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St. Tammany EDF
21489 Koop Drive, Suite 7
Mandeville, LA 70471
phone (985) 809-7874
toll free (888) 868-3830
fax (985) 809-7596

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



January Newsletter

Posted 01/08/2015

Angela Hill Interviews Brenda Bertus on WWL
Angela Hill talked with Brenda Bertus, CEO of STEDF; Caitlin Berni, director of external affairs for GNO, Inc.; and Jerry Bologna, executive director for JEDCO. The group discussed the business growth in the Greater New Orleans area.


Communications specialist joins STEDF staff
STEDF is pleased to welcome Julie Landry to its growing staff as a communications specialist.


STEDF Quarterly Projects At-A-Glance

2014 Projects Jobs CAPEX
Completed (YTD) 13 315 new; 276 retained $54.3 million
New (December) 1 30 new WND
Active (includes new) 28 3,965 new; 1,280 existing $618.6 million


Northshore Technical Community College Adult Education
For those who wish to attain a high school diploma through the HiSet exam (formerly GED), the Adult Education program at Northshore Technical Community College prepares individuals to take the HiSet and is offered for FREE at various NTCC locations in St. Tammany.


Northshore Rising Professionals Leadership Summit -- January 22; Mandeville
Do you want to increase your business? Grow your referrals? Expand your leadership skills? If this is you, invest half a day to hear distinguished speakers who will teach you how to jump start your year! Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc., will be among the featured speakers.


Time Management - Easy to Say but Tough to Do -- January 22; Hammond
Many of us know that we could be managing our time more effectively; but it can be difficult to identify the mistakes that we're making, and to know how we could improve. Join the Louisiana Small Business Development Center for this event, where you will discuss the most common time management mistakes and identify strategies and tips that you can use to overcome them.


Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Industry Day -- February 3; Stennis Space Center
The SSC Procurement/Small Business Office and Small Business Consortium invites the SDVOSB community to attend the NASA SSC SDVOSB Industry Day scheduled for February 3. Participants must register for this free event ahead of time. Businesses will have an opportunity to network with the NASA Office of Small Business Programs, NASA Small Business Specialists from each center, SSC Small Business Technical Coordinators, and SSC prime contractors.


 -- February 4; Slidell
PEC Safety together with the Louisiana Workforce Commission will present an educational luncheon, free of charge, to learn how On the Job Training (OJT) programs can work for your company. OJT is a cost-effective way to staff positions with job-ready pre-screened applicants.  by January 23.


2014 Economic Development And Job Creation in New Orleans
Throughout the year, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the New Orleans Business Alliance continued to celebrate the attraction of nationally recognized retailers and the continued distinction of the Greater New Orleans area as a hub for economic innovation and growth.


Nearly 2 Dozen New Louisiana Laws Kick In With Start Of 2015
Smoking will be banned near state-owned office buildings, drunken driving statutes will be rewritten and payday lenders will have to offer no-fee installment plans as nearly two dozen laws take effect with the start of the new year.


Business Directory Scams: Information? Puh-leez.
Listing your business in a directory can be an effective way to advertise the products or services you offer potential customers. But be sure you know what you’re getting for your money... and that you even asked for the listing in the first place.


Traditional Sales: Obsolete? The Shift to Consultative Selling
As consumers (both the B2C and B2B variety) become savvier and increasingly overwhelmed with sales and marketing messages, they’ve begun to tune out. With a multitude of contributing factors, there’s a distinct shift occurring — moving away from more traditional sales methodologies and towards a more consultative, educational approach to selling in the modern world.


What You Need to Know About Websites
It’s the rare small business today that can afford to be without a website. But simply having an online presence is not enough. To be fully effective, a small business website should be a continuous two-way conduit of information between you and your customers. Strong connections lead to stronger sales, and those all-important referrals that bring your business to the attention of new buyers.

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