The University’s economic development efforts are spearheaded by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) through the University’s Office of Technology, Innovation and Economic Development. The NSU SBDC is one of ten centers anchored by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) in Monroe. The SBDC Centers across Louisiana, working with participating universities, Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration, strive to enhance the economic development of Louisiana. The LSBDC Northwest and Central Region hosted by Northwestern State University serves the 14-parish area of Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Vernon, Webster and Winn parishes.

The SBDC offers confidential business consulting to entrepreneurs and existing business owners in Northwest Louisiana. Services include entrepreneurial guidance, business start-up assistance, and an abundance of expertise in marketing, business planning, financial analysis, industry-specific information and loan structuring and packaging through one-on-one no-cost counseling and training seminars.