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LAPDD has launched: Louisiana eBIZ.

This is a statewide effort to grow small and emerging business — more quickly — by directing Louisiana start-ups and entrepreneurs to electronic access for knowledge, resources, and tools.

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ONLY 36% of small businesses in the U.S. have a web presence and only a small subset of those actually sell products and services online. Going “global” with an effective presence online allows businesses to extend their reach, increase revenue and profit, and expand their market. Get started by using online resources to start your business today.

Start and grow your Louisiana business today! Establish your plan, access resources, and either start or upgrade your web presence.

Visit often, as we will anticipate expanding the site to summarize resources available by regions, as well.


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LAPDD is partnered with Louisiana Economic Development, through its Small Business Services and its Office of Community Outreach, to advance entrepreneurship — particularly focused on rural areas. Through this effort, the eight planning and development districts will promote the Small and Emerging Business Development program, relate LED business development strategies, and address the competitiveness of Louisiana’s communities by supporting small and emerging businesses.

LAPDD is tasked to perform outreach and engage predominately rural regions to help promote, encourage, and assist new business starts with more successful use of LED’s business tools. Much attention will be toward improving accessibility of information, awareness of LED resources, and financial or other assistance that can help entrepreneurs succeed. This includes the Districts functioning as conveners to facilitate improved collaboration within and amongst regions in addressing small business.… Continue reading? →