Alexandria Chamber Creates Directory of African American-Owned Businesses

ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (KALB) – The Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce is creating a number of initiatives to help minority-owned small business owners.

Currently, the chamber is developing a directory of African-American-owned businesses, including a directory for women-owned businesses and another for veteran-owned businesses. All directories will be posted on the new chamber website, which is expected to be completed in a few months.

The chamber is also working with partner organizations to create new programs that will serve minority-owned businesses here at Cenla in the future.

The chamber will also launch an app that will include directories of minority-owned businesses.

House Speaker Deborah Randolph said it was about helping these businesses thrive, especially during the ongoing pandemic.

“If you want to start a business, we have many resources for you and coaching is available. Whether it’s writing a business plan, writing a marketing plan for your business, whether you’re looking to scale your business, or if you already have that business but are looking to expand it and you want help planning it, for example, this type of assistance is available.

The new app is expected to launch within the next four to six months.

The chamber is currently collecting information for the minority-owned business directory. If you are a small business owner and would like to be on the list, call the chamber at 318-442-6671.

Other programs will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The chamber also offers free workshops on a variety of topics, as well as hands-on training at the Small Business Development Center, which is located inside the chamber.

For more information, you can visit the chamber’s website here.

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