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Join our Network! Our September newsletter goes out tomorrow! How do we support a business? Connect private sector and public sector Provide the latest news and alerts to the business community Request status updates from affected businesses and report issues to the state Respond to resource requests as they arise Send monthly newsletter and important … Continue reading Sign up to receive the September newsletter!

South Lafourche Bridge Open to Marine Traffic, Closed Indefinitely to Vehicular Traffic

According to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), the Galliano (Tarpon) Lift Bridge, known locally as the South Lafourche Bridge, will be closed to vehicular traffic until further notice due to mechanical issues. Emergency maintenance repairs are underway, but there is no time frame for vehicular traffic to resume on the South Lafourche Bridge. Expect … Continue reading South Lafourche Bridge Open to Marine Traffic, Closed Indefinitely to Vehicular Traffic

Shoring Up Your Business Technology Infrastructure for Disaster Resiliance & Recovery

The pandemic and recent hurricane seasons highlighted IT and communications shortcomings across industries. Employees required to work remotely may not have had access to the technology or communication resources needed to perform their duties. Our presenters will provide information and best practices to help local companies— particularly small businesses — be better prepared, more resilient, … Continue reading Shoring Up Your Business Technology Infrastructure for Disaster Resiliance & Recovery

FEMA Awards Nearly $1M to Port of South Louisiana

RESERVE, La. (press release) — The Port of South Louisiana was awarded $955,339 in port security grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funding will go toward the enhancement of the port’s cybersecurity framework and will support enhancements to its geographic information system. The GIS provides up-to-date spatial information … Continue reading FEMA Awards Nearly $1M to Port of South Louisiana

Q & A: Prepare your Business for Disasters

Join SBA, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, FORTIFIED Home and Insurance Information Institute for a Twitter space on disaster preparedness tips on September 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET. We'll be sharing resources to help keep your business and employees safe when disaster strikes. To join, click on the Twitter Space link.

Today: Finding Solutions and Navigating Supply Chain Challenges

Join SBA and Small Business Majority for a webinar on Tuesday, September 6 at 2:00 p.m. ET to hear from supply chain experts about how to manage supply chain challenges, lower costs and create more operational efficiency. Speakers include: Mark Madrid, Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development, U.S. Small Business Administration Greg Britton, Chief Executive Officer, Florida … Continue reading Today: Finding Solutions and Navigating Supply Chain Challenges

LA 1 Expressway Tolling to Resume September 6 with Cashless System

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has announced that tolling operations on the LA 1 Expressway will resume on September 6, 2022, at noon, following completed repairs made from damage caused by Hurricane Ida in August 2021. When tolling resumes, the entire system will be cashless. The switch to an all-electronic tolling system … Continue reading LA 1 Expressway Tolling to Resume September 6 with Cashless System

LADOTD: Additional LA 1 Expressway Toll Lane Closures Scheduled

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has announced new lane closure dates as they work to restore the LA 1 tolling system at the elevated LA 1 Expressway entrance ramp in Leeville.

Preparing to Apply for Disaster and Addressing Insurance Concerns

    Wednesday, August 24th 11:00 am -1:00 pm CST Robert B. Green Memorial Bldg. 1203 Fields Street New Iberia, LA 70560 As Hurricane Season approaches, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to prioritize equitably supporting impacted communities through disaster assistance, mitigation, and business preparedness efforts. It is more important than ever for residents and … Continue reading Preparing to Apply for Disaster and Addressing Insurance Concerns

NOAA: Flooding in the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi River Valley

Key Points: A multi-day heavy rainfall event is in progress from across the ArkLaTex region this morning. The threat of heavy rainfall leading to flash, urban, and small stream flooding will persist through at least Wednesday from central Texas into the Lower Mississippi River Valley. The Weather Prediction Center has included a Moderate Risk in … Continue reading NOAA: Flooding in the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi River Valley

