Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state leaders today launched the Louisiana Veterans First Business Initiative.
The program will promote veteran-owned businesses through certification, in-business displays and an online database that encourages consumers to do business with Louisiana’s veteran-owned firms, according to a Louisiana Economic Development announcement.
The initiative was created this year via legislation written by Rep. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, who served 28 years in the Navy. It was unanimously approved during the 2019 legislative session and signed into law by Edwards. The new policy recognizes firms that are majority-owned by veterans, military reservists, active-duty personnel or Gold Star family members.
Following a certification process, the program will promote the businesses through a public database at LAVeteransFirst.org. To support a veteran-owned business visitors to the site may search by business name, region, and industry. Approximately 250 businesses are already certified on the site.
LED will manage call support; website and database maintenance; business services support; and fulfillment of insignias, decals, and certificates to Veterans First businesses for the program. Read the full announcement.