Friday, May 5

SARDI Hosts Successful Small Business Summit

The Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development Institute partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration to host its Acadiana Small Business Summit.

Baton Rouge, La.The Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development Institute (SARDI) kicked off National Small Business Week by hosting its first Acadiana Small Business Summit (ASBS) on Monday, May 1. The event was held from 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Institute’s location on 1209 Diesi Street in Opelousas, La.

More than 40 area small-business owners and interested entrepreneurs attended the various workshops offered during the summit.

SARDI partnered with The U.S. Small Business Administration to host the event, which provided participates with information on everything from writing a business plan to securing governmental contracts. Many participants requested that the summit take place annually due to the breadth of relevant knowledge presented.

Proclamations from both the Mayor of Opelousas, Reginald “Reggie” Tatum and the Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, were presented to the organizers of the summit in recognition of National Small Business week.

SARDI has also partnered with SCORE to host monthly small-business meetings to encourage economic development in the Acadiana region. The meetings will begin Thursday, May 18. Tonia Askins, Louisiana District Director of SCORE Louisiana, will mentor small business owners in various areas, from marketing to finance. 

For more information, please contact SARDI at 337-943-2410 or email

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