General Business Assistance Information

NOTE: This website was suggested by Baton Rouge Girl Scout Troop #1591 to be added to this list as a helpful resource for anyone who needs the rest of these items, when they were writing their business plans: 

Northeastern University's Guide to: Writing a Business Plan

Additional Resources from the Louisiana Department of Economic Development

Start-Up & General Business Information


Programs for Minority & Women Owned Businesses


Assistance for Veteran-Owned Businesses


Financing and Grant Information
There are NO GRANTS to start up a business.


State Tax Incentive Programs

  • State Tax Credits through LED - Enterprise Zone, Property Tax Exemption, Quality Jobs, Restoration Tax Abatement, Industrial Tax   Exemption, and R&D Tax Credit, www.opportunitylouisiana.com, Incentives & Programs or 225-342-5675


Workforce Information


Government Procurement Registration or Certification Programs


Resources for Inventions, Patenting, and Manufacturing


Licensing and Permitting


Local library 

The local branch of our state system can assist with business resources and research. Find your local library at http://www.publiclibraries.com/louisiana.htm

Non-Profit Organization Information

·         Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) - 225-929-5266 or www.lano.org

·         Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Mid-South Delta Region - 662-335-3318, www.lisc.org

·         TEEM Research & Community Development, 504-208-9114 or www.teemedu.org

                                                                                                                    Construction Industry Information

·         Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors, http://www.lslbc.louisiana.gov/ or 225-765-2301

·         Louisiana Associated General Contractors (LAGC), www.lagc.org, 225-344-0432



Alexandria            NSU SBDC at Northwestern University Alexandria, 318-484-2123

Baton Rouge        LSBDC Technology Center at LSU-South Campus, 225-578-4842

Baton Rouge        Capital SBDC at Southern University, 225-922-0998

Hammond            SLU SBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University, 985-549-3831

Lafayette              Acadiana SBDC at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 337-262-5344

Lake Charles        McNeese SBDC, 337-475-5529

Monroe                  SBDC (State Office) at University of Louisiana at Monroe, 318-342-1224

New Orleans         LSBDC Greater New Orleans Region, 504-831-3730, also handles International Trade

Shreveport            LSU Shreveport SBDC, 318-797-5144

Thibodaux            Bayou Region LSBDC at Nicholls State University, 985-493-2587


Southern University BR, Ag Center for Rural & Small Business Development, www.crsbd.com, 225-771-3785

Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives, Opelousas, www.suagcenter.com  337-943-2410


Alexandria            Central Louisiana Business Incubator, 318-561-2299, www.clbi.org/

Baton Rouge        Louisiana Emerging Technology Center, LSU, 225-615-8904, acoop15@lsu.edu

Baton Rouge        Louisiana Business & Tech Center, 225-578-7555, www.bus.lsu.edu/lbtc

Baton Rouge        Southern University, Small Business Incubator, 225-771-5640

Baton Rouge        Louisiana Technology Park, 225-218-1100, www.latechpark.com

Bossier City          Southern University-Shreveport, Small Business Incubator, 318-678-4674, http://www.susla.edu/swmo/index.html

Carencro               Enterprise Center of Louisiana, 337-896-9115/5824, www.ecol.org

Crowley                 Enterprise Center of Acadia, 337-788-7550, ext. 4, www.acadiabusinessincubator.org

Denham Springs  Dixie Business Center, 225-665-5223/0809, www.dixiebusinesscenter.org

Hammond            SLU, Southeast Louisiana Business Center, 985-549-3199, www.selu.edu

Lake Charles        Business Incubator of Southwest Louisiana, 337-433-3632, x211

Marrero                 JEDCO Enterprise Center, 504-833-1881, ext. 355, mailto:gfrederic@jedco.org www.jedco.org

Metarie                  JEDCO Business Innovation Center at Churchill, 504-833-1881 http://www.churchillpark.org/

Monroe                  Northeast Louisiana Business & Community Development Center 318-342-1897 esc.ulm.edu/SBDC/index.html

New Orleans         Arts Incubator, 504-523-1465, www.artscouncilofneworleans.org

New Orleans         UNO Research & Technology Park, 504-280-3006, kwalsh@uno.edu

New Orleans         Southern University at New Orleans, 504-284-5512 http://www.suno.edu/Colleges/Business/small/staff.html

New Orleans         NewCorp, Inc., 504-208-1700, http://www.newcorpbac.net/index.html

New Orleans         New Orleans BioInnovation Center 504-680-2973, http://www.neworleansbio.com/

Norco                     Edible Enterprises/Goodwill Industries of Southeast Louisiana, (985) 764-1504 http://edibleenterprises.org/

Opelousas             St. Landry Economic & Industrial Development District, 337-948-1391 http://www.sleidd.com/

Ruston                   The Enterprise Center at Louisiana Tech, (318) 257-3978, http://www.latechenterprisecenter.com/

Shreveport            Metro/Regional Business Incubator, 318-671-1050, www.cdconline.org/businessincubator.htm

Shreveport            Biospace1 Technology Business Center, 318-213-0200, http://www.intertechsciencepark.com/

Shreveport            Southern University-Shreveport, Small Business Incubator, 318-670-9700, www.susla.edu/

Shreveport            Cohabitat Shreveport, (318) 757-7997 www.cohabitat.us

Thibodaux            SLEC Center for Economic Growth and Technology, 985-448-4485 http://www.bayouregion.com/

Vivian                    Vivian Industrial Incubator Complex, 318-375-3856, www.vivian.la.us

