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8(a) Business Development Program Workshop

8(a) Certification Workshop

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 

Louisiana Tech University
University Hall, Room 111
Keeny Circle
Ruston, LA 71270

The U.S. Small Business Administration Louisiana District Office is presenting a workshop on how to qualify for their Section 8(a) Business Development Program. The workshop is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, named for a section of the Small Business Act, is a business development program created to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market.

The workshop will cover:

-Eligibility criteria for Section 8(a) program participation
-Overview of electronic application
-Review of the required supporting documentation
-Review, explanation, and guidance in completing the required SBA forms
-additional information as needed by the participants

The goal of the workshop is to educate the small business community on the Section 8(a) program and to provide guidance in the completion of the electronic application. the workshop will be taught by Mrs. Jo Ann Lawrence, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist.

The basic eligibility requirements include:

  • the firm must be a small business
  • the firm must be unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the United States
  • the firm must be daily managed by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the United States
  • the firm must demonstrate the potential for success (two-year rule)


The bottom portion of the following flyer contains the registration form and instructions for turning it in.

8(a) Certification Workshop Flyer

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I-20 Corridor Regional Business Accelerator Program

The Regional Business Acceleration program being initiated by Louisiana Tech University and Winrock International, in collaboration with partners throughout north Louisiana, is focused on providing services and support to facilitate rapid growth for business enterprises demonstrating strong potential for the creation of good quality jobs and the attraction of revenue from outside the region. This initiative is designed specifically for encouraging business activities suited to operation in small, rural northern LA communities with an emphasis on developing opportunities in targeted industry clusters which include: information technology and telecommunications, alternative energy and green construction, and biosciences.

Both aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses can benefit from Accelerator services and either may apply to participate in the Accelerator program. Individuals selected for the program will receive intensive training, mentoring, and consulting from experienced professionals. Accelerator participants will be guided through the process of developing a funding proposal and presenting their plan to appropriate investors. Eligible businesses will compete for prize packages to support the launch of their enterprises and they will receive continuing support throughout their initial year of operation.

Accelerator Application

Regional Business Accelerator Application Form in Microsoft Word

Regional Business Accelerator Application Fillable Form in Adobe

Please note that up to 8 additional pages may be attached. If your answers do not fit in the space provided, please feel free to attach additional pages.

Information for Accelerator Application

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FYI: Find Your Idea November workshops

FYI: Find Your Idea

A workshop to help businesses with strong growth potential turn their ideas into action!

Attendees had the opportunity to:

  • Generate Ideas for New Business Opportunities
  • Hear About Successful Examples
  • Apply Techniques that Help Prioritize Among Multiple Options and Assess Feasibility
  • Qualify for Additional Counseling and Assistance
  • Learn About an Intensive Business Acceleration Program

This workshop allowed attendees to explore ideas for new business opportunities that have high growth potential and the ability to succeed in rural communities.  Attendees received information, participated in hands-on activities, and obtained useful tools that can help create and prioritize business ideas for both new ventures and existing businesses.

This introductory program gave additional skills that can support the development and growth of a business venture and introduced participants to valuable resources that can assist with establishing a new product line, service or business enterprise.

Attending this workshop improved particpants’ likelihood of qualifying for a business acceleration program that provides business mentoring, management training, and professional consulting services which can strengthen an existing business or startup endeavor.  Participants in the workshop also received the first choice of appointment times for additional meetings with business counselors who can advise them on planning and preparing for your proposed venture.

Workshops were held in Arcadia, Bastrop, Bernice, Springhill, Farmerville, and Delhi during the month of November.


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Innovate 101 – October 2

Innovate 101

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

University Hall – Room 111

Louisiana Tech University


A seminar to get yourself, your team, or your entire organization better prepared to develop and implement innovative solutions that lead to improved operations and new business opportunities.

Effective and innovative business operations are essential in an increasingly competitive economic climate.  Your business must be meaningfully unique to sustain greater profitability.  Many businesses recognize the need to improve but most don’t know how to get started, how to make the right changes, and how to keep the momentum going.  This program provided attendees with information and action steps to help them get better at generating, evaluating, communicating, and profiting from innovative ideas for new products or services. Innovate 101 is based on a proven process developed by Eureka Ranch and delivered by MEPoL.



  • Learned how to create, communicate, and commercialize innovative new products and services.
  • Received tools to help stimulate creativity and evaluate various options.
  • Gained focus on the information needed to make quick and effective decisions about which products or services to launch.
  • Improved their ability to communicate ideas and emphasize meaningful benefits to customers.



Business Startup for International Students – Monday Sep. 17

Business Startup Seminar for International Students

Monday, September 17

12:00 NOON

At University Hall – Room 121

Information and assistance for international students interested in starting a business located here in Ruston, LA

International students often have great ideas for starting new businesses but this can be hard to do while enrolled in school and even more difficult after graduation.  There are some actions which can make this goal easier to achieve.  Immigration attorney, David Ware, discussed the options that can allow students to establish and run businesses in the United States while enrolled in school and after graduating.

Topics Discussed:

  • Options that can allow business ownership and operation in the US
  • Resources that can help with starting a business
  • Attendees also had the opportunity to talk with an immigration expert who could answer questions about business ownership

Startup Weekend in Alexandria June 1-3

Startup Weekend is an event where entrepreneurs gather for a weekend of company creation. In just 54 hours, participants will transform initial ideas pitched on Friday night into startup companies on sunday night.

This event is for inventors, developers, marketing maestros, business development wizards, design gurus, legal geniuses, and startup specialists.

What you’ll ge tout of the event:
Build Your Network
Learn New Skills
Learn How to Launch a Business
Get Access to Valuable Startup Resources
Save Money

Learn more and register at or call 318.441.4400

Expanding Horizons 2012

A Seminar for Small Businesses Entering International Markets

May 10th, 2012

Sheraton New Orleans

500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130


For more than four decades, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has been the primary U.S. government agency supporting private sector investment in new and emerging markets. In support of OPIC’s continued outreach efforts, OPIC is extending into 2012 its program EXPANDING HORIZIONS: A Workshop for Small Businesses Entering International Markets with events in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 10; New York City, New York on June 27; Seattle, Washington on October 3; and Chicago/Rosemont, Illinois on October 18.

These events will provide a unique opportunity for participants to learn about U.S. government resources available for small businesses expanding their business internationally, and will include presentations by senior government officials from OPIC and other U.S. government trade agencies, as well as insight from U.S. businesses currently investing in foreign markets. These workshops follow the great success of 13 similar EXPANDING HORIZONS events OPIC has organized around the United States since 2006.

For more information, or to register, please visit

Time to Take the Leap

Time to Take the Leap

February 29, 2012

Louisiana Tech University
Technology Business Development Center
Ruston, LA

Take the Leap was a workshop overviewing new venture startup to help people learn before they take the leap of starting a new business. The training covered how to identify opportunities, decide on the best option, calculate funding needs, assess funding alternatives, and begin preparing for startup.

Participants received relevant information, reference materials, continued support, business research assistance, and the opportunity for Q and A.

For more information on what was presented during the workshop, check out the links below.

Powerpoint Presentation


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