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Accelerate Northside

Start or Grow Your Business in 6 Weeks

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While it seems like some kind of normalcy is returning to our lives, there is no doubt that we continue to face challenges and struggles.  However, one tool we continue to have at our disposal is our spirit to innovate, to solve problems, and to contribute to the community. 

We have been amazed at the over 180 incredible participants in the first four cohorts of Accelerate Northside.  We can't wait to start the fifth!  Accelerate Northside, a start-up and small business program, focuses on people... their dreams, ideas, and business interests. The continuation of the program is made possible through a partnership between Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) and the LEED Center.

Learn more about What is Accelerate Northside video

Who Should Apply?

  • Existing businesses
  • People who want to turn a side job into a full-time business
  • People who have ideas for a business     

Program Benefits:

  • Hands-on & individual attention to help you start and/or grow your business
  • Opportunity to build a network with other business leaders
  • Successful business leaders as guest speakers & guides
  • Guidance & consulting after the 6 week program
  • Completion ceremony and certificate of completion

Applications for Spring 2023 ACCELERATE NORTHSIDE have closed.  

Session Schedule:

Session 1 | Program Basics: The Entrepreneurial Dream
Session 2 | How to Get More Out of a Business Plan
Session 3 | Getting Resources When You Do Not Have Any
Session 4 | What You Need to Know About the Numbers
Session 5 | Customers Drive the Business
Session 6 | Operations and Other Fundamentals that Matter


Registration Fee: $450
*Registration waivers up to $425 are available to all applicants

*Remaining fees are paid prior to program beginning

Questions about Accelerate Northside or the LEED Center?  Contact the LEED Center,, or 337-456-1836.