The 2013 state-level ACCRA cost of living index ranked Louisiana as the 4th-lowest cost of living in the country.
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.
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.
Peer groups that give executives the opportunity to discuss business practices and management strategies with other executives who deal with similar growth challenges.
Certification program offers greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities at the state government level.
Offers seminars and courses to small and emerging construction businesses that assist in building a solid foundation of knowledge within the construction industry.
The program will allow for a veteran, active or reserve military, or Gold Star spouse who have a fifty-one percent ownership in a business to apply for and gain certification to recognize and promote their businesses. In addition, the program will create a searchable database for anyone seeking to patronize a veteran, active-duty or reserve military, or Gold Star spouse business.
Connects Louisiana-based small and emerging businesses to technical and developmental assistance provided by mentor companies.
The Pathway to Assist Veteran Entrepreneurs program (PAVE) offers Louisiana veterans the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that are necessary to effectively start or manage a business.
Provides for developmental assistance, including entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, legal and industry-specific assistance.
Provides loan guarantees to banks and other small business lenders in association with the SSBCI ranging from $5,000 to $1.5 million.
Provides financial awards to state and territory governments to assist small businesses with export development.
Provides customized research and technical assistance related to business growth issues, whether they are internal problems or outside the walls of a company.
Helps veteran-owned and service-connected disabled veteran-owned small businesses gain greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities at the state level.