Louisiana Economic Development

Larry Collins, Executive Director International Commerce

Thanks to member George Messina for catering this week’s networking event at Rooftop on Basin.

Larry Collins, Executive Director of International Commerce at LED, reaches out to businesses to convince them as to why it makes sense to do business in Louisiana. LED represents one tenth of one percent of the state’s budget and operates with a staff of roughly 120. He reviewed the programs offered by LED such as small business and entrepreneurial services, business retention and expansion group that is charged with helping businesses grow, a national marketing group that recruits companies in the U. S. to do business in Louisiana. The International Commerce office and an incentives division which manages the incentives offered by LED. The Fast Start training program is a workforce and labor solutions program. Their Competiveness group constantly compares LED Louisiana to other peer states like Texas, Alabama and Tennessee. The Small Business Development center will put graduates together to assist small businesses with putting a business plan together. The State trade expansion, an export promotion office, referred to as a scholarship for companies, who have never exported before or would like to export to a new country. This office will reimburse the company up to ten thousand dollars when the money is spent at an international trade show or for an international marketing event and is available to a for profit company.

Available to businesses is the CEO roundtable program when CEO’s based in Louisiana with revenues of $600 thousand and $50 million share information in a classroom environment to discuss, human resources, cash control, real estate, business being acquired, etc.

Collins added that the Port of New Orleans expansion project in St. Bernard is very important to the City of New Orleans and the Port in order to stay competitive with other deep water ports.

For more information on programs offered by the Louisiana Economic Development visit their website at www.opportunitylouisiana.gov. 

BIO Larry Collins April 2021


If you have a prospect, please have them connect with Jacquie Bonano, membership chair at membership@gnoea.com.

Thank You & Announcements

Lola Lass, Adeeta Staffing, invited members to share a table at the GNO, Inc. annual meeting on January 12th.

Philip Rebowe, CPA thanked Paul Cosma, Uptown Auto Specialties for repairs on his car.

Paul Cosma, thanked Marcus Azzarello, for taking care of a pest problem.

Bill Dalton, Firefly Marketing, commented on Brien Lundin’s recent conference. Wonderful conference. He also announced that he will be frying turkeys for Thanksgiving if anyone is interested.

Chad Perrier, UDI, thanked Lola Lass for her testimonial.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

  • November 21st – Thanksgiving
  • November 28th – No Meeting
  • December 5th – Melissa Sawyer, Youth Empowerment Program
  • December 14th – Christmas party hosted by Catherine Shreves

Check website for updates and bulletins that include upcoming events. Meeting events are on the calendar. Speaker suggestions: contact Program Chairman, Chad Perrier cperrier@udi.com.