Grow St. Bernard, powered by the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce and St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation, is a six-part professional development series that provides fresh ideas and practical strategies to business owners and staff of small and mid-sized businesses. The series includes a diverse lineup of notable speakers and business leaders discussing current trends, local and regional insights, and best practices for operating a business. The Grow St. Bernard series takes place from July 28, 2020, through October 13, 2020. All sessions begin with coffee, networking, and a light breakfast at 8:00 AM.
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.
* Purchase of the full series includes a One-on-One Business Mentoring session with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.
Below is a list of the full series
Session One: July 28, 2020 – Growing Your Business with Purpose and Intention Speaker: 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 Speaker: Richard Berger, Virtual Chief Information Officer at MyIT
Session Three: August 25, 2020 – Stories of Resilience: Rebounding in a Post-COVID World Speakers: 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 Speaker: Greg Beuerman, Partner/Owner at Beuerman Miller Fitzgerald Communications
Session Five: September 29, 2020 – Financing Business Success Speakers: Scott Simonson, Vice President, and Commercial Lender at HOPE Credit Union
Session Six: October 13, 2020 – Keep Growing; Take Advantage of Local Business Resources Speakers: 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.