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REGIONAL BUSINESS INCUBATOR GAINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Published Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:00 pm

The SEED Center Business Incubator was named the Rural Incubator of the Month for May 2018 by InBIA. The SEED Center Business Incubator was listed as a Rural Incubator due to its five-parish service area.  

“This recognition is a significant achievement given the large number of member incubators around the world. This award was based upon the milestones and metrics achieved by our incubator compared to all other incubator programs,” said Adrian Wallace, Executive Director of the SEED Center Business Incubator. “Since we moved into the SEED Center in August 2013, we have housed 40 businesses with 7 graduating out of the SEED Center Business Incubator into office spaces around the region.” 

“As a testament to the spirit of what we are working to accomplish, one of our early incubator clients - Waitr – entered into an agreement with Tilman Fertitta’s Blank Check Company to buy the food delivery startup for $308 million,” continued Wallace. 

About InBIA

InBIA is a global non-profit organization that has welcomed and supported entrepreneurial organizations for over 30 years. Serving a diverse group of entrepreneurship centers, program managers, directors and policymakers, they help guide, mentor and develop sustainable entrepreneur support programs in every industry and demographic around the globe. Their goal is to enrich the entire ecosystem by providing industry resources, education, events and global programming to help its members better serve the needs of their unique communities and regions. Their mission is to help communities enable their entrepreneurs transform their dreams into innovative businesses that make global prosperity a reality.

 About the SEED Center Business Incubator

The Business Incubator is a support process that accelerates the successful development of start-up and fledgling companies by providing an array of targeted resources and services. It is located on the first floor of the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Center (SEED) which is a Joint Venture and Cooperative Endeavor Agreement among the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, City of Lake Charles, McNeese State University, and the SWLA Alliance to establish an economic development center to foster economic growth and development in Southwest Louisiana. For more information, visit seedcenterswla.com.

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