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Houma to host 2nd Louisiana Entrepreneurship Fest

Houma to host 2nd Louisiana Entrepreneurship Fest

HOUMA, La. (AP) — The Terrebonne Parish Economic Development Authority and the Louisiana Economic Development Department say the first Louisiana Entrepreneurship Fest went so well that it will be an annual event.

Nearly 450 people showed up for the festival Thursday and Friday in Houma, which will host next year's as well.

Steve Vassallo, chief executive officer of the Terrebonne authority, says in a news release that he expects attendance to double next year.

The Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center hosted the festival, which was held to explain the basics of establishing and growing a business.

Those who attended include Whitney Loupe of Houma, a student at Fletcher Technical Community College, and Johnny B. Patterson, director of career services at Grambling State University in north Louisiana. Patterson attended on a College of Business entrepreneurship grant to improve his program with new information and material. He says he plans to return next year with students.

Loupe wants to open a seasonal walking-tour business specializing in the haunted history of Houma and eventually to open a haunted bed-and-breakfast. She said she has already collected seven stories within a five-block radius.