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SizeUp for Small Businesses

Published Monday, May 3, 2021

National Small Business Week is celebrated in the United States the first week of May each year. The SWLA Economic Development Alliance is joining in support of small businesses by promoting a new, online program to help small businesses called SizeUp!  

The service is available for free to all local businesses SizeUp delivers powerful market research and business intelligence so Southwest Louisiana businesses can make data driven decisions using analysis that has historically only been available to big corporations.  


CLECO Supports Regional Development

Published Wednesday, April 7, 2021

CLECO has donated $5,000 to the SWLA Alliance Foundation to address the critical issues facing our region: business recruitment, and business retention and expansion.


Southwest Louisiana Credit Union Supports Economic Development

Published Friday, March 5, 2021


Southwest Louisiana Credit Union is donating $25,000 to the SWLA Alliance Foundation over the next five years to address the critical issues facing our region: business recruitment, and business retention and expansion. 



Quality of Life's 2nd Bike Rack: Salvation Army

Published Monday, March 1, 2021

The second rack was delivered to the Salvation Army located at 3020 Legion Street in Lake Charles. “We are so excited to be a part of this community in Lake Charles. We want to thank our community of SWLA for helping us raise funding over the Christmas season that we are using to increase our Social Service programs in order to give back. The bike rack we received will help community members who come to our location for help find a place to safely park their bikes. Construction will begin in April for our Center of Hope Shelter. Once construction is completed, the bike rack will allow residents of the shelter who use their bike for transportation to and from work a place to confidently store their bikes,” - Lt. LeAnna Marion of The Salvation Army


Third Pathway Available for Business Recovery

Published Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Cheniere Energy Foundation has donated $100,000 to fund the third round of the SWLA Alliance’s “Pathway to Small Business Recovery” Grant Program. To date, over 100 small businesses have received $3,000 to help them recover after last year’s Hurricanes and the COVID-19 shutdown within our region. (Pictured: Michelle McInnis, SWLA Economic Development Alliance Foundation; Amy Miller, Local & Governmental Affairs for Cheniere Energy; Laura Ferrell, Governmental and Public Affairs Louisiana for Cheniere Energy; and George Swift, President/CEO of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance.


2020 Annual Report Released

Published Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Quality of Life's 1st Bike Rack: Care Help

Published Monday, February 1, 2021

The Quality of Life Task Force of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance is distributing bike racks in high cyclist areas in our region. The first round of bike racks was greatly delayed by Covid-19 and then the dual storms of 2020. The first three racks of ten are now out in the community with the remaining seven to be put out by the end of the year.


Pathway Opens Up for More Businesses

Published Thursday, December 10, 2020

The SWLA Alliance’s “Pathway to Small Business Recovery” Grant Program (initially made possible by a $150,000 seed grant from the Sempra Energy Foundation) has been picked up for a second round of funding provided by the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. During the first funding cycle, fifty local small businesses were awarded $3,000 each.


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