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Need Help? The SBA is at the Business Recovery Center

Published Friday, October 16, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the SWLA Economic Development Alliance announced the reopening of an SBA Business Recovery Center in Lake Charles on Thursday, Oct. 15, to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by Hurricane Laura that occurred Aug. 22-27, 2020.  

“The center will provide a one-stop location for businesses to access a variety of specialized help. SBA customer service representatives will be available to meet individually with each business owner,” said SBA’s Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.


SEED Center Incubated Business Wins State-Wide Award

Published Friday, October 2, 2020

Earlier this week, Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2020 Louisiana Small Business Award winners. Wing 7 Advanced Trucking, Leasing & Logistics won the LED Small & Emerging Business of the Year. This makes the third time since its doors opened in 2013, one of the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) Center Incubator clients has been awarded this prestigious award. The other two were Cypress Engineering and Waitr. 


Balancing public health with economic recovery

Published Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Balancing health and economic prosperity is difficult in the age of COVID-19.

As the disease continues its physical onslaught around the world, the virus’s tentacles have impacted the economy, like no other crisis.

Managing the circumstances related to COVID-19 has divided some citizens and leaders into two camps: Those who want to follow advice from medical professionals and health policymakers who caution against resuming normal life too quickly and those who believe the economy has to be re-engaged now in order to stave off collapse.


Alliance Endorses Framework for State’s Economic Recovery

Published Friday, April 17, 2020

The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance and Chamber SWLA endorses Louisiana Association of Business and Industry's  (LABI) plan to restart the state's economy in a responsible and safety-oriented manner. LABI worked with executives from the health care, manufacturing, automotive, banking, small business, and engineering industries, among others, and with peer business organizations and associations from around the state to develop this plan.

The executive summary precedes the release of a fuller commentary that is still under review. This summary should be widely shared and reviewed. It includehealth and safety considerations, critical considerations for officials and employers prior to reopening, and three components to a gradual process for reopening the economy. 

Entergy Held Webinar

Published Monday, April 13, 2020
Many small businesses that are critical to the local economy are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help do our part in assisting Louisiana’s neighborhoods and communities weather this storm, Entergy Louisiana created a new website to connect small businesses with resources being provided by government agencies and state and regional allies:

CHAMBER SWLA HOW TO: Email Marketing

Published Thursday, April 9, 2020

Many local businesses are trying to figure out their short and long-term futures amid COVID-19.

Some are closed temporarily in hopes of weathering the proverbial storm while others are operating with a reduced workforce or hours of operation.

Others are fortunate enough to have services and products needed day-to-day and have adjusted to the current situation.

No matter what the circumstances, the goal of remaining viable now or in the future can be managed by using technology-driven marketing and public relations tools.


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