Central Louisiana COVID-19 Business Resources

CLEDA actively works with our business partners, community leaders, and state and federal officials to provide services to the business community in our ten-parish service region in the wake of the current state of emergency.
In accordance with the governor’s “Stay Home” order issued, Sunday, March 22 to further fight the spread of COVID-19, the CLEDA office at 1302 Murray in Alexandria remains closed to the public. Our staff is working remotely, however, calls and emails will be responded to as well as this site and our social media accounts are active with updated information.
If you are a business and need assistance, please call one of the following numbers.
If you are an individual and need assistance, please call 211 or visit: https://www.louisiana211.org. The city in which you live will also have resources for residents please check their websites and social media platforms.

Small Business, Restaurant, Non-Food Retail

Business Acceleration Systems (BAS)
(318) 441-3403

Farming, Ranching, Food Systems (Non-Restaurant), Farmers Market

Local Food Initiative
(318) 441-3408

Manufacturing, Existing Industry, Workforce

Business Retention & Expansion
(318) 441-3424

Logistics, Supply Chain Interruption, Major Employer Continuity

Major Employers
(318) 441-3402

Regulation, Policy, Strategy, Governmental Collaboration

President & CEO, CLEDA
(318) 441-3401

All Other Requests

(318) 441-3400

Resource Links & Partners 


 On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which provided additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending, and will be forgiven.
If you wish to apply for the Advance on your EIDL, please visit www.SBA.gov/Disaster as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the Advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the Advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application. 



(318) 441-3400

Mailing Address

1302 Murray Street
Alexandria, LA 71301