Best Small Business Resources in the Shreveport Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Louisiana has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Shreveport area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Louisiana.

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CoHab

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The CoHab is an amazing resource for entrepreneurs in various stages of their business development; the organization offers a free consultation for individuals who are in the first stages of ideation, and then onwards have established a range of programs to suit different stages and types of entrepreneur's needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

500 Clyde Fant Parkway, Suite 200
Shreveport, LA 71101
318-759-7997
CohabitatFoundation@gmail.com


InterTech Science Park

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Product Development

Description

The InterTech Science Park is a large-scale facility with a high capacity to incubate and give space for entrepreneurs interested in bioscience industries to grow. Officially sponsored by the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana and working in collaboration with eleven academic entities, the organization provides an amazing breadth of technical resources, as well as connection to funding opportunities and business planning advice. 

Restrictions

Industry restrictions to biosciences, life science, pharmaceutical, digital media, and venture capital.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2031 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71103
318-213-0200
sdoughty@biomed.org


LSBDC Northwest and Central Region

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.


Shreveport SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.