The Louisiana Business and Technology Center, LSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have partnered in a unique, innovative project for Louisiana. The LBTC Mobile Classroom, dubbed the “Driving Louisiana’s Economy” initiative, is a custom-designed 18-wheeler trailer retrofitted to house seminars and workshops for small business owners. The self-contained Mobile Classroom has a 75KW generator and HVAC, has state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities including a large flat screen TV for presentations and satellite internet connections, and seats up to 25 people.
Following hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, & Ike, the Mobile Classroom was deployed to the most devastated areas impacted by the storms to provide disaster business counseling and to educate affected businesses on various recovery programs, loans, grants, and tax incentives. The Mobile Classroom was also deployed during the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
The Mobile Classroom has visited over 25 rural communities each year since its inception in 2005. The Mobile Classroom has also received national recognition and numerous awards. The mission of the Mobile Classroom is to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs located in Louisiana by providing access to the resources, infrastructure, and expertise needed to grow and sustain long-term success.
The Mobile Classroom fosters, develops, and integrates the LBTC’s entrepreneurial development system by providing a delivery platform and systematic approach for entrepreneur education, training, technical assistance, access to capital, access to networks and creating a sustainable entrepreneurial cultural in rural Louisiana.
Courses Offered with the Mobile Classroom:
- Starting & Financing your Business
- Effective Marketing 101
- Other Courses Related to Entrepreneurship & Small Businesses