Small and Emerging Business Development Program

The Small and Emerging Business Development (SEBD) Program is a Louisiana Economic Development (LED) initiative, designed as an additional tool to assist intermediaries (like SUSLA) in our existing mission of supporting small businesses. SEBD Certified Participants can participate in valuable business training classes may also receive direct assistance with professional services such as:

  • Marketing Plans
  • Advertising
  • Graphic Design
  • Accounting/Bookkeeping software

As an intermediary, SUSLA will provide a free needs assessment to determine the action steps and timeline for execution of training assistance and individual projects. All developmental assistance is based on assessment including coaching and counseling performed by intermediary (not to be dictated by client). Certain eligibility criteria must be met and only a portion of professional service costs will be paid by the program.



The SEBD Roundtables, based on a shared value for peer-to-peer learning, seek to help members grow in their business and personal capabilities through monthly roundtable meetings that adhere to PeerSpectives protocols and engage every member fully. SEBD Roundtables should follow the protocols provided by the SEBD Roundtable Constitution.

Participants should review SEBD Roundtable Constitution, sign participation agreement and pay participation fee prior the beginning of the roundtables A minimum of 12 participants is required to host a SEBD Roundtable. Each session should have a minimum of 8 to 10 participants to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience between the participants.

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