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Ascension Parish is home to a diverse, vibrant and growing business community. Over the past several years, Ascension Parish has consistently been the fastest-growing parish in the state of Louisiana. This steady population growth has created a wealth of demand for a variety of goods, service-based businesses and industrial investments.

Local and parish governments work proactively to develop many partnerships and initiatives with both the Ascension Economic Development Corporation and the Ascension Chamber of Commerce. These efforts have created a positive and inviting environment necessary to attract new investments, as well as support established businesses within Ascension Parish.

Located approximately 60 miles from New Orleans and 30 miles from Baton Rouge, Ascension’s physical location is also a contributing factor to its economic success. In addition, the parish has an exceptional education system, strong infrastructure, easy access to markets, as well as a skilled and available workforce. Local and parish governments have been visionary in developing the appropriate infrastructures to support the needs of industries, existing businesses and new businesses.

In addition, Ascension Parish is fully accessible to major highways (I-10), railway terminals and a deep-water port via the Mississippi River, which are all able to efficiently transport any product to its market.

Business Resources

The City of Gonzales and the City of Donaldsonville are the two largest urban centers within Ascension Parish. Both Gonzales and Donaldsonville are home to many of the retail and service businesses that support residents of Ascension Parish.

Ascension Parish’s business community continues to grow each day, offering residents and visitors of the parish more and more services all done with a smile. With a priority on education and quality of life, Ascension Parish is the ideal location to establish, develop and grow a business… and family!

BUSINESS RESOURCES

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MISSION STATEMENT (as defined by National SCORE Organization): SCORE provides professional guidance and information, accessible to all, to maximize the success of America’s existing and emerging small businesses.

SCORE Baton Rouge is nearing 40 years of serving small business clients in the greater Baton Rouge area and now serves a total of 13 Louisiana parishes. SCORE offers free counseling for start-up businesses and mentoring for those who are facing challenges in some phase of their business.

SCORE’s nearly 70 experienced business men and women volunteer to offer their experience from all types of business to assist clients in the areas of developing a business plan, financial forecasting, marketing and sales, advertising, human resources, franchise purchasing, buy-sell negotiations, funding, webpage design, computer help, legal assistance, accounting basics and more.

Ascension Parish Library
(Gonzales Branch)
708 South Irma Boulevard
1.877.381.7130
Counseling By Appointment Only

Ascension Economic Development Corporation (AEDC)
AEDC is a nonprofit organization aimed at diversifying the economy, increasing the tax base and creating quality, permanent jobs in the community. AEDC has access to resources and data that can help both new businesses and existing businesses. For more information, call 225.675.1750 or visit www.ascensionedc.com.

Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. They recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the U.S. compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Local SBA Louisiana District Office
365 Canal Street, Suite 2820, New Orleans
504.589.6685

Tax, License & Permit Info
As employers, businesses are required by law to withhold state and federal income taxes and social security taxes from the wages of employees. Employers must also pay employer social security tax and unemployment insurance tax. For business tax information concerning federal income, social security and self-employment taxes, contact the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040 or visit www.irs.gov.

All businesses in Ascension Parish are required to obtain a local occupational license. Costs for licenses are based on annual gross receipts, and vary according to business classification. Local permits for beer and liquor are also issued by these offices.

TAXES CONTACTS

Local Sales Tax
Department: Ascension Parish Sales Tax Authority
915 South Nickens Avenue, Gonzales
225.621.2635

State Sales Tax
Department: Louisiana Department of Revenue & Taxation Central Registration
617 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge
225.219.7318
www.revenue.louisiana.gov

Unemployment Insurance Tax
Department: Louisiana Workforce Commission
1001 North 23rd Street, Baton Rouge
225.342.2944
www.laworks.net

LICENSES & PERMITS CONTACTS

Zoning (Zoning, Building/ Contractor Permits, Flood Zones)
Department: Ascension Parish Building – Department of Planning
208 East Railroad Avenue, Gonzales
225.621.5700

Occupational Licenses & Permits
Donaldsonville City Limits
Donaldsonville City Hall
609 Railroad Avenue, Donaldsonville
225.473.4247

Gonzales City Limits
Gonzales City Hall
120 South Irma Boulevard, Gonzales
225.647.2841

Sorrento Town Limits
Sorrento Town Hall
8173 Main Street, Sorrento
225.675.5337

Other Areas of Ascension Parish
Department: Ascension Parish Sales Tax Authority
915 South Nickens Avenue, Gonzales
225.621.2635

Food Permits
Department: Department of Health & Hospitals/Environmental Services
1024 SE Ascension Complex Avenue, Gonzales
225.647.5916

State Beverage & Tobacco Permits
Department: Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control
8585 Archive Avenue, Suite 220 Baton Rouge
225.925.4041
www.atc.rev.state.la.us

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