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LSBDC at ULM to host seminar for women and minority business owners

Published June 24 2014

Growth of small businesses has been identified as a key source for future job creation. In support of developing small businesses in the Northeastern Louisiana region, the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at University of Louisiana at Monroe (LSBDC at ULM) will host a training seminar from 8-11 a.m., on Tuesday, July 8, at the Anna Gray Noe Alumni Center, located at 4400 Bon Aire Drive, in Monroe.

There is no cost to attend either seminar, but space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Register online at lsbdc.org, or call 318-342-1224.

The seminar, “Positioning, Planning & Profiting: A Life Cycle Approach to M/WBE Business Growth,” will help minority and women-owned businesses identify where they fit in the business life cycle from start-up to becoming a publicly traded company and then identify important resources to support their growth at each phase.

The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (The MMBC Continuum) will conduct the seminars.

The MMBC Continuum is an economic development agency in Memphis, Tenn., that developed a successful model focused on the growth of scalable minority and women-owned businesses with the capacity to meet the procurement needs of major corporations and impact job creation.

The seminars will introduce minority and women business owners to characteristics and the mindset necessary to position them for growth, while providing best practices that can help identify and determine how to leverage their existing strategy to grow to the next level by either enhancing or reengineering their approach to business.

The MMBC Continuum has formed a strategic partnership with LSBDC at ULM, which is the result of an investment made by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to support their initiative to impact the growth of minority and women-owned businesses in the DRA footprint.

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that is congressionally mandated to help create jobs, build communities and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta.

For more information about the partnership contact Barry Parker, project director, LSBDC at ULM at bparker@ulm.edu or at 318-342-1198, or Natalie Robinson, vice president and director of communications and marketing for The MMBC Continuum at nrobinson@mmbc-memphis.org, or at 901-525-6512.

LSBDC at ULM provides a vast array of technical assistance to existing small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. By supporting business growth, sustainability and enhancing the creation of new business entities, LSBDC fosters local and regional economic development in Northeast Louisiana through job creation and retention.