Louisiana Economic Development (LED), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network (LSBDC) and regional economic development partners today announced the opening of five Business Counseling Centers, created to assist businesses adversely affected by Hurricane Gustav.

The centers, located in Baton Rouge, Metairie, Thibodaux, Carencro and Alexandria will provide free, one-on-one consultations with SBA customer service representatives and LSBDC counselors. Services include assessing business economic injury, assistance with SBA Disaster Loan program, evaluating the business's strength, cash flow projections and most importantly, a review of all options to ensure each business makes the right financial decisions.

Louisiana Business Counseling Center locations are:

Louisiana Technology Park, LLC

7117 Florida Boulevard

Baton Rouge, La. 70806


LSBDC Greater New Orleans Region

UNO Jefferson Center

3330 N. Causeway, Suite 422

Metairie, La. 70002


South Louisiana Economic Business Assistance Center

629 East First St.

Thibodaux, La. 70301

985.446.6023 (active 9.12.08)

Enterprise Center of Louisiana

3419 N.W. Evangeline Thruway

Carencro, La. 70520-9000


LSBDC at Alexandria

Dunbar Plaza Suite 114

3600 Jackson Street Extension

Alexandria, La. 71303


Centers are scheduled to be open Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information on the state's Business Counseling Center locations or to sign up for e-mail updates on business assistance, please visit

Louisiana Business Counseling Centers are not associated with FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers. To contact FEMA for assistance, please call 1.800.621.FEMA or visit

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