Deadline Approaching To Enter Startup St. Bernard, Win $110K Prize Package

CHALMETTE, LA – Entrepreneurs have until midnight on Saturday, Jan. 14, to submit their business ideas to the Startup St. Bernard competition for a chance to win a $110,000 prize package designed to propel their business to the next level.

         The Meraux Foundation and St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation invite entrepreneurs to apply for a chance to pitch their business to a panel of judges in St. Bernard Parish during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on Monday, March 20, at the Meraux Foundation’s Docville Farm.

         Event reps said St. Bernard 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, they said, and the business support network is robust.

         The challenge is being organized by the Meraux Foundation, the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation and The Idea Village™. 

         The Startup St. Bernard Challenge is open to any business that meets the following criteria:


• Must agree to locate base of operations to St. Bernard Parish for minimum two years

• Must generate less than $500,000 in revenue

• Must have fewer than five employees

• Must be a for profit entity

• Interested in positively impacting St. Bernard Parish


         Startup St. Bernard has one of the largest prize packages of startup competitions due to the support and partnership with regional businesses.  Businesses interested in sponsoring the 2017 Startup St. Bernard Challenge are encouraged to contact SBEDF here:

         2016 Sponsors include: Meraux Foundation, Park Investments Ltd., Palms Truck Stop, Sidney Torres, III, Mrs. Rita Gue, Mr. Floyd Gue, Nunez Community College, Southern Insurance Agency LLC, Taurus Properties, Palmisano Contractors, Mr. Terry and Mrs. Daryl Tedesco, BERG Services, Senator JP Morrell, Casey Hunnicutt, 40 Arpent Brewing Company, Caraway LeBlanc, Coast Roast

         2016 Supporting Partner include: Park Investments Ltd., Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company, evanSchmidt Design LLC, John Brian White, Esq, Sherman Strategies LLC, Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer LLC, Ragusa Consulting, Person Huff CPA Group, Ditto's Printing Center, Shine Productions, Outfront Media, St. Bernard News, St. Bernard Voice, St. Bernard Tourist Commission, Global Staffing Solutions, Bill Haines, Crave, Printers Wholesale Group, 40 Arpent Brewing Company


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