The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University has been awarded full accreditation by the Association of Small Business Development Centers.

Director William Joubert said the accreditation review, which is mandated by Congress, is modeled after criteria established by the national Institute of Standards and Technology.

The Southeastern center was honored last year as the top center in the five-state region of Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The achievement ranks the Southeastern center among the top 10 SBDCs in the nation for 2012.

Since 2004, the Southeastern LSBDC has served more than 3,800 clients and helped open or expand 223 businesses. More than 2,400 new jobs have been developed with $328 million in capital formation.