The SWLA Entrepreneurial & Economic Development Center

 On Ryan Street across from McNeese State University

Southwest Louisiana
Entrepreneurial &

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.

Resource Partners

MSU Small Business Development Center

Accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers
(A partnership with U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and McNeese State University)
  • Business plan preparation
  • Financial projections
  • Marketing research and plans
  • Loan packages
  • Reviewing financial options
  • Business training (a myriad of workshops and seminars)
  • Business information, tools, resources
  • Specialized services i.e. international trade, technology counseling
  • Business continuity planning
  • Confidential One on one counseling


SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives)

  • Evaluating business opportunities
  • Selecting a site
  • Business plan preparation
  • Developing marketing strategies
  • Formulating a financial plan
  • Hiring and training employees
  • Pricing goods and services
  • Identifying management gaps
  • Analyzing and controlling costs
  • Increasing sales
  • Defining goals and objectives
  • Improving customer relations
  • Increasing productivity
  • Improving supplier relations


LA PTAC (Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center)

LA PTAC personnel are certified by Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Funded by a cooperative agreement between the U. S. Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency and the state of Louisiana through UL Louisiana at Lafayette, the Louisiana PTAC Program provides state and federal government contracting assistance, at-no-cost, to Louisiana companies.

Procurement Technical Assistance services include, but are not limited to:

  • Acquisition Forecasting
  • Government Marketing
  • Bid Matching System
  • Negotiation Support
  • Bid & Proposal Review
  • Packaging & Transportation
  • Bid & Proposal Preparation
  • Pre-Award Surveys
  • Post Award Surveys
  • Contract Management
  • Pricing Principles
  • Electronic Commerce (EDI)
  • Federal Acquisition Regulations
  • State Purchasing Procedures
  • FAR/DFAR/Agency Supplements
  • Subcontracting
  • Government Codes and Requirements
  • Entrepreneurial Programming