U. S. Small Business Administration

Federal Agency. Help businesses start, grow, expand, stay in business, recover from disasters. Provides loan guarantees, government contracting assistance, certifications, counseling, technical and management assistance, training, bonding.


The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov

SBA Mission and Purpose: Aid Counsel Assist Protect the interests of small business concerns Support Champion small businesses Federal Government Certifications include:  8(a)/SDB; WOSB/EDWOSB; HubZone; and VOSB/SDVOSB To learn more, visit www.sba.gov

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Diversification
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Bonding
  • Disaster Loans and Grants
  • Loan Providers
  • Microloan Providers

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Home Based
  • International Trade
  • Small Business/General

Regulatory Compliance

  • Certification
  • Government Requirements

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • HUBZone Certification
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses
  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • International Trade Education and Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
  • Trade Education and Training
Contact Information
Jo Lawrence
500 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130