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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? →


Click here for the 2014 Lantern Award Nomination Packet

THIS SECTION SHALL BEGIN THE NOMINATION NARRATIVE. EACH CATEGORY HAS A POINT VALUE. A TOTAL OF 100 POINTS IS POSSIBLE. THE CATEGORY POINT VALUE IS SHOWN.

1.      OVERVIEW/SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL EVENTS. THIS CATEGORY HAS A VALUE OF TEN POINTS.

In narrative form, give an overview of the business, including significant historical events. Copies of newspaper and/or magazine articles can be included here (affix to white paper and properly identify).

2.      PRODUCTS/SERVICES OFFERED. THIS CATEGORY HAS A VALUE OF TEN POINTS.

In narrative form, give a description of the products/services offered by the company.

3.      EMPLOYEE GROWTH/PLANT INVESTMENTS/SALES. THIS CATEGORY HAS A TOTAL VALUE OF 30 POINTS.
Indicate the growth in number of employees over the past three calendar years, by year (2011, 2012, 2013). Put information in column form shown below.
Employees at end of 2011 ……………………………………………………………  10 points
Employees at end of 2012 ……………………………………………………………  10 points
Employees at end of 2013 ……………………………………………………………  10 points

4. EXPANSIONS IN DOLLAR AMOUNT, THIS CATEGORY HAS A TOTAL VALUE OF 30 POINTS.
Indicate the dollar amount of expansions over the past three calendar years, by year (2011, 2012, 2013). Put information in column form shown

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2013 Lantern Award Winners

District 1 – Big Easy Blends – Cordina New Orleans Cocktails, New Orleans (Orleans Parish)

District 2 -Moran Printing, Inc., Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge Parish)

District 3 – The Dow Chemical Company – St. Charles Operations, Hahnville (St. Charles Parish)

District 4 – High Tech Components, Inc., Broussard (Lafayette Parish)

District 5 -Century Group, Inc., Sulphur (Calcasieu Parish)

District 6 -BASF Corporation, Vidalia (Concordia Parish)

District 7 – Arcadia Gas Storage, LLC, Arcadia (Bienville Parish)

District 8 – Joe Gear Companies, Monroe (Ouachita Parish)

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