Grow St. Bernard

It’s time to breakthrough!  Transform your business with new strategies and fresh ideas!  Grow St. Bernard spring series, powered by the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation and the St. Bernard Chamber, encourages business owners and professionals to turn information into action.   Participants benefit from learning and sharing with the cohort of pre-revenue, emerging, and growing businesses. 

The 2018 series includes presentations and panel discussions in a 90-min format.   Notable guest speakers and business leaders will provide valuable knowledge of current trends, local/regional insights, and best practices for operating a business.

St. Bernard Parish is home to one of the highest percentage of locally owned businesses in the Greater New Orleans region.  Grow St. Bernard provides business owners and professionals with the practical skills necessary to grow their company.  Participation is open to all individuals regardless of location or occupation.


2018 Spring Schedule

April 3, 2018 – The What & Why! Establish your company’s core purpose and message.  Hone your “story” and discover the power of an impactful narrative.

April 24, 2018 – Opening a Business 101! Learn how to navigate local/state licensing and permitting, business banking, and business development resources when opening a business in St. Bernard Parish.

May 8, 2018 – Find and Grow your Market! Who are your customers?  Define your audience and learn how to reach them.  

May 22, 2018 – Tax and Legal! Protect yourself and your business.  Hear from two knowledgeable tax attorneys about your obligations as a small business.

Jun 5, 2018 – Small Business Panel! Learn from the successes and setbacks of entrepreneurs and business owners doing business in St. Bernard Parish.   

Jun 19, 2018 – Planning for the Future! Business roundtable and curated discussion on challenges, opportunities, and realities of operating a business in St. Bernard Parish and Greater New Orleans.


Enrollment is open – Single entry is $75 or Business entry (open to full staff) is $100.

Sessions will take place from 8:30 am - 10:00 am at Torres Law Firm and The St. Bernard Port, Harbor, and Terminal District.  A light breakfast and coffee will be provided.  Businesses and individuals that attend 4 of the 6 sessions will be recognized upon completion of the program.

Questions about the upcoming program may be addressed by phone (504) 277-4009 or email Danielle at  Speakers will be announced throughout the program.



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Grow St. Bernard 2017 Spring Cohort

​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.