The Louisiana District Export Council (LDEC) is comprised of international trade specialists that work to improve Louisiana's international trade environment. The LDEC provides various services including export finance consulting, market research, trade contacts, and other educational events. This site details the services provided by the LDEC, its members, and recent news. The resources section also contains links to trade information and other related websites.
The Louisiana Economic Development (LED) website provides information on various incentives that make Louisiana ideal for conducting business. The site features resources that include information about Louisiana industries, available financial assistance, and case studies. The LED also offers recent news about business in Louisiana and a quarterly economic publication which details the current state of Louisiana's economy as well as discusses the state's thriving industries.
The business division of the Louisiana Secretary of State provides access to various business forms, a corporate database, and information on the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) aims to help small businesses in Louisiana. For new businesses, there is free business counseling, training sessions, information on the forms of organization, and help with business plan writing. For established businesses, information is provided for strength/weakness analysis, strategic planning, financial analysis, marketing, and employee management. Services are either free or at an affordable rate.
The Labor Market Information by the Louisiana Workforce Commission provides labor and workforce related information. This includes important business information such as a licensing guide, a monthly employment bulletin, employment projections by occupation and industry, and occupational wage data. The site also offers resources for job seekers and employers.
The Louisiana branch of the Department of Commerce specializes in helping small to medium sized companies develop and execute exporting strategies. The services offered include trade counseling, business matchmaking, and market intelligence. Fees vary and are based on the service being provided.
The World Trade Center (WTC) of New Orleans is a non-profit member-based organization providing members with assistance in international trade. The trade resources portion of the site contains helpful background information on Louisiana as well as publications including a regularly updated Lousiana trade statistics publication. Members gain access to various training seminars at a reduced rate, access to an import/export information service, trade leads, networking, and more. Some advanced services require membership.