Wednesday, February 11


Conference participants and exhibitors interacting
Baton Rouge, La. – The Center for Rural and Small Business Development at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center will hold the annual Procurement Opportunities Conference on April 9, 2015 to connect businesses with contracts. Louisiana Small Business Development Centers in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, U. S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors, Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, the Southern University College of Business, and many more partners will collaborate on this event which starts promptly at 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. The event will take place in the Southern University A & M College’s Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union Cotillion Ballroom.

The goal of the Center and its partners is to assist rural communities, create and develop matchmaking outcomes, encourage and enhance serious networking possibilities, educate and strengthen community leaders and residents in their business and economic development activities that will benefit individuals, households, contractors, and communities for generations.

Attendees will include 200-300 individuals, potential and existing business owners, contractors, non-profits, small towns, municipalities, and others who will receive information from presenters and exhibitors concerning businesses and contracts, sources of assistance, the process of registering and obtaining licensing, and methods of financing. There will be representatives from the United States Small Business Administration available to discuss relevant SBA programs, guarantees, certification process, bonds and surety, GO Loans, and disaster loans.  Should individuals want to become licensed or an existing contractor needs to increase their existing knowledge, the Louisiana State Contractor Licensing Department will be available.  This conference is power packed to the economic, business, and community growth.

The conference is free, but pre-registration is required. Participant registration forms can be faxed to (337) 482-5837 or e-mail by April 1 to pre-register.
Click here to download Registration Forms in PDF format.

Some Exhibitors Include:

USACE, New Orleans; U.S. Department of  Navy; Entergy; USDA; Weeks Marine; Textron; Dyn McDermott; Department of Energy; SPAWAR; USDA NRCS; Southern University Purchasing; Capital One; LED; LA Secretary of State; GSA; Cajun Constructors; FDIC; TruFund; LA-PTAC; LSBDC; Manson Construction Company; EBR Fair Share; EBR Purchasing; Perez; WSI Expert Solutions; Barksdale AFB; Department of Army – Fort Polk; Chevron; Veterans Administration; Marine Corps Reserve;  Minerals Management; USACE-ERDC Vicksburg; NASA, Stennis; Gibbs Construction; Mike Hooks; Core Construction; Hunt-Gibbs-Boh-Metro Joint Venture, and more…

For more information, contact Gloria London at (225) 771-4107, e-mail; or Eual Hall at (225) 771-4105, e-mail


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