The Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension (MBECA) is an entrepreneurship development center that offers a variety of specialized training and technical assistance programs to individuals interested in starting a business, improving an existing business, or gaining management training to improve their marketability in the workplace. MBECA was founded in 2003 to provide economic development through managerial, technical, and entrepreneurship training and specialized assistance for micro businesses of Ascension, St. James, Iberville, and Assumption Parishes. The mission of MBECA is to inspire economic development through entrepreneurship and small business development.

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The mission of MBECA is to inspire economic development through entrepreneurship and small business development. The vision of MBECA is to improve the quality of life for all families by making their dream of owning a small business become a reality.


The Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension has combined over 50 years of experience in taking businesses from idea creation to business growth. The team is comprised of a number of volunteer leaders who execute the services offered to its clients. Board members also serve as volunteers and contribute countless hours of philanthropic service to the organization. MBECA is a non profit (501c3) organization and is funded in part by grants, donor support, and fundraising. If you are interested in getting more involved as a volunteer or for more information on serving on the Board of Directors, email us.
Lee Melancon

Acting Executive Director
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Lee has over 20 years of small business development experience.

Lisa Thibodaux

Compliance Director
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Lisa has over 10 years of program management, compliance, and program audit experience.

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