A free Louisiana veteran-owned small business conference is being held by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Louisiana district office from 7:30 am to 1 p.m. Thursday at 4655 Sherwood Commons Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

The event is and open to the public.

“Bootstraps to Briefcases” will feature presentations on procurement opportunities, business development and the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on small businesses and include a lender and financing forum and discussion panel.

Veterans can network with contracting officers and other government representatives as well as other small business owners. The event will conclude with a

Pre-registration is required at https://www2.lsbdc.org/events.aspx or call (225) 922-0998.