Business Startup

JEDCO’s Business Incubator Program
Through its business incubator program, JEDCO provides an environment conducive to the development of new enterprises. Quality office space, business counseling, networking opportunities, seminars and shared administrative services (secretarial, phone, fax and more) are just a few of the services offered to Jefferson Parish businesses during their initial startup phase.

Licenses & Permits (Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office)
Permits and licenses necessary for companies doing business in Jefferson Parish can be obtained through the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. For further information, please visit their Web site.

Louisiana Secretary of State
If you are interested in incorporating, need licensing information, are looking for a list of books published by this office, or want information on filing UCC’s in Louisiana, then the commercial division section of this Web site is where you should visit. This office’s First Stop Shop helps cut through the red tape of the licensing process.

U.S. Small Business Administration
An online version of the SBA’s Small Business Resource Guide provides valuable information on starting a business including information on finding the money you need, government regulations relative to business start-up, SBA assistance programs, as well as local sources of assistance.

Online Women’s Business Center
By combining the expertise and resources of the U.S. Small Business Administration with several major corporate sponsors, the Online Women’s Business Center has developed a Web site designed to offer the most current information on business principles and practices, management techniques, mentoring, networking and business resources.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency
Provides information on specialized business topics. This site is designed to guide minority entrepreneurs to sources of technical, financial, business and market assistance.

Many Web sites now link small and medium-sized businesses with potential investors. Among the best known are:

Garage Technology Ventures