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Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen


Ascension Parish Library

Teen Book Club at the Library!

Are you a young adult who enjoys reading? If so, Ascension Parish Library’s Teen Book Club is holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Galvez. This program is open to all teens 6th grade and above. Come talk about the book you are reading with other like-minded people and enjoy some light refreshments--just like other book clubs do! For further information, call Ascension Parish Library in Galvez at 622-3339.

Free Small Business Consulting

Ascension Parish Library offers free small business consulting on the second Monday of each month at the library in Galvez, 40300 Hwy. 42, Prairieville. Persons wanting to start or improve a small business receive a private, two-hour consultation designed to provide professional help in areas of business planning, financing, marketing, and accounting.

This service is provided by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University ñ Baton Rouge and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  All services are free and confidential. To schedule an appointment call the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at 225-922-0998.   

SCORE offers free counseling

Ascension Parish Library and SCORE/Baton Rouge offer free, on-site counseling in Ascension Parish for new business start-ups and mentoring for existing businesses. Counseling sessions are held at two library locations each month by appointment: the first Tuesday morning and third Tuesday afternoon at the library in Gonzales and the second Wednesday morning and third Wednesday afternoon at the library in Dutchtown.

SCORE - Counselors to America’s Small Business, a nonprofit Association and a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide.

Counselors are active or retired business owners and executives with extensive experience, who follow the steps on “How to Start and Manage a Successful Business.” This includes help on the Business Plan, Financial Forecast, Marketing ad Sales, Legal and Accounting suggestions, Business Insurance needs, and the Bank Loan Package preparation.  SCORE counselors follow a strict code of ethics and confidentiality.

This year SCORE will begin expanding its education opportunities in the community for small businesses with a new QuickSTART Program and a stronger Community Alliance Program. These New Programs will help SCORE become even more valuable resource in our community. 

To learn more, visit the SCORE web site at To schedule a counseling appointment, call 225-381-7130 or toll-free 877-381-7130 and specify which library location you prefer: Gonzales or Dutchtown.