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JEDCO Hosts HR Seminar for Small Businesses

(Avondale, La) – Does your company have the right people in the right jobs? Recruiting, hiring and training are vital components to improving the success of your growing company. The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) and Simmons & White has tips to help you and your HR team better know and understand your employees’ strengths and weaknesses and how they will impact your business.

As part of the Grow with JEDCO series, the economic development commission will host “Human Resources: Their importance for Growing (and all) Companies.” Simmons & White consultant, Clayton White, will cover a variety of topics relating to best HR practices, including:

  • How HR Works
  • HR Basics
  • How to put the right people in the      right job doing the right things
  • Tips for hiring the best people
  • Intangibles of bad HR and its cost
  • HR and protecting your company

Join us on April 2nd at the East Bank Regional Library’s Jefferson Room (4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Metairie) from 9:00-10:30. Admission is free, but registration is required to attend. The event is open to all businesses and entrepreneurs. Click here to register. For more information, contact Alan Allgood at (504) 875-3928 or


About JEDCO: 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. Since its inception in 1987, JEDCO has aided thousands of companies through business incubator and loan programs, tax incentives and rebate programs, workforce development and information services. While dedicated to assisting existing Jefferson Parish businesses, JEDCO’s efforts also target the recruitment of new businesses for the area.

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