The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and SJB Group, LLC would like to request your attendance at our upcoming Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport 15th Annual “Business Opportunities Workshop” being held virtually on October 15, 2020 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. We are extremely excited to have Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome deliver the Welcoming Address: as well as, provide a business overview for the City of Baton Rouge and the importance of DBE involvement with the MOVEBR Projects. In addition, you will also have the chance to learn more about the upcoming project opportunities at the BTR Metropolitan Airport and the agencies that offer resources to small businesses.
After you register, I will send you three links:
1. Zoom link to the Main event
2. Zoom link to the Break Out Sessions
3. Zoom link to the Exhibitors

Note that these events will all be happening at different times within the course of the day and you will have to log in to attend.
We hope to see your there!
Please send any questions you would like addressed during the Question and Answer Session to Mr. Kenyatta Sparks, SJB Group, LLC at

Note: Please register in advance. Click below to register:

8:30-9:00 Conference Registration

9:00-9:05  Mr. Mike Edwards, Director of Aviation, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport: Opening Remarks

9:05-9:20  Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, City of Baton Rouge
Welcome Address-Business Overview of Baton Rouge, Importance of BTR’s DBE Involvement City of BR Disparity Study Update

9:20-9:25  Mr. Matthew Butler, Sr., Chairman, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Commission

9:25-9:35  Councilwoman Chauna Banks, Metro Council District 2 Council

9:35-9:50  Ms. Ada Womack-Bell, Director, Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University
Small Business Resources Available

9:50-10:05  Ms. Bonnie Garrigan, SJB Group/Equity Economics
Overview of BTR’s DBE Program

10:05-10:20  Ms. Rhonda Wallace, DBE/SBE Program Manager, LADOTD Compliance Programs
Getting Certified as a DBE/SBE

10:20-10:35  Ms. Sevetri Wilson, CEO/Founder, Resilia and Solid Ground Innovations
Keynote Address – "Resilient: Bootstrapped to Raising Millions"

10:35-10:50  Ms. LaKeisha Robichaux, Entrepreneur/CEO, Chief of Minds
Business Resiliency

10:50-11:05  Ms. Cindy Carrier, Program Manager, Louisiana PTAC - Southeast Louisiana Office
Small Business Resources Available

11:05-11:20  Mr. Darryl Johnson, Jr., Program Manager, Louisiana Economic Development - Small Business Services
Small Business Resources Available/Bonding Assistance Program

11:20-11:35  Ms. Jo Ann Lawrence, Deputy District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
Products and Service for Small Businesses

11:35-12:00  Mr. Alan Krouse/Mr. Sparky Hoffman, AMG Consulting
Mr. Mike Edwards, Director of Aviation
Mr. Greg Pierson, Assistant Director of Aviation
Mr. Michael Taffaro, Senior Special Assistant Parish Attorney
Question and Answer Session

Things have been tough.
But there’s a flight
at the end of the tunnel.
And it’s at BTR.

Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR) passenger volume has increased each month since the pandemic low-point in April. Total passenger volume in August was 25,175, up from July’s 22,500 passenger count. 

BTR passenger numbers have increased each month since the April year-over-year decline of 95%, improving to a year-over-year decrease of only 63% in August based on total passenger volume. The airline industry continues to suffer dramatic passenger declines due to the coronavirus pandemic, but BTR passenger volume recovery is trending slightly above the national average on a percentage basis. 

Total BTR passenger volume year-to-date through August is down 55%. 

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