Louisiana Launches Business Startup Program for Veterans

A brand new statewide program has been developed for veterans in Louisiana. The Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program is designed to boost business opportunities for Louisiana veterans as they leave active duty.

According to Louisiana Economic Development, a partner in the program, an estimated 108 participants will be trained in the first year. Additionally, the program hopes to raise at least $5 million in startup capital and create 100 new jobs down the line.

LED is joined by partners including the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, the Louisiana National Guard, the Louisiana Business & Technology Center and LSU Executive Education within the E.J. Ourso College of Business.

“The Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program will transform the skills that our veterans possess into the complete package they need to launch their own businesses and create their own jobs,” said LED Secretary Don Pierson.

Those interested in applying should contact the Louisiana Business & Technology Center at (225) 578-7555. After a screening process, program participants will take part in a three-week online training and then an in-person training.