One of The Rapides Foundation's goals is to build the entrepreneurial capacity of Central Louisiana. We do this through BAS, the Business Acceleration System. BAS is dedicated to speeding the development of entrepreneurs by helping them acquire and apply the knowledge they need to grow their companies.
BAS uses a multi-faceted approach that includes coaching, expert technical assistance, classroom learning, and web-based instruction to deliver the right content at the right time. BAS clients are evaluated to determine development priorities and BAS coaches help to design customized learning plans for each entrepreneur.
BAS provides support to entrepreneurs throughout Central Louisiana. The entrepreneurs participating in BAS have been responsible for the creation of about 750 new jobs and $150 million in economic impact. BAS does not charge entrepreneurs for services provided, but we expect our clients to also be willing to invest in their own development.
Go to the BAS website for more information.