Category Archives: TBDC Events

New Venture for the New Year

An Overview of a Business Accelerator Program

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
6:30 PM

University Hall
Ruston, LA


“New Venture for the New Year”

This event is an overview of a business accelerator program which helps entrepreneurs move their new venture forward. The accelerator program provides support for new and existing ventures to introduce new products or services.  The accelerator program includes focused training and networking that include industry feedback and expert coaching to help innovators ramp up operations. We are looking for entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in the program in the coming year.


Business Pitch Competition – Won in One!

The Technology Business Development Center is hosting a free business pitch competition on October 29, 2013. The business pitch competition will bring together entrepreneurs/aspiring entrepreneurs, angel investors, and business leaders from across north Louisiana. Each presenter is given sixty seconds to present an elevator pitch to the audience and a panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded to presenters based on judges’ choice and audience vote. The competition will be held at 7:00 p.m. in University Hall on Louisiana Tech campus following the Bulldog Entrepreneurs Top Dawg Idea Pitch Competition. Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs are encouraged to register in advance, as there are only 30 presentation slots. Those registered before October 15 will be permitted to attend a pitch presentation training session for preparation. Additional registrants will be accepted to pitch in place of potential no-show presenters. For more information call or email Ann Marie Queen at 318-574-5421 or

Register  by emailing or calling Ann Marie Queen or by going to Eventbrite

“From Concept to Marketplace” Workshop

A workshop on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
8 AM until 3 PM

LA Tech University Shreveport Center
8028 Shrevepark Drive, Shreveport, LA


“From Concept to Marketplace”

Louisiana Tech University and the Louisiana Technology Transfer Office are sponsoring a workshop for individuals and organizations interested in performing research and obtaining funds to support proof of concept and prototype development for federal agencies.

The workshop will be conducted by Jim Greenwood, a nationally recognized SBIR/STTR consultant who has helped hundreds of firms improve their proposals and successfully compete for SBIR and STTR awards.

Attendees will receive:

  • an overview of the SBIR/STTR Programs
  • an explanation of the proposal preparation process
  • information about the review process, updates on recent changes in rules/regulations governing these programs, and research commercialization plans
  • information about the LA SBIR Phase Zero Program which offers $2000 in grant monies to qualified Louisiana companies/researchers to help with the cost of preparing and submitting a SBIR/STTR proposal
  • tips for success from SBIR winners
  • information about benefits for university research

This workshop is for select, small technology-oriented companies, entrepreneurs/innovators, and university research faculty/department heads that are capable of engaging in innovative, basic research & development with the specific goal to produce a product for market and one that is needed by the federal government. Innovative small businesses, entrepreneurs, inventors, research faculty, and university department heads that are conducting research and developing novel products or services which the federal government may deem valuable are encouraged to attend.

The first 35 paid attendees will be eligible for a FREE SBIR/STTR proposal review by Greenwood Consulting for up to one year from the workshop date, subject to availability.

Seating is limited and advance registration is required. The registration fee also includes materials and lunch.

Register by August 31 for $25.
Registration received between September 1 and September 11, will be $35.
On-site registration is $50.
Register by emailing, calling (318) 257-3537 or online at

Small Business Cybersecurity Workshop

A FREE Workshop that Helps Smaller Businesses Identify and Address Information Security Issues in a Practical and Affordable Manner

Thursday, September 19
8:00 AM – 12:00 NOON

Louisiana Tech – University Hall
Park at intersection of W Railroad Ave and Everett St


Computer Security for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

Why is Computer Security Important?

Businesses which utilize computers for email and other online activities as well as invoices, payroll, employee data, client records, or proprietary information are potentially vulnerable to the threat of computer crime and innocent computing errors that may create tremendous inconvenience, produce substantial financial loss, or even end the life of the business.  Because this threat is real, significant, and growing, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is conducting workshops that help small and mid-sized business owners assess the security of their information and information systems in order to understand what safeguards are needed, weigh their potential for loss, and make sound investments in effective computer security solutions.

