Louisiana Launches 3rd Annual American Academy of Entrepreneurs
BATON ROUGE — From the economic development of Louisiana:
Sixteen Louisiana-based, growth-oriented companies make up the third group of participants in the American Academy of Entrepreneurs, a program designed to accelerate business growth and develop second-stage business relationships. The initiative is made possible through a collaboration between Louisiana Economic Development and the Michigan-based Edward Lowe Foundation.
The 2022 program kicked off July 19-21 with intensive retreat-like programming for participants at the foundation’s headquarters in Cassopolis, Michigan. Participating companies were matched as mentors and mentees, based on their current stage of growth and other factors, to get the most out of the relationship. The paired companies will now participate in six one-on-one monthly meetings to collaborate and focus on growth hurdles.
“From my past experience as a small business owner, I know the importance of giving entrepreneurs the support they deserve,” said LED Secretary Don Pierson. “The participating companies are innovative and resilient, and I commend them for their willingness to acquire and share knowledge and experiences. It will definitely help homeowners make better decisions. By working together through this program, positive impacts are created and relationships developed that create jobs and accelerate business growth. »
Second-stage companies typically have 10 to 99 employees and sell to outside markets. Common issues for these businesses can include building a team, growing to last, and focusing on targeted new opportunities. The LED Growth Network provides a suite of services to Louisiana second-stage businesses, with mentorship opportunities being one of the focus areas.
“This spring, I traveled to Louisiana to present LED with our first-ever Founders Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations that champion the spirit of entrepreneurship,” said Dan Wyant, president and president of The Edward Foundation. Lowe. “When it comes to supporting second-stage businesses, DEL continues to be a national leader. We are now thrilled to welcome the third cohort of Louisiana business owners to Big Rock Valley, our 2,000-acre learning campus in southwest Michigan, where they will begin the American Academy of Contractors.
The following companies are participating in the AAE 2022 Mentoring Program:
- Bespoke Experiences of New Orleans, a tour operator that designs and delivers personalized luxury private experiences in the United States and Canada, founded in 2013.
- Enginuity Global LLC of Baton Rouge, a company offering process automation and control, electrical engineering, and field services, founded in 2018.
- Finding Solace of West Monroe, a private consulting agency with various services for individuals and businesses, founded in 2014.
- Fire & Safety Specialists Inc. of Lafayette, an international supplier and installer of fire and gas detection and suppression systems, founded in 2002.
- Geaux Above LLC of Madisonville, a company offering fitness equipment and playground solutions, founded in 2018.
- Global Management Enterprise LLC of Lake Charles, a staffing and general contracting company for industrial, commercial and residential projects, founded in 2008.
- In Loving Arms HealthCare for Kids of Baton Rouge, a doctor prescribed a multidisciplinary daycare for medically frail and/or technology-dependent children and young adults, birth to 21, founded in 2012.
- Gretna’s Leaaf Environmental LLC, an environmental consulting, engineering and remediation company, founded in 2005.
- MS Benbow & Associates of Metairie, a professional engineering firm specializing in the energy and technology industries, founded in 1978.
- NANO of New Orleans, a company providing architectural and interior design services for new construction, renovations and historic preservation in many industries, founded in 2001.
- Noble Plastics of Grand Coteau, a plastics processing, product design and robotics integration company, founded in 2000.
- Nuworx LLC of New Orleans, a company specializing in the exterior renovation of existing commercial buildings, founded in 2008.
- Post Trauma Institute of Baton Rouge, a clinical and corporate psychiatric service and outpatient addiction treatment center, founded in 2012.
- Ratcliff Development LLC of Alexandria, a regional real estate development and investment company, founded in 2008.
- Houma’s Stratify LLC, a business consulting organization that helps owners and managers increase productivity, efficiency and profitability, founded in 2019.
- Synergy Design Group of New Orleans, a national design provider for trade shows, brand environments and signage, founded in 2000.
For more information about the American Academy of Entrepreneurs program or how to become an LED Growth Network company, contact Christopher Cassagne, Deputy Director of Small Business Services, at 225.342.5882 or email Christopher.Cassagne @la.gov.