LSU business incubator gets federal grant

The Louisiana Business & Technology Center at LSU’s south campus was awarded a grant of $90,000 Thursday by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Roy J. Keller, the center’s associate director, said the federal grant will be paired with a $50,000 match from the Louisiana Department of Economic Development.

SBA’s grant was awarded through its Federal and State Technology partnership program, also known as FAST.

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet said such grants mean “small businesses get the support they need to turn innovative new ideas into job-creating new businesses.

“These programs strengthen America’s competitiveness and global economic leadership.”

At LSU, Keller said, the money helps provide technical assistance to science- and technology-driven small businesses at the campus incubator.

Over at least the past five years, Keller said, the campus technology center has received at least $1 million as a result of the SBA program.

During that period, Keller added, several incubator companies emerged as success stories.

LocalMed is one of the latest successess.

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Dental patients now can schedule their appointments online.