Free program to help small businesses explore City-Parish contracting opportunities

Free program to help small businesses explore City-Parish contracting opportunities
Monday, June 2, 2014 - 9:57am

Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden will hold a Small Business Development Summit on Tuesday, June 3, to help local small businesses explore possible contracting opportunities with the City-Parish.

The summit will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette Street.

Representatives from the following city-parish departments will be on hand to discuss their processes for obtaining goods and services, and to provide information about how small businesses can take advantage of those opportunities:

  • Purchasing
  • Mayor’s Office of Community Development
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Library
  • Downtown Development District
  • Sanitary Sewer Overflow Program/Department of Public Works
  • Fire Department
  • Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
  • Division of Human Development and Services
  • Juvenile Services
  • Information Services
  • Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC)
  • Capital Area Transit System (CATS)

There will also be opportunities to meet one-on-one with city-parish purchasing and procurement managers.

State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, D-Baton Rouge, will address the summit, and representatives from U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office and Congressman Cedric Richmond’s Office will also take part.

“Through this upcoming summit, we are hoping to strengthen the local pool of qualified small businesses and to help small business owners achieve success by providing one-on-one consulting, networking opportunities and other assistance,” Mayor Holden said.

The summit is free, but participants are asked to register in advance online. Simply go to the city web page at and click on the “Business with BR” link in the top right-hand corner.

Business with Baton Rouge is part of the Mayor’s Small Business Investment Initiative administered by the Mayor’s Office of Community Development to stimulate the local economy through small business growth. The program is funded by an SBA grant obtained by the Mayor for supporting entrepreneurship, creating jobs and stimulating local economic recovery and growth. 

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