Our Mission

To enhance educational opportunities and promote the growth of the communities we serve through economic development.

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Making a difference together
Impacting one community at a time.
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Formed by b1BANK, b1 FOUNDATION is a 501(c)(3) that works to enhance the growth and success of communities and individuals by partnering with other not-for-profits to impact our communities. We are passionate about education and entrepreneurs and strive to make a lasting difference.

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What we do
Investing in community, education, and entrepreneurship

Though based in Baton Rouge, b1 FOUNDATION partners with other not-for-profits, schools, and civic organizations to provide financial literacy classes to communities across Texas and Louisiana. We also work to support education initiatives through funding scholarships and school programs.  

b1 FOUNDATION works to support entrepreneurs as they navigate the start-up process and prepare to seek financial services from a bank. We offer free one-on-one business counseling and educational courses for entrepreneurs and business owners.

Our goal is to open the doors of opportunity at every level in our communities.

We believe education opens unseen doors and creates opportunities.

We believe that entrepreneurs create jobs, products, and services that move our communities forward, and want to stand alongside them.

Gov. Buddy Roemer Small Business Center
b1 FOUNDATION offers the following services for free at our Baton Rouge Small Business Center:
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In 2023, b1 FOUNDATION opened the Governor Charles “Buddy” Roemer Small Business Center in the heart of Baton Rouge’s Mid City neighborhood. This space provides free financial education and counseling services, as well as rental offices for small businesses and start-ups. 

  • One-on-one business counseling services to help entrepreneurs get started
  • Financial coaching for both business and personal finances
  • Lender recommendations to help you gain access to capital
  • Access to small business resources and education
  • Credit history reviews to get yourself bank-ready

Call us at 225.286.7881 or email b1FOUNDATION@b1BANK.com to schedule an appointment with us today!


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How you can get involved
Donate to b1 FOUNDATION
Play your part, improve your world.

Are you looking to partner with b1 FOUNDATION? Let us know by emailing us at b1FOUNDATION@b1bank.com or by calling Director Will Campbell at 225.286.7881 or visit us at the Governor Roemer Small Business Center located at 4944 Florida Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70805.

Looking to support our mission? Click here to make a donation.

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Meet Our Leaders

Our Board of Directors

  • Bobby Yarborough, CEO – Manda Fine Meats
  • Melissa Terito, Partner – Sentinel Pension
  • Jude Melville, President & CEO – b1BANK
  • Sue Anne Kleinpeter Cox, CEO – Kleinpeter Dairy

Our Leaders

  • Heather Roemer, President b1 FOUNDATION
  • Will M. Campbell Jr., Director b1 FOUNDATION

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