Natchitoches Parish

Review the Business Climate

How it's done

The business climate is the general economic environment that local businesses operate in. Reviewing and understanding the local business climate provides valuable insights about the economy, costs, risks, and incentives that may impact the success of your business. This activity will guide you to better understand the business climate in Natchitoches Parish and help you answer the following fundamental questions.

What is the business climate in Natchitoches Parish?

We have compiled the most important aspects of Natchitoches Parish’s business climate as an interactive dashboard below. This dashboard provides valuable economic, resident, household, dwelling and development indicators that may influence the success of your business.

What costs and assistance should I know about?

Whether you have a new or existing business it is critical to be aware of costs, incentives and grants that impact your business. This dashboard provides you with a snapshot of the major costs of conducting business in Natchitoches Parish and assistance available to Natchitoches Parish businesses.

The City of Natchitoches levies sales and use taxes and ad valorem tax that are collected by the Natchitoches Tax Commission.

The Natchitoches TAX Commission serves as the single point of collection and disbursement of Sales and Use Tax for 7 governing jurisdictions in Natchitoches Parish, Business Occupational License Permits, Alcohol Permits, and Ad Valorem tax (Property Tax) collection for the City of Natchitoches.

The Commission is a joint endeavor of the Natchitoches Police Jury, the Natchitoches Parish School Board and the City of Natchitoches to provide a “One Stop Processing” service for the taxpayers doing business in Natchitoches Parish. The Commission was created to ease the steps necessary for individuals starting or continuing a business in the Parish, as well as increasing the efficiency of the tax and license collection process.

For more information on property tax click here.

For more information on sales tax click here.

For specific information on Natchitoches area taxes, please contact the Natchitoches Tax Commission by phone at (318) 357-8871 or via e-mail at

How do I use this information?

Having access to business climate statistics and information is one thing, but it's quite another to use data effectively and in a way that will benefit your business. This next section will help you do just that. Learn how to use this information to make better business decisions.

Monitor the local business climate

On-going assessment of the business climate is an essential part of operating a competitive business. In any business climate, there are numerous factors outside your control that will impact your business, both positively and negatively. The health of the economy impacts all businesses, but small businesses usually feel the effect of economic changes faster than big businesses. Improvements in the economy typically provide a rapid increase in new opportunities for small businesses, while an economic downturn can have a significant and prolonged negative impact.

Unfortunately, you can’t influence the economy, but you can monitor the business climate indicators provided above and then take the necessary actions to minimize risks to your business. Staying up to date with the business climate can also help you identify new opportunities that your business can take advantage of.

Know your costs

All industries are unique and incur different types of costs when starting or operating. Understanding these costs is essential when it comes to setting prices, budgeting and planning for growth or downturns. We’ve provided some of the local costs associated with taxes, development and labor that often get overlooked by businesses. There may be other municipal and state costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

Where can I learn more about the business climate?

While we are providing you with a range of valuable information about the business climate, the fact is that there's much more available. In this section we provide you with links to other websites that will supplement our information and help to keep your finger on the pulse.

There may also be other municipal and state costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

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