Apply Now for LED’s Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative

Published 11:12 am Wednesday, April 19, 2023

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LED’s Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative, delivered in partnership with the Edward Lowe Foundation, aims to accelerate the growth of second-stage businesses in rural areas of Louisiana with populations less than 50,000. Program participants will be able to identify what scaling means for both their companies and their communities. They will then move on to develop and refine a business strategy that takes into account the unique challenges rural entrepreneurs face, and will be connected to the right tools and expertise to execute the strategy.

Participation consists of three components, starting with a virtual kickoff retreat that helps to create an overall growth strategy and establish commitment goals. Three monthly virtual roundtables will allow participants to discuss pressing issues in a confidential environment. Customized Strategic Research engagements will provide business intelligence related to specific growth challenges delivered by a team of highly-skilled specialists.

Applications from prospective participants will be accepted through April 30 for the program that begins in May. For eligibility requirements and more information about the program, visit LED’s Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative page or contact Johnna Johnson at Johnna.Johnson@La.Gov or 225.342.4492.