Registration Opens For Grow St. Bernard Professional Development Series

CHALMETTE, La. – Savvy business owners know the importance of plotting their next move, but sometimes they need a little guidance when determining where exactly they want to go, and how they are going to get there.

Grow St. Bernard can help.

The six-part professional development series, which runs from July 23 through October 1, provides business owners and their staff with the ideas and strategies that will help them succeed. It’s geared towards professionals – regardless of their occupation and location – who represent nascent, pre-revenue small- and mid-sized companies.

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Powered by the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) and the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce, Grow St. Bernard takes place at the St. Bernard Port and Torres Law Firm in Chalmette. All sessions begin with coffee, networking, and a light breakfast at 8 a.m.

The crux of series includes 90-minute presentations and panel discussions on such topics as time management, accounting, marketing, social media, human resources, business development, and sales.

Esteemed leaders from within the local business community will provide insights on current trends and best practices for business operations.

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Now in its third year, Grow St. Bernard continues to introduce essential business principles to the Greater New Orleans region. SBEDF executive director, Andrew Jacques, believes this year’s program will deliver invaluable information to participants.

“The need to innovate while developing long-term growth strategies is key to any business community,” explained Jacques. “The 2019 series will offer useful information for new and returning Grow St. Bernard participants, along with access to one-on-one business mentoring via an exciting partnership with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.”

Participants in the program will also have the opportunity to network and build business relationships with one another.

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“The St. Bernard Chamber offers the invaluable resource of creating, nurturing and fostering business relationships,” said Elizabeth Dauterive, the CEO of the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce. “The partnerships that we have with our members, and that our members have with each other, are hugely important to the growth of our community.”

Registration for the full Grow St. Bernard series is $100. The cost includes access to all six sessions, an individual Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment, and the option to receive business mentoring services. Registration for a single session is $20 per attendee. First-time participants are encouraged to sign up for full series.

For a full schedule, speaker lineup, contact information, and to enroll; please visit

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