Louisiana’s Got Talent, a Small Business Exposition, Happens on Thursday

NEW ORLEANS –– The Louisiana Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Louisiana) will host the fifth annual Louisiana’s Got Talent, a small business exposition, on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. The expo is free of charge. It is an opportunity for a select number of the region’s excellent small businesses to showcase their talents and expertise. The expo also offers to exhibitors the opportunity to meet with procurement officers from some of New Orleans’ top companies. Details were shared in a press release.

Exhibitors represent some of the outstanding talent listed on ACG Louisiana's Excellent Small Business list. The list is an integrated referral network of businesses that are small within their industry but have an outstanding track record of excellent goods and services and have the desire and capacity to grow.

Dozens of excellent small businesses will exhibit their companies and capabilities and cultivate connections with the Greater New Orleans business community.

During the expo, some of the region's industry leaders will engage in SpeedNetworking sessions with registered exhibitors. These short, pre-arranged meetings allow prospective vendors or subcontractors to learn the specific needs, requirements and opportunities to work with the top businesses in the Greater New Orleans area. A few of the industry leaders expected to be in attendance at this year's expo include Cox Communications, Inc., Laitram, LLC, Audubon Nature Institute, J.M. Smucker Co., and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

"Our company participated in the Louisiana's Got Talent Expo last year and experienced a great return on our time invested. The expo is set-up to offer participants the opportunity to both exhibit and have pre-arranged speed networking appointments with some of the area's largest companies," said Nenette Gray, CEO of Lemonade Creative Marketing. "We benefited greatly from our participation and have gained ongoing business from two major companies. We're counting down to exhibiting again this year and look forward to fostering more long term relationships."

Capping off the event will be a catered cocktail reception for further networking among registered expo participants and ACG Louisiana members in a relaxed environment.

"ACG Louisiana is excited to host the fifth annual expo," said Barbra Barnett, chair of the ACG Louisiana's Business Community Outreach Committee. "The idea behind ACG Louisiana’s Business Community Outreach Program is to help foster sustained growth of the local economy. The expo offers local, small businesses opportunities to build relationships within the Greater New Orleans business community to enable them to organically build and grow capacity as the economy continues to develop.”

The event is co-sponsored by the New Orleans Business Alliance, Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program and the GoodWork Network. ACG Louisiana expects to have hundreds of people in attendance. Event sponsors, ACG Louisiana members, and the public can circulate among the exhibit tables, learning about the excellent small businesses operating in the New Orleans business community, many of whom are minority or women-owned.

For more information about the expo, visit ACG Louisiana’s website: www.acg.org/louisiana.