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Southeastern SBDC schedules Hudson Initiative seminar on state purchasing

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Small Business Development Center will host a seminar on the State of Louisiana’s Small Entrepreneur Program, known generally as the Hudson Initiative.

     Co-sponsored with the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), the free seminar is open to any interested business. It will be offered twice on Thursday, Aug. 23 – at 9 a.m. at Southeastern’s University Center in Hammond and 1 p.m. at the St. Tammy Parish Library in Covington.

     The program is presented by the Office of State Purchasing and is designed to acquaint businesses with methods of doing business with the state under the Hudson Initiative.

Pre-registration is requested, as seating is limited in both locations. For more information or to register, contact Southeastern’s SBDC at 985-549-3831 or by e-mail at

     The Hudson Initiative was created by the Louisiana legislature in 2005 to provide additional opportunities for Louisiana-based small entrepreneurships to participate in contracting and procurement with the State of Louisiana.  It is a goal-oriented program in which participation is race and gender neutral. Competitive bids are not required to do business with vendors registered under this program.

     Certification of a business is required for participation in the Hudson Initiative.  Louisiana Economic Development (LED) is responsible for certifying businesses and certification is available online in the LED Small Business Certification System at Southeastern and all event sponsors actively support the overall mission of this initiative to involve certified Louisiana-based small entrepreneurships in procurement and contracting opportunities.

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