|12th annual Procurement Conference|
Baton Rouge, LA – Over 300 small business owners, contracts, non-profit organizations, government agencies and prime companies converged on the Smith-Brown Memorial Union on March 22 for the Center for Rural and Small Business Development at the Southern University Ag Center’s 12th Annual Connecting Businesses with Contracts Procurement Conference.
The event was co-hosted by the U. S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University and the Goodwork Network.
Participants were able to network with each other and attended workshops on the topics of: tax reduction strategies, protecting business assets and six figure retirement planning; understanding state purchasing procedures; increasing the potential of success for your businesses; obtaining and keeping your contractor’s license; how the bank reviews/assesses your financial statements, making your decisions based on financial statements and a panel discussion on federal contract opportunities that are available and how to secure these contracts.
A luncheon was also held during the conference that featured a panel of entrepreneurs who discussed how they began their businesses, the challenges they faced as start-up companies and how they found funding. Panel members Lizette Gordon with Carousel Medical Equipment, LLC; Alvinette Teal with Jesco Environmental and Geotechnical Services, Inc. and Danny Blanks and James Washington with Ponchatrain Partner, LLC, also shared words of wisdom with their fellow small business owners.
This year’s conference kicked off with a business to business networking session on March 21 in the Smith-Brown Memorial Union.
For additional information about the SU Ag Center’s Center for Rural and Small Business Development Center, visit www.crsbd.com or call 225.771.2242.