Lt. Gov. Landrieu Announces Business Development Seminar in Shreveport -- 04/04/2005
LT. GOV. MITCH LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES
-An Interactive How-To On Doing Business with the State of Louisiana-
Baton Rouge, LA – In keeping with his mission to promote and encourage business partnerships between state government and socially and economically disadvantaged-owned companies, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu will host a seminar on how to do business with the State of Louisiana. The seminar will be held on Friday, April 8, at Sam’s Town Casino Hotel and Convention Center (315 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport) from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm., including a business expo from noon to 5:00 pm. A networking reception will follow the seminar. The event is free and open to the public.
The seminar will cover a variety of topics including purchasing, contracts, ethics, tax incentives, and small business development. In opening remarks to the seminar attendees, Lt. Gov. Landrieu will give an overview of the Department he oversees, Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and discuss his business philosophy.
“This seminar is designed to inform, educate, and promote doing business with the state of Louisiana to those who have traditionally been excluded from business and other opportunities,” said Landrieu. “For Louisiana to be a leader of the New South, we must realize that diversity is the foundation for our economic growth. It needs to start with the state.”
A panel made up of some of Louisiana’s leading procurement officials will offer insight on how to compete for state government contracts and facilitate a question and answer session. Panelists include Eugene Cornelius, Director, Small Business Association (SBA); John Matthews, LA Dept of Economic Development; Phalia Mire, Executive Director, LA Minority Business Council; Richard Jefferson, Department of Revenue; and Denise Lea, Office of Purchasing and Contractual Review. The seminar targets executives and business development managers of certified small, disadvantaged, women and minority-owned businesses.
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism have partnered with the following organizations to facilitate the seminar: The Bossier/Caddo, Shreveport/Bossier City Legislative Delegation, the Shreveport Minority Business Council, the Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Association, the Louisiana Minority Business Council, the Louisiana Economic Development Department of Small and Emerging Business Office, the Louisiana Parishes Economic Development Department Small and Disadvantaged Business Offices, the Small Business Administration (Louisiana Branch), the Women Business Council of the Gulf Coast, the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Shreveport Department of Revenue, Shreveport Fair Share Program, and LSUS Small Business Development Center.
This is the third business development summit the Lieutenant Governor has hosted since taking office. Other seminars took place in New Orleans and Ruston.