MBECA Launches Incubators & Registration for Business Growth and Startup Classes

Join us for the LEAP Center Grand Opening & Open House on October 24 at Lamar Dixon Expo Center (Ascension Gym). Grand Opening from 10am-noon and Open House from 5-7pm. For more information, call 225.752.1455 or email

MBECA is also announcing the opening of its Innovation Center and Main Office in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.

Both locations are now enrolling for Business Plan / Business Startup Workshops in addition to other workshops to assist small and emerging businesses. It is also taking applications for its co-worker / incubator spaces in both locations.

Orientations for the Programs are scheduled as follows:

MBECA Innovation Center / Main Office (Donaldsonville Across from the Library – Lessard Street Entrance)

Thursday, November 2 at 6pm

LEAP Center at Lamar Dixon Expo Center (Ascension Gym East Entrance)

Tuesday, November 7 at 6pm

Call 225.752.1455 to Register Today!

Business incubator to open this month in Lamar-Dixon Expo Center near Gonzales


OCT 1, 2017 – 2:34 PM

GONZALES — A new business incubator with space for seven entrepreneurs will open in October at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

Those hoping to make make their business dreams come true will get one-on-one and group entrepreneurship training — on how to run a business successfully — along with access to office resources like wireless internet capabilities and a printer.

“They’ll run their business at the point where they are,” said Lee Melancon, acting executive director of the nonprofit organization Microbusiness Enterprise Corp. of Ascension, known as MBECA.

The nonprofit has partnered with the Ascension Parish government to bring the incubator — a reception area, seven cubicles and a large conference table, along with standard office equipment — to a large room on the first floor of the Ascension Gym building on the grounds of the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center on South St. Landry Avenue near Gonzales.

A ribbon-cutting for the business incubator is scheduled Oct. 24.

“It’s supposed to help new entrepreneurs get started in business, and Ascension Parish is 100 percent behind that,” Parish President Kenny Matassa said. “We’ll help in every way we can.”

Melancon, who’s also director of the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District, said, “We believe by giving startups a sense of ‘reality’ in their actual day-to-day business operations that they may take advantage of the entrepreneurial ‘eco-system.'”

That system, he said, includes fellow entrepreneurs and trained professionals.

There will be an application process for those interested in the incubator, which isn’t geared to any particular field or industry, Melancon said. They will pay a monthly rental fee from $200 to $300 per month, he said.

The nonprofit behind the incubator, MBECA, was founded in 2003 to provide managerial, technical and entrepreneurship training for new startups and small businesses in Ascension, St. James, Iberville and Assumption parishes

MBECA works with the Louisiana Economic Development Department on a number of programs and services, Melancon said.

The new incubator will be called the LEAP Center (for Louisiana Entrepreneur Accelerator Program).

The nonprofit Ascension Economic Development Corp., which works to bring economic development to the parish, will help to promote the new incubator, Melancon said.

Entrepreneurs interested in being in the incubator should call (225) 752-1455 or email for more information.

The first year of a business is “quite critical,” Melancon said. “We know that if we can guide them through it more closely, we will have more success in the parish.”


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Ascension Small Business Power Week August 12-19

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The Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension is hosting the Third Annual Ascension Small Business Power Week (Power Week 2017 Full Flyer). This year the event will take place the week of August 12-19 and will feature a number of resources and events to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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The event will kick off on August 12, 2017 with the MBECA’s Annual Superwoman’s Conference (Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gym behind the silos) from 9am-2pm. The event will feature motivational speakers, exhibits, demonstrations, local businesses, the Tanger Outlets Fashion show featuring Dress Barn, Chico’s Outlet, and Ann Taylor, lunch, door prizes and much more. See the event flyer here Super Woman Conference Flyer. Vendor applications are now being accepted (2017 Superwomans Conference Vendor Form).

