CHALMETTE, La (press release) – The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation, in conjunction with the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce, is proud to announce the lineup for the 2020 Grow St. Bernard series. Grow St. Bernard aims to provide business owners and their staff with fresh ideas and practical strategies to grow their company or organization.

The six-part series features speakers from the Greater New Orleans region discussing a variety of topics for new, growing, and pre-revenue small and mid-sized businesses. Participation in the Grow St. Bernard program is open to all individuals regardless of location or occupation.

2020 Grow St. Bernard Series

Session One: July 28, 2020 – Growing Your Business with Purpose and Intention
w/ Dennis Lomonaco, General Manager of NOLA Motorsports, CEO of Story Block Media, and Executive Director of What You Grow Will Grow

Session Two: August 11, 2020 – Using Technology to Streamline Your Business Operations 
w/ Richard Berger, Virtual Chief Information Officer at MyIT

Session Three: August 25, 2020 – Stories of Resilience: Rebounding in a Post-COVID World 
w/ Jacob Landry, CEO & Founder at Urban South Brewery; Luz Lobos, Founder at Synergy Design Group

(Optional)  September 1-2, 2020 *Included in purchase of full Grow Series*
One-on-One Business Mentoring with Louisiana Small Business Development Center

Session Four: September 15, 2020 – Knowing Your Audience: Communications Strategies at Work
w/ Greg Beuerman, Partner/Owner at Beuerman Miller Fitzgerald Communications

Session Five: September 29, 2020 – Financing Business Success 
w/ Scott Simonson, Vice President and Commercial Lender at HOPE Credit Union

Session Six: October 13, 2020 – Keep Growing; Take Advantage of Local Business Resources 
w/ David Payton, Executive Director at Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses; Carmen Sunda, Director at Louisiana Small Business Development Center; Grady Fitzpatrick, VP of Business Development at GNO, Inc.


Registration for the full Grow St. Bernard series is $100 including access to all six sessions and the option to receive one-on-one business mentoring provided by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. Registration for a single session is $25 per attendee.

All sessions begin with coffee, networking, and a light breakfast. The first three sessions will take place at the Chamber’s Offices: 1615 E. JUDGE PEREZ DR. SUITE 100, CHALMETTE, LA, 70043, with the latter three in the EDF’s Board Room: 100 PORT BLVD, CHALMETTE LA, 70043.


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