JEDCO, Jefferson Chamber To Host Prosper Jefferson Business Resources Seminar

AVONDALE, LA – As part of the Prosper Jefferson seminar series, JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber will team up to present an informative seminar on the various resources and organizations that are available to help Jefferson Parish businesses thrive on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at the JEDCO Conference Center, 701A Churchill Parkway, in Avondale, LA, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

         Six organizations will be represented at the upcoming Business Resources seminar.

         Attendees will hear comments from the following speakers representing the following groups:

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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Delgado: Provides a world-class business education and connections to those individuals who can grow their business at no-cost.


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• Carla Coury, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Delgado, Executive Director

         Coury has spent more than 20 years focusing on community and economic development, building organizational capacity, and developing workforce-enrichment programs in higher education specializing in communications, organizational systems, and business development. As Executive Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative in New Orleans, Coury works with partners across the region and a high-performing team at Delgado Community College to provide small business owners poised for growth with an experience many have called transformational. Coury earned a B.S. degree in Workforce Education & Development from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and M.A. degree in Organizational Communication from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Also a seasoned entrepreneur, Coury understands the passion and hard work it takes to succeed in a competitive environment.


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The Louisiana Small Business Development Center: Provides a myriad of services available to small businesses, including assistance with marketing, financing, market research, business plan development and the development of a loan proposal.


• Carmen Sunda: LSBDC Greater New Orleans & Bayou Region, Director

         Sunda is responsible for the management and operations of a 14-parish regional Small Business Development Center with multiple collaborative partners. She has dedicated the last 30 years to assisting small businesses in achieving growth, profitability and sustainability while also contributing to the economic growth of the region. Sunda's areas of specialties include strategic marketing, loan packaging, market research, management and risk management. She was named the Louisiana SBDC State Star in 2007 and awarded the SBA 2009 Financial Services Champion of the Year for the State. In 2015, she was honored as one of the 50 Women of the Year by CityBusiness and awarded a Louisiana Economic Development Collaborative Excellence Award for collaborative partnership with St. John the Baptist parish. Over the last ten years, LSBDC GNORBR has assisted nearly 10,000 small businesses generating nearly $169 million in capital formation and retaining nearly 8,000 jobs.



Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center: Assists businesses in obtaining contracts with federal, state, and local government agencies.


• Eileen R. Lodge, Louisiana PTAC, Counselor

         As a LA-PTAC Counselor, Lodge is responsible for counseling Contractors in 10 Greater New Orleans parishes. She has been working with LA-PTAC since December 2015. Before she joined the PTAC team, Lodge worked for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Contract Specialist/ Contracting Officer with over 30 years of government contracting experience. She has worked with the Corps in the New Orleans District, Kansas City District, Gulf Region District North and South, Afghanistan Engineering District South and Transatlantic Programs Center (TAC) with an unlimited Contracting Officer warrant. Lodge has a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from Northwood University and retired from the government with the highest level in contracting, Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III. Lodge is currently a member of Women Impacting Public Policy, (WIPP).



The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce: As the leading voice for the Jefferson Parish business community, this non-profit, membership-driven organization is an effective advocate for small businesses at the local, state, and federal levels.


• Todd Murphy, Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, President

         As President of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Murphy is the primary spokesperson for the organization driving advocacy, membership development, and marketing. Murphy currently services on the boards of Greater New Orleans Inc. and the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Murphy is a graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI). He has served on the Jefferson Parish Charter Advisory Board, the "Jeff 2000" committee, the Jefferson EDGE 2020 steering committee, Kenner Mayor's Transition Team, and the Kenner Economic Development Committee. In 2012, he was honored as one of the People to Watch by New Orleans Magazine and in 2015, he received JEDCO's Economic Development Champion Award. Under Murphy's leadership, the Chamber has taken several notable public policy and legislative positions, grown membership and high investor revenue by more than 20% and received a four-star Accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce.



Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO): The economic development organization for the Parish attracts, grows, and creates new business in the area while also assisting local businesses with tax incentives, small business financing, site selection, Parish interface and a variety of other programs.


• Kelsey Scram, JEDCO, Marketing & PR Manager

         As Marketing and PR Manager for JEDCO, an Accredited Economic Development Organization, Scram oversees all aspects of JEDCO's marketing approach, including media outreach, advertising campaigns, social media content, and event implementation for the organization. In 2013, Scram spearheaded the launch of the first-ever Jefferson Parish-based pitch competition for local entrepreneurs. Most recently, she assisted with the development of a new brand and logo for the economic development organization. Scram has been with JEDCO since May 2012. Before joining the JEDCO team, she was a television reporter and fill-in anchor for NBC33/ Fox44 in Baton Rouge. She currently serves as the co-chair for the Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals organization. Scram is also a 2014 graduate of Leadership Jefferson and a Jefferson Chamber board member.



SCORE: Offers free mentoring services and workshops for small business owners and entrepreneurs.


• Dartanian Sanders, SCORE, New Orleans Chapter Chair

         As the Chapter Chair of SCORE – New Orleans, Sanders works with small business owners to help them succeed. He has 22 years of business consultation experience and currently serves as the Head of Investment Compliance/Senior Investment Advisor for Primerica Advisors New Orleans Region, a position he's held for 17 years. Sanders is active in the community. He is the CFO of Unity Bible College, a Community Impact Board Member for United Way Southeast Louisiana, and a mentor to the NFL Players Trust. He is the former CFO of the Follow Your Dreams Foundation. In 2015, Sanders was recognized as the United Way Volunteer of the Year.


         This event is free and open to the public.

         Register here



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