Supporting Small Businesses

Award-winning suite of small business services is a Louisiana advantage

Supporting Small BusinessesSupporting Small Businesses

LED’s award-winning suite of Small Business Services can be a game changer for small business owners looking to take their next steps to success. From support for veterans and diversity initiatives to networking opportunities and educational programming, there’s no shortage of ways for Louisiana entrepreneurs to get the support they need.

LED’s small business programs include:

​​Bonding Assistance Program
Offering surety backed bonds

CEO Roundtables
Enabling peer-to-peer learning opportunity for small business executives

Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute
Presenting seminars and courses to small and emerging construction firms

Hudson Initiative
Helping small businesses access state purchasing and contracting opportunities

Mentor-Protégé Recognition
Connecting small and emerging businesses with industry experts

Pathway to Assist Veteran Entrepreneurs (PAVE)
Creating access to the tools for Louisiana veterans need to start or manage a business

Small and Emerging Business Development Program
Offering training for small business growth tactics

Small Business Loan Guaranty Program
Driving small business development and expansion

STEP Grant
Assisting small businesses to grow exports

System for Integrated Growth
Customizing strategic research and technical assistance to boost growth

Veteran Initiative
Providing veterans access to state funding

Veterans First Business Initiative
Certifying veteran, active-duty or reserve military, and Gold Star spouse business ownership

Learn more about LED's small business programs.

2021 Project Expansions


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Businesses counseled by Small Business Development Centers


Companies certified through the Hudson Initiative and/or Veteran Initiative


Companies certified through the Small and Emerging Business Development Program


CEO Roundtable graduates