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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.



May Newsletter

Posted 05/14/2015

As stated last month, our goal for the year is to add value to the dynamic and evolving business community. Strategic partnerships and collaborations were the focus of our work last month. In addition to successfully launching our Workforce Development Series and our Entrepreneurship Program, we celebrated the groundbreakings of the I-12 Widening project and Northshore Technical Community College's STEM Campus. Awareness and knowledge yield collaborative programming, and we look forward to continuing to add value to St. Tammany through our programming and project management.

--Brenda Bertus, CEO

Manufacturing Workforce Development Series
Dr. Ray Burger EdD, Program Specialist - Workforce, LED FastStart at Louisiana Economic Development will facilitate the Workforce Development Series event focusing on the manufacturing resurgence in Louisiana. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 19 from 9:00 -10:00 a.m. at the STEDF office located at 21489 Koop Drive, Suite 7 in Mandeville. Please RSVP to  to reserve your seat.


STEDF CEO to address Military Road Alliance in Slidell on May 20
Bertus will speak about business attraction and retention in the parish, with a special focus on the economic development of the eastern side of the parish. Bertus will compare economic growth in the Slidell area compared to the western side of the parish since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago.


Starting and Financing Your Business Idea -- May 19; Covington
If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, don’t miss this opportunity. Cosponsored 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 startup and expansion, small business resources, and required licenses.


Where's It Hanging: Art Marketing Workshop -- May 28; Mandeville, Slidell
Have you shown at art fairs and events – talked to interested, but not committed buyers – and then closed on fewer pieces than you’d anticipated? If so, then do something about it! Don’t miss this fun, interactive workshop to get and discuss proven tips to help your work find a warm and loving home.


LSU Rising Stars Program -- June 2015; Baton Rouge
The Rising Stars Program is designed to groom emerging leaders who typically have one to five years of work experience or who are managers of business projects. The program focuses on leadership growth, advancement, and success.


LED Ranks No. 2 In Site Selection Top Competitive States Rating
Site Selection rated Louisiana’s economic development efforts No. 2 in the nation in its ranking of Top Competitive States for 2014.


Louisiana No. 7 Best State for Business
Chief Executive reported that CEOs nationwide rank Louisiana No. 7 in the U.S., the state’s highest position ever, in the magazine’s annual ranking of Best & Worst States for Business.


GNO, Inc. Named a Top 20 Economic Development Group in America
Site Selection Magazine has named Greater New Orleans, Inc. one of the top economic development groups in America!


New Orleans Second Only To Austin For Knowledge Industries Growth
Greater New Orleans is #2 in the nation for Growth of Knowledge Industries.


LSBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University Named Top in Nation
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University has been selected to receive the 2015 SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award, making it the top center in the United States.


LED and SBA Honor 2015 Louisiana Small Business Award Winners
Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2015 Louisiana Small Business Award winners at an event honoring small business leaders who exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of Louisiana.

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