ADDITIONAL Economic Development AND Small Business Assistance IN Louisiana:


Alexandria Area

Alexandria Metropolitan Foundation, Ms. Johnie Varnardo 318-442-3593

CENLA, Elton Pody, 318-442-6671


Baton RougeArea

Baton Rouge Area Chamber - http://www.brac.org/site338.php or 225-381-7125

Baton Rouge Black Chamber, Eric Lewis 225-261-0424 and Kathy Fletcher 225-907-3253

Baton Rouge SCORE, 225-381-7130 or http://www.scorebr.org/

Dixie Business Development Center in Denham Springs, John Ware 225-665-0809

Louisiana Technology Transfer Office (LTTO) fosters business relationships between industry and federal laboratories with research capabilities with the commercial development potential of the private sector, http://www.bus.lsu.edu/lbtc/ltto.asp

Small Business Innovation Research Grants (SBIR), LBTC, Roy Keller or Bryan Greenwood 225-578-7555 

UEP (Urban Entrepreneur Partnership), Entrepreneur Coaching and Training, 225-383-1326

Bayou Region

South Louisiana Economic Council (SLEC), Jan Labat, 985-448-4485

Options for Independence - 1340 West Tunnel Blvd, Suite 430, Houma, LA 70360; Katie Sims, (985) 868-2620

Iberia Parish, Iberia Industrial Development Foundation, Mike Tarantino, 337-367-0834


Acadiana Regional Development District - Viola Bellard, 337-886-7782, vbellard@ardd.org

AccessLouisiana, 337-482-0629

Lafayette Economic Development Authority, http://www.lafayette.org/ or 337-593-1400

Southwest Louisiana

SWLA Partnership for Economic Development - George Swift & Justin McMillin - 337-433-3632

Southwest Louisiana SCORE Chapter - 120 West Pujo Street, Lake Charles,LA 70601, Tel: (337)433-3632 (217)

Monroe Area

Ouachita Economic Development Corp. 318-387-0787

Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance, 318-757-3033



City of Natchitoches, Business webpage provides links to the area's primary business resources http://www.natchitochesla.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=375


New Orleans Area

SBA Micro-Loan Program - Newcorp Business Assistance Center504-208-1700  

JEDCO - Gaye Frederic, 504-833-1881, www.jedco.org

TEEM Educational Foundation Business Development, 504-208-9114, www.teemedu.org


St. Landry Parish

Southern University Ag Center-SW Center for Rural Initiatives, 337-943-2410

St. Landry Parish Government, 337-948-3688


St. Martin Parish, Beth R. Guidry 337-394-2200 Ext. 262.


Shreveport/Bossier area

Northwest Louisiana Economic Development Foundation - Liz McCain, 318-677-2511 and Tim Miles, 318-677-2508

Metro/Regional Business Incubator, Diana Simek, 318-671-1050, The Coordinating and Development Corp., www.cdconline.org/business_resource_guides.htm//Louisiana

City of Shreveport Fair Share Program - Karen Barnes, 318-673-5060

Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, David Rockett, 318-742-6043

Caddo Parish Schools Fair Share Program, Booker White, 318-603-6594

North Louisiana Partnership for Innovation (NLPI) - http://www.nlpi.org/ or 318-676-5777

SEBD Intermediaries - Small & Emerging Business Development (SEBD) Program; technical & business assistance, contact:

Alexandria            Alexandria Metropolitan Foundation, Johnie Varnado  318-442-3593 johnie@kazette.com

Alexandria            City of Alexandria, Joe Page, 318-449-5107, joseph.page@cityofalex.com

Baton Rouge        City of Baton Rouge - Dionne Smith-Mars, 225-358-4584, dvsmith@brgov.com

Bossier City          SUSLA Small, Women, Minority Business Incubator - Darrin Dixon, 318-670-9700, ddixon@susla.edu

Gonzales               Microbusiness Enterprise Corp of Ascension (MBECA) - Lee Melancon, 225-268-9610, mbeca@mbeca.org

Jonesboro              Greater North Louisiana Community Development Corp - Janice Simmons, 318-395-9355, gnlcdc@msn.com

Lafayette              Manufacturing Extension Partnership of LA.(MEPoL) - Corinne Dupuy, 337-482-6714, cdupuy@louisiana.edu

Lafayette              ULL SBDC - Mark Galyean, 337-262-5344, mgalyean@louisiana.edu

Lake Charles        Southwest LA Partnership for Econ Dev (SWLAPED)-Justin McMillin, 337-433-3632, jmcmillin@allianceswla.org

Lake Charles        McNeese State University SBDC, Donna Little, 337-475-5529 dlittle@lsbdc.org

Monroe                  Renewal Inc. - Ericka Kelly, 318-387-0686 renewalempowerment@hotmail.com

New Orleans         Loyola Univ. N.O. Ctr for Entrepr/LSBDC GNO Region - Carmen Sunda, 504-831-3730, csunda@lsbdc.org

New Orleans         SUNO Incubator, College of Bus. & Public Admin. - Cynthia Beaulieu, 504-286-5032, cbeaulie@suno.edu

Ruston                   Louisiana Tech University - Kathy Wyatt, 318-257-3537, kwyatt@latech.edu

Shreveport            LSU Shreveport SBDC - Jane Allison, 318-797-5144, jallison@lsbdc.org

Thibodaux            South Louisiana Economic Council - Jan Labat, 985-448-4485, jan.labat@nicholls.edu


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