For more than 50 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
As part of National Small Business Week, the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) follows the lead of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in taking the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.
“Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness,” says the SBA.
The LSBDC will celebrate Louisiana’s top entrepreneurs, business owners and small business resource organization on Thursday, May 9 at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge as part of an event with Louisiana Economic Development and the SBA Louisiana District Office.
In addition to celebrating and recognizing entrepreneurs, the LSBDC has a number of learning opportunities going during National Small Business Week that include:
Lake Charles, LA – May 6: Marketing for Small Business
Marketing is an essential part of growing your business. During this Small Business Week event, Donna Little, Center Director of the LSBDC at McNeese, will cover why your business needs a marketing plan, what should be in the plan, how you can decide how much to spend on marketing, how to determine your target audience, and how to figure out what marketing/advertising avenue is a good fit for your business.
Baton Rouge, LA – May 7: Get Certified Month: 8(a) Certification
Come prepared to complete your application on site. During each session, we will walk you through the completion of the online certification applications. Information will be presented on 8(a) eligibility criteria, GLS, Login, application process, and how the programs work. We will also discuss CCR and SBSS registration and provide general information on doing business with the Federal Government. Detailed information will be provided on the primary purpose of the Section 8(a) Program (business development); the eligibility criteria; length of time in business requirement; how the business development and contracting aspects of the program work; the firm’s responsibility as an 8(a) Program Participant; Electronic Application process; reporting requirements; the importance of updating CCR registration and the SBSS supplemental profile. Please bring your laptop.
LaPlace, LA – May 7: Building Your Business Culture (Pt. 1)
The atmosphere, operations and culture of your business requires that you create an environment that benefits both your employees and encourages positive customer engagement. Successful working environments ensure that not only are employees given challenging work, but that they are supported by an opportunity to expand their knowledge base and receive appreciation for their successes and efforts. Discussion on how the actual atmosphere, operations, and culture of your business impacts profitability, growth and sustainability. Evaluate innovative solutions and learn techniques on how to cultivate and create the corporate culture you would like your business to have. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or call 985-359- 9777
Hammond, LA – May 7: Starting & Financing Your Business
You Will Learn: How to Start up your business, business concepts, business registration, licensing, insurance, qualifying for a business loan, bookkeeping tips, and Sole Proprietorship vs LLC.
Online – May 7 and 8: Virtual Business Conference
The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association hosts a free, 2-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. Registration is free to the public. Participate in all the webinars or pick and choose the topics you like. You will also have the opportunity to meet other business owners and chat with industry experts. The Virtual Conference offers all the best parts of an in-person conference, but without the hassle of traveling.
Houma, LA – May 8: Starting & Financing Your Business
This seminar will provide entrepreneurs with a comprehensive overview of the steps to be taken to start a business, the essentials of business planning, and how to determine funding needs for the start-up. Seminar covers:
• Items you want to know before starting a business
• Preparing for business success
• How to start your business
• Financing options
• Resources for your business
Baton Rouge, LA – May 10: ServSafe Food Protection Manager & Exam
ServSafe® training educates managers to understand food safety risks faced in food service operations. This course will help keep food operations, staff, and customers safe. The topics deal with food safety issues from the basics of hand washing, cross contamination, and more complex topics such as foodborne pathogens and the challenges faced in preventing illnesses. Early registration with the LSBDC is mandatory, and students must purchase the required text (with the answer sheet) online from the ServSafe (www.servsafe.com) at least three weeks prior to attending the class.
Baton Rouge, LA – May 10: Starting & Financing a Small Business
This workshop is recommended for those interested in starting a business. At the end of this workshop, you will have a thorough understanding of the process of starting a business and will be able to implement a required checklist to start your business. The following topics will be discussed during this workshop: determining the feasibility of a business idea, planning to start a small business, required licenses, writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up, expansion and small business resources.
Please feel free to bring laptops!