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GeauxBIZ Workshops

March 8, 2017 @ 12:00 am - March 9, 2017 @ 12:00 am

NATCHITOCHES ­ – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center and the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office have partnered to provide small businesses with hands-on geauxBIZ training and registration workshops.  The workshops will take place Wednesday, March 8 at 9 a.m. in Alexandria and 2 p.m. in Natchitoches and at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 9 in Shreveport. There is no cost to attend.

The workshop is for new business owners, start-up companies and those thinking about starting a business.  Instructor for the workshop is Carla Bonaventure, commercial administrator with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office Commercial Division.  The GeauxBIZ workshops will be about two hours and will address common issues and challenges.  GeauxBIZ allows entrepreneurs the ability to complete the necessary legal documents to start a business, register for a tax revenue number and apply for an unemployment insurance tax account number.

The workshop will cover how to reserve a business name, how to create a checklist of federal, state and local licenses and permits, how to file with the Secretary of State, Department of Revenue and Louisiana Workforce Commission, how to apply for unemployment insurance and how to find helpful resources.

The Alexandria workshop will be held at the Cenla Chamber of Commerce, 1118 Third St.  The Natchitoches session will take place on the third floor of Caspari Hall, 310 Sam Sibley Dr.  The Shreveport workshop will be at Hamilton South Caddo Library, 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop.

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center is the state’s largest and most accessible source of assistance for entrepreneurs and the only statewide nationally accredited program that provides business consulting to entrepreneurs at no cost.  The LSBDC network, hosted by Northwestern State University, is an accredited member of the National Association of Small Business Development Centers and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and participating universities.

For more information or to register for one of the sessions, call (318) 357-5611 or visit


March 8, 2017 @ 12:00 am
March 9, 2017 @ 12:00 am
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