to start their own business, you can be a tenant at the SEED Center once construction is complete.

The SEED Center will prepare our customers to become successful sustainable businesses by providing quality facilities, training, and counseling.
The Business Incubator Center supports young companies during their first years of business, which is the most vulnerable period of development. It is a place where you can learn how to do business while you conduct business.

The SWLA SEED Center Business Incubator's mission is to serve the five parish region as the economic catalyst to facilitate the development and sustainability of early stage ventures, and existing businesses.

Location: Your office will be located in the SEED Center at 4310 Ryan St., Lake Charles, Louisiana

As an Incubator client, you will receive:

  • An office with basic furniture
  • Use of conference room by appointment
  • Counseling from McNeese Small Business Development Center
  • Internet connectivity
  • Office cleaning service
  • A sign with your logo in the Incubator Lobby
  • Copying and faxing services on a fee basis
  • One on-site uncovered parking space
  • Access to building is 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Controlled assess after hours.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Your company must be a small business from the five parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron or Jefferson Davis
  2. Complete a formal admission application and attach a $25 non-refundable application fee

Business Incubator of SWLA is a coalition of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, The City of Lake Charles, The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance Foundation, McNeese Small Business Development Center, and The SWLA Partnership for Economic Development, and is managed by the SWLA Economic Development Alliance. Contact Adrian L. Wallace for more information.

It must be understood that this is an overview and not necessarily inclusive of all the detailed services offered by each service provider.
Further, programming by its very nature will evolve with time and new programming and services will be added in response to the needs of the clients and available resources.

These services target businesses at various stages i.e.

  • Pre-concept,
  • Start-up, Microenterprise (less than 5 employees and less than $35,000 for startup),
  • Stage 1 (less than 10 employees)
  • and Stage 2 (more than 10 employees).

The vast majority of programs and services listed are free to clients.