2022 Small Business Mini-Workshop (In-Person)

June 27, 2022 8:30am - 12:00pm

(Check-In 8:00am)

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LCPA Member Center Two Lakeway Building

3850 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 1650
Metairie, LA 70002

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4.00 Credits

Member Price $159.00

Price will increase by $50 after 6/13

Non-Member Price $209.00

Price will increase by $50 after 6/13

Overview

This little program packs a big punch! Designed to address the core issues facing Louisiana’s small businesses, this concentrated event brings you some heavy hitters from around the state. You’ll walk away with important information you can use to amplify your resources for maximum business growth.

8:00-8:25a
Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:25-8:30a
Welcome/Announcements
Geralyn Suhor, CPA • Co-Chair, LCPA's Business4Business Committee

8:30-9:30a
Let's Talk– Local Tax Topics 
Darlene A. Allen, MBA, CPA • Executive Director 
Louisiana Association of Tax Administrators • Baton Rouge, LA 

9:30-10:40a
Small Business. Big Possibilities: Louisiana Tax Incentives & Programs to Help You Grow 
Brenda Guess, MPA • Assistant Secretary
Louisiana Economic Development • Baton Rouge, LA

10:40-10:50a Break 
 
10:50a-12:00p
Integrity Matters – An Update from The Louisiana Workforce Commission 
Stephen C. Harris • Employer Outreach Liaison 
Louisiana Workforce Commission • Baton Rouge, LA

Leader(s):

Leader Bios

Darlene Allen

Darlene Allen is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Association of Tax Administrators (LATA). In her new role as Executive Director, she is the point of contact for the LATA  whose primary responsibility is to assist state and local tax administrators in the exchange of information and encourage uniformity in laws, regulations and administration. 

Darlene was the Revenue Tax Director for the Field Audit Sales Tax Division at the Louisiana Department of Revenue. She began her career in Sales and Use Tax as a Revenue Agent for the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation in Alexandria, LA. She later transferred to the Houston Office to audit Corporate Income and other tax types. 

She served on the Louisiana Sales and Use Tax Commission for Remote Sellers (RSC) since its creation by the Louisiana Legislature in 2017, as an authorized commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR). She served as chair of the RSC from July 2020 through June 2021. 
She was with Revenue Recovery Group (RRG) for seventeen years. As Audit Manager for Sales and Use Tax, and Program Director for Unclaimed Property, Darlene managed client relations for city, parish and state clients. She also served as the Chief Operating Officer for several years.

Darlene is a licensed CPA and she holds an MBA from Louisiana State University.

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Brenda Guess

Brenda Guess, a Baton Rouge native, is the new Assistant Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development (LED).  Ms. Guess is chiefly responsible for guiding LED’s programs that grow Louisiana’s small business sector. In addition, Ms. Guess will be directing the State Small Business Credit Initiative effort in our state to partner with financial institutions and other lenders and the communities that they serve.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Guess served as the Director of Business Incentive Services for 10 years in LED.  In this position, she administered programs geared to give companies a competitive edge through tax incentives, and developed a variety of state programs for the retention, creation, and expansion of Louisiana businesses and industries.
Before joining LED, Brenda spent six years in municipal government and 6 years in private sector business management.  

Brenda received a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and a Master’s degree in public administration from Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge.

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Stephen Harris

Stephen C. Harris is an executive management officer who joined the Louisiana Workforce Commission in late 2008. He has worked in various roles in the Office of Unemployment Insurance Administration, including in the Tax Operations division and as the employer liaison in charge of outreach. Harris brings a wealth of business experience and knowledge to the agency. His professional background includes more than 15 years in the banking and investment industry, in addition to more than five years in grants and contract management. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance 

from Louisiana State University.

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Non-Member Price $209.00

Member Price $159.00