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.

WKI Pre-Incubation

The WKI Pre-Incubation Program is a turnkey system to assess the incubation readiness of pre-venture entrepreneurs and their ideas. This program by Wendy Kennedy uses real world examples, how-tos, tools and worksheets to guide the entrepreneur through several key questions:

  • What is the business problem you are solving and how burning is that problem? If the idea has a real opportunity, in what market space does it fit?
  • Is there a cluster of potential customers that are willing to pay money to solve this problem? If so, how do you plan to reach them?
  • What makes your idea different? What is your competitive edge and how do you plan to sustain it?

The WiKi Program engages the entrepreneur in testing, and evaluating the robustness of their business idea and turning ‘your good idea into a great opportunity'.

For more information about The SEED Center, contact Adrian Wallace, SEED Center Director, at 337-433-0977 or via email.