St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

St. John Economic Development Provides Resources to Banking Community

St. John Economic Development Provides Resources to Banking Community

Friday, April 24, 2015

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH - The St. John Parish Office of Economic Development held a luncheon on April 14, 2015 at the South Central Louisiana Technical (SCL) College in Reserve to provide information regarding economic development opportunities and resources available to assist the banking community. 

Approximately 14 bankers from the River Parishes, New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas attended the luncheon.  Guest speakers included LaVerne Saulny, Special Assistant to the Parish President – Economic Development, Carmen Sunda, Director of Louisiana Small Business Development Center, and Melissa Daigrepont, Public Affairs & Economic Development District International Trade Officer, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  Services available to strengthen small business development and increase business sustainability were also discussed during the luncheon in addition to networking prior to the event.

“The banking industry fuels economic growth and neighborhood revitalization while also extending credit to individuals, local businesses and community organizations for entrepreneurship plans,” said Saulny. “St. John Economic Development takes pride in continuing to provide resources that create opportunities for businesses to expand and improve their competitive position,” she added.

On Friday, May 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, a free informational session on obtaining funding for hiring new employees will be held at the St. John Business Training Center located inside the SCL Technical College at 181 Regala Park Rd. in Reserve. Louisiana Workforce Commission will be on hand to discuss how employers may be eligible to receive reimbursement to compensate hiring/training costs. For more information, please call the Business Training Center at 985-479-1247.