St. Landry Chamber Produces Entrepreneurial Guide
OPELOUSAS, LA- This summer the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce has produced an all a new guide for individuals wanting to start or relocate their business to the St. Landry Area. The free resource guide also directs users to chamber members who can assist them in the steps to establishing their business.
The St. Landry Chamber’s Business Resource Guide and Directory was redesigned this year with the purposes of providing specific tools for entrepreneur’s interested in working in St. Landry Parish. The organization’s goal was to educate potential business owners on best practice for opening or relocating businesses and connect them with local resources to develop a successful business.
"Laying down a strong foundation is essential to a successful business," said Chamber CEO, Raquel Manuel. "We saw many entrepreneurs not having the foundation, a business plan, that would be applicable to our community, so we made one!"
According to Manuel, most potential business owners understand how their business would address a demand in St. Landry parish. However, when they approach the Chamber, banks, city councils, commercial retailers, or potential investors, they find that they are missing essential pieces of their business plan which has a major impact on their likeliness to succeed. The Chamber guide would enable entrepreneurs to utilize the guide as a to-do list for a complete business plan.
"Studies have shown time and time again that having a business plan increases a Start-up’s chances of success by more than 100%," said, Manuel. "Everyone would agree that St. Landry Parish could use new businesses, but what we need are new businesses that open, stay open, and are run by owners and managers who have the tools and a guide for a successful vision."
The St. Landry Chamber of Commerce is currently distributing over 5,000 free copies of the guide throughout the parish. Individuals, businesses, or organizations interested in copies can contact the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce via phone or in-office by appointment. To learn more about the Chamber’s other free business resources and membership visit their website at www.stlandrychamber.com.
President & CEO
St. Landry Chamber of Commerce
109 W. Vine St.
Opelousas, LA 70570
Office: (337) 942-2683 Cell: (337) 692-9992