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JEDCO & Jefferson Chamber host strategic planning seminar

(Fairfield, LA) — Is your business on a path to success? Do you know where your business is headed in 2016?  Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Business success starts with clear goals and a plan for how you can achieve them. This is the perfect time of year to strategize for the future and determine where you’d like to wind up at the end of of 2016.

That’s why the latest installment of the Prosper Jefferson seminar series will focus on setting goals to cultivate success in the New Year.  Developed by the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) and the Jefferson Chamber, Prosper Jefferson provides business owners with information they need to grow and find success in our community.

This month, two business consultants from the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) will cover a variety of topics related to business strategy. You will learn how to set your main business goals for the year.  You will also learn how to apply integrity-based leadership principles to guide your employees and your business to success in the New Year.

Join us Wednesday, January 27, at the JEDCO Conference Center (701A Churchill Parkway, Avondale, LA 70094) from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Admission is FREE. This event is open to all businesses and entrepreneurs. Please register online in advance at


Meet our Speakers
Michael Pennison
Michael Pennison has over 30 years of business experience.  His background includes Consulting, Project Management, Purchasing Contracted Services, Information Technology, Engineering, Construction Professional Speaking, and Oil & Gas Production. Michael is a Business Advisor. Since 2006, Michael has worked to assist businesses with strategy, operations, financial projections, and marketing. Michael helps businesses focus on the solutions they offer to their customers.Michael teaches seminars on a variety of topics including starting and financing a business, understanding financial statements, marketing, project management, and business plan writing.

Michael maintains two certifications: a CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager) issued by the Institute for Supply Management and a CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) from the Association for Operations Management. Michael is a certified trainer of the Covey 7 Habits for Small Business Managers and he has an MBA from Loyola University. He is a consultant for the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.

Richard Melancon
Richard Mélançon has over 25 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, Business Consultant, and Professional Speaker. He has worked with companies from coast-to-coast to improve operations, enhance security, identify workflow improvements, build an ethical culture, and improve staff productivity.

Mr. Melancon has published three books since 2009. His first book, “You Can Afford the Good Life,” is a personal money management guide for people who are in financial crisis. His second book “18 Secrets to Unlock Profits and Inspire Employees,” helps companies to implement “Best Practices” to operate an effective business. His third book, “Integrity-Based Leadership,” helps business owners align their personal values with the corporate mission to reduce stress, build the employee team spirit, and expand profits significantly. He also speaks on a range of business topics, including staff motivation, disaster recovery and business resiliency, understanding financial statements, internal controls, and business sustainability. He is a consultant for the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.