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Yesterday Gov. John Bel Edwards joined other state leaders and veterans at the National WWII Museum to launch the Louisiana Veterans First Business Initiative.

This is a program to promote veteran-owned businesses through certification, in-business displays and an online database that encourage consumers to do business with Louisiana’s veteran-owned firms. This initiative recognizes firms that are majority-owned by veterans, military reservists, active-duty personnel or Gold Star family members.

Following a certification process, the program will promote their businesses through a public database at

To support a veteran-owned business, visitors to the site may search by business name, region, and industry. Approximately 250 businesses are certified on the site already.

Information on the program may be found on

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