The East Baton Rouge Contractor Support Center, a new pilot program for local small businesses and nonprofit organizations, recently opened in the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools’ Choctaw Administrative Center, 2875 Michelli Drive.

Hours are by appointment only Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with scheduled trainings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The program is a partnership between TruFund Financial Services and Louisiana Economic Development, the East Baton Rouge Parish Fair Share Program, and the Southern University Small Business Development Center. It is scheduled to run through July.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in TruFund’s Contractor Competitiveness Boot Camp, which will serve as a facilitated training program that offers multiple tools and resources designed to increase contractor effectiveness, efficiencies and competitiveness, a news release said.

Available supportive services include workstations, desktops and software such as BidPro and QuickBooks. Those who successfully complete Boot Camp will be provided with additional supportive services including assessments and tracking.