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How do we support a business? Connect private sector and public sector Provide the latest news and alerts to the business community Request status updates from affected businesses and report issues to the state Respond to resource requests as they arise Send monthly newsletter and important notifications Your information is confidential except for internal use … Continue reading Join our Business Network

LA 1 Expressway Toll Lane Closure Schedule Updated

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has announced an updated lane closure schedule for this week’s work to restore the LA 1 tolling system at the elevated LA 1 Expressway entrance ramp in Leeville. This work may cause delays to those with interests in Port Fourchon, so please plan accordingly. LANE CLOSURES: GeauxPass … Continue reading LA 1 Expressway Toll Lane Closure Schedule Updated

LABEOC Message from the NIMSAT Director

Greetings from the NIMSAT Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As we continue through the 2022 Hurricane Season, we know we can feel the impacts of a storm beyond our coastal communities. As we look ahead with anticipation, I would like to reaffirm NIMSAT’s commitment to serving the State of Louisiana and our … Continue reading LABEOC Message from the NIMSAT Director

LABEOC Message: Greeting from Jim Williams

Welcome to the inaugural LABEOC newsletter. We are excited to provide this document to you monthly. Let’s continue to hope that the 2022 season remains quiet, but hope is not a method. Preparation is key. Content for this newsletter will follow the READY.GOV calendar, which makes the focus for August, Back to School Preparedness, and … Continue reading LABEOC Message: Greeting from Jim Williams

Preparing to Apply: Disaster/Hurricane Assistance

Monday, August 15th 5:30 pm -7:30 pm CST Monroe Civic Center 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expy. Monroe, LA 71201 To register : Preparing to Apply: Disaster/Hurricane Assistance (lsbdc.org) FREE and OPEN to the Public   TOPIC: DISASTER MITIGATION As Hurricane Season approaches, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to prioritize equitably supporting impacted communities … Continue reading Preparing to Apply: Disaster/Hurricane Assistance

LA 1 Expressway Toll Lane Closures Scheduled

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has announced that work to restore the LA 1 tolling system at the elevated LA 1 Expressway entrance ramp in Leeville begins this week. This work may cause delays to those with interests in Port Fourchon, so please plan accordingly. LANE CLOSURES: GeauxPass Lane 1 (On the … Continue reading LA 1 Expressway Toll Lane Closures Scheduled

FEMA Updates Digital Preparedness Tools

Release Date: August 1, 2022 FEMA has two new ways to help people in Louisiana be better prepared for severe weather and hurricanes: 1) the redesigned FEMA app for smartphones and 2) the updated text-to-shelter service. Smartphone App FEMA recently released a redesigned smartphone app that gives users more personalized options. Downloading the app and … Continue reading FEMA Updates Digital Preparedness Tools

Hands-on Workshop for Government Certifications

Tuesday, August 23rd 11:30 am -1:30 pm CST LITE Center 537 Cajundome Blvd. Lafayette, LA 70506 Hands-on Workshop for Government Certifications will include an overview of government certification programs, the benefits of the programs and walk you through the registration steps of acquiring the certifications to help you grow and sustain your business. The workshop … Continue reading Hands-on Workshop for Government Certifications

SBA Louisiana Hosts Webinar on Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery  Business Development Webinar Tuesday , July 28th  9:00 am -10:00 am CST Please join us for this session that will guide you through what you need to know to understand potential impacts, provide recovery strategies, develop a feasible recovery plan, understand the options available when seeking relief and financial assistance … Continue reading SBA Louisiana Hosts Webinar on Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery

St. Charles Parish officials hope new weather tech will help in storm response and recovery

ST. CHARLES PARISH (WVUE) - It’s been nearly one year since Hurricane Ida made landfall and many are still trying to rebuild. In St. Charles Parish, officials are preparing ahead of the next big storm. They say a new interactive weather station will not only help parish officials with response, but help residents in recovery. “This is … Continue reading St. Charles Parish officials hope new weather tech will help in storm response and recovery