The following was released to us by LSUA:

ALEXANDRIA, La. – The Louisiana State University of Alexandria College of Business releases its August 2021 issue of the CENLA Economic Dashboard.

“New business growth demonstrates the strength of the central Louisiana economy,” says Dr. Randall Dupont, Dean of the LSUA College of Business. “Rapides has seen a 36% increase in the number of new businesses this year, he adds.”

Fifty new businesses were established in Rapides Parish in July, a 19% increase over June and 6% higher than July of last year. So far this year, 319 new businesses have been established in Rapides compared to 234 for the same period last year.

“Local interest in starting a business is very high,” said Dupont, who in the Spring led a 10-week business startup training initiative call LSUA Launchpad in partnership with the City of Alexandria.

Twenty-three entrepreneurs graduated from that program. Business…

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