"The one-on-one assistance I received from the LSBDC at ULM was tailored to meet the needs of my business. They helped me develop a through business plan complete with financial projections all at no cost"
Theadora Estis contacted the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at University of Louisiana Monroe with a dream of starting a new and unique business to “umbrella” a variety of business services. She wanted to develop the idea of combining real estate brokerage services, notary services, and grant writing workshops into one business. These combined services are based on her 20 plus years of experience in real estate, over five years in grant writing, and her experience as a notary. Virendra Chhikara, LSBDC Business Consultant, assisted Estis with a business plan and financial projections for this new venture. With the business plan and financial projections in hand, Estis was able to secure a bank loan to start her real estate and business services venture. Estis also received a grant from the Economic Development Program to partially fund her startup. Theadora A. Estis Real Estate & Business Services, located on 1612 Garrett Rd. in Monroe, LA, currently has five employees. Together, they are an experienced team of real estate brokers eager to build the community one client at a time. Estis commented on her experience saying, “The one-on-one assistance I received from the LSBDC at ULM was tailored to meet the needs of my business. They helped me develop a through business plan complete with financial projections all at no cost.”