Partnership creates one-stop shop for contracting opportunities in New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans and the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad have joined SEBconnect, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center's site designed to help small businesses connect to contracting opportunities.

SEBconnect was launched in 2019 to let small and emerging companies know in real time about available contracting, purchasing and new business opportunities at the convention center. The program has led to more than $43 million in contracts being awarded to local small and emerging businesses.?

SEBconnect offers users simplified technology, delivering better access and availability for opportunities all in a convenient online location, and also makes the certification process easy and transparent by connecting business owners with the right point of contact for certification through the Hudson, State and Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Louisiana Unified Certification Program.

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Lendmark Financial opens Kenner location

Lendmark Financial Services, a provider of household credit and consumer loans, has opened a new branch in Kenner at 3600 Williams Blvd.

Bill McDonnel will serve as the branch manager.

This is the 15th location in Louisiana for Lendmark.

Woodward Design+Build opens Covington office

Woodward Design+Build, a 100-year-old New Orleans construction company, has opened an office in Covington.

The office in the Northpark Office Park will support Woodward's growing number of northshore employees and clients.

Woodward is working on a $30 million renovation to St. Tammany Parish Hospital.

SCORE to host business startup seminar Tuesday

Louisiana SCORE will hold a free virtual seminar outlining the simple steps for starting a business from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The event covers topics such as the myths and realities of entrepreneurship, components of business ownership, cash management and business plan basics.

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