Connect to Resources

Disaster Relief and Risk Management

Louisiana’s Department of Insurance
Information on insurance in Louisiana: Frequently asked questions, forms and publications

 IRS’ Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses
The IRS may grant additional time to file and pay taxes or may allow your business to receive refunds by claiming losses related to the disaster.

Financing and Grant Information

Grants.gov
A source to find and apply for federal grants

U.S. Small Business Administration Grants

General Small Business Tools

Business Owner’s Tookit
Small business guide with articles on a variety of topics including Startup, Tax Center, Marketing, Finance, Running a Business and Human Resources

Louisiana Workforce Commission
Assists job seekers and employers in the labor market with linking jobs and providing resources on workers’ compensation, job fairs and incumbent worker trainings

U.S. Department of Labor’s E-Laws
Interactive e-tools that provide easy-to-understand information about a number of federal employment laws

Licensing and Taxes

Louisiana Department of Revenue
Information on taxes in Louisiana: E-services, tax guides, tax manuals, legislative summaries and more

Louisiana Secretary of State
The Louisiana’s Secretary of State’s page allows new business owners to determine which permits are needed.  It is the state’s official licensing information and has streamlined the registration, licensing, permitting and tax process for small business owners.

IRS’ Online Application for an EIN
Small business must obtain a Federal Tax ID/ Employee Identification Number (EIN), a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue Service for banking, tax filing, and other business purposes.

IRS’ Small Business Tax Center
Find information on everything small businesses need to know about taxes from forms and publications to workshops and webinars

System for Award Management (SAM)
Combines federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system including the Central Contractor Registry (CCR), the Federal Agency Registration (Fedreg), Online Representations and Certifications Application, and Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)

Market Research

Pew Research Center
Provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world

The Data center
Data specific to New Orleans and the surrounding area.

TradePub
Large collection of industry publications

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Government database labor statistics

U.S. Census Bureau
Government statistics of U.S. Businesses that includes an American Fact Finder and Current Industry Reports

U.S. Department of Commerce’ Bureau of Economic Analysis
Find information on the U.S. economic national, international, regional, industry and integrated accounts along with interactive data.