JEDCO, Jefferson Chamber to Host Prosper Jefferson Seminar on Growing Business Value


AVONDALE, La. – JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber have teamed up to host a Prosper Jefferson seminar on "Growing a Business" in Jefferson Parish. 

According to a press release, they’ve invited four experts from a variety of industries to share their insight and advice on how to grow with intelligence, support, and vision.

Topics include:

  • Planning & Executing your Growth Plan
  • Using Community Involvement to Enhance your Business
  • Leveraging Technology to Grow your Business 

The event will take place Wednesday, April 24, at the JEDCO Conference Center (701A Churchill Parkway, Avondale, LA 70094) from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The $5 admission ticket will cover breakfast. Online registration is encouraged, but the hosts will accept walk-ins and credit card payment at the door. Register to attend here





With over 30 years of experience leveraging technology solutions to overcome business problems and improve processes, Bernie is passionate about helping companies large and small find opportunities to implement technology solutions to grow their business.  Bernie got his start in the late 80’s while serving in the US Navy. He was  part of the team that deployed state-of-the-art technology to improve intelligence briefings for the Commander Pacific Fleet. Fastforward 30 years and Bernie currently assists customers to better leverage technology solutions as part of the team at Sparkhound, a technology consulting company with a semi-serious name and a dead-serious mission: to make a meaningful impact on every Sparkhound client’s business.  Sparkhound provides comprehensive business consulting services that help change the way your business works.  As part of the Sparkhound team, Bernie continues to work with business leaders to identify critical business processes and leverage the latest business applications and technology to improve key performance indicators critical to growing the business.



Gene Sausse is the founder and owner of BooKoo Bounce, New Orleans’ first indoor inflatable playground and party place. A native New Orleanian, Gene has developed strong media, business, civic and social relationships over a 25-year career in entrepreneurship as well as the tourism, television, advertising, sales & marketing, and event planning industries. Gene has won multiple awards over the years, including: US Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award (2013), New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau Hats off Award (2007), and the New Orleans CityBusiness Innovator of the Year Award (September 2009). BooKoo bounce was also the winner of the GROWCO “Enrich Your Pitch” competition by Inc. Magazine in 2013. Gene is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and Leadership Jefferson. He serves on multiple boards, including the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation, the French Quarter Business Association, the Jefferson Parish Litter Advisory Board, and many others.



As president of a 55-year-old company, some might say the job of growing the business and increasing it’s value has already been done – but Christine Vinson knows otherwise. As the leader of Vinson Guard Service, Inc., Christine Vinson has worked feverishly to continuously educate herself regarding security industry best practices and trends – VINSON wasn’t just the company her grandfather founded and father continued to build upon, but instead a family passion. She joined VINSON’s Baton Rouge office while attending Louisiana State University, and acquired over 20 years of private security experience (including becoming a licensed security officer and security officer classroom instructor) before being named President in 2015. Her accomplishments include both local and international awards, including Crimestoppers GNO’s James J. Coleman, Sr. Corporate Partner Award, World Association of Detectives Vinson–Holmes Memorial Security Professional of the Year Award, and serving as a former member of the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners. She is an active member of the New Orleans metro area community serving on the board of Junior League of New Orleans and Crimestoppers GNO, as well as a proud member of Krewe of Iris.


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