Black Chambers of Commerce Day at the Capitol
Photo credit: Peter Forest @forestphoto_llc

The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently presented the Louisiana Statewide Black Chambers of Commerce Day at the Capitol

We are grateful for presentations from the office of Governor John Bel Edwards, The Legislative Black Caucus, DOTD, LED, LWC, and OSP.

We appreciate the LA Legislative Black Caucus for the participation and invaluable information shared.

We look forward to continuing these relationships and empowering our 7+ chambers across Louisiana serving over 1,000 small businesses to create a stronger economy.

Our mission is to help drive the economic growth of our State by empowering and sustaining the minority business community through the development of local minority chambers.

LED offers award-winning program to support 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

Black Business Profile: Pamela's Bayou in a Bowl, Alexandria, LA

Pamela’s Bayou In A Bowl is a Black-Owned restaurant in Alexandria, LA. This restaurant provides American comfort food and signature desserts.

Pamela’s Bayou In A Bowl
33 Macarthur Drive Alexandria, LA 
(318) 528-8839
Resilient Restart East Baton Rouge - Small Business Micro-Grant Program

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and the City of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish recognize the challenges that local businesses are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet the short-term financial needs of microenterprises and small businesses, the Resilient Restart EBR: Small Business Micro-grants Program offers one-time, micro-grants of $2,500 to eligible entities that have been impacted by COVID-19. Recipients may use these funds for rent, utilities, inventory, accounts payable, fixed costs, employee wages and benefits. These are grant awards and repayment by the recipient is not required.

Greater SW Louisiana Black Chamber
Hosts Lunch n' Learn
Recently the GSWLBC held a Lunch n’ Learn sponsored by Chase Bank Community Manager, Kirk Taylor. Attendees learned more about the newly formed partnership between GSLBCC and Chase Bank.

Monroe Regional Black Chamber Prepares for Juneteenth 2022
All vendors wishing to do business with the State of Louisiana must register online. Please use the following link to register as a vendor

 During the registration process, select all of the commodities your company is able to provide. You will then receive an email notification each time a bid is posted in one of the commodities for which you've registered.

Vendor Resources Page - Office of State Procurement’s website: 
Webinar: Emergency Procurement and How to Register
Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. SBA also provides eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a declared disaster.

The mission of the Department of the Treasury includes formulating and recommending financial, tax, and fiscal policies, serving as financial agent for the U.S. Government, enforcing various Federal laws, and manufacturing coins and currency. Accomplishing this mission requires the procurement of a wide variety of commercial goods and services at an annual expenditure of appropriated and non-appropriated funds in excess of $3 billion.

Procurement authority has been delegated to the various bureaus of the Department, each conducting the procurement transactions necessary to carry out its respective program. Treasury's procurement efforts include a commitment to increase its contract awards to small, minority, women, HUBZone, service-disabled veteran, and veteran owned business firms.

We invite and encourage your participation in Treasury procurement program. Thank you for your interest in doing business with the Department of the Treasury.
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Box 6012 New Orleans, LA 70114
Phone Number: 1 504-655-7572