LED seeking small and emerging businesses for Roundtables program

BATON ROUGE —  The recruitment process has started for LED’s  SEBD Roundtables, the innovative peer-to-peer learning program that brings small and emerging business leaders together for a yearlong experience of collaborative learning, problem solving and professional development.

SEBD Roundtables is based on the PeerSpectives™ Roundtable System developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation and considered a nationwide best practice. Participation is open to both current and prospective Small and Emerging Business Development (SEBD) program participants. The roundtables convene in July and August; each cohort meets 10 times throughout the year to explore best practices, share business challenges and brainstorm solutions in a supportive environment.

“The SEBD Roundtables program is a unique resource among many that the state offers Louisiana’s small business community,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “It provides an opportunity to evolve as a leader, expand your network and deepen your understanding of the challenges and rewards that come with running a business. I encourage SEBD participants and other small and emerging business owners to take full advantage.”

Through roundtable discussions, small business leaders work collaboratively to enhance management skills, improve decision-making, and identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.

“Being part of the SEBD roundtable allowed me to see business from different perspectives,” said Lameika Washington, president of Diamond Security Services in Baton Rouge. “Interacting with like-minded individuals revealed different ways to handle challenges that we may not have thought would fit into our business model. Coming together, realizing the similarities in the barriers we all faced and helping each other during roundtables helped me grow my company.”

SEBD intermediaries deliver technical and managerial assistance through the LED program and are certified to ensure a consistent experience. Current and prospective SEBD Program participants Interested in taking part in the Roundtables should contact the nearest SEBD Intermediary listed below for details about the application process: 

  • Small Business Development Center, Southern University, Shreveport
  • Small Business Development Center, University of Louisiana Monroe
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