The week-long activity will continue with workshops featuring “The Power of Peer Learning” and access to resource exhibits where organizations from the around the region will demonstrate the services they offer to assist small business and entrepreneurs. Events will take place from 6pm-9pm and will be hosted on Monday, August 14 at the Sorrento Civic Center, Tuesday, August 15 at the Fire Training Facility, Thursday, August 17 at the Lemann Center in Donaldsonville, and on Saturday, August 19 at the Crystal Chateaux in Prairieville (9am-12noon).

The event will also feature the Ascension Hospitality Management Association’s Power Lunch featuring guest speakers from Louisiana Economic Development, Ascension Economic Development Corporation, and Eatel Business. The event is $25 for members and $30 for non members and will be hosted at Kamal’s Kafe in Gonzales. For more information visit

Also taking place on Wednesday from 2pm-5pm at Lamar Dixon Expo Center’s Trademart Building is the Ascension Business Expo Presented by St. Elizabeth. The event will feature business exhibitors from around the region as well as numerous demonstrations and service opportunities. For more information, to get register as a vendor, or get tickets, visit the Ascension Chamber of Commerce Business Expo presented by St. Elizabeth site.

For more information on the events, call 225.752.1455 or to register, go to the Ascension Small Business Power Week presented by Eatel Business Facebook site @smallbizpowerweek.

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SEBD Peer Tables Accepting Applications


The Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension (MBECA) is happy to announce it will be launching a new program; the Small & Emerging Business Development Program SEBD Roundtables. The program is currently accepting applications (click here) for a limited number of participants and will begin in August and will run one time per month for ten workshops. Since only one business type is allowed in each roundtable, it is essential to apply early. Classes will be held at the MBECA LEAP Center located at Lamar Dixon Expo Center (in the gym behind the silos). All program participants must be certified through the Louisiana Economic Development Small and Emerging Business Development Program (SEBD) – get certified by clicking here.

Roundtables provide business owners with the opportunity to improve leadership skills, sharpen decision-making abilities and build lasting relationships through peer-to-peer learning. SEBD Roundtables bring together 15-18 small and emerging business owners from SEBD certified businesses for 10 monthly roundtable meetings over the course of a year to share challenges and learn from the experiences of their peers. See the flyer here…SEBD Roundtables.


• Trained facilitators who keep discussions on track and relevant for all participants

• Expert guest speakers who provide information on key business topics

• Structured protocol that sheds new light on both problems and opportunities

• Shared experiences rather than advice

• Safe environment in which to process sensitive business challenges with peers

• Ability to get just-in-time answers to pressing issues

Participants in this roundtable system report that the experience helps them reach better decisions and action plans, affirm what they’re doing right and identify what they need to improve. They also develop trusted relationships to share both business and personal issues.

To ensure the best fit for selected participants, a number of factors are considered, including experience level, business size, non-competitiveness and existing business relationships, but all participants must be certified in the SEBD Program. Seating is limited and tables are anticipated to start in early summer.


LED’s Small and Emerging Business Development (SEBD) Program provides the managerial and technical assistance training needed to grow and sustain a small business.

• Provides for developmental assistance, including entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, business planning, and legal and industry-specific assistance.

• Consideration for bidding on select products or services purchased by state agencies.

• SEBD Intermediaries provide a free needs assessment and assistance with accessing other program benefits.

Louisiana Economic Development is licensed by the Edward Lowe Foundation to use the PeerSpectives™ Roundtable System for SEBD Roundtables.

To learn more about the SEBD Program, visit To apply, complete the attached pre-screening application and email For further questions involving the program, call 225.445.1383.

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Happy National Small Business Week!

Small Business Week 2017

Happy National Small Business Week! We’re celebrating America’s 28 million small businesses. Learn how you can participate through the SBA: #SmallBusinessWeek

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Ascension Parish to host Second Annual Small Business Power Week Presented by Eatel Business

August 14, 2016

Ascension Parish to host Second Annual Small Business Power Week Presented by Eatel Business

All Ascension Small Business Power Week Events have been cancelled for this week. Activities will be rescheduled once details have been confirmed. We wish all of our families in Ascension Parish and the surrounding parishes the best during this difficult time.

Lisa Thibodaux
Associate Executive Director
Microbusiness Network of Louisiana

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