Start Your Own Business

Many jobseekers choose to go into business for themselves. There are a number of advantages – getting to be your own boss, set your own hours, and follow your own passions. Yet being responsible for an entire company – legally and financially – can be overwhelming. The links below are for helpful local organizations which can provide information and resources for small business owners. The Career Center also has a large collection of books about starting your own business, and these are available for checkout.

EBRPL Infoguide – A thorough compilation of local resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs, containing links to resources inside the library and around the community.

Gale Small Business Builder – a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. Areas include: Entrepreneur Profile, Business Ideation, Break-Even Analysis, Business Plans, and Financial Projection. This database is available through the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.

Louisiana Small Business Development Center – Located on the campus of Southern University, this nonprofit organization provides individual consulting services, training programs/seminars, and information assistance to potential and existing small businesses throughout  Southeastern Louisiana.

Louisiana Technology Park – This company’s mission is “providing high-tech startups with the resources to bring their products and services to market faster and more effectively.” It provides low-cost services and expert guidance to entrepreneurs.

LSU Innovation Park – Although located at LSU, this organization is open to all local entrepreneurs. It offers in-depth consultations on finances, operations, technology, and general business management.

SCORE of Baton Rouge – a nonprofit organization comprised of 70 local successful entrepreneurs. They offer free one-on-one mentoring for those involved with or looking to start a new business, in addition to numerous low-cost informational seminars. Their website also provides numerous free templates, guides, and articles on starting your own business.

Southeast Louisiana Women’s Business Center – This nonprofit serving 15 parishes in South Louisiana aims to help minority- and women-owned businesses start, grow, and succeed. They provide training on business planning, finance, marketing, operations, licensing, and contract opportunities, as well as individualized sessions with business counselors.

Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute – This department of LSU seeks to “promote and foster entrepreneurial practices through education, outreach, and research.” Its Entrepreneurship Fellows Program provides networking and mentoring opportunities for selected students.