ARK-LA-TEX Regional Export & Technology Center

Business Development Programs

The ARK-LA-TEX Regional Export & Technology Center (ARETC) was established by CDC as a means of creating jobs by fostering the success of our area’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. ARETC provides a wide variety of services to the tenants in the Business Incubator and to its “Incubator without Walls” clients (see below). These services include: management and financial planning, marketing assistance, technology/technical assistance, seminars/training programs, one-on-one counseling, and networking contacts.

In addition, ARETC provides information concerning international trade, tax incentives, legal requirements for start up a business, etc., and serves as the Northwest Louisiana outreach center for the Federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program (see below).

Metro/Regional Business Incubator

The Metro/Regional Business Incubator is a business development project of The Coordinating & Development Corporation (CDC), an economic development organization serving ten parishes in Northwest Louisiana, eight counties in Northeast Texas, and four counties in Southwest Arkansas. The Incubator is managed under contract by the Ark-La-Tex Export & Technology Center (ARETC), a CDC affiliate organization.

CDC’s Metro/Regional Business Incubator is a 36,000 sq. ft. facility that provides subsidizes rental space for tenants primarily engaged in manufacturing and warehousing/distribution. In addition to the leased space, tenants have access to conference rooms, a training center, shared office equipment including a copy machine and fax, an employee breakroom, and full access to the Business Incubator staff for any counseling and technical assistance they may need.

To qualify as a tenant, the Business Incubator has an application process that looks at the company's potential for job creation, sales and marketing prospects, and whether the business is or can be properly financed. Once a business is approved as a tenant, they are entitled to a broad array of services including management and financial planning, marketing assistance, technology and technical assistance, business planning assistance, accounting advice, assistance on financial matters, networking contacts, and employee hiring assistance through CDC’s Division of Workforce Development. The Metro/Regional Business Incubator is located at 7100 West Park Road in West Shreveport.

Mission

The mission of the Metro/Regional Business Incubator is to provide a “safe haven” environment and a full range of business assistance to entrepreneurs and new and expanding businesses in order to create new jobs and diversifying the economy.

Business Incubator Information

The Metro/Regional Business Incubator facility features 36,000 square feet of space that can be divided to meet individual company needs -- with the flexibility to be enlarged as a business grows. In addition, the Business Incubator provides tenants with a wide range of benefits, including the following:

Business Incubator Information

The Metro/Regional Business Incubator facility features 36,000 square feet of space that can be divided to meet individual company needs -- with the flexibility to be enlarged as a business grows. In addition, the Business Incubator provides tenants with a wide range of benefits, including the following:

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Incubator Tenants

 

AllaMaxx Electric Supply, LLC

Al Lynn, Manager

Phone:   (318) 245-1711

Fax:  (318) 671-9032

E-mail: allamaxx@sys888.com

Established: 2003

Area Served: Regional

Products/Service: Wholesaler of electrical and lighting supplies for the construction industry.

 

Bill’s Toys and Games

Bill Hillinghouse, President

Phone:   (903) 258-9563

Fax:  (318) 671-9032

Established: 2003

Website: www.billstoysandgames.com

Area Served: National, International

Products/Service: Internet e-retailer of collectible toys and games.

 

DYI, Inc.

Don Young, President

Phone:  (318) 347-4462

Fax:  (318) 671-9032

E-mail: don_young@msn.com

Established:  2003

Area Served: Regional

Products/Service: Distributor of building construction products and sealants, and manufacturer of foam decorative cornices and designs for the construction industry. 

 

Knema, LLC

Glen Bundrick, Owner

Phone: (318) 393-6151

Fax: (318) 797-9565

E-mail: sales@luminousfilm.com

Website: www.luminousfilm.com

Established: 2002

Area Served: International

Products/Service: Manufacturer of LuminousFilm,™ which generates light without heat.  The film is used in signs, displays for trade shows, architectural accent lighting, and the automotive industry.

 

Majestic Marketing, LLC

Rose Modica, Managing Member

Phone:  (318) 458-8395

Fax:  (318) 671-9032 

E-mail: rosemodicaone@aol.com

Website: www.crittercover.com

Established: 2003

Area Served:  National

Products/Service: Manufactures outdoor faucet protection/ decorative devices.

