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Small and Minority Business Services


Business Assistance

Diverse small business ownership is essential to our region’s economic success. One Acadiana is committed to increasing Acadiana’s competitive advantage by supporting the growth of small and minority-owned businesses.

One Acadiana’s Small and Minority Business Services program offers one-on-one counseling, direct services, and referrals to provide owners of small and minority-owned businesses the assistance needed to start, manage, and grow their enterprise.

One Acadiana offers the following business services, free of charge:


Business Formation and Registration


One Acadiana Provides:

  • Information on navigating the state’s business registration process for new businesses
  • Assistance with developing operating and partnership agreements

Our Referral Partners Include:

  • CPAs and accounting firms for sales and employment tax account setup and bookkeeping
  • Legal professionals for further assistance with partnership agreements, contracts, patents, and trademarks


Business Plans and Models


One Acadiana Provides:

  • Guidance on developing business plans using Small Business Administration (SBA) standards

Our Referral Partners Include:

  • Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) for revisions to business plans
  • Opportunity Machine (OM) for help with structuring the appropriate business model


Certifications & Government Contract Assistance


One Acadiana Provides:

  • Assistance with obtaining various certifications, including:
    • DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise)
    • MBE (Minority Business Enterprise)
    • Small & Emerging Business Certification
    • Hudson Initiative
    • Assistance in creating Statements of Capability and other documentation needed to obtain procurement opportunities

Our Referral Partners Include:

  • Louisiana APEX Accelerator for further technical assistance with government contracting

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These services are available for all businesses that qualify as small, women-owned, minority-owned or veteran-owned businesses. Not sure if you qualify? Contact us to find out.

Already running a growing or mature business? Learn more about One Acadiana’s Business Retention and Expansion Services.