Several free events are scheduled over the next few weeks for small businesses.

  • Thursday: SCORE is hosting a “Small Business Simple Strategies for Social Media” workshop from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Goodwood Library’s large room, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge.
  • May 19: A Next Level Training session will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Goodwood Library. The topic is “Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity” — strategies for the upcoming hurricane season. Register at
  • June 3: Mayor Kip Holden’s third annual Small Business Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Capital Center, 201 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. City-parish departments will discuss upcoming business opportunities. Technical assistance and business organizations will provide small business resources. Registration is at
  • June 18: SCORE is hosting a Franchising Trade Show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Executive Center at the Bon Carré Business Center, 7337 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge.