Local resource platform collaboration to help strengthen libraries as entrepreneurial hubs


Libraries in North Louisiana have collaborated with Launch Network to help strengthen the role public libraries play in nurturing and promoting entrepreneurship in our communities, as well as increasing the visibility of resources offered and teaching the business community how to engage them.

Launch Network has partnered with local library systems across the 21-parish North Louisiana region within its footprint, including Natchitoches Parish and the Natchitoches Parish Library.

On Tuesday, Aug.31 from 6-7:30 p.m., the Natchitoches Parish Library will host Speaking Engagement to showcase this partnership with the Natchitoches Library system. This event is centered around business and entrepreneurial support for Natchitoches. This event is free and open to the public.

“Libraries are a central point of the entrepreneurial and small business community and are vital to the success of every community, both in North Louisiana and across the country. They have resources that will help small businesses succeed and are looking for more ways to connect entrepreneurs to networks and resources specific to their needs,” said Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) Executive Director, Dave Smith.

Among the many remaining parishes participating in the collaboration are Claiborne, Ouachita, Union, Franklin, DeSoto, Caddo, Bossier and Webster. These parishes will also receive a complete entrepreneurial display to help increase community involvement and awareness of small business resources in their areas. This initiative is designed to leverage the libraries’ ability to create hubs for entrepreneurship by providing free resources specific to the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses.

“Libraries have always been, and continue to be, in the knowledge business. We are not a static institution but are constantly evolving to support our community by providing valuable resources, opportunities, and connections,” said Jessica McGrath, Director of the Natchitoches Parish Library. “We value our small business owners and entrepreneurs and want to act as a catalyst for their initial and continued success – providing space, support, and resources.”

“Working with Launch Network to help expand our local business community is such an honor. It is important to remind everyone in Natchitoches Parish of the resources the library and Launch Network have to offer so that we may help them succeed as true entrepreneurs.” said Kelly Burns, Adult Programmer for the Natchitoches Parish Library.

For more information about Launch Network, visit https://launchnetworkla.com. For more information on the books being provided and the libraries, visit https://bit.ly/3vJT5i7.