Skip Navigation Links
Skip Navigation LinksHome > Assistance > Starting


For more information or to access business assistance, call 985-873-6890 or visit TEDA in Terrebonne Parish's Government Tower, 8026 Main St., Suite 701, in downtown Houma.

Below is a short list of contacts which are essential to the completion of your project:

GeauxBIZ - Required State Licenses & Business Checklist will help you register your business with the State of Louisiana and give guidance on other regulating agencies.

Register with Louisiana Department of Revenue for Sales Tax I.D. and other services

Register with Terrebonne Parish Sales & Use Tax Department for sales tax account and occupational license.

Unemployment and Workers' Comp Insurance


Business Plan

It is critically important for all businesses, new or established, to have a current business plan and update it regularly. A business plan is a formal statement of a set of business goals, the reasons why they are believed attainable, and the plan for reaching those goals. It may also contain background information about the organization or team attempting to reach those goals.
Get started on a business plan
Local assistance is available to complete your business plan: Contact Katherine Gilbert-Theriot, TEDA's Business Retention & Expansion Director, at 873-6890 or to secure an appointment with your own business-assistance specialist.


TEDA is always thrilled to assist local companies expand their operations. In Terrebonne Parish there are many Local, State and Federal Incentives available to help our business community grow.


GeauxBIZ is a starting point for clients to obtain information regarding which state agencies will need to be contacted for a variety of registration documents. You can create a business checklist for your company to get the ball rolling.

Louisiana Small Business Development Center

Do you have a dream? The LSBDC fosters the formation and growth of small businesses through individual counseling services, educational training programs, and business information resources to expand and diversify the Louisiana economy. They are committed to implementing the Initiatives of Terrebonne Parish Economic Development Authority, the U.S. Small Business Administration as well as Louisiana's master plan for economic development.
Contact Katherine Gilbert-Theriot, TEDA's Business Retention & Expansion Director, at 873-6890 or to get started!


Does your company need funding? South Central Planning and Development Commission is a regional organization that can help you obtain the capital needed to develop or grow your business.
Learn more about SCPDC's financing options 

Loans are available for:
  • Plant construction, conversion, or expansion;
  • Acquisition of land and/or buildings
  • Equipment and machinery repair and/or purchase
  • Furniture or fixtures purchases
  • Working capital
  • Starting fees and deposits
  • Inventory
Traffic Count - The Houma-Thibodaux Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for comprehensive transportation planning in the Houma-Thibodaux region.
View traffic count data


The South Louisiana Economic Council has a fantastic guide for entrepreneurs starting their own business. Go to their Bayou Region Business Guide for all the tools you will need to get your company off the ground and running.
View Business Guide

Demographics – If you are looking for statistical information for business in Louisiana, go to the SLEC website below to research data by parish.
Download demographics

Louisiana Economic Development

The Louisiana Department of Economic Development has created a great tool for businesses in their infancy stage. The Small Business Resource Guide is a brief guideline with resources for the entrepreneurial segment of business.
Visit LED's Small Business Assistance Center
Recognized for its innovation, effectiveness, flexibility and efficiency, LED FastStart® is the nation's best state workforce training program, according to Business Facilities magazine. FastStart provides customized employee recruitment, screening, training development and training delivery for eligible, new or expanding companies — all at no cost.
Read more about Fast Start

Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government

Terrebonne Parish is one of the best places in the US to start and develop a business. The Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government website offers lots of tools to help young businesses open effortlessly and enhance the quality of life for residents of the Houma MSA region.
View TPCG's business-support information

Houma ranked#8
Best Small City
to Make a Living

Related Services



Need a business plan?

Upcoming Events

The next TEDA Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM in the Administrative Conference Room, 7th Floor of Government Tower, 8026 Main St., Houma, La.  Click here for TEDA Board Agenda