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Small Business Summit Provides Resources and Opportunities for Louisiana Business Owners

Annual event features informational sessions, networking and access to state procurement opportunities

Small Business Summit Provides Resources and Opportunities for Louisiana Business Owners

Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses the attendees at April’s Small Business Summit

Louisiana hosted its annual Small Business Summit in April, connecting small business leaders with an array of resources available to them from the state.

Open to all small business owners and entrepreneurs in Louisiana, the summit featured informational sessions, presentations about LED’s small business programs and engagement opportunities designed to facilitate contracting relationships with state agencies and other partners.

Summit attendees had the opportunity to become certified in the Hudson and Veterans initiatives onsite and register as vendors with the state. Participants also had the chance to visit a reverse trade show, connecting business owners with procurement representatives from state agencies, sponsors and key partners.

Speakers included Gov. John Bel Edwards, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, LED Secretary Don Pierson and Small Business Administration Region VI Administrator Ted James. Panel discussions were led by representatives of LED’s Small Business Services team, as well as representatives of the Office of State Procurement, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network.

“Since taking office, Gov. Edwards has made support for Louisiana’s small business sector a top priority for his administration, and LED is proud to deliver on that priority.”

- LED Secretary Don Pierson