The Baton Rouge Area Chamber released an updated business guide on its website to serve as a tool for startups and small businesses seeking to grow.

BRAC’s Business Guide is separated into three books: Getting Started, Growing Your Business and Resources. The guide is available online at

“Small businesses make up 99 percent of Baton Rouge area establishments, and are a vital driver of the region’s rapidly expanding economy. BRAC’s Business Guide connects entrepreneurs and small business owners to knowledge and resources to expand their market presence, finance capital purchases, find training for employees, and more — information that can make all the difference for a small business,” said Flynn Foster, president and CEO of Guaranty Corp. and head of BRAC’s Small Business Council.

The guide was released just ahead of Small Business Saturday, this Saturday, so named nationally to encourage holiday shopping at small local businesses.