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Southeastern SBDC hosts July networking brown bag seminar

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND -- The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Southeastern Louisiana University and regional partners are hosting the fifth in a series of brown bag networking seminars on July 26.
     Held the fourth Monday of each month at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center at 1415 Martens Drive in Hammond, the series addresses topics related to business trends and the economy. Attendees bring their own lunch, and the LSBDC provides coffee, water and sodas. 
     “The topic for July is ‘Tax Basics for Small Business’ and will be presented by Krystal Brumfield, tax counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, which is chaired by Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu” said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the Southeastern SBDC. “The session is designed to provide small business owners basic knowledge of federal tax laws. Specifically, the seminar will highlight tax cuts often overlooked or misunderstood, including GO Zone tax credits and deductions and energy tax credits,” she said.
     Summers said the seminar will also provide an overview of the different types of business taxes and how to properly calculate them, as well as how to classify a worker as an employee or independent contractor. A summary of new developments and record keeping techniques will also be discussed she said.
     The program begins with networking opportunities from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by the presentation and open discussion with dismissal at 1 p.m. Cost to attend the seminar is $5.
     Since seating is guaranteed only to registered attendees, pre-registration is suggested.
     The next seminar in the series is August 23, and the topic is business technology. 
     For those unable to make the July 26 brown bag seminar in Hammond, Southeastern SBDC, along with SCORE and the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, will host a second presentation on July 28 in Mandeville at the St. Tammany Center on Koop Drive from 9 to 10 a.m.
     For more information, contact the Louisiana SBDC at Southeastern at 985-549-3831, or

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