Louisiana Small Business Summit 2023



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The 2023 Louisiana Small Business Summit will be held on October 24, 2023, from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, at the Cajundome and Convention Center in Lafayette. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with state departments and procurement representatives, and obtain information on small business resources. For small businesses wishing to potentially increase their sales of goods and services to the state government, this is a fantastic opportunity. Tickets include lunch and registration. You may purchase tickets here.
LDEQ 1The summit is hosted by Louisiana Economic Development and presented by Lafayette Economic Development Authority and One Acadiana.
Louisiana Small Business SummitGain access to resources, opportunities, and insights to drive your business forward—all in one day. Connect directly with state agencies and procurement representatives at the Reverse Trade Show, and attend informational breakout sessions.

Gain valuable business insights from keynote speaker Jewel Burks Solomon, managing partner of Collab Capital, a venture capital fund that she launched to close the funding gap for Black entrepreneurs. Jewel is also the former head of Google for Startups in the United States. In this role, she worked to level the playing field for underrepresented startup founders and communities by connecting them with Google’s products, people, and best practices, so as to foster more access to the technology innovation ecosystem.
The breakout sessions and panel discussions will include:
  • Information from the governor’s office and state agencies regarding projects and opportunities upcoming via the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law/IIJA, and how small businesses can prepare themselves to access these opportunities
  • Information on certifications, resources, and tools available to assist with business growth and sustainability
  • Sessions on how to do business with the state and leverage Hudson and veteran certifications for increased opportunity
  • Business owner panels on lessons learned and leveraging resources to grow a small business and succeed with government contracting
  • Information on how to prepare, protect, and respond to cybersecurity threats faced by small businesses
For accommodations, a room block is available at the Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette/Cajundome. Guests can make reservations here or by phone at 337-291-1977. Use group code LASBS when making your reservation.

About Louisiana Economic Development
Louisiana Economic Development (LED) is responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment and creating a more vibrant economy. It is the only state agency in the United States accredited by the International Economic Development Council, boasting award-winning programs like LED FastStart, a longtime national leader in customized workforce development. LED also supports a wide range of higher ed partnerships that Business Facilities magazine recently credited for Louisiana’s ranking as the Number One Tech Talent Pipeline in the United States. In 2022, LED attracted fifty-three new economic development projects representing 18,137 new direct, indirect, and retained jobs and $20.7 billion in new capital investment. Explore how LED cultivates jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Louisiana and employers of all sizes at OpportunityLouisiana.com.

About Lafayette Economic Development Authority

The Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) is committed to providing resources and assistance to businesses. LEDA’s mission is to catalyze job growth and capital investments that will lead to a strong and diversified economy, equitable access to economic opportunity, and an excellent quality of life in Lafayette Parish. Leveraging our favorable business climate, joie de vivre, and culture of ingenuity and creativity, Lafayette will be the location of choice for top talent, existing and new businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators. Learn more about LEDA here.

About One Acadiana

One Acadiana is a bolder, re-energized version of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. We are a business-led, privately funded economic development organization serving a nine-parish (county) area in South Louisiana. Our vision is to make our region one of the most sought-after places in the South for emerging businesses and professional talent. We call ourselves One Acadiana because we believe it takes a united region to create the best region. Please visit our website for more information.

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