Southeastern SBDC to host government contracting course


Monday, July 2, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University is hosting a free government contracting course in Hammond on Wednesday, July 11.
     The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Certification Workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Southeast Louiaiana Business Center, located at 1514 Martens Dr.
Deputy District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Jo Lawrence will serve as speaker for the course.
     According to SBDC Assistant Director Sandy Summers, the session is designed for all small businesses considering HUBZone certification or looking for more information on the HUBZone program.
     “The HUBZone Certification Workshop is designed to introduce your business to the program, help determine whether your business is eligible for the program, and support the efforts of your business to participate in the program,” said Summers. “During this session, we will walk you through the completion of the online certification process.”
     Summers said every year the federal government awards over $500 billion in contracts. A significant share of those contracts are specifically allotted to small businesses.
     “The Small Business Administration assists federal agencies in identifying and awarding contracts to meet the 23 percent statutory goal of government-wide small business prime contracting. Agencies are also required to award 3 percent of contracts to small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones,” she said. “SBA encourages small businesses to learn more about the HUBZone program and take advantage of this federal contracting opportunity. To discover if your small business is located in a HUBZone, view the HUBZone maps at”
     Although the workshop is free, pre-registration is required due to limited seating available.
     For more information, call 985-549-3831. Registration is available on line at

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