Grow St. Bernard

What’s next for your business?  Grow St. Bernard is a professional development series aimed at providing business owners and their staff with new ideas and practical strategies to improve performance in key areas of their business.  Grow St. Bernard is powered by the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation and the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce.

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 Grow St. Bernard program is open to all individuals regardless of location or occupation.


2019 Grow St. Bernard Series


Session One: July 23, 2019 – 8:00am – 12:00pm

Maximize your Potential – Be the CEO of your Success!

Whether you are running your own business or an intern among multiple employees, being able to identify needs and determine your most important tasks is imperative to success.  Join us as we welcome featured speaker, Nick Moldaner with Palmisano Contractor who will discuss workflow success strategies, prioritization, time management, and the value of relationship building at all levels.

Moldaner's presentation will be followed by an individual Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment and 90-minute facilitation of results and how to utilize that information to increase personal productivity.  Facilitation will be guided by Alex Schneider.

Speaker: Nick Moldaner, Vice President of Preconstruction at Palmisano



Session Two: August 6, 2019 – 8:00am – 10:00am

Small Business Financial Bootcamp!

Are you keeping a good eye on your cash flow?  Having a good grasp on your financials is essential to accurate planning and business success.  Join us as we welcome Dean Martin, Jr., Partner CPA at Kushner LaGraize who will review basic bookkeeping functions and financial statements along with how to leverage available technology to streamline monthly accounting.  

Speaker: Dean Martin Jr., Partner CPA at Kushner LaGraize LLC



Session Three: August 20, 2019 – 8:00am – 10:00am

Creating Community and Finding your People!

 At the heart of a successful business is a healthy consumer market.  Join us as we welcome panelists: Chelsey Tharp, Co-Owner of Girls Gone Buff and The Parish Barbell Club, Heather Atwood-Maher, Realtor at NOLA Real Estate 4-U, and Stephen and Jeanne Luna, Owners of Luna Botanicals.  This lively panel discussion will feature several business owners making waves and leaving a large impact.

Speakers: Chelsey Tharp, Co-owner of Girls Gone Buff and The Parish Barbell Club,  Heather Atwood, Realtor at NOLA Real Estate 4-U, LLC, Stephen Luna, Co-Owner of Luna Botanicals



(Optional) September 3-4, 2019

One-on-One Business Mentoring.

When is the last time you altered your business plan?  Do you even have one?  Schedule a consultation with a representative from the Louisiana Small Business Development Center serving the Greater New Orleans & Bayou Region.


Session Four: September 5, 2019– 8:00am – 10:00am

Marketing and Social Media: How to Take Control.

Let's dives into how a business can utilize a variety of marketing tools to increase visibility and build a clientele.  Lauren Siegel, Advisor at trepwise will present current trends in digital marketing and tips for how anybody can up their social media game.

Speaker: Lauren Siegel, Director of Brand & Culture at trepwise



Session Five: September 17, 2019 – 8:00am – 10:00am

Cultivating a Workplace that your Employees won’t Hate.

Your team is the backbone of your business.  Whether recruiting top talent or improving employee satisfaction, nurturing your workforce can have lasting effects on the bottom line.  Join our panel of business owners and human resources pros discussing strategies for employee engagement and company culture. 

Speakers: Mindy Nunez Airhart, President & CEO of Southern Services and Equipment, LLC, Cassandra Razin, Human Resources at Marriott, Flynn Zaiger, CEO of Online Optimism



Session Six: October 1, 2019– 8:00am – 12:00pm

Embrace Regionalism to Expand your Market in Greater New Orleans!

Are you ready to take your business to the next level?  What does that look like?  Metro New Orleans continues to be recognized as a “sweet spot” for a rising tech industry. Jessie Williams joins us to share how the rapid success of Main Squeeze uncovered new opportunities in software development and a new venture, Root System Technology.   Main Squeeze, a New Orleans based juice company, has over a dozen locations in Louisiana and Texas.  The fast-casual juice and smoothie bar continues to expand its market.  

The final Grow St. Bernard session will conclude with a business roundtable and “think tank” for past and current Grow St. Bernard cohorts.

Speaker: Jessie Williams, Partner at Root System Technologies



Grow St. Bernard includes a diverse lineup of notable speakers and business leaders.  The series includes presentations and panels pertaining to productivity, current trends, local and regional insights, and best practices for operating a business.  Businesses are encouraged to sign up for the full series.  Grow St. Bernard participants benefit from networking with other entrepreneurs building partnerships with the cohort.


Registration for the full Grow St. Bernard series is $100 including individual access to all six sessions, an individual Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment, and the option to receive one-on-one business mentoring provided by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.  Registration for a single session is $20 per attendee.


The Grow St. Bernard series takes place from July 23, 2019 through October 1, 2019.  All sessions begin with coffee, networking, and a light breakfast at 8:00am.  The series will take place at the St. Bernard Port and Torres Law Firm in Chalmette.


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