(Lake Charles, LA) The C100 Executive Committee held its May meeting at the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Center (SEED) to illustrate their support for the business development recovery efforts of the economic development organization and identify ways to assist in the region’s recovery. C100’s Chair Tim Temple (DeRidder) and immediate past Chair Gray Stream (Lake Charles) are natives of the region.
Following the catastrophic events of 2019, C100 member companies, many of which are located in or doing business in Southwest Louisiana, donated over $2 million in funds and resources in support of the recovery effort. C100 wants to reinforce the message that the region is not forgotten and provided a financial contribution to the SWLA Economic Development Alliance.
“This contribution is a symbol of our continued support for this vital part of our state and we encourage all of our members and friends to join us in donating,” said Tim Temple, C100 Chair.
C100 hopes to draw attention to the business recovery work of The SWLA Alliance Foundation, which is the only 501(c)3 non-profit agency in the Southwest Louisiana region devoted solely to the economic development of the five parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis. https://www.allianceswla.org/main/swla-alliance-foundation/
After the 2020 hurricanes, the Alliance Foundation awarded over 130 Pathway to Recovery Grants of $3,000 to small businesses to date. Additionally, the Business Recovery Center at The SEED Center assisted more than 950 small businesses with in-person SBA Counselors.
Alliance CEO George Swift stated, “With increased funding, we are expanding our outreach to small businesses to assist them in having an online presence, promoting workforce training programs at SOWELA Technical Community College for the 7,500 unemployed, and continuing our small business grants. We appreciate our working relationship with C100, as well as their efforts to continue to bring attention and resources to our region.”