Small Business Development Certification Program

About the Center

The Center for Rural and Small Business Development operates as the result of a contractual agreement between the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and The United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service. It was established to provide technical assistance for business creation in economically challenged rural communities, to conduct educational programs that develop, improve upon the professional skills of rural entrepreneurs, provide outreach and promote USDA Rural Development programs. Our efforts will benefit individuals, households and communities for generations to come.

The Center initiates programs that will provide the necessary services and projects that strengthen and encourage business and economic development. It is positioned to anticipate change and to embrace the challenges facing citizens in rural communities.

Small Business Development Certification

The Small Business Development Certification Program assists economically challenged landowners in creating and strengthening agricultural businesses. This educational program includes courses that develop and improve upon the professional skills of Louisiana small entrepreneurs and farmers.


Level One

Participants will earn a certificate after receiving initial counseling, attending classes, completing all required legal document action, and passing an on-site visit.

Level Two

After completing Level One requirements, participants complete a business and marketing plan to earn Level Two certification.

Level Three

After completing Level One and Two requirements, participants who demonstrate continuous operation development will be able to seek additional certifications through other governmental entities.

Program Topics:

  • Starting a business
  • Starting or Expanding a Business
  • Youth Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Risk for your Business
  • Management
  • Selecting A Business Structure
  • Managing a Business
  • Social Media Changes and Competition
  • Business Stewardship
  • Business Management
  • Marking A Business
  • Business Stewardship
  • Business Etiquette


 Zanetta Augustine

For more information contact: 

Southern University Ag Center P. O. Box 10010
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813

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