Who Needs to Attend?

This workshop is for the owners and key team members of small and mid-sized businesses.  You do not have to be an information technology or computer professional in order to understand the presentation.  You will gain an understanding about the security vulnerabilities of your business and receive information that allows you to determine what preventative and corrective measures are necessary.

What Will I Learn?

  • Understand basic information security practices for internet, email, desktop, and personnel
  • Identify information that needs to be protected and prioritize the need for protection
  • Assess security weakness, threats, vulnerabilities, and risks of information systems
  • Determine how much time and money is justified for information security
  • Create procedures to implement security policies that are established
  • Recognize what you can do yourself and what to look for when contracting IT professionals
  • Receive information about security technologies and recommended actions

To register, call (318) 257-3537.

Workshop for Women-Owned Businesses

“Making the Most of Your Woman-Owned Business Ownership in the Federal Government Marketplace”

Thursday, May 30, 2013
10:00 a.m. – Noon

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

Session Overview:

Small business certifications are like professional certifications–they document a special capability or status that will help you compete in the marketplace. Unlike permits and licenses, you do not need to obtain certifications to legally operate. However, in order to take advantage of business opportunities such as government contracts, you may need to obtain certain certifications. Women business owners should seek to leverage the opportunities available through the federal government to drive revenue growth. This workshop will guide you in doing just that.

Topics Covered:

  • woman-owned small business federal government contract set-asides
  • final WOSB ruling and impact and advantage
  • eligible NAICS codes
  • WOSB certification process
  • identifying contract opportunities
  • effectively responding to requests for government proposal
  • completing required registrations
  • computer lab will be available to begin the WOSB certification process or CCR regisration process

For more information: call 504-589-2744 or 504-589-6688.

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

WOSB Workshop Ruston 5.30.2013

HUBZone Boot Camp

HUBZone Boot Camp

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

The U.S. Small Business Administration invites you to the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Boot Camp. The HUBZone boot camp is designed to introduce your business to the program,and support the efforts of your business to participate in the program. The workshop is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Every year, the federal government awards over $500 billion in contracts. There is a statutory 23% goal of government-wide small business prime contracting and a required 3% goal for small businesses located in HUBZones. The SBA assists federal agencies in identifying and awarding contracts to small businesses.

The SBA encourages small businesses to learn more about the HUBZone and take advantage of this federal contracting opportunity!


The event is free and open to the public. To register for the event, please email: Registration and networking begins at 1:00 p.m.

For additional information, please visit: or call 504-589-6688 or 504-589-2744


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

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.


I-20 Corridor Regional Business Accelerator Program

‘Find Your Idea’ PowerPoint Presentation


Resources and Tools

links to information focused on creating and evaluating ideas for new business opportunities


Assessing Entrepreneurial Aptitude – What’s Your Entrepreneurial I.Q.?

Small Business Administration – Is Entrepreneurship For You?


Generating Ideas – Business Ideas

Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From

Trendwatching – global scan of consumer trends, insights and related business ideas

Springwise – database of new business ideas

GoVenture.NETwork – Business Tools

The Innovative Brain: A New and Improved Newsletter

Catalyzing Innovation: 188 strategies to powerfully bring innovation to the organization NOW!

The Secret of Innovation: The Best Ideas are Small

Discovering the Best Business Ideas

How I Use Visualization to Drive Creativity

2011 Trends: This Way Up


Evaluating Business Ideas

SBA – 20 Questions before Starting a Business

Evaluating Your New Small Business Idea

Evaluating Your Business Idea


Additional information for Entrepreneurs

TBDC: Business Guides -Basic Business Startup Procedures

Running Lean Business Model Canvas

VC Experts


Google Alerts

Google Trends (Hot Searches USA)



Famous failures and comebacks

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