Department of Economic Development
P.O. Box 94185
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Tel: (225) 342-3000
Website: www.lded.state.la.us

Southeast Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce Women's Business Center
2245 Peters Road
Harvey, LA 70058
Tel: (504) 365-3866
Fax: (504) 365-3890

This Women's Business Center was founded in October 1995. The Center has established programs and services to address the needs of start-ups as well as established and expanding businesses for socially and economically disadvantaged women. The program provides training and counseling to aid and encourage the growth and development of small businesses owned and controlled by women. Training and counseling is provided in the following areas: financial, marketing, management, business planning and government procurement.

Women Entrepreneurs for Economic Development, Inc. (WEED)
1683 N. Claiborne Ave. Suite 101
New Orleans, LA 70116
Paula Pete
Tel: (504) 947-8522
Fax: (504) 947-8885

WEED was founded in 1989. This project is a collaborative agreement between WEED, the Southeast Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce and Xavier University's Department of Economic Development. They plan to assist women in the New Orleans area. Since their inception, WEED has helped over 200 women to become economically self-sufficient.

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