Business workshop scheduled

All current or potential small business owners are encouraged to register for a workshop hosted by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at the Bastrop Visitor's Center. The "Starting and Financing a Small Business" workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14.

Topics of discussion planned include business feasibility, business planning, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources and required licenses.

Call 318.342.1224 for more information or to register, or sign-up online at by clicking on the "Events" tab on the webpage.

Small business forum and expo slated

A second LSBDC event, the 2nd Annual Small Business Forum and Mini Expo, is slated for 12 to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Monroe Civic Center. The LSBDC websites states that this event is one for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs seeking information about increasing sales and gaining visibility in Northeast Louisiana.

Representatives from the federal, state and private sector will present information on resources that help owners launch small businesses and expand, and the USDA will present an overview of ag related loans and grants.

LSP to sell crash photographs online

On August 7, the Louisiana State Police announced that crash photographs can now be purchased by the public online at After reaching the website, users can click on the LSP statewide crash reports and photos link.

To order a photograph, which carries a $10 charge, an individual must enter the driver or pedestrian's last name, the name of the parish the crash occurred in and the date of the crash. Photos of fatalities will not be provided online.