Small Business Resources

Services

Every location of the Livingston Parish Library has computers for public use with free Internet access. These computers are FREE to use! Livingston Parish residents must present their library card in order to use a computer. Non-residents (from outside of Livingston Parish) may use a computer by presenting their driver’s license or other state-approved identification.

The library offers free Internet access via its Wi-Fi service. Patrons may bring their laptops or other mobile device to search the Internet using this service.

The library offers the Microsoft Office suite, including vital business resources such as Excel and PowerPoint.

All library locations offer copying and faxing services for your convenience.

  • Black & White printing $0.10 per page
  • Color printing $0.25 per page
  • Black & White copies $0.10 per page
  • Color copies $0.25 per page
  • Faxing $1.00 per page

Wireless printing is also available at every branch.

Programming at the Library

Own a small business or interested in starting one? Take advantage of free business consulting at the Watson and Livingston Branches. Receive private, one-hour consulting sessions in areas including business plans, advertising plans, inventory control, financial projections, cost analysis, and much more. Sponsored by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University. For more information, contact the branch hosting your preferred event.

In conjunction with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University, the Livingston Parish Library will offer business seminars throughout the year. Check mylpl.info or our newsletter for more information.

Business Databases

Business Magazines available through Zinio

  • Bloomberg Business Week
  • Forbes
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Smart Money
  • The Economist

Books on Business

Our collection is full of books that can help you start, manage, and find success in your business. Use the Dewey Decimal numbers below to find titles, or ask your librarian for help.

  • Taxes: 336.2, 343.7
  • Marketing: 658.8
  • Starting a small business: 658.1
  • Management: 658.4
  • Legal Guidance: 346.73
  • Success in Business: 650.1

You can also browse through some of the top business books of 2013 that are available in our collection by clicking here.

Local Resources

There are many local resources and organizations that offer helpful advice and information.
Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to “support and facilitate the growth and expansion of Livingston Parish by providing an environment that encourages both residential and business communities working together to build a healthy economy.” The Chamber coordinates and sponsors individual business counseling, business start-up programs, incubator opportunities, business and financial planning, sales and marketing plans, social media and other courses which are pertinent to business success.

For more information, visit www.livingstonparishchamber.org or call 225-665-8155.

Livingston Economic Development Council

The Livingston Economic Development Council works to promote and secure capital investment in Livingston Parish to increase the tax base and provide job opportunities. The LEDC is a private, non-profit membership corporation. Their core mission is to create quality economic development for Livingston Parish, Louisiana. The LEDC works to achieve this mission in three ways:

  1. Recruit new or expanding business opportunities to the parish from outside sources.
  2. Work with existing business and industry to encourage growth and expansion.
  3. Encourage entrepreneurship and the formation of new businesses.

For more information, visit www.ledc.net or call 225-686-3982.

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center is the state’s largest and most accessible source of assistance for entrepreneurs and the only statewide nationally accredited program that provides business consulting to entrepreneurs at no cost. Through a network of 10 centers, the LSBDC provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to help your business start, grow and succeed.

LSBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University is located in Hammond at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center. Services offered include:

  • Individual business consulting at no cost
  • Low-cost entrepreneurial training
  • Business information and resources at no cost

For more information, visit www.selu.edu/sbdc or call (985)549-3831.

Dixie Business Center

The Dixie Business Center is a nonprofit business incubator program dedicated to helping new and emerging businesses develop, grow and succeed. The center offers:

  • Space and Services
  • Business and marketing plan assistance
  • Market Research
  • Business Resources
  • Access to Financing

For more information, visit www.dixiebusinesscenter.org or call (225)665-0809.

Louisiana Secretary of State’s Geauxbiz.com

The Secretary of State’s Commercial Division oversees licensing, incorporating, and filing under the Uniform Commercial Code in Louisiana. Their Geauxbiz.com section is a clearinghouse for all business related information: searching their database, filing a business online, and business licensing information. Access is also available to their Administrative Services department for service of process information and UCC department.

Visit www.geauxbiz.com or call (225)925-4704 for more information.

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All branches of the Livingston Parish Library will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

All branches will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, May 30.