A series of free business workshops are being held next week during Ascension Parish Small Business Power Week.

The registration deadline is Wednesday. Tickets are required to attend all events. Register at smallbizpowerweek.eventbrite.com

  • “Small Business — Big Potential” showcases franchise business opportunities coming to Louisiana in 2015 and 2016. The event is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Ascension Parish Library’s Dutchtown Branch.
  • “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 18, also at the Dutchtown library branch. Topics include realities of entrepreneurship; critical success factors; knowing options; components of business ownership; making it legal; funding and cash management; and business plan basics.
  • Ascension Small Business Day in Gonzales will held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Lamar Dixon Expo Center,9039 S. St. Landry Ave. Free workshops will address financing and lending, small business startup, marketing and social media. It also will include a CEO power lunch and economic development and small business and networking with Ascension Parish business leaders and an Ascension Chamber of Commerce B2B Expo.