Announcements

Registration Open for Grow St. Bernard 2019 Series

June 19, 2019 (Chalmette, Louisiana): The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) and the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce have released information about “Grow St. Bernard,” a joint program aimed at providing professional development opportunities to business owners and their staff.  The six-part series is open to all professionals representing new, growing, and pre-revenue small and mid-sized businesses.  

A Letter from the SBEDF Executive Director: Startup St. Bernard a Celebration of Entrepreneurs, Innovative Concepts and the Business-Friendly Nature of St. Bernard Parish

Schmelly's Dirt Farm wins Startup St. Bernard 2019

Often times, the work of economic developers involve non-disclosure agreements, confidential business plans, and proprietary information of expanding businesses. Because of the regularly quiet nature of our work, “Startup St. Bernard” is especially rewarding.

Schmelly’s Dirt Farm Wins 2019 Startup St. Bernard Business Competition

Schmelly’s Dirt Farm took home the grand prize at the 5th annual Startup St. Bernard presented by the Meraux Foundation and St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation. The composting business was selected by a panel of judges out of a pool of three finalists who pitched their businesses in front of an audience of over a hundred on Friday at Docville Farm. Schmelly’s was awarded $40,000 in cash and over $43,000 in in-kind services to help them scale their business, which will expand into St. Bernard Parish. The other two finalists, Breathing Waters and DaParish Kayaks received $5,000 each.

Meraux Foundation and SBEDF Announce 5th Annual Startup St. Bernard Finalists

Startup St. Bernard 2019

Startup St. Bernard organizers, The Meraux Foundation and St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation have announced the three finalists selected to compete for nearly $90,000 in prizes in the yearly competition: Breathing Waters, Da Parish Kayaks, and Schmelly’s. The 5thAnnual Startup St. Bernard competition is being held in conjunction with New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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