Southeastern LSBDC, LEDC host government contracting workshops for business

Thursday, December 4, 2014
by: Tonya Lowentritt

HAMMOND – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Southeastern Louisiana University, along with the Livingston Economic Development Council (LEDC), will offer a full day of workshops designed to assist local businesses interested in federal government contracting.

Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration will conduct the government contracting workshops to be held on Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, located at 9261 Florida Blvd.

All workshops are free to attend; however, pre-registration is preferred. Register online at The workshops offered during the day include the following:

• From 8 to 10 a.m., the 8(a) Business Development Program will be discussed. The 8(a) program is an essential instrument for helping socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society. The program helps thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs gain a foothold in government contracting. The goal is to educate the small business community on the Section 8(a) program and to provide guidance in the completion of the electronic application.

• At 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the HUBZone will be covered. The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. Representatives from U.S. Small Business Administration will introduce businesses to the HUBZone program, help determine whether they are eligible for the program, and support the efforts of businesses to participate in the program.

• Finally, Veteran and Woman Owned Small Business programs will be covered from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) portion of the workshop will serve as a guide to women business owners seeking to leverage opportunities available through the federal government to drive revenue growth. The Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) overview will provide information on completing required registrations, applying for various certifications, and information on identifying contract opportunities.

For more information contact LSBDC Southeastern at 225-664-6638 or

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