Cassidy To Host Small Business Conference Monday

June 27, 2010

WASHINGTON – Louisiana Congressman Bill Cassidy announced today that he will host a Small Business Conference Monday, June 28 at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy” said Cassidy. “They are the vehicles of opportunity for families and entrepreneurs across Louisiana. For our state to be more prosperous, small businesses must prosper.”

“Our conference is designed help entrepreneurs overcome the uncertainty created by burdensome new laws and regulations, in addition to connecting small business leaders with industry experts who can help drive economic opportunity.”

Cassidy’s Small Business Conference will provide Louisiana businesses with insight from industry leaders in health care, internet marketing, and business financing.

Mike Reitz, President & CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, and Renee Baker of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) will lead with a discussion of the ramifications of the new health law for small businesses. Following the health care panel, Michael Ricks of the U.S. Small Business Administration will offer advice on how small businesses can access capital to grow their companies. Paul Chaney, marketing consultant and author of The Digital Handshake, will then outline internet marketing strategies to attract new customers and drive internet traffic and sales. Next, a Coast Guard official will brief the conference on opportunities for small businesses to aid in the Gulf Oil Spill recovery effort. Representatives from the Louisiana Business & Technology Center, Southern University’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center, and the Louisiana Economic Development Small Business Services will also be on hand to highlight resources available to Louisiana businesses.

What: Congressman Bill Cassidy Hosts a Small Business Conference
When: Monday, June 28, 2010 from 10:00AM – 1:30PM
Where: Louisiana State Museum, 660 North 4th Street, Baton Rouge

AGENDA

Health Care Panel: How the new health care law affects small businesses

10:00 – 10:20: Mike Reitz, President & CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
10:20 – 10:40: Renee Baker, State Director for Louisiana, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
10:40 – 11:00: Health Care Panel Q&A

Business financing: How small businesses can access capital

11:00 – 11:20: Michael Ricks, District Director, Louisiana District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
11:20 – 11:40: Small Business Administration Q&A

Internet Marketing: How the internet and social media can drive business growth

11:40 – 12:20: Paul Chaney, Author of The Digital Handshake

Oil Spill: How small businesses can aid in the response effort

12:20 – 12:30: Captain Gordon Loebl, United States Coast Guard

Louisiana Business Resources

12:30 – 12:40pm: Charles F. D’Agostino, Executive Director, Louisiana Business & Technology Center
12:40 – 12:50: Greg Spann, Center Director, Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University
12:50 – 1:00: John Matthews, Executive Director, Small Business Services for Louisiana Economic Development

Q&A

1:00 – 1:30: Panelists will be available to meet with attendees individually

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