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Accelerate Northside

Start & Grow Your Business in 6 Weeks

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While COVID-19 has changed many parts of our lives, it has not changed the spirit of people to innovate, to solve problems, and to contribute to their community. The Northside of Lafayette reflects this spirit and Accelerate Northside, a start-up and small business program, will focus on people, their dreams, ideas, and business interests. The program is organized and led by the Greater Southwest Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce and the LEED Center.

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
  • Graduation ceremony and certificate of completion


Session Schedule:

Session 1 | Program Basics: The Entrepreneurial Dream

Session 2 | What You Need to Know About the Numbers

Session 3 | Getting Resources When You Do Not Have Any

Session 4 | Customers Drive the Business

Session 5 | How to Get More Out of a Business Plan

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 to the Greater Southwest Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce

Interested in helping with the program via mentorship, guest entrepreneur, presenter, or just a helping hand? Apply to volunteer with Accelerate Northside.

Questions about Accelerate Northside or the LEED Center?  Contact Jonathan Shirley,, or 337-456-1810.