Partnerships & Other Services
To assist the business community, STEDF engages in various partnerships:
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Southeastern Louisiana University offers monthly counseling sessions in STEDF's offices. These free, individual, one-hour appointments are held on the second Thursday of each month. To schedule an appointment, call STEDF at (985) 809-7874.
For further information on the LSBDC at Southeastern, visit their website or contact them at (985) 549-3831.
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEPOL) is Louisiana’s expert in integrated solutions driving strategic growth. MEPOL helps businesses transform themselves into profit leaders. Their innovation strategies result in dramatic, state-of-the-art business and process improvements. MEPOL’s Innovation Engineering system is a proven, data-driven system where all elements of creating, communicating, and commercializing work together in synergy. All services are tailored to the individual needs of each manufacturer to maximize their profitability, productivity, and growth.
For additional information on MEPOL and the services they provide, visit their website or call 1-800-433-6965. Meetings are scheduled at the STEDF office on an as-needed basis.
The Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (LA PTAC) was established to generate employment and improve the general economy of Louisiana by assisting business firms in obtaining and performing under the U.S. Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and state and local government contracts. Since 1989, LA PTAC has helped Louisiana businesses located in 54 parishes to secure more than $2.5 billion in government contracts.
For additional information on LA PTAC, visit their website or contact Cindy Carrier, Southeast LA Representative, at (225) 664-2600. Meetings are scheduled at the STEDF office on an as-needed basis.
St. Tammany Parish Development District
The St. Tammany Parish Development District was created by the Legislature as a political subdivision of the state. The District fosters business development through the issuance of bonds and takes other steps necessary to advance sustainable commerce. STEDF acts as the management arm for the District.