SUNO Small Business Development and Management Institute

The Small Business Development and Management Institute (SBDMI) offers workshops and free consulting services to fuel the establishment and growth of small businesses.


The Small Business Development and Management Institute (SBDMI) enhances the economic well-being of the citizens of Greater New Orleans and the surrounding regions by providing comprehensive, high­-quality technical assistance to existing and potential small businesses, and promoting the formation and growth of small businesses to expand and diversify the local and regional economy. The Institute fulfills its mission by providing basic professional management consultancy services through individual counseling, business seminars/workshops, small business incubation, and a large collection of business information resources. The SBDMI has identified its target markets as those individuals in the pre-venture stage, start-up businesses, and ongoing businesses that are primarily comprised of 1-20 employees.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development
  • Revitalization

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Financial Statement and Cash Flow
  • Government Funding
  • Insurance Requirements

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Re-Entry Support
  • Retention
  • Workforce Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Business Degree Program
  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Student Training
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Employee Relations
  • Forming a Business

Management Issues

  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Digital Marketing Consulting
  • Student Marketing Projects


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General


  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking
  • Office Space
  • Retail Space
  • Site Location Assistance

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Certification

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • HUBZone Certification
  • Obtaining Certification

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Tax Services

  • State and Federal Tax Training
  • Tax Preparation Assistance

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes
  • Design Services
  • Website Development


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Incubator

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events
Contact Information
Cynthia Beaulieu
6801 Press Drive
New Orleans, LA 70127