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Louisiana’s Department of Insurance
Information on insurance in Louisiana: Frequently asked questions, forms and publications
IRS’ Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses
The IRS may grant additional time to file and pay taxes or may allow your business to receive refunds by claiming losses related to the disaster.
A source to find and apply for federal grants
Bridge loans up to $20,000 for socially-conscious Louisiana ventures that find it difficult or impossible to access traditional funding sources. Loans are below-market rate loans and awarded to projects that align with Foundation for Louisiana’s mission of investing in people and practices that work to reduce vulnerability and build stronger, more sustainable communities statewide. $500 application fee.
Provides a number of different funding opportunities, including:
A fund providing $500 to $1 million in government-backed loans to business owners who may fall just beneath bank guideline requirement, have limited credit and formal financial records, or are in the early stages of business. Loans include:
Creatives can access loans of up to $10,000 at interest rates as low as 8% for periods of up to three years for needs or ideas that can help them grow and prosper. All applicants will work with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) to create a customized technical assistance plan and will be required to complete at least 12 hours of training within the first 18 months of the loan period.
A nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing up to $1 million in loans to small and emerging businesses or franchises located in the state of Louisiana for operating capital, equipment and inventory.
Loans ranging $50,000 to $250,000 for small businesses in Southeast Louisiana to purchase sales inventory or equipment. Low-interest rates and flexible loan terms. All industries eligible, preference for biotech companies.
TruFund Financial Services, Inc. is a certified community development financial institution with Louisiana offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. TruFund’s mission is to promote and foster economic development within underserved communities and among disadvantaged populations. TruFund achieves this by providing innovative financial solutions that have TruImpact. TruFund offers affordable loan capital to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are financially viable, but have difficulty accessing capital from banks and other conventional lenders. In additional to small business loans, TruFund offers and array of technical assistance services.
A fund providing proof-of-concept capital ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to early-stage, pre-revenue companies in the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region. The fund target businesses with a clear vision to grow to at least $20 million in revenue over the next five years and capability to attract future rounds of investment capital.
An angel network investing $200,000 to $1 million in seed or series A financing rounds for New Orleans our Louisiana-based companies with the potential to scale. Preference for companies in the industries of energy, analytics and big data, biotech, digital media, education/education technology, food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality, internet/SaaS/Cloud solutions, logistics, materials, advanced manufacturing, and water management.
Louisiana Workforce Commission
Assists job seekers and employers in the labor market with linking jobs and providing resources on workers’ compensation, job fairs and incumbent worker trainings
U.S. Department of Labor’s E-Laws
Interactive e-tools that provide easy-to-understand information about a number of federal employment laws
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Information on taxes in Louisiana: E-services, tax guides, tax manuals, legislative summaries and more
Louisiana Secretary of State
The Louisiana’s Secretary of State’s page allows new business owners to determine which permits are needed. It is the state’s official licensing information and has streamlined the registration, licensing, permitting and tax process for small business owners.
IRS’ Small Business Tax Center
Find information on everything small businesses need to know about taxes from forms and publications to workshops and webinars
System for Award Management (SAM)
Combines federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system including the Central Contractor Registry (CCR), the Federal Agency Registration (Fedreg), Online Representations and Certifications Application, and Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)
For resources through the state of Louisiana’s Economic Development office click here
For assistance through the New Orleans Business Alliance and their partners click here.
Pew Research Center
Provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world
The Data center
Data specific to New Orleans and the surrounding area.
Large collection of industry publications
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Government database labor statistics
U.S. Census Bureau
Government statistics of U.S. Businesses that includes an American Fact Finder and Current Industry Reports
U.S. Department of Commerce’ Bureau of Economic Analysis
Find information on the U.S. economic national, international, regional, industry and integrated accounts along with interactive data.