SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
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Baton Rouge, La. (August 26, 2016) – Applications are now being accepted by the Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund, which was created to award triage grants to support the thousands of small businesses impacted by the historic flooding in south Louisiana in August 2016. Awards range between $1,000 and $10,000 depending on the damages, purpose and available funding.
To be eligible to apply for a Rebirth award, the applicant must:
- Be a small businesses registered with the Louisiana Secretary of State with 50 employees or less;
- Have been operational on August 10, 2016; and
- Be located in one of the 20 parishes declared in the official federal disaster declaration – Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington and West Feliciana.
Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday, August 26th. Applications submitted by Friday, September 2nd, will be reviewed by the independent panel for a first round of awards from the Fund. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, as partner organizations anticipate conducting a second round of grant reviews and awards after Labor Day.
Applications can be submitted via the online form at www.labizrebirth.org. Alternatively, forms may be downloaded from the site and submitted by email or fax to Elena Lacour at (225) 929-6054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An independent review team of technical experts will consider each application in an impartial process, judging each request on the merits and prioritizing funds to help small business re-open their doors and staff their operations.
The Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund was created in August 2016, representing a partnership with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.), the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (LACCE), the Louisiana chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and One Acadiana.
Those interested in contributing to the Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund are encouraged to visit www.LaBizRebirth.org for additional information.
The federal disaster declaration makes available a number of resources to individuals and businesses impacted by the flooding in the parishes of Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Vermilion, Washington, and West Feliciana.
Businesses can apply for federal disaster assistance by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.
DISASTER LOAN ASSISTANCE
Businesses can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the federal Small Business Administration to repair or replace property, machinery, equipment, inventory and business assets. You can apply at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, call 1-800-659-2955 or visit a Business Recovery Center in person in Amite, Baker, Baton Rouge, Prairieville, or Walker. See specific locations here.
Businesses and employees can apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance from the Louisiana Workforce Commission for those who cannot work or perform services because of physical damage to the place of employment or are injured as a result of the disaster, among other criteria. You can apply through the HiRE portal at www.laworks.net or by calling 1-866-783-5567.
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708 S. Irma Blvd.
Gonzales, LA 70737
The Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension (MBECA) is an entrepreneurship development center which offers a variety of specialized training and technical assistance programs to individuals interested in starting a business, improving an existing business, or gaining management training to improve their marketability in the workplace.
P.O. Box 220
Prairieville, LA 70769
The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses by helping to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
New Orleans, LA
SCORE Baton Rouge is a nonprofit association providing free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of small business and their personal objectives. SCORE Baton Rouge also offers periodic seminars and workshops (for a modest fee to cover expenses) for both start-up entrepreneurs and small businesses already in operation.
7117 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
The Louisiana Business & Technology Center (LBTC), an integral part of the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University, endeavors to enhance economic development in Louisiana through the support of existing small businesses and the development of new businesses.
LSU South Campus
8000 GSRI Avenue, Bldg. 3000
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
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1051 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5239
Ascension Parish Library SCORE Seminars:
Small Business Guide 2017
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Free Business Advice
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Starting and Financing a Small Business
This two-hour seminar is designed for individuals who want to learn what it takes to start and run a successful small business.