The 2013 state-level ACCRA cost of living index ranked Louisiana as the 4th-lowest cost of living in the country.
From entrepreneurial startups to small business growth and expansion, Louisiana offers a comprehensive array of educational, managerial and financial programs that cultivate small business opportunities.
Provides access to quality bid, payment and performance bonds at reasonable rates from surety companies when bonding capacity is needed on public or private jobs.
Peer groups that give executives the opportunity to discuss business practices and management strategies with other executives who deal with similar growth challenges.
Certification program offers greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities at the state government level.
Offers seminars and courses to small and emerging construction businesses that assist in building a solid foundation of knowledge within the construction industry.
The program will allow for a veteran, active or reserve military, or Gold Star spouse who have a fifty-one percent ownership in a business to apply for and gain certification to recognize and promote their businesses. In addition, the program will create a searchable database for anyone seeking to patronize a veteran, active-duty or reserve military, or Gold Star spouse business.
Connects Louisiana-based small and emerging businesses to technical and developmental assistance provided by mentor companies.
The Pathway to Assist Veteran Entrepreneurs program (PAVE) offers Louisiana veterans the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that are necessary to effectively start or manage a business.
Provides for developmental assistance, including entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, legal and industry-specific assistance.
LED’s Diversity in Entrepreneurship Initiative, delivered in partnership with the Edward Lowe Foundation, aims to accelerate second-stage business growth for minority-and woman-owned companies in Louisiana.
Provides financial awards to state and territory governments to assist small businesses with export development.
Provides customized research and technical assistance related to business growth issues, whether they are internal problems or outside the walls of a company.
Helps veteran-owned and service-connected disabled veteran-owned small businesses gain greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities at the state level.
Louisiana Business Hub is a platform for entrepreneurs and business owners looking for resources to start or grow their business in Louisiana.
Aims to accelerate the growth of second-stage businesses in rural areas of Louisiana through peer-learning and developmental assistance.
The SSBCI credit support programs offer a flexible, effective and efficient use of SSBCI funds by providing direct support for small business lending and investment.
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Expanding? Relocating? Starting up? Louisiana's tax credits and incentive programs can give your company a competitive edge.
Up to a 25 percent tax credit for individual investors who invest in early stage, wealth-creating businesses that seek start-up and expansion capital.
A 25 percent tax credit for in-state labor, and an 18 percent credit for eligible production expenditures.
Either a $3,500 or $1,000 tax credit for each certified net, new job created and either a state sales/use tax rebate on capital expenses or 1.5 percent investment tax credit for qualifying expenses. *Limited time, expanded eligibility available for retail businesses, hotels and restaurants; please click on the above link and reference the eligibility section.
A 15 percent or 20 percent tax credit on annual wages to qualified entertainment companies (QEC) that create a minimum of five well-paid net new jobs for Louisiana residents.
Provides a federal tax incentive for investors to re-invest their capital gains into Opportunity Funds.
Property tax abatement for up to 10 years on a manufacturer's new investment and annual capitalized additions.
Up to 25 percent tax credit for musical and theatrical productions, refundable or transferable on a one-time basis.
Up to a 40 percent tax credit on eligible in-state production expenditures, including resident and non-resident labor.
A 10 percent or 15 percent credit on annual wages to qualified music industry-related companies (QMC) that create a minimum of three well-paid net new jobs for Louisiana residents.
Up to a 6 percent rebate on annual payroll expenses for up to 10 years and either a state sales/use tax rebate on capital expenses or a 1.5 percent project facility expense rebate for qualifying expenses. *Limited time, expanded eligibility available for COVID-19 impacted retail businesses, hotels and restaurants. Please click on the above link and reference the eligibility section for details.
A tax credit up to 30 percent to existing businesses with operating facilities in Louisiana to establish or continue research and development within the state.
A 100 percent property tax abatement for up to 10 years for the rehabilitation of an existing structure.
A production credit of 18 percent for eligible production expenditures.