Resources for Small Businesses
- U.S. Small Business Administration: (800) 659-2955 / (504) 589-2853 / Fax (504) 589-2339 www.sba.gov/la
- Commercial: (504) 589-6685
- Economic Development:(504) 589-2706 (Willie Williams)
- Finance:(504) 589-2841 (Chris Maddox)
- Entrepreneurial Development:(504) 589-2838 (Al DeGrasse)
- Procurement Center:(504) 862-2992 (Ken Enclade, for SBs that want bid opportunities on govn't contracts)
- Minority SB Development:(504) 589-2839 (E.C. Coffey)
- U.S. Export Assistance:(504) 589-6702 (Tom Williams)
- Small and emerging business development: (225) 342-3000
- LA Economic Development Corp:(225) 342-5675 (state financial assistance opportunities)
- State Tax Incentives: (225) 342-9218 (many programs available)
- First Stop Shop, Secretary of State: (225) 922-2675 (for how to start SB in LA)
- State Contractor's Licensing Board: (800) 256-1392 (ask if not sure who they license)
- OSHA: (225) 389-0474
- Bar Coding a product: (937) 435-3870 or www.uc-council.org
- Patent & Trademark Office: (703) 308-4357 (to register patent/trademark)
- Trademark Information Hotline: (703) 308-9000 (to check for conflicting federal trademarks)
- U.S. Copyright Office: (202) 707-3000 (info line)
- Service Corps of Retired Executives: (SCORE - free business assistance, offices statewide) or http://www.score.org/
- SCORE Baton Rouge: (225) 381-7125 ext. 39
- SCORE New Orleans: (504) 589-2356
- SCORE Lafayette: (318) 233-2705
- SCORE Lake Charles: (337) 433-3632
- SCORE Shreveport: (318) 677-2500
- SCORE Monroe: (318) 323-0878
- Small Business Development Centers: (SBDCs - free business assistance, offices state wide, here are a few) or Louisiana Small Business Development Center
- SBDC Baton Rouge: (225) 578-3984 at LSU or (225) 922-0998
- SBDC New Orleans: (504) 539-9292 at UNO or (504) 568-8222
- SBDC Lafayette: (337) 262-5344
- SBDC Lake Charles: (337) 475-5529
- SBDC Shreveport: (318) 797-5144
- SBDC Monroe: (318) 342-5506 or (318) 342-1224
- LA Productivity Center Procurement Technical Assistance Program (for SBs looking for fed/state/local government contracts)
- LPC-PTAP: (337) 482-6422 or (800) 206-3545
- Manufacturing Extention Partnership: (800) 433-0965 or www.mepol.org
- Women's Business Center: (504) 620-9650 or www.onlinewbc.gov
- PRO-Net is a free listing service for businesses seeking fed, state, and private contracts http://pro-net.sba.gov/
- SUB-Net is where SB can find subcontracting opportunities from Prime contractors http://web.sba.gov/subnet
- Tech-Net is for and about high tech SBs (marketing, investment opps, researchers, etc.) http://tech-net.sba.gov/
- Minority Business Development Agency www.mbda.gov
- National Foundation for Women's Business Owners www.nfwbo.org
- U. S. Business Advisor
The U.S. Business Advisor exists to provide business with one-stop access to federal government information, services, and transactions. Their goal is to make the relationship between business and government more productive.
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- U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA has offices in every state which offer financing, training and advocacy for small firms.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Establishes protective standards, enforces those standards, and reaches out to employers and employees through technical assistance and consultation programs.
- EPA Small Business Ombudsman Program
The Office of the Small Business Ombudsman (SBO) serves the nation's small business community. The SBO facilitates communications between the small business community and EPA. The Office reviews and resolves disputes with EPA. The SBO works with EPA personnel to increase their understanding of small businesses in the development and enforcement of environmental regulations.
- EPA Small Business Environmental Home Page
Helping Small Businesses Access Environmental Compliance and Pollution Prevention Information.
- EPA Business and Industry home page
Provides access to various EPA resources that are relevant to businesses and industry.
- EPA Small Business Assistance Gateway
Gateway to environmental information and contacts for small businesses.
- EPA Enviroweb Webinars