Grow St. Bernard announces fall Lunch and Learn series

The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) and the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce have announced the expansion of “Grow St. Bernard,” a professional development series created to provide business owners and professionals with the practical skills necessary to grow their company with limited resources. Organizers have released a fall “Lunch and Learn” series schedule. The 2017 fall series will take place on a monthly basis in September, October, and November from 11:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

Attendees can build their skill set and expand their network with the 90 minute seminar. Each “Lunch and Learn” will begin with a 30 minute networking lunch followed by one hour of instruction and practical application.

“We are thrilled to expand our programming by offering individual seminars on hyper-specific topics,” explained Andrew Jacques, Executive Director of SBEDF. “Participants will receive hands-on training by our speakers and leave with not only information, but with the first steps to implement the strategies presented.”

Topics include digital marketing, accounting, and public speaking. A full schedule can be found at

The first seminar, “Be found online – Improve your digital presence and Google ranking,” will be on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

The series is being hosted at Nunez Community College. Space is limited and the price to attend is $25 for Chamber members and $30 for Non-chamber members.

About Grow St. Bernard
Grow St. Bernard, a seminar series, powered by the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation and the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce, offers professional insight on a variety of topics pertinent to emerging and growing businesses.  Participants also benefit from sharing experiences and strategies with the cohort of small businesses.  The educational series encourages business owners and professionals to turn information into action.  

About St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation
St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to retain and create jobs, build prosperity, and improve the quality of life in St. Bernard Parish. The Board of Directors consist of 28 voting members and 8 non-voting honorary members and public officials, all of which serve as volunteers to the organization. SBEDF’s work is made possible through the general support of its investors, St. Bernard Parish Government, St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District, the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation, Cox Communications, Chalmette Refining, Valero, and Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company at the Impact Champion Level, Atmos Energy, the Law Offices of Sidney Torres, III and Associated Terminals at the Pillars Level, and Palmisano Group, Park Investments and Boasso America at the Community Leaders Level.

About St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce
The St. Bernard Chamber is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization dedicated to representing the interests of the St. Bernard business community, supporting the growth of the local economy, and partnering with local entities for the betterment of St. Bernard Parish.  The St. Bernard Chamber provides ongoing opportunities to St. Bernard and the surrounding region to network, advocate on behalf of business, and develop professional and leadership skillsets that enhance our local business environment.