In conjunction with the second anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Microsoft has teamed up with the state of Louisiana and Louisiana Small Business Development Center to provide small businesses affected by the storms payment assistance for Microsoft software.
Small businesses affected by the hurricanes are eligible to qualify for the one-year licensing program at no charge, which is slated to begin in September. When they sign up for assistance through the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC), they can purchase licenses for Microsoft software with payments spread over three years, through any authorized Microsoft reseller. Eligible business owners can then bring the first year’s invoice for their Open Value Licensing Program purchase to any Louisiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the first year’s amount to be paid for by Microsoft, allowing entrepreneurs the budget they need to get their business processes running again.
“Microsoft was proud to play a role in helping the people of the Gulf Coast rebuild following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and we are committed to contributing to the ongoing community recovery efforts,” says Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “In particular, we believe very strongly that small businesses are a vital engine of economic growth and opportunity and we will continue to support small business owners in Louisiana as they work to rebuild and revive their communities.”
You can view more about this landmark program in our Press Pass Announcement.