 

Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEPoL)

Phone:  (318) 671-7675

Fax:  (318) 671-7628

e-mail:  mepol@bellsouth.net

Website:  www.mepol.org

Established:  1997

Area Served: North Louisiana

Products/Service: MEPoL provides a comprehensive source of business, management and technical assistance to Louisiana small to medium size manufacturers throughout Louisiana. They also help member companies implement new techniques and technologies.

 

Nu-Gro Distribution

Gregory Andrews, President

Phone:   (318) 636-9522

Fax:  (318) 671-9032

E-mail: info@nugrohairproducts.com

Website: www.nugrohairproducts.com/splash.asp

Established: 2003

Area Served: Regional

Products/Service: Manufactures and distributes hair products

 

Outdoor Feeders, LLC

John Pope, Owner

(318) 868-8188

(318) 868-7735

E-mail: sales@outdoorfeeders.com

Website: http://outdoorfeeders.com

Established: 2001

Area Served: National and International

Products/Service: Manufactures timed and gravity fed feeders for all types of game.  Hanging and leg-mounted models available

 

PDS Enterprises

Paul and Dorothy Adcock, Owners

Phone:  (318) 423-0775

Fax:  (318) 671-9032

Established:  2001

Area Served:  Northwest Louisiana

Products/Service: Distributes pharmaceutical samples from 15 pharmaceutical firms to sales people who call on doctors.

 

Pneumosite, LLC

Dr. Howard Lipton

Phone: (318) 617-6029

E-mail:  pneumositellc@yahoo.com

Website: www.pneumositellc.com

Established: 2002

Area Served: National and International

Products/Service: Satellite testing facility for experiments to determine structure activity relationship of custom-synthesized peptides on vascular reactivity.

 

Proactive Services, LLC

Dwayne Baker, CEO

Phone: (903) 399-0102

Fax:  (318) 671-9032

Established: 2006

Area Served: Regional

Products/Services: Inspection and light rework of automotive components; light manufacturing for other companies.

 

Red River Tooling and Sales

Vernon Cooksey, Owner

Phone: (318) 470-7967

Fax:  (318) 671-9032

Established: 2006

Area Served: Regional

Products/Services: Sell industrial products, including tools, carbide products, industrial supplies, paint guns, etc. to industrial and manufacturing clients. 

 

Tri State Air & Pumps, Inc.

Mike Roach, President

Phone: (318) 272-9552

Fax:  (318) 671-9032

E-mail: tristateairpump@sport.rr.com

Established: 2005

Area Served: Regional

Products/Service: Distributor of air compressors, pumps, and paint spraying equipment.

 

Your Snack Box by Susie Q

Sussette Lane, Owner

Phone: (318) 843-4273

Fax: (318) 671-9032

Established: 2006

Area Served: Local

Products/Service: Self service snack boxes for small businesses.

 

Incubator without Walls Outreach Program

The Metro/Regional Business Incubator also actively supports an "Incubator without Walls" Outreach Program to help entrepreneurs and struggling small businesses that are not located in the Business Incubator. There is no limitation on the types of businesses which can be assisted under the “Incubator without Walls” program Generalized assistance for both Incubator tenants and outside clients is provided primarily by ARETC’s staff, with specialized assistance augmented by a variety of experts from community and government support organizations. Most assistance is provided at no cost, while other assistance is provided either as part of the space rental charge for tenants of the Business Incubator, or on a fee basis (for extended assistance).

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Outreach Program

The Ark-La-Tex Regional Export & Technology Center, Inc. serves as the Northwest Louisiana contact for the Federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program under contract with the Louisiana Technology Transfer Office.

The SBIR program was established by Congress in 1982. Its dual objectives are to increase the participation of small businesses in federal high technology research and development activities, and to stimulate conversion of government-funded research into commercial applications.

SBIR is a highly competitive three-phase award program that provides qualified small business concerns with opportunities to propose innovative ideas that meet the specific research and R&D needs of the federal government. PHASE I is to evaluate the scientific technical merit and feasibility of an idea. Awards of up to $100,000 with a period of performance of up to six months are involved in the phase. PHASE II is available by invitation only and it is designed to expand on the results of and further pursue the development of PHASE I. Awards of up to $750,000 with a period of performance normally not to exceed two years are involved in the phase.

Services Available through the ARETC’s SBIR Outreach program include:

Contact Information:

Diana M. Simek

Vice-President, Business Development

Ark-La-Tex Export & Technology Center, Inc.

7100 West Park Road

Phone: (318) 671-1050

Fax: (318) 671-9032

E-mail: dsimek@shreve.net