The Small and Emerging Business Program Roundtable program is in its second year and graduated its first program with ten participants.

The Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension (MBECA) Entrepreneurship Development Center is now enrolling for its entrepreneurship training and SEBD Roundtable program.

The Small and Emerging Business Program Roundtable program is in its second year and graduated its first program with ten participants. Graduates included; Tiesha Claborn, Preston Housing Development; Angela Decoteau, Decoteau Co.; Anna Dow, Attorney at Law; Liz Eure, Downtown Healthcare & Wellness; Adam Howell, Horn of Plenty; Travis London, Fine by Me Computing Services; Juanita Pearley, Geaux 4U; Tonga Christy Redd, House of Redds Atelier; Adrienne Richard-Conish, Initiatives Etc.; and Lakeisha Robichaux, Chief of Minds, LLC.

“This year’s program is promising to be as effective as the first and will offer innovative guest speakers as well as its Edward Lowe Foundation Peerspectives approach, a peer-to-peer learning and issues management program led by a certified facilitator,” said Lee Melancon, Executive Director of MBECA. “We’ve received a great response from the public, but since the program is selective, nominees are still being accepted,” he said. Participants must be certified by the Louisiana Department of Economic Development through the Small and Emerging Business Program. More information on the free certification can be found at mbeca@mbeca.org on the CERTIFICATION page.

The program consists of one meeting per month for three hours as well as a guest speaker featuring contemporary and innovative topics relevant to the region. The dates and times of the roundtable program are established during the orientation, but are usually hosted in the early morning or evening to accommodate business owners. The orientation and first session will be held on July 26 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 15-18 business owners will be accepted into the program.

“We are also launching our fall season of training courses which consists of pre-venture (new startup) entrepreneurship training as well as additional continuing education programs designed to improve performance, profitability, marketing strategy, financial plan, and employee performance,” said Melancon. “We are launching a new and improved program through Fasttrac which will consist of 7 three-hour courses,” he concluded. The program schedule will be determined at the course orientation and is accepting up to 15 participants per location in both the Gonzales and Donaldsonville locations.

Orientations for entrepreneurship will be held on August 28 at 6 p.m. MBECA Innovation Center & Incubator at 420 Mississippi St. (Lessard St. Entrance) in Donaldsonville and on August 30 at 6 p.m. at the MBECA LEAP Center Lamar Dixon (Ascension Gym) at 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales.

Interested participants should register by phone (225.752.1455), by email (mbeca@mbeca.org), by visiting www.mbeca.org, or by following us on Facebook @mbeca.org.

Contributed by MBECA