LED Allies:

Our work together makes a genuine difference in Louisiana’s economy, and I want to thank you for your many contributions. Together, we’re able to attract projects and jobs that are increasing economic opportunity throughout our state.

Today, I’d like to formally introduce you to LED’s new online platform — Louisiana Business Connection — and ask for your assistance.

First, let me give you a little background. In the past year, LED has learned more about the business-to-business challenges that large corporations and industrial contractors face. They know there are many capable small businesses in Louisiana, but the daily demands of their work make discovering these firms a challenge. In particular, they wish to engage with small businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans, the firms that are classified as disadvantaged business enterprises.

LED has seized the opportunity to connect these important stakeholders through Louisiana Business Connection. We want large companies with contract opportunities to register, and we want the small businesses of Louisiana who can supply those services to register. On this website, they’ll find each other and hopefully explore opportunities to work together.

We have begun a testing phase for the online portal, and I’m requesting your help to populate the site. As your schedule allows, would you or your representatives be so kind to reach out to appropriate contacts in your area and ask them to register? Please download and share with them the official Louisiana Business Connection guide here. It explains who the website is for, why it exists and how to use it.

Our goal is to register 400 businesses by March 31.

We’ll ask these businesses to provide feedback on the registration process via links on each page of the site. It’s free to register, and the process may take up to 30 minutes. Small businesses should be sure to have the following items handy to complete their profile: federal employment ID, state unemployment tax ID, insurance and bonding details, and any certification documentation.

We deeply appreciate your help. Together, our outreach can expand opportunities for all businesses throughout Louisiana.



Brad Lambert
Deputy Secretary
Louisiana Economic Development