On Tuesday, October 29, Chris Pilkerton of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) paid a visit to two small businesses located in St. Bernard Parish. The visit was intended to highlight the role of small businesses in a thriving economy while gathering feedback about SBA’s programs.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) selected Rita Gue, the president of the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation, as this year’s recipient of its Institutional Leadership Award for her work to improve the economy and quality of life in St. Bernard Parish. She was honored at a ceremony that gathered economic development leaders from around the world during IEDC’s 2019 Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. on Oct. 14.
St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation has released its 2018 Annual Review highlighting a series of big wins for St. Bernard Parish. St. Bernard Parish is on the rise. Recognized as the 8th fastest-growing small county in the United States from 2010-2017 according to US Census Data, The Parish continues to see a surge of new residents and businesses calling St. Bernard home.
June 19, 2019 (Chalmette, Louisiana): The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) and the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce have released information about “Grow St. Bernard,” a joint program aimed at providing professional development opportunities to business owners and their staff. The six-part series is open to all professionals representing new, growing, and pre-revenue small and mid-sized businesses.
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Often times, the work of economic developers involve non-disclosure agreements, confidential business plans, and proprietary information of expanding businesses. Because of the regularly quiet nature of our work, “Startup St. Bernard” is especially rewarding.
Schmelly’s Dirt Farm took home the grand prize at the 5th annual Startup St. Bernard presented by the Meraux Foundation and St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation. The composting business was selected by a panel of judges out of a pool of three finalists who pitched their businesses in front of an audience of over a hundred on Friday at Docville Farm. Schmelly’s was awarded $40,000 in cash and over $43,000 in in-kind services to help them scale their business, which will expand into St. Bernard Parish. The other two finalists, Breathing Waters and DaParish Kayaks received $5,000 each.