In its seventh year, award-winning LED program helps small business executives reach next level
BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Economic Development is accepting applications now for the 2021 edition of CEO Roundtables, an award-winning program that equips second-stage firms with the right resources to sustain, strengthen and scale their businesses for a new level of growth.
Beginning in July, LED will convene CEO Roundtables of 15 to 18 qualified decision-makers from firms with annual revenue of $600,000 to $50 million and staff sizes of five to 99 people. Participants will meet 10 times over 12 months in an environment that promotes positive, peer-to-peer learning and networking.
Applications are being accepted in February and March, and program information is available online at OpportunityLouisiana.com/CEO-Roundtables. Once there, click on the “Apply Now” button to submit your application.
“We are proud to once again provide a forum for Louisiana business leaders to come together and share best practices and solutions to common challenges,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “2020 challenged CEO’s with challenges that have never been faced before, and they persevered and succeeded in very innovative ways. The CEO Roundtables Program will allow business leaders to share some of the tactics they developed to remain strong in 2020 and to discover the new solutions generated by their peers. We are proud to be supporting CEOs in their efforts to generate business success and grow jobs through this program. Without question it is a clear demonstration of LED’s strong commitment to the support of small business in Louisiana.”
For each CEO Roundtable, a seasoned facilitator will guide participants through topics such as problem-solving in marketing, strategic planning, organizational structure, cybersecurity and business continuity. Since 2014, CEO Roundtables have helped 349 small business executives improve company performance and create more than 1,600 new jobs in Louisiana.
“Our small business leaders have a wealth of knowledge,” said LED Program Manager Darrell L. Johnson Jr. “The insights and skills that are shared during CEO Roundtables will ensure that they are better-prepared for the challenges they may face. As we have seen, the global economy can change rapidly, and the resources shared in CEO Roundtables will offer valuable strategies for managing that change.”
To learn more about CEO Roundtables, contact Darrell Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 342-4680.
Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy. LED cultivates jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Louisiana, and promotes business opportunity for employers of all sizes. In 2020, LED attracted 58 new economic development projects representing over 11,600 new jobs, 8,600 retained jobs and more than $12.7 billion in new capital investment. LED’s Small Business Services team, in conjunction with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network, assisted more than 17,500 Louisiana small businesses and entrepreneurs in 2020. For more information, visit OpportunityLouisiana.com.