Tuesday, May 12, 2015
In recognition of National Small Business Week, St. John the Baptist Parish joined the President of the United States in celebrating the contributions of small businesses to our economy. Nearly half of all Americans either own or work for small businesses, creating two out of every three new jobs in the United States. St. John the Baptist Parish is comprised of numerous small businesses that create jobs and provide livelihoods for our residents. “National Small Business Week is an opportunity to honor them and acknowledge their contribution to our community. Small businesses are an integral part of what makes St. John a great place to live and work,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
As part of National Small Business Week, Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Department and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) presented the 2015 Louisiana Small Business Awards, recognizing the outstanding contributions these businesses have made to the state. The ceremony was held at the Governor’s Mansion with awards presented to SBA Champions and LED Entrepreneurs. With roots grounded in St. John the Baptist Parish, Todd E. Matherne, Chief Executive Officer of Renaissance Publishing, was named the 2015 Small Business Person of the Year. St. John the Baptist Parish Government received the LED Collaborative Excellence Award for its collaboration with LED and the Small and Emerging Business Development Center through the Small Business Training Center. The center is hailed as a model for the state in supporting small businesses and fostering an environment where businesses can thrive. St. John the Baptist Parish is the first municipality to receive this award.
“Louisiana Economic Development is delighted to recognize the hard work that St. John the Baptist Parish, the Louisiana Small Business Development Center for the Greater New Orleans region and other stakeholders continue to do daily to help residents achieve their dream of starting a business. Nothing great has been built alone and the parish’s collaborative spirit is inspiring. At the state, regional and local level, there is a focus on helping more Louisianans realize their entrepreneurial dreams. We’re in this thing together and together, the next generation in St. John the Baptist Parish can and will win,” said Quentin Messer, Jr., Assistant Secretary for Louisiana Economic Development.
The St. John the Baptist Parish Business Training Center is located at the South Central Louisiana Technical College, River Parishes Campus, 181 Regala Park Road, Reserve, LA and is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Businesses interested in participating in upcoming workshops or one-on-one consultation are encouraged to call the Business Training Center at 985-497-1247.