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October 8, 2010

Local LSBDC official appointed to state export council

A local certified public accountant who has been with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center since 2002 was recently appointed to the Louisiana District Export Council. The Louisiana Small Business Development Center is housed on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

LSBDC Associate State Director Violet Liner will use her expertise to promote international trade and the awareness of exporting to small and medium sized Louisiana businesses, as well as address legislative issues that are important to trade and exporting in Louisiana.

"It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Council," said Liner. "I look forward to working with our small businesses to strengthen Louisiana's position in the global economy."

Liner received the appointment to the Council by state Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. She will serve a four-year term.

The Louisiana DEC assists companies attempting to export their products through a combination of advisory services, trade promotion/education and networking opportunities statewide. The Council consists of some of Louisiana's most experienced export executives. Appointments are made based on an individual's contributions to the local business community and knowledge of international operations, according to a LSBDC statement.

The LSBDC partners with Louisiana Economic Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, and participating universities to provide business consulting at no cost to entrepreneurs. The LSBDC also offers low-cost training workshops and seminars. These services aim at helping entrepreneurs start, grow, and expand their businesses.

For additional information about the LSBDC, contact Na'Tisha Natt at 318-342-5506 or

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