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USDA Announces 'Pandemic Assistance for Producers'
WASHINGTON- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative on March 24, 2021. The initiative will reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new programs and will also develop rules for new programs that will put a greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers, timber harvesters, and support for the food supply chain and producers of renewable energy, among others.

As a first step in retargeting existing programs, USDA will re-open sign-up of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2)for at least 60 days beginning on April 5, 2021. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has committed at least $2.5 million to improve outreach for CFAP 2 and will establish partnerships with organizations with strong connections to socially disadvantaged communities to ensure they are informed and aware of the application process.
Historic Win for U.S. Representative, Julia Letlow
NEW ORLEANS – Congratulations to U.S. Representative elect—Julia Letlow on her successful bid to serve Louisianans residing in the 24 parishes which comprise the Congressional 5th District. 
As the third woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana, and the only woman in our state’s congressional delegation—we are encouraged by the progress that our state continues to make. 
As a woman in leadership, I especially commend Representative elect—Letlow for having the courage and strength to continue the work that she helped her husband to accomplish during his campaign. A working mother, Rep. elect-Letlow’s resilience is an example of the overcoming spirit found in women across Louisiana, who keep our communities and businesses moving forward. 
We still have more challenges that desperately need to be overcome— challenges which tend to immediately effect women and women-owned businesses. 
These barriers include: job growth, our state’s infrastructure, eliminating the poverty rate and decreasing incarceration. Ultimately, these hurdles affect industry and economic prosperity for all of Louisiana. 
We look forward to partnering with Representative elect-Letlow through the work of our regional chambers across the 5th District— Alexandria Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, Greater Southwest Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce, and Monroe Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, and Florida Parishes.
-Kelisha Garrett, Vice-President and Chief Operation Officer
Upcoming Events
The U.S. Small Business Administration will host the Annual "Connecting Businesses with Contracts" Conference, in conjunction with the Southern University Ag Center and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Southern University. Additional supporters include Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (LA-PTAC).
The conference will be held on April 6 – 7, 2021 from 8:30 AM to Noon each day. Please register at https://www2.lsbdc.org/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=7410083 to attend this free event.
Participation in this event enables Federal Agencies, State and Municipal Agencies, and Prime Contractors to strengthen their commitment to the small business community. For small businesses, this event affords them an opportunity to meet with various procurement officials, receive business development training, and network with other small businesses to expand their client base.
From Our Partners at U.S. Black Chambers
Business Succession Planning on April 8th at 2PM EST

Succession Planning is the process of what you decide will happen to your firm, its leaders, employees and assets when you leave, but what does it include?

Thursday's Edge: Confidence Boosting 101 with The Career Mavericks on April 8th at 5PM 
Who are you? How do you balance? Are you fearless or fearful? Join U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. in this workshop to learn ways to boost your confidence, willingness to take smart risks and move outside your comfort zone.

Struggling to convert your followers into customers? Register today for the US Black Chamber's Webinar:
Instagram For Small Businesses with Shine with Natasha on April 16th at 2PM

Louisiana Association of Non-Profits Hosts CEO: Roundtable with Sevetri Wilson
Sevetri is a 2010 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Public Service, the Jefferson Award; and her work was featured in the U.S. Senate report to the White House on Volunteerism in the U.S., under President Obama. Sevetri’s work and that of her clients has been featured in national publications such as USA Today, Time Magazine, and CNN. She serves as a voice for communities as a Forbes contributor and has amassed over 200,000 followers across social media.

Her newest venture, Resilia is revolutionizing how nonprofits are created and maintained, and how funders scale impact. Prior to Resilia, she founded Solid Ground Innovations, LLC., a strategic communications agency and authored Solid Ground: How I Built a 7 Figure Company at 22 with Zero Capital.

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