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JEDCO, Jefferson Chamber to host webinar on small business financing

(AVONDALE, La) – The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact business activity and consumer behavior. In the midst of this uncertainty, small businesses seek opportunities for sustainability and growth. Whether you are seeking economic injury dollars or continuing forward with a planned expansion, we know you have questions about the lending landscape and access to capital in Jefferson Parish. That’s why JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce teamed up to offer a Prosper Jefferson webinar on Small Business Financing during the Pandemic. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5th, at 10:00 am. We’ve invited experts from different perspectives to share valuable insight, case studies and important tips to help your small business achieve the best chance at securing capital for your small business.  During this webinar, you will hear about:

  • Current lending landscape in Jefferson Parish
  • Best loans for small businesses right now
  • What a business needs in order to be eligible for a loan
  • Non-traditional financing options
  • Invoice Factoring: What it is, how it works and which industries are a good fit


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This seminar is free and open to the public. It will be recorded and shared on the JEDCO and Jefferson Chamber websites following the event.

Meet the Experts

John J. Finn, III (Jack), Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company
Jack is a Senior Vice President and Senior Credit Officer with Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company, where he is directly responsible for credit and loan operations. Jack has 38 years in banking with an expertise in credit underwriting and approval. Jack has handled all facets of credit administration and asset quality operations (underwriter, loan review analyst, underwriting department manager, portfolio management, credit approval officer and credit committee member) over the years. He also has direct lending experience as a Commercial Real Estate lender and Small Business Banking lender. Jack has a BS in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and  a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking of the South at LSU

Kevin Laborde, Cash Flow Resources
Central Louisiana native Kevin Laborde earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgetown University and MBA from Louisiana State University. Over the next 25 years, Kevin held numerous marketing, credit, and managerial banking positions— _the last 14 of which with Bank One in Louisiana (now JP Morgan Chase) where he worked with clients of all sizes. His true passion is looking out for the small guys – which is why, in 2003, he founded Cash Flow Resources.

Committed to teaching and mentoring, Kevin served as an adjunct faculty member in the finance department of Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business, where he taught a course in commercial banking for 10 years. Kevin was board president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana in 1999 and 2000 and the 2010-11 president of the Rotary Club of New Orleans. He chaired the southeast Louisiana interviewing committee for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Georgetown University from 1994 to 2015, where he still remains an emeritus board member. Kevin was board president for the Louisiana Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association from 2015 through 2017 and joined the Greater New Orleans Executive Association in 2014 where currently he serves as board member and treasurer.

An avid music lover, Kevin sang with the Georgetown Chimes during his undergraduate days. Today he is more about listening to music, roasting pigs, and cooking in general

Simeon Stringer, OnPath Federal Credit Union

Simeon is the Commercial Lending Manager for OnPath Federal Credit Union . Sim has fifteen years of experience in commercial baking specializing in commercial lending commercial banking, commercial loan underwriting, cash flow analysis, compliance, and closing processes. Sim enjoys spending time with his wife Melanie and four sons at various sporting events.