Wednesday, April 25

SU Ag Center, SBA train businesses for government contracts

Jo Ann Lawrence, right, conducts training
BATON ROUGE, LA: More than 30 participants assembled at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center on April 24 for a “HUBZone” training event sponsored by the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This program is designed to help small firms in certain communities gain access to federal contract opportunities. HUBzone areas are typically areas of low median household income or high unemployment, or both.

Trainees came from diverse backgrounds across the state to acquire knowledge on how to identify and secure government contracts. They learned about small business contracting programs, how the government buys, how to sell to the government, as well as eligibility and certification requirements.

The training was headed by Jo Ann Lawrence, Lead Business Development Specialist in the Louisiana Office of the SBA in New Orleans. The Center for Rural and Small Business Development at the SU Ag Center coordinated the event.

 The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.

For further detail, contact Gloria London, director of Center for Rural and Small Business Development at 225/771-4107, or Eual Hall, business development specialist at 225-771-4105.



Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

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