MONROE, La (LSBDC at ULM) - Louisiana Small Business Development Center hosted at the University of Monroe will be celebrating National Small Business Week throughout the month of May. The center has partnered with the West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber to give thanks to small businesses in the community.
The U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes National Small Business Week May 1-7, 2016.
The celebration will kick off by recognizing Small Businesses throughout Northeast Louisiana through social media and onsite
visits. A series of outreach workshops have been scheduled during the second week of May including a Lunch and Learn, “Importance of Business Retention,” May 12, at 11:30 located at the WMWO Chamber.
A series of Lunch and Learn workshops have been scheduled May 16-19 including, Financial Success in Your Small Business, Growth and Sales Strategies, #NELAMILLS: Meet the Millennials Part 2, and Brand Your Business. The week will conclude with an awards ceremony hosted by the center in Stubbs Hall on the ULM campus for small businesses that have taken advantage of the LSBDC organization.
Small businesses will also be recognized at the WMWO Chamber's Annual Small Business Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 10 at noon at the West Monroe Convention Center. Guest speaker will be Rande Kessler, director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. Tickets are $15 each, and reservations can be made by calling the Chamber at 325-1961.
The list keeps going… The Thomas H. Scott Awards, honoring small businesses who make a true impact on the community, will be presented at the ULM Conference Center on May 19. This event will be hosted by the Monroe Chamber, Scott Companies, among a host of key small businesses in Northeast Louisiana.
Across the nation and in Louisiana, small businesses have a huge impact on the economy. The La. Association for Business and Industry reports there are more than 424,000 businesses in Louisiana, employing more than 892,000 people. Small businesses make up more than 97 percent of Louisiana's employers, providing more than half of the state's private workforce in 2012.
The LSBDC gives a big thanks to all small businesses for their commitment to their business and the community. Small businesses create jobs for our residents, and sales tax generated by these businesses help fund schools, parks, roadways and other vital services.