WASHINGTON – United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., and U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills will on Tuesday, June 30th, host a Small Business Outreach Conference in New Orleans, La. The event is intended to assist small business owners looking to utilize federal and state small business assistance programs. The Committee will work with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Louisiana Economic Development (LED) to provide brief overviews of SBA lending programs, federal contracting opportunities, LED’s Small and Emerging Business Development Program and other programs to help small businesses maintain and grow their businesses in this tough economic climate.

Officials from the SBA, LED and Louisiana Small Business Development Centers will join Sen. Landrieu’s staff, which includes Staff Director and Chief Legal Counsel Donald Cravins, Jr., a former State Senator from Louisiana, to discuss top concerns for entrepreneurs. The Committee held several similar outreach conferences in Lafayette, Lake Charles, Shreveport and Baton Rouge and plans to hold additional outreach conferences in other parts of the state in the coming months.

“I am pleased to announce that the Senate Small Business Committee will host its fifth outreach fair in New Orleans,” Sen. Landrieu said. “We have received very positive feedback from entrepreneurs throughout the state who have attended conferences in other parts of Louisiana, and I am sure that these events are helping our small business owners get ahead. Small businesses are America’s job creators, and I am hopeful that our New Orleans outreach conference will help strengthen the businesses that will return the nation to economic prosperity.”

The details for the Baton Rouge Small Business Outreach Conference are as follows:

Tuesday, June 30th
Registration at 8:00 am. CDT; Program runs from 9:00 am. – 11:45 am. Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center
University of New Orleans Research and Technology Park
2045 Lakeshore Drive,
New Orleans, LA 70122