The LDRC program prepares communities to competitively attract business development opportunities to their area. The LDRC provides coaching and expertise during the strategic planning process, and best-in-class community and economic development strategic planning resources. By connecting participating communities with an experienced resource team, the LDRC program creates development-ready, competitive communities across the state that are "open for business!"
Regional Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide comprehensive small business assistance to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, including no-cost business consulting and low-cost training to new and existing businesses.Find a Center Near You
Peer groups that give executives the opportunity to discuss business practices and management strategies with other executives who deal with similar growth challenges.
Provides customized core business strategies, market research, qualified sales leads and enhanced technology tailored to your growing needs.
A certification program that offers greater access for small businesses to purchasing and contracting opportunities with State agencies.
Connects Louisiana-based small and emerging businesses to technical and developmental assistance provided by mentor companies.
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.
Helps small businesses owned by veterans and disabled veterans with a service-connected disability gain greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities with state agencies.
Offers seminars and courses to small and emerging construction businesses that assist in building a solid foundation of knowledge within the construction industry.
Partnership with e-commerce platforms to provide Louisiana small business owners with special resources to make setting up or expanding e-commerce capabilities as easy as possible.
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.
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.