Meet Larry Dents, Jr.
Occupation: Small Business Loan Officer
Organization: TruFund Financial Services
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Tell us a little about your Baton Rouge Story. What brought you to Baton Rouge?
I am a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge. Born and raised! I always wanted to live out of state, but I was fortunate enough to find a job after I graduated from Southern University and A&M College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. My first job was not in my major, but it was a job that prepared me for my future goals. I eventually chose to make Baton Rouge home for me and my family. I am married to a beautiful woman who has been my rock and the reason I am who I am today. We have two beautiful daughters who keep my life busy and full of joy.
Tell us more about how you’re involved in Baton Rouge.
I have 10+ years of financial services experience. Currently, I am a small business loan officer with TruFund Financial Services. I truly have a drive and passion for helping people, specifically helping small business owners achieve their financial dreams and goals. I have learned that small business owners need a person to connect with who can be a resource to point them in the right direction, so they can sustain and grow their business. I make it a point to be that connection they need to help them succeed. I am actively involved in community events tailored to helping small businesses make smart financial decisions and find ways they can help improve the community.
What is your favorite thing about Baton Rouge?
Family is very important to me. My favorite thing about this city is that it is family oriented with so much diversity. I enjoy taking my family out to various parts of the city to experience the events, dining options, and social activities.
What is your dream for Baton Rouge?
My dream for Baton Rouge is that it continues to be a melting pot of growth and opportunity for locals and anyone considering a move to the Red Stick.
How are young professionals like yourself shaping Baton Rouge?
Young professionals must find what they are great at and focus on that one thing. You can be good at a lot of things, but never really narrow it down to be great at one thing. Once we tap into our greatest potential, it can take Baton Rouge to heights never expected. I truly believe it is my responsibility to show small business owners how to use a business loan to positively impact their business. Small businesses are important for the growth of the city. When a small business does well, it also benefits Baton Rouge. Networking and partnerships are key.
What would you say to someone considering a move to Baton Rouge?
Affordable cost of living and it’s a great place to raise a family. It’s also close enough to big city living (New Orleans) without all the hassle. Go Jags! Go Tigers!
What is your Baton Rouge favorite?
- Place to eat? Pimanyoli’s Sidewalk Café & Catering
- Place to hang out? The gym
- Place to capture the perfect Instagram pic: Anywhere with perfect lighting
- Place to people watch: Live After 5
- Place to network: CC’s Coffee House
- Way to give back: Clothing and food donations
- Event: Ebb & Flow Festival
With significant job growth, a bustling arts scene, delectable cuisine, abundant outdoor activities and more, the Capital Region attracts talent of all ages, including young professionals. Whether straight out of college or looking to establish their own business, more and more young professionals are choosing to lay their roots in Baton Rouge.
Each month, BRAC highlights one of these young Baton Rouge Area movers and shakers in the Young Professional Spotlight.