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JEDCO launches educational seminar series for small businesses

The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO), in conjunction with the Business Innovation Center at Churchill, is pleased to announce the launch of a new educational seminar series for small businesses and startup companies. The program, called Grow with JEDCO, offers over a dozen events to help our companies grow and find success locally.

Throughout 2014, Grow with JEDCO will provide monthly opportunities for small business owners to connect with business leaders and experts in business growth.  JEDCO has scheduled 15 free seminars that provide tools and information to move a small business to the next level of development. The seminars will concentrate on a number of different topics, including:

  • Human Resources
  • Operational Management
  • Sales and Marketing Strategies
  • Business Development
  • Financial Management
  • Business Financing
  • Turnaround Strategies
  • Legal Services

“The Grow with JEDCO series provides a unique opportunity for small business owners to experience the vast amount of resources available to them in Jefferson Parish,” says JEDCO Executive Director Jerry Bologna. “Our small business base is really the backbone of our economic community and we want to ensure that we provide those business owners with every opportunity to grow, find success and connect with the right people who can help them do that. “

The first Grow with JEDCO seminar, called “The Challenge for Business Startups: Bringing Your Business Idea to Life,” will highlight the ability to turn a good idea into a business opportunity.  Simmons & White consultant Clayton White will walk attendees through the challenges they’ll face and how to overcome them as they start and grow their businesses locally.

“Simmons & White is excited to play a role in this new program,” says Clayton White, owner of Simmons & White, a consulting firm that assists early stage ventures. “We’ve always valued a strong relationship with JEDCO and look forward to this partnership. We will educate our business owners, but we will also give them the chance to walk away with a new set of contacts and an appreciation for the many resources available to them right here in their own community.”

The event will be held January 29th, 2014 from 8:00-9:30 AM at the JEDCO Conference Center (701A Churchill Parkway in Avondale). The event is free and open to the public. If you’re interested in registering for the event, please click here or visit the JEDCO website at Questions can be directed to Alan Allgood at (504) 875-3928.

Please visit JEDCO’s Business Workshops page for updates on upcoming Grow with JEDCO seminars.

About JEDCO: The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is an independent, yet complementary arm of Jefferson Parish government with the main objective of attracting, growing and creating new business in our area. JEDCO’s mission is to proactively influence the economy through the retention and creation of quality jobs, entrepreneurship and investment in Jefferson Parish.

About the Business Innovation Center at Churchill: The Business Innovation Center at Churchill provides a place to develop up-and-coming businesses.  Not only can startups find office space at below-market rent, but the incubator program is designed to connect business innovators, market experts and capital providers to transform business ideas into viable business ventures. The Business Innovation Center at Churchill provides an atmosphere in which startup businesses can survive and prosper.

Simmons & White: A local consulting firm, Simmons & White partners with high-potential companies to navigate challenges and opportunities.  Whether you are troubleshooting management issues, seeking best practices, or exploring new ways to grow, our team of experts can help.  Simmons & White provides a comprehensive range of services in the areas of financial management, business process improvement, sales and marketing, access to capital, policies and procedures, risk management, strategy and technology.

About Clayton White: Clayton White has over 25 years of experience working with startup and early-stage companies. His background includes organizational structure, mergers and acquisitions, financial management and controls, capital structure, and corporate governance. He has taken companies through the venture capital process and is currently involved in company valuations, due diligence, planning, capitalization, and exit strategies. Mr. White is a member and organizer of the South Coast Angel Fund. The South Coast Angel Fund is a member-managed angel capital fund designed to utilize the capital, resources, and expertise of its members to profit from its investments in entrepreneurial, early-stage companies in Louisiana. Mr. White has a B.S. in Physics, an MBA, and a Juris Doctor. He is a member of the Louisiana and Alabama Bar. He sits on the boards of several companies, non-profits, and community organizations. Learn more about Simmons & White at