GULF COAST- URBAN ENTREPRENEUR PARTNERSHIP

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URBAN ENTREPRENEUR PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHES WITH IN-STATE REGIONAL MEETINGS

June 12, 2006

BATON ROUGE, La.– Louisiana Economic Development’s (LED) Entrepreneurial Services group, working with Urban Entrepreneur Partnership Gulf Coast, Inc. (UEP), is hosting regional meetings to help bring together and develop a structure for all local entities that provide assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

UEP Gulf Coast is an unprecedented partnership among the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, National Urban League, Business Roundtable, federal agencies (White House, SBA and others) and LED. It was formed to respond to the unique circumstances resulting from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, alleviate deficiencies in basic needs such as housing and job creation and help catalyze entrepreneurship education, research, policy development and growth throughout Louisiana.

Kick-off meetings are being held state-wide to introduce UEP to local business assistance providers. During the meetings, UEP intends to learn about local providers’ activities and identify their needs.

To date, LED has held meetings in Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Hammond, New Orleans and West Monroe. Future meetings include:

Contacts

Shreveport, NW LA Planning District 7
Shreveport Chamber — 1st Floor Conf Rm
400 Edwards Street
Shreveport, LA 71101

Central Louisiana — Planning District 6
Central LA Chamber of Commerce
Planning District 6
1118 Third St.
Alexandria, LA 71309
Ph: 318-422-6671

Bayou Region — Planning District 3
South Louisiana Economic Council (SLEC)
Nicholls State University
Rm 113, Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Ph: 985-448-4485

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The mission of Louisiana Economic Development is to provide excellence in leadership, policy and programs to create a business climate enabling public-private linkages, which result in capital investment, a diversified economic base and quality job opportunities for all Louisiana citizens. For more information, visit www.LouisianaForward.com.

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