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Starting A Business

Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce

As a business organization invested in the success of the Livingston Parish business community, it is smart business to make joining the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce part of your business plan.  While we would be happy to assist you in navigating the process of business start up, we can also direct you to resources that are available, tax payer funded and specifically for business start up advice.

By the way, the Chamber functions almost exactly like a business with a few exceptions.  We are privately funded, understand first hand the exact same struggles of compliance and business growth, regulations, compliance, payroll regulations, tax implications and everything else that our business members face. Because of this, the Chamber is THE source for business advocacy and like minded business owners.  You can browse this site to see the numerous programs, councils, committees, events, advocacy opportunities, member discounts and more information on the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce.

Proper planning and consideration to executive a successful business venture is key.  Here are just a few of the steps you should consider when planning for your business.

Louisiana Secretary of State - Filing your business name

The Louisiana Secretary of State administers and files records of Louisiana businesses.  Here is where you will file to documents to create your unique business names and structure.  The website is easy to navigate and a valuable resource in determining type of business structure and other important considerations.   Consulting a tax professional and attorney is advised for consideration of legal, tax and other deciding factors.  Whether you choose sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company and limited liability partnership, there are pros and cons to each type of business and varying tax considerations.  The site will also direct you to the Louisiana Department of Revenue, Louisiana Department of Labor and other sites.

The Louisiana Secretary of State's website is easy to navigate and is a valuable resource.  Louisiana geauxBIZ here


United States Small Business Administration

The SBA is Funded with federal tax payer dollars as a division of the United States Government.  This site offers resources on business start up and retention.  United States Small Business Administration Website

Dixie Business Center

Dixie Business Center on Range Avenue in Denham Springs is a partnership with DEMCO.  The center provides one on one business consulting including writing a business plan.  You can contact them to set up an appointment for individual consulting.  In addition, the Center is an incubator which is in place to allow low rent to businesses as businesses grow and eventually move on their own locations.
Contact the Dixie Business Center at their website HERE

Louisiana Small Business Development Center

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center is publicly funded through federal and state including the SBA and LED.  The SBDC at Southeastern Louisiana offers consulting at the Dixie Business Center in Livingston Parish.  You can reach all sites including the SLU site, by visiting this website.  Louisiana Small Business Development Center Site
This site includes information on writing a business plan.