The first class of the Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program has started training military vets to run their own business. State Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says the class helps veterans wanting to go into business, by taking online classes and boot camp training on the LSU campus.
Pierson says they are seeking all veterans young and old to get involved in a business that will be successful for them. He says some areas of Louisiana are seeing tremendous growth.
"There's a lot of activity around Lake Charles. Certainly activity is picking up in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. We're working very hard to see things improve in Cenla and Northwestern Louisiana", Pierson said.
Pierson says recent economic growth is making this a good time for veterans to venture out into the small business world.
"There's always great opportunities for good ideas from hard working people that can deliver a product or service.", Pierson said.
They hope to train over 100 participants in the first year with a long term goal of creating 100 new jobs through the businesses created from this program.