Grow St. Bernard, powered by the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce and St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation, is a six-part professional development series that provides fresh ideas and practical strategies to business owners and staff of small and mid-sized businesses.
The series includes a diverse lineup of notable speakers and business leaders discussing current trends, local and regional insights, and best practices for operating a business.
Registration for the full Grow St. Bernard series is $100 per attendee and includes access to all six sessions and the option to receive one-on-one business mentoring provided by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. Registration for a single session is $25 per attendee.
The Grow St. Bernard series takes place from August 10, 2021 through October 12, 2021. All sessions begin with coffee, networking, and a light breakfast at 8:00 AM.
Grow St. Bernard 2021 | Session 1: Positioning You and Your Business for Growth Speaker: Bill Ganon, CEO of The Ganon Group
At the core of all business is your narrative. Why do you exist? Who do you serve? What values, relationships, and passions make your company unique? Bill Ganon, CEO of the Ganon Group, specializes in turning these thoughts into growth. Whether through sales pitching or marketing and branding, Bill aims to help all in his network maximize growth and success through perfecting both internal and external communications. Read more about Bill here, and register for Session One of Grow St. Bernard 2021 now!
Below is a list of the full series. * To purchase full series, click into "Register Now" above on the Session 1 page * Purchase of the full series includes a One-on-One Business Mentoring session with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.
Session One: August 10, 2021 – Positioning You and Your Business for Growth Speaker:Bill Ganon, CEO of The Ganon Group
Session Two: August 17, 2021 – Expanding Your Online Footprint Speaker: Franziska Trautmann, Founder & CEO of Glass Half Full NOLA & Glassroots
Session Three: August 31, 2021 – Driving Diversity, Equity, and Growth in your Business Speakers: Allen Square, Founder & CEO of Square Button; Mindy Nunez Airhart, President & CEO of Southern Services & Equipment Inc.; Dustin Woehrmann, CEO of Communify & Board Member of Gulf South LGBT Chamber
(Optional) September 7-8, 2021 *Included in purchase of full Grow Series*
One-on-One Business Mentoring with Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) Session Four: September 14, 2021 – Keeping Your Team Happy: Wellness & Motivation in the Office Speakers: Sara Bandurian, Operations Coordinator at Online Optimism; Dr. John Sawyer, Medical Director of Professional Staff Experience at Oschner Health
Session Five: September 28, 2021 – Streamlining your Small Business Operations Speaker: Kevin Wilkins, Founder & Managing Director at trepwise
Session Six: October 12, 2021 – Scaling to Succeed Speakers: Antonio Alonzo, Executive Director, Fund 17 + an entrepreneur they’ve assisted; Klassi Duncan, Vice President at Urban League of Louisiana’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation