List of Business Resources

Below is a list of valuable small business resources that we have compiled:

  Good Work Network - Good Work Network is a 501(c)3 organization that provides business development services to minority- and women-owned businesses throughout a 15-parish region in Southeast Louisiana.

  LiftFund - LiftFund is a microlender with a mission "to provide credit and services to small businesses and entrepreneurs who do not have access to loans from commercial sources and to provide leadership and innovation to the microlending industry."

  Louisiana Economic Development - Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state's business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy.

  Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center - The Procurement Technical Assistance Center was established to generate employment and improve the general economy of Louisiana by assisting business firms in obtaining and performing under the U.S. Department of Defense, other federal agencies, state and local government contracts.

  Louisiana Small Business Development Center - The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) provides low- or no-cost guidance and training for small business owners and potential owners. Part of a statewide network supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Louisiana Economic Development and the host universities; the LSBDC serves Louisiana businesses through confidential counseling, group training, and business information resources.

  Louisiana Workforce Commission - Louisiana Workforce Commission is employers' go-to resource for HR information. The Workforce Commission can help you with unemployment, workers' comp, labor laws, and other such issues. Locate a local office near you.

  MEPOL - 

MEPOL's mission is to provide Louisiana Manufacturers value-driven, best-practice solutions. MEPOL offers services through in-house consulting and third party providers. MEPOL’s internal core services include Innovation and Growth Services, Lean Solutions, Polymer Services, and some portions of the Marketing, Technical, Workforce and Quality Solutions.

  New Corp - NewCorp, Inc. is a certified Community Development Institution (CDFI whose mission is to be an economic development catalyst by providing technical and financial assistance to small and emerging businesses to improve their basic business capabilities by way of training, counseling, planning and financial products and services.

  Official Guide to Doing Business in Louisiana - The online version of the Business Report's Official Guide to Doing Business in Louisiana. It includes information about incentives and financing, permits and licenses, laws and taxes, and business assistance. 

  Puentes - 

Puentes' economic asset building program, focusing on small business development and homebuyer education, is designed to build capacity and provide access to resources to support the economic growth of Latino families. Puentes offers Business Consulting Services that gives small businesses and expanding business access to highly qualified business experts who can help to increase their productivity and profitability.

  SCORE - SCORE is comprised of volunteer executives, employed and retired, who are interested in helping small businesses succeed. SCORE volunteers assist entrepreneurs by helping with business plan development, developing marketing strategies, formulating a financial plan, obtaining financing, pricing goods and services, and much more.

  StayLocal - StayLocal is the Greater New Orleans Independent Business Alliance. They connect residents with New Orleans’ local businesses, the cornerstones of NOLA's distinctive local character, culture and economy.

  The Red Shoes - The Red Shoes is dedicated to the empowerment of all women. Through their Lifting Loans program, they assist women who are attempting to start or grow small businesses and help them transition to economic success and independence. 

  The Urban Conservancy - The Urban Conservancy is a New Orleans-based nonprofit that advocates for New Orleans-area small businesses through programs such as their Stay Local initiative.

  Urban League of Greater New Orleans - The mission of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans (ULGNO) is to help individuals attain economic self-sufficiency through advocacy and community organization as well as program services in areas of education, economic development, employment and training, youth and family services. 


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