Business Workshops

Workforce 2.0

The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) and the Westbank Business & Industry Association (WBIA) will host their second annual workforce event, Workforce 2.0,  created to open the lines of communication between businesses and regional workforce training and resource providers. Businesses will meet major workforce influencers face-to-face during this four-hour networking event.  This is an opportunity for businesses to learn more about available workforce resources and training programs while also sharing their hiring needs, experiences, and expectations with the essential contacts at each organization.

Workforce 2.o affords the perfect opportunity to:

  • meet with Training Providers who teach job readiness skill courses
  • discover high school programs: dual enrollment and Industry Based Certification (IBC) for new employees
  • discover if your business is eligible for tax credits for apprenticeship
  • discover funding for in-house training to assist in the skill development of existing employees


Over this four-hour event, you’ll have an opportunity to network and connect with twelve different resource and training providers. In addition to our networking space, the event will offer small breakout seminar sessions from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., which will allow resource and training providers to share in-depth overviews of their offerings

Resource and training providers in attendance include:

  • Delgado
  • Herzing University
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Jefferson Parish Public School System/Cuillier Career Center
  • LA Green Corps
  • LA Works
  • Limitless Vistas
  • Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC)
  • New Horizons
  • New Orleans Pipe Trades
  • Operation Spark
  • Re-Entry Program
  • Southeast Louisiana Regional Apprenticeship Program
  • University of New Orleans
October 18, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location JEDCO Conference Center
701A Churchill Parkway
Avondale, LA 70094 504-875-3908
Hosted By JEDCO

Happy, Healthy Workplace Part 2: Company Culture

Company culture plays an important role in the health and success of a business. Many companies focus on developing a strong culture to retain employees, drive engagement, inspire quality work, and encourage buy-in from their staff. We’ve invited four business leaders to talk about what works for their businesses. Hear from:

  • Ashley Flesch, Sleep Number
  • Ben Zapata, Omega Concierge Services
  • Sam Brulio, Pond Company
  • Doug Mills, Gillis Ellis & Baker

Tickets for this event are non-refundable.



October 31, 2018
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Location Entergy Offices (Eastbank of Jefferson Parish)
4809 Jefferson Hwy.
Jefferson, LA 70121
Hosted By JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber

Happy, Healthy Workplace, Part 3: Healthy Business Initiatives

The Prosper Jefferson Seminar Series is brought to you in conjunction with The Jefferson Chamber. It is an educational series that was created in 2015 in effort to support small business owners and help them reach the next level of success in Jefferson Parish.

More information to follow

Tickets for this event are non-refundable.

November 28, 2018
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Location JEDCO Conference Center
701A Churchill Parkway
Avondale, LA 70094 504-875-3908
Hosted By JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber