LSBDC to hold workshop on launching a business

Friday, February 3, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Southeastern Louisiana University will host a free, hands-on workshop in two locations on Louisiana geauxBIZ, the one-stop site for launching a business in Louisiana maintained by the Louisiana Secretary of State.
     Titled “Launch Your Business with geauxBIZ,” the workshop will be offered twice on Thursday, Feb. 9. The first session is set from 9 to 11 a.m. in Slidell at the St. Tammany Parish Library, located at 555 Robert Blvd. A repeat presentation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Hammond at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, located at 1514 Martens Dr.
     Co-sponsored by the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce, St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, Northshore SCORE and the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, the two-hour workshop will go step by step through the online registration process.
     “Registered attendees will learn how to reserve a business name; create a checklist of federal, state and local licenses and permits; file with the Secretary of State, Department of Revenue, and Louisiana Workforce Commission; apply for unemployment insurance; and find helpful resources,” said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the Small Business Development Center. “Participants should feel free to bring a fully charged laptop or mobile device if they would like to start their geauxBIZ registration during the class.”
     Guest speaker for the event is Carla Bonaventure, commercial administrator with the Louisiana Secretary of State, Commercial Division.
     Participation is only guaranteed for pre-registered attendees. For more information or to register, call 985-549-3831 or visit

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