Ascension Small Business Power Week August 12-19

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The Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension is hosting the Third Annual Ascension Small Business Power Week (Power Week 2017 Full Flyer). This year the event will take place the week of August 12-19 and will feature a number of resources and events to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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The event will kick off on August 12, 2017 with the MBECA’s Annual Superwoman’s Conference (Lamar Dixon Expo Center Gym behind the silos) from 9am-2pm. The event will feature motivational speakers, exhibits, demonstrations, local businesses, the Tanger Outlets Fashion show featuring Dress Barn, Chico’s Outlet, and Ann Taylor, lunch, door prizes and much more. See the event flyer here Super Woman Conference Flyer. Vendor applications are now being accepted (2017 Superwomans Conference Vendor Form).

The week-long activity will continue with workshops featuring “The Power of Peer Learning” and access to resource exhibits where organizations from the around the region will demonstrate the services they offer to assist small business and entrepreneurs. Events will take place from 6pm-9pm and will be hosted on Monday, August 14 at the Sorrento Civic Center, Tuesday, August 15 at the Fire Training Facility, Thursday, August 17 at the Lemann Center in Donaldsonville, and on Saturday, August 19 at the Crystal Chateaux in Prairieville (9am-12noon).

The event will also feature the Ascension Hospitality Management Association’s Power Lunch featuring guest speakers from Louisiana Economic Development, Ascension Economic Development Corporation, and Eatel Business. The event is $25 for members and $30 for non members and will be hosted at Kamal’s Kafe in Gonzales. For more information visit

Also taking place on Wednesday from 2pm-5pm at Lamar Dixon Expo Center’s Trademart Building is the Ascension Business Expo Presented by St. Elizabeth. The event will feature business exhibitors from around the region as well as numerous demonstrations and service opportunities. For more information, to get register as a vendor, or get tickets, visit the Ascension Chamber of Commerce Business Expo presented by St. Elizabeth site.

For more information on the events, call 225.752.1455 or to register, go to the Ascension Small Business Power Week presented by Eatel Business Facebook site @smallbizpowerweek.

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SEBD Peer Tables Accepting Applications


The Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension (MBECA) is happy to announce it will be launching a new program; the Small & Emerging Business Development Program SEBD Roundtables. The program is currently accepting applications (click here) for a limited number of participants and will begin in August and will run one time per month for ten workshops. Since only one business type is allowed in each roundtable, it is essential to apply early. Classes will be held at the MBECA LEAP Center located at Lamar Dixon Expo Center (in the gym behind the silos). All program participants must be certified through the Louisiana Economic Development Small and Emerging Business Development Program (SEBD) – get certified by clicking here.

Roundtables provide business owners with the opportunity to improve leadership skills, sharpen decision-making abilities and build lasting relationships through peer-to-peer learning. SEBD Roundtables bring together 15-18 small and emerging business owners from SEBD certified businesses for 10 monthly roundtable meetings over the course of a year to share challenges and learn from the experiences of their peers. See the flyer here…SEBD Roundtables.


• Trained facilitators who keep discussions on track and relevant for all participants

• Expert guest speakers who provide information on key business topics

• Structured protocol that sheds new light on both problems and opportunities

• Shared experiences rather than advice

• Safe environment in which to process sensitive business challenges with peers

• Ability to get just-in-time answers to pressing issues

Participants in this roundtable system report that the experience helps them reach better decisions and action plans, affirm what they’re doing right and identify what they need to improve. They also develop trusted relationships to share both business and personal issues.

To ensure the best fit for selected participants, a number of factors are considered, including experience level, business size, non-competitiveness and existing business relationships, but all participants must be certified in the SEBD Program. Seating is limited and tables are anticipated to start in early summer.


LED’s Small and Emerging Business Development (SEBD) Program provides the managerial and technical assistance training needed to grow and sustain a small business.

• Provides for developmental assistance, including entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, business planning, and legal and industry-specific assistance.

• Consideration for bidding on select products or services purchased by state agencies.

• SEBD Intermediaries provide a free needs assessment and assistance with accessing other program benefits.

Louisiana Economic Development is licensed by the Edward Lowe Foundation to use the PeerSpectives™ Roundtable System for SEBD Roundtables.

To learn more about the SEBD Program, visit To apply, complete the attached pre-screening application and email For further questions involving the program, call 225.445.1383.

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Happy National Small Business Week!

Small Business Week 2017

Happy National Small Business Week! We’re celebrating America’s 28 million small businesses. Learn how you can participate through the SBA: #SmallBusinessWeek

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Ascension Parish to host Second Annual Small Business Power Week Presented by Eatel Business

August 14, 2016

Ascension Parish to host Second Annual Small Business Power Week Presented by Eatel Business

All Ascension Small Business Power Week Events have been cancelled for this week. Activities will be rescheduled once details have been confirmed. We wish all of our families in Ascension Parish and the surrounding parishes the best during this difficult time.

Lisa Thibodaux
Associate Executive Director
Microbusiness Network of Louisiana

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Non-Profits are good at job creation too!

Non-profit organizations are often not thought of as contributing to economic growth by many in the economic development scene, yet I disagree. While most non-profits are spared from federal taxation, nearly all contribute to taxes in a number of forms. Most importantly, non-profits are generally good stewards of job creation.

Today, most economic developers measure success of entrepreneurial ventures by such job creation. Additionally, non-profits spend a generous amount of funds in rent, supplies, and other consumables in their communities creating a multiplier effect for tax creation. Of course, let’s not forget the most important reason for non-profits in that they are grass-roots servants and stewards for good in our communities…the true purpose non-profits were set up.

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I Don’t Need Insurance for My Small Business. My Homeowners Insurance will Cover It.

Not it will not. First, be aware that all small firms should have at least a general liability policy to protect the firm in its general practice even if there is no office or retail location with public traffic. Some small firms should even consider professional liability or errors and omissions policies where they might apply. If you are unsure what type of insurance you need, let us know. We can connect you with experts ready to help.

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