To help you navigate the many resources available to you at both the local and state levels, JEDCO has put together this list of helpful links. From counseling and assistance to venture capital to workforce solutions, these sites provide a wealth of information.
Louisiana Small Business Development Center Greater New Orleans Region (SBDC)
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center Greater New Orleans Region (SBDC) provides business counseling, technical assistance and business training for existing or new small businesses in the Greater New Orleans area and surrounding 10 parish region, including the Bayou Region. Assistance includes business planning, loan package preparation, web site development, logo design, marketing, management, research, finding sources of funding, accounting and legal issues. Business workshops are provided on a variety of topics for a small fee. Business consulting services are FREE and available ONLY by appointment – Monday – Saturday.
MEPoL is a statewide, non-profit organization that provides Louisiana’s small and medium-sized manufacturers with business and technical solutions that help them become more productive and competitive. MEPoL’s services include lean manufacturing, information technology, quality systems, plant layout and design, training, testing, research and marketing.
Greater New Orleans, Inc.
From a regional perspective, deals with economic development for a ten-parish area. On January 2004, this organization officially replaced the former New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce and MetroVision.
World Trade Center of New Orleans
The World Trade Center of New Orleans site provides information on various programs including training classes on exporting and importing; foreign language classes; seminars on doing business in specified countries; international conferences and trade shows; international trade publications, and targeted trade missions to other countries.
U.S. Trade and Development Agency
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps U.S. companies pursue overseas business opportunities for infrastructure and industrial projects in developing countries through the funding of feasibility studies, orientation visits, specialized training grants, business workshops, and various forms of technical assistance.
Hoover’s Online provides industry/company profiles from its database of over 11,000 financially sound and growing companies in the United States.
East Bank Regional Library
Print and online resources available at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library. It should be helpful to most small businesses and to people/agencies that support them.
JEDCO’s Business Incubator Program
Through its business incubator program, JEDCO provides an environment conducive to the development of new enterprises. Quality office space, business counseling, networking opportunities, seminars and shared administrative services (secretarial, phone, fax and more) are just a few of the services offered to Jefferson Parish businesses during their initial startup phase.
Licenses & Permits (Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office)
Permits and licenses necessary for companies doing business in Jefferson Parish can be obtained through the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. For further information, please visit their Web site.
Louisiana Secretary of State
If you are interested in incorporating, need licensing information, are looking for a list of books published by this office, or want information on filing UCC’s in Louisiana, then the commercial division section of this Web site is where you should visit. This office’s First Stop Shop helps cut through the red tape of the licensing process.
U.S. Small Business Administration
An online version of the SBA’s Small Business Resource Guide provides valuable information on starting a business including information on finding the money you need, government regulations relative to business start-up, SBA assistance programs, as well as local sources of assistance.
Online Women’s Business Center
By combining the expertise and resources of the U.S. Small Business Administration with several major corporate sponsors, the Online Women’s Business Center has developed a Web site designed to offer the most current information on business principles and practices, management techniques, mentoring, networking and business resources.
U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency
Provides information on specialized business topics. This site is designed to guide minority entrepreneurs to sources of technical, financial, business and market assistance.
Many Web sites now link small and medium-sized businesses with potential investors. Among the best known are:
Garage Technology Ventures
State of Louisiana
The Louisiana site is the entry to state government information, providing direct access to Louisiana governmental agency Web sites including the Departments of Labor, Education, Economic Development, Administration, and the Legislature.
The Louisiana Department of Economic Development
Provides valuable information on business location and expansion in Louisiana, tax and business incentives, international trade, small business assistance, national and international marketing, and financing assistance.
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. This site provides information about Jefferson Parish government, historical facts, how to do business in the parish, JEDCO, job openings with the parish, emergency preparedness, recycling and garbage service, and more. An information bulletin board and other valuable information may be accessed through this site as well.
Statistics & Demographics
For information regarding individual municipalities in Jefferson Parish, you may want to consult the following:
Town of Grand Isle
City of Gretna
City of Harahan
City of Kenner
City of Westwego
The Official Business Link to the U.S. Government
The U.S. Business Advisor site provides business with one-stop access to federal government information, services, and transactions.
LSU’s U.S. Federal Government Agencies Directory
Greater New Orleans Community Data Center
With information provided by the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, this site offers detailed statistical information on housing, income and much more for Jefferson Parish and other areas in the New Orleans region.
U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau has current and historical census data available.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the federal government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.
Bureau of Economic Analysis
The Bureau of Economic Analysis integrates and interprets a tremendous volume of data to draw a complete and consistent picture of the U.S. economy.
Area Business Organizations
The Jefferson Business and Career Solution Center
Visit this Web site if you are seeking a better job, or if you’re a company representative looking for a qualified workforce. Jefferson Parish offers employment services through the Jefferson Workforce Connection Career Center.
Louisiana Department of Labor
The Louisiana Department of Labor’s Web site is a useful resource for labor market and human resources information. The site also allows employers to post job openings and search applicant resumes.
Employment and Training Administration
Employment and Training Administration contributes to the more efficient functioning of the U.S. labor market by providing high-quality job training, employment, labor-market information and income maintenance services.