St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation is pleased to announce the expansion of Grow St. Bernard programming for the fall of 2017. Build your skill set and expand your network with our "Lunch and Learn" series set to take place once a month in September, October, and November from 11:30pm-1:00pm. Seminars are on Thursdays and include a 30-minute networking lunch followed by one hour of instruction and practical application. All seminars are intended to compliment the Spring series and are focused on hyper-specific topics including digital marketing, accounting, and public speaking. Classes will be held at Nunez Community College in the Entrepreneur Center on the second floor and computer lab 218 in the adjacent hallway.
Lunch and Learn Series Schedule
Be found online! Improve your digital presence and Google ranking.
September 14, 2017
We are living in a digital world and it is time to embrace it! Nearly 77% of internet users are looking to Google when they are seeking information. As Google's market share continues to rise, it is imperative that your customers and clients be able to locate your business through the world's most popular search engine. Even as word-of-mouth continues to be one of the most powerful forms of marketing, buyers are becoming more informed and doing their research before making purchases. In "Be found online," we will take participants through the steps to list and optimize their business on Google and options for creating a website.
Master your presentation! Learn some tips and public speaking strategies.
October 12, 2017
Whether speaking to a small group or presenting to a large crowd, being an effective communicator can leave a lasting impression. A thoughtful and concise message, can be a powerful tool to influence, entertain, and inform your audience. Yet consistently when polled, Americans rank public speaking as one of their greatest fears. In "Master your presentation," we will share tips and tricks to help participants conquer their public speaking phobias and unlock their presentation potential. Become a confident presenter who is calm and collected is a variety of social settings by taking the first steps to practicing the art and science of public speaking.
Get the books right! Discover the benefits and basics of using Quickbooks.
November 9, 2017
Keeping an accurate record of your business' finances is key to the success of any company. Often startups and small business owners find themselves doing many of the day-to-day bookkeeping activities in the beginning stages of launching their company. Although there are many options for accounting software, Quickbooks is by far the most widely used program for businesses of all sizes. Understanding how to operate the Quickbooks software can streamline accounting activities and guide decisions on business growth and sustainability. In "Get the books right," participants will get a crash course in setting up their business with Quickbooks.
The series is being hosted by Nunez Community College and organized by SBEDF and the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce! Space is limited and the price to attend is $25 for Chamber members and $30 for Non-chamber members.
It’s time to breakthrough! Transform your business with new strategies and fresh ideas! Grow St. Bernard, a new seminar series, brought to you by the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation and the St. Bernard Chamber, offers professional insight on a variety of topics important to emerging and growing businesses. This educational series encourages business owners and professionals to turn information into action; and participants will benefit from learning and sharing with the cohort of small businesses. The 2017 series includes presentations, panels, and workshops from notable guest speakers on everything from business planning to marketing and beyond.
St. Bernard Parish is home to one of the highest percentage of locally owned businesses in the Greater New Orleans region. Grow St. Bernard is an effort developed to provide business owners and professionals with the practical skills necessary to grow their company with limited resources and staffing. Participants who complete the program will gain valuable knowledge of current trends and best practices for operating a business successfully. Participation is open to all individuals regardless of location or occupation.
Past speakers have included Erica Olson, President of Speak Simple, Mike Ricks, District Director of the U.S. SBA, Brenda Guess, Director of Business Incentive Services at LED, Zack Smith, Owner of Zack Smith Photography, Amy Collins, VP at Gambel Communications, Tracey D. Dodd, Executive VP at J.S. Held, LLC, Dean Martin Jr., Senior Tax Manager at Kushner LaGraize, LLC, and Peter Kovacs, Editor of The Advocate.