BRAC wants state to advertise opportunities for entrepreneurs

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is pushing for legislation that will require the Division of Administration to advertise state contracting opportunities with the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, utilizing Louisiana’s Small Entrepreneurship Program.

The entrepreneurship program, known as the Hudson Initiative, was created in 2005 to provide more opportunities for Louisiana-based entrepreneurs to secure state contracts. The state has failed to hit its target of funds to be paid to small enterprises that have been certified by Louisiana Economic Development (LED).

“Contracting with governmental entities is a valuable way for small businesses to expand and create job growth. BRAC views this common-sense legislation as a way to improve access to state government contracts through an existing, lesser-known organization that does good work across Louisiana,” said Adam Knapp, president and chief executive officer of BRAC.

The chamber also announced it will provide office and meeting space in Baton Rouge for the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, which consults with and puts on seminars for small businesses interested in securing contracts at any level of government. The center serves 54 of the state’s 64 parishes but does not have a counsel ing center in Baton Rouge. LA PTAC serves fifty-four out of sixty-four parishes in Louisiana but does not have a counseling center in Baton Rouge.