Special Programs for Small Business

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Small Business Programs

From entrepreneurial startups to small business growth and expansion, Louisiana offers a comprehensive array of educational, managerial and financial programs that cultivate small business opportunities.

BONDING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Provides access to quality bid, payment and performance bonds at reasonable rates from surety companies when bonding capacity is needed on public or private jobs.

CEO ROUNDTABLES

Peer groups that give executives the opportunity to discuss business practices and management strategies with other executives who deal with similar growth challenges.

ECONOMIC GARDENING INITIATIVE

Provides customized core business strategies, market research, qualified sales leads and improved internet and technology tailored to your growing needs.

HUDSON INITIATIVE

Certification program offers greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities at the state government level.

LOUISIANA CONTRACTORS ACCREDITATION INSTITUTE

Provides construction businesses construction management information in preparation for the General Contractors State Licensing Exam. 

SMALL AND EMERGING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Provides for developmental assistance, including entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, legal and industry-specific assistance.

SMALL BUSINESS LOAN AND GUARANTY PROGRAM

Provides loan guarantees to banks and other small business lenders in association with the SSBCI ranging from $5,000 to $1.5 million.

VETERAN INITIATIVE

Helps veteran-owned and service-connected disabled veteran-owned small businesses gain greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities at the state level.