Events Calendar

Start Up St. Bernard


Startup St. Bernard is seeking out innovative entrepreneurs willing to give 110% to compete for a prize package worth $110K designed to help propel their business to the next level. Entrepreneurs are invited to apply for a chance to pitch their business to a panel of judges in St. Bernard Parish during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 23, 2015.

Startup St. Bernard is looking for innovative entrepreneurs to locate their businesses in St. Bernard Parish. The Parish is a land of opportunity for businesses, especially startups. While just minutes away from downtown New Orleans, land, labor, and costs of doing business are low — and the business support network is robust. The challenge is being organized in partnership with the Meraux Foundation, The Idea Village™, The Entrepreneur Center at Nunez Community College, St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership St. Bernard.

The Startup St. Bernard Challenge is open to any business that will:

  • Locate base of operations to St. Bernard Parish for at least 1 year
  • Improve St. Bernard Parish
  • Become part of the St. Bernard Parish entrepreneur ecosystem (Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, and Leadership St. Bernard.)

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Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon

11:30am - 1:30pm

Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport
2829 Williams Boulevard
Kenner, LA 70062

Join the Jefferson Chamber at the Annual Meeting Luncheon as they celebrate the many accomplishments of 2014 and set the standard for 2015. Attended by Jefferson Parish’s finest, this luncheon serves as an opportunity to honor those that have made significant contributions to enhance our quality of life, make Jefferson Parish a better place to live, improve our education, medical and public service communities. Held at the Crowne Plaza, this event is one of the Chamber’s largest networking and social events of the year.

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Louisiana Coalition for E-Fairness Meeting

9:00-10:30 AM

1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113
3rd Floor Conference Room.

You are invited to 2015’s first meeting of the Louisiana Coalition for E-Fairness, a partnership between StayLocal, Greater New Orleans, Inc., and the Louisiana Retailers Association. The meeting will be a gathering of business owners, developers, and local elected leaders for a roundtable discussion on the status of e-fairness policy in 2015.
We will be joined by a special guest, Jennifer Platt, Vice President of Federal Operations for the International Council of Shopping Centers.

St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation Annual Luncheon

11:30am - 1pm

Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell

The St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation (STEDF) will highlight its achievements and successes for 2014 at its annual luncheon on March 2. Several companies and individuals will receive awards from the organization in recognition of their activities within the parish.

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New Orleans Mini Maker Faire

10am - 5pm

The Lavin-Bernick Center at Tulane University
Tulane University, 201 Boggs, New Orleans, LA 70118

The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of the maker community in New Orleans and the surrounding region. The inaugural event was held on April 5, 2014, and was attended by over 1,000 people. As the event grows, our mission is to continue to seek out and showcase the culture of art, design, and Do-it-yourself that has made New Orleans one of America’s unique cities.

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New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW)

03/20/2015 - 03/27/2015

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), presented by IBERIABANK, is the annual festival celebrating business, innovation, and advanced thinking in New Orleans. Produced by The Idea Village, NOEW engages a dynamic global network of entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, non-profits, students, and professionals to support growing companies and elevate entrepreneurial successes through eight days of discussion, debate, education, competition, and celebration.

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JEDCO Challenge

2pm- - 5pm

Southport Hall
200 Monticello Ave, New Orleans, LA 70121
(504) 835-2903

Apply online. The application opens November 6, 2014. Deadline to apply is December 12, 2014.

Through a rigorous review process, JEDCO will narrow down the applicants to 10 for the semifinal round. Interviews for that portion of the competition will happen in early January.

Our panel of experts will help us choose our finalists, some of which will also be eligible for the Big Idea pitch.

Our finalists will prepare for their pitch and submit a business plan in advance of the competition.

Finalists will have a table to showcase their product at the 2015 JEDCO Challenge. The audience and judges get 30 minutes to browse.

Finalists will have just seven minutes to pitch their ventures to a panel of Jefferson Parish business leaders and a live audience.

The judges and the audience will choose a winner.

The winning pitch receives $20,000 in cash and additional in-kind business services to help grow their company locally.

Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana

04/10/2015 - 04/12/2015

NOLA Motorsports
11075 Nicolle Blvd Avondale, LA 70094
(504) 302-4875

The first ever Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana is hosted at NOLA Motorsports Park, in Avondale, Louisiana. This three-day weekend festival will attract party-goers from all over the world to witness this first-time action packed event. The newly designed NOLA Motorsports Park facility will feature a 2.67-mile track with 13 turns that incorporate passing zones suitable for the Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy Series. This event promises to offer outstanding racing, local New Orleans flare and family-friendly activities for all of those that attend.

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2015 Super Region Canvas: A Benchmarking Workshop

04/19/2015 - 04/21/2015

Greater Phoenix (PHX) and Tucson (TUS) regions of Arizona

In 2009, business leaders in the Baton Rouge Area, led by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), and Greater New Orleans, led by Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.), developed the Southeast Super-Region Committee (SRC). The SRC is an unprecedented partnership that works to foster cooperation for mutual economic benefit between the Baton Rouge Area, Greater New Orleans, and the Houma-Thibodaux region.

In order to understand more about how our regions can work together, and observe best practices that can be implemented in our communities, the SRC will host the 2015 Super Region Canvas: A Benchmarking Workshop, in the Greater Phoenix and Tucson regions of Arizona in April 2015.

SRC Trip