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Nov 26, 2012 11:41 AM by KATC

Two Day Seminar Offered for Louisiana Veterans

SCORE Acadiana invites Louisiana veterans to a two-day seminar November 29 and 30 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1606 W. Pinhook Drive, Lafayette. This Simple Steps to Starting a Business workshop is part of the national organization's Veterans Fast Launch Initiative designed to help veterans start and grow a profitable business.

"We are presenting this free training as an introduction to the plethora of resources, training, and support SCORE mentors provide," said Donovan Hudson. Nationwide and here in the Acadiana region, SCORE stands ready to answer the call of helping our veterans to transition into life as entrepreneurs.

"Our veterans must be part of Louisiana's overall success/development," said Len Sedlin, president of SCORE Louisiana District.

The workshop is free and open to any Louisiana veteran or their families. Seating is limited to registered participants. Speakers include Eric Thompson Vice President, SCORE Southeast Region as well as other Louisiana certified SCORE mentors.

To register, call SCORE Acadiana at (337) 200-0431 or request a registration form by emailing

The SCORE Association's 13,000 active and retired business professionals provide a vast resource base with the knowledge and experience to help individuals achieve success through individual, face-to-face mentoring, online mentoring, and focused workshops.

In partnership with the Walmart Foundation as primary sponsor, SCORE created this initiative as a combined package of services, scholarships, and free software that is coupled with SCORE's mentoring and training programs to help accelerate veterans' ability, and their families' ability, to succeed as a small business owner, said Sedlin.

Workshop participants will be able to reach a "GO or NO GO" decision on their business proposition, organizer said.

Following the workshop, SCORE volunteers will continue to mentor veterans to complete their business plan. As a result, veterans will have completed a major first step to become certified to participate in the LAVETBIZ Veterans Initiative managed by Louisiana Economic Development, said Sedlin.

The SCORE Louisiana District has seven chapters statewide, and SCORE Acadiana includes seven parishes. Business owners interested in becoming SCORE mentors can also call the Acadiana office (337) 200-04311 or visit for more information.



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