Calcasieu Parish Public Library partners with community and civic organizations that further the library's mission; enhances and extends resources; and shares our vision of optimum service to area residents.We seek to address service responses identified and selected by our community in the "Bridges for Calcasieu: Calcasieu Parish Public Library Strategic Plan 2008 to 2010".
The Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana is the umbrella organization for the Arts and Humanities in the five-parish Imperial Calcasieu region. We are "At the Art of what matters" dedicated to supporting, developing and enriching all forms of cultural expression for the region. We fulfill our mission in a variety of roles including qualitative grant administration, cultural programming, legislative advocacy, and providing an abundance of resources for individual artists, galleries and cultural businesses, and other non-profit organizations.
The McNeese Banners Cultural Series is proud to be a partner with the Calcasieu Public Library System. We have co-presented many programs for youngsters and their families on Saturday mornings and after school, and each one has been a pleasure.A primary mission of the Banners Series is outreach. We bring between 20 and 25 performances and lectures to the citizens of this parish each spring. It is perhaps less well known that each year we bring live performances into approximately 60 schools, the Career Center and the Juvenile Detention Center – all free-of-charge to the schools. Last year alone we reached 18,016 young people in this manner.
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University facilitates the formation and growth of small businesses through individual consulting services, entrepreneurial training programs, and business information resources to develop and diversify the Louisiana economy. In a nutshell, we help small businesses get started and grow. We work with entrepreneurs in the five-parish southwest Louisiana area. We can help individuals wherever they live, not just in Lake Charles.
The LSBDC at McNeese works with owners of existing small businesses, as well as helping with start-ups. Our services are confidential. Tax dollars pay for us to operate, so we don’t charge for our consulting services. We talk one-on-one with individual clients, discussing whatever is important to their particular business. Based on what a client needs, we help develop business plans, loan packages, financial projections or marketing plans. Sometimes we brainstorm to develop new ways of solving problems.
Statistics show that owners who have met with us for five hours or more experience an 11% greater employment level and have 25% greater sales growth. Working with the LSBDC translates to more sales and more employees.
We believe that are the best-kept secret in southwest Louisiana. We would love to work with more entrepreneurs, especially owners of existing small businesses. In these tough times, it’s smart to take advantage of every available resource. Call 337-475-5529 to talk to us and schedule an appointment, or send us an email at email@example.com.