Thursday, April 6

The Land-Grant Campus is set to hold its 13th Annual ‘Connecting Businesses with Contracts’ Procurement Conference

Baton Rouge, La.Hundreds of current and potential small business owners will gather at Southern University’s Smith-Brown Memorial Union on April 11 for the Land-Grant Campus’s 13th Annual ‘Connecting Businesses with Contracts’ Procurement Conference.

The event, which will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., will feature a session for millennial business owners and sessions on business tax strategies and financial management, employee and performance management, the anatomy of winning bids, the five P’s for more effective marketing, construction law and how to protect yourself, and how to obtain and maintain a contractor’s license.

The conference provides a venue for potential and existing business owners, contractors, non-profits, small towns, and municipalities to learn about the resources that are available through federal, state and local government agencies and prime companies.
                                                                                                                                                                    Retired Lt. General Russel Honore` will serve as the guest speaker for the conference.

Honore` is a native of Louisiana and graduate of Southern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture. He is best known for leading the Joint Task Force Katrina, in which he led the Department of Defense’s response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit to name only a few awards he has received.

General Honore` retired from the United States Army in 2008 with 37 years of service. He currently speaks and consults on Building a Culture of Preparedness.

The conference is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, visit On-site participant registration will be available on the day of the conference.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Rural and Small Business Development at the Land-Grant Campus; the U. S. Small Business Administration; America’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University; Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Goodwork Network.

For more information about the Procurement Conference or to obtain registration forms, contact Eual Hall at 225-771-4105 or via e-mail at


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