Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program

Designed to boost business opportunities for Louisiana veterans, LVEP encourages participation from members of the U.S. military branches and the Louisiana National Guard who have completed their service commitments and who are highly motivated to launch a new business in civilian life. Training will include business planning, marketing, financing, capital formation, and other skills and strategies that are key to operating a successful small business.  

The program targets training over 100 veterans in its first year. After a screening process, selected participants will take part in a three-week online course followed by intensive in-person training over a one- to two-day period. As veterans move forward with their business plans, they will be guided through the business formation process by members of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network, SCORE, business incubators and others.

LVEP partners include LED, Louisiana Economic Development; the Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs; the Louisiana National Guard; the Louisiana Business & Technology Center; and LSU Executive Education within the E.J. Ourso College of Business.


Participants must have access to a computer and internet connection to participate in the three-week online portion of the course and complete assignments.


“As a veteran and small business owner, I’m proud to announce the launch of the Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program, which will help us connect a highly skilled veteran workforce with the specific training and resources needed to launch their own businesses. As these dedicated servants make the transition from U.S. military and Louisiana National Guard service, they do so with a wide array of skills, including leadership, strategic planning, contingency planning, creative problem-solving, risk management and task execution. These rank high among the traits required for owning and operating a business, and what better way to honor the service of our veterans than by positioning them for success in Louisiana’s business community.”  “The Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program will transform the skills that our veterans possess into the complete package they need to launch their own businesses and create their own jobs. As we honor veterans for their service, it’s our hope that these sessions, tools and resources will promote further self-sufficiency and lead to success in the business world for these dedicated patriots. As a veteran myself, it’s an honor for me as LED secretary to play a role in launching the program.”
-Governor John Bel Edwards -Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson

To apply for LVEP, please click NEXT below and begin the application process.




Cohort 2 Dates:

Deadline to Submit Application
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Online Webinar Schedule
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

In-Person One-Day Seminar
February 20, 2018
Location: LA National Guard
8110 Innovation Park Drive
Classroom 118
Baton Rouge, LA 70820


Cohort 3

Dates TBA
Location TBA

Cohort 1

September - October 2017

Read LED's article about the first session