East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden will host a series of events during the first week of June to foster the growth of opportunities for small, woman-owned and minority businesses, and individuals seeking employment. All events are free, but participants for each event are asked to register in advance online at http://businesswithbr.com.
The Mayor will kick off the week by welcoming the Women’s Business Enterprise Council, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana and the Southern Regional Minority Supplier Development Council fora 6pm networking event on June 1, at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel, 777 L’Auberge Avenue.
From 9am – 1pm, June 2 the Mayor will host a technology recruitment fair for those seeking employment opportunities. Representatives will be sourcing business consultants, designers, certified professionals, programmers and other highly skilled technical professionals. This fair will take place at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel. Holden encourages those attending to come dressed for success with several copies of their resume.
The Mayor will then host his 4th annual Small Business Development Summit on June 4 , to help local businesses explore possible contracting opportunities with the City-Parish. The summit will be held from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel.
Representatives from the following city-parish departments will be on hand to discuss their processes for procuring goods and services, and to provide information about how small businesses can take advantage of those opportunities:
• 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
There will also be opportunities to meet one-on-one with city-parish departments, procurement managers and technical assistance partner.
“Building on our past successes, this year’s upcoming summit will again work to strengthen the local pool of qualified small businesses and help small business owners achieve success by providing one-on-one consulting, networking opportunities and other assistance,” Holden said.
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.
The Business with Baton Rouge program, coordinated by the City-Parish Business Development Coordinator, Stacie Williams, brings our City-Parish agencies together to assure there is consistency across programs designed to encourage small business participation.