Baton Rouge North Economic Development District

We are dedicated to quality of life, new jobs and economic growth within the Baton Rouge North Economic Development District.


A political subdivision of the state of Louisiana created in 2017 by the legislative Acts 433 and 528 in the parish of East Baton Rouge by Senator Regina A. Barrow. Our mission is to advance economic development in North Baton Rouge; that drives investments, fosters job creation, and cultivates public and private sector partnerships We support Economic Incentives Programs, Business Retention and Expansion, Real Estate Development, Workforce Development, and Entrepreneurship and Small Business Support

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Broadband
  • Economic Forecast
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Tax Credits
  • Watershed Planning
  • Economic Development (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Debt Funding Preparation
  • Disaster Loans and Grants
  • Equity Funding Preparation
  • Financial Modeling
  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding Providers
  • Loan Providers
  • Matching Fund Providers
  • Microloan Providers
  • Tax Credit Providers
  • Technology Grant Providers
  • Venture Capital Providers

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Industry
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Placement
  • Student Research Projects
  • Student Training
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Company Data/Prospect Lists

Management Issues

  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising
  • Award Recognition
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Digital Marketing Consulting


  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Board Development
  • Funds Development
  • Grant Writing
  • Organizational Audits
  • Strategic Planning

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • Asian-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • Parish Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • State Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Bonding
  • Certification
  • Government Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Government and Military Specifications
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Registration Assistance
  • Subcontracting Opportunities

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

Technical Assistance

  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services


  • 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
  • Trade Education and Training

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Pitch Events
  • Startup Drinks
Contact Information
April Hawthorne
5955 Scenic Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70806