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2018 Lantern Awards Criteria and Application

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2017 And Previous Lantern Award Winners

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eBIZ: getting businesses ONLINE

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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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Delta Leadership Institute invites new applicants

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Community Leaders Invited to Apply for year-long Executive Academy, Delta Leadership Institute

One of the priorities of the DRA is to improve the leadership skills of the region’s current and future leaders. The DLI is the vehicle through which the DRA pursues these efforts. The mission of the Delta Leadership Institute is to recognize, train, and develop 21st Century leadership skills in participants across the eight-state region in order to face the global challenges of the future. DLI and its alumni organization, the Delta Leadership Network, have and will continue to create a cadre of leaders that work together for future improvements to the region by “thinking and acting regionally.”

The application period for the upcoming DLI Executive Academy will be open Tuesday, August 20 – Friday, September 20. This is the first year the application will be available online, (check out through which applicants will be able to create a profile, complete an application, and upload recommendations to the DRA website. The opening session of the 2013-2014 Executive Academy will take place November 4-7, in Oxford, MS.

The University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement will be the administrative lead for this
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