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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.



April Newsletter

Posted 04/15/2015

The St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation is committed to adding value. In this first quarter of 2015, we hosted our largest and most successful Annual Luncheon to date, released several redesigned reports, and announced this year's Workforce Development Series and Entrepreneurship Program. Internally, our finance and operations manager Tracy Clanton earned two advanced human resources certifications, representing our continuous effort to add to our own value. As we move into the second quarter, we hope to continue growing our worth and adding value to this community.

--Brenda Bertus, CEO


STEDF announces 2015 Workforce Development Series
STEDF will host a seven-part series examining workforce development beginning in April and lasting through November. Area business leaders interested in or involved with workforce development in St. Tammany are invited to attend.


STEDF announces 2015 Entrepreneurship Program
STEDF will host a six-part entrepreneurship program beginning in May and lasting through November. Area entrepreneurs and strong advocates of entrepreneurship in St. Tammany are invited to attend.


Tracy Clanton earns dual human resources advanced certification
Tracy Clanton, finance and operations manager for STEDF, recently earned two prestigious human resources certifications


STEDF Quarterly Projects At-A-Glance

2015 Projects Jobs CAPEX
Completed (YTD) 1 5 new; 22 retained $2 million
New (April) 3 280 new $26 million
Active (includes new) 34 4,433 new; 1,268 existing $685.9 million




Optimize Websites for Mobile by April 21!
The big news lately in the SEO world is that Google is releasing a new search algorithm on April 21. With this release, they will begin penalizing websites for not having a mobile-friendly version.


International Shipping 101: How to Take Your Business Global -- April 23; Webinar
Thanks to the Internet, online businesses have the opportunity to reach customers everywhere - even across the globe. But when it comes to actually fulfilling orders, international shipping can be overwhelming. Take confusion and stress out of the equation by learning how to take your business global in this webinar.


SBIR Road Tour -- April 28; Ruston
If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, don’t miss this opportunity. The SBIR Road Tour is coming to a city near you! This is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Every SBIR Road Tour stop provides an in-depth understanding of agency technology funding priorities, and one-on-one meetings with high level decision makers.


Payroll Management -- May 14; Covington
STEDF will co-sponsor this class through the LSBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University. Payroll management includes activities in two major areas: payroll accounting and payroll administration. At the end of this workshop, you will have an understanding of Louisiana Payroll requirements.


Starting and Financing Your Business Idea -- May 19; Covington
Co-sponsored by STEDF, this LSBDC workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in determining the feasibility of their business idea, planning to start or have recently started a small business, seeking a small business loan, or wanting to learn more about business planning. Topics of discussion will include writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources, and required licenses.


Port of New Orleans cargo shipments hit 14-year high in 2014
Cargo moving through the Port of New Orleans in 2014 totaled 8.37 million tons – the highest tally since 2000.


Workforce Solutions for Employers: On-the-Job Training
The Region One Workforce Investment Board has approximately $80,000 in funding available for on-the-job training! If you are an employer looking to hire in the next couple of weeks, email Jennifer Barnett at .


Louisiana Economic Development Certification Program
LSU Executive Education is pleased to present an economic development certification program designed for professionals in business and industry, ED professionals, Chamber of Commerce staff, elected officials, and local civic leaders who are interested in best practices in the field of economic development. This high-quality program is taught by nationally recognized experts and all content is tailored specifically to the state of Louisiana.


March 2015 UNO Metropolitan Report
The UNO Forecasting Model provides current indicators along with detailed forecasts of the economic activity for the U.S. and the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Economic indicators are reported and analyzed over the last five calendar quarters using the latest data through the fourth quarter of 2014. The latest available data on economic indicators for individual parishes within the New Orleans MSA are from the second quarter of 2014.


Free Guide to Export Credit Insurance
Export Credit Insurance is a powerful tool for U.S. exporters. It equips U.S. businesses to enter new markets without the fear of foreign customer nonpayment, extend competitive credit terms and access more attractive financing. Learn more about how Export Credit Insurance can empower your business to grow its international sales.

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