New Orleans Veterans Entrepreneurs Featured at Small Business Summit

The event was hosted by the Urban League of Louisiana
Angelique Moret of Moret Plumbing spoke about being a Veteran and entrepreneur small business owner at the Small Business Breakfast and Resources Summit.

NEW ORLEANS – On Friday, November 17, the Urban League of Louisiana hosted its inaugural Veterans Small Business Breakfast and Resources Summit in celebration of veterans entrepreneurship and as an extension of National Veterans Small Business Week (October 30-November 3).

The event provided aspiring and existing veteran entrepreneurs with the many resources that are available to help them start and grow a business. Speakers included Jo Ann Lawrence, Deputy Director of the SBA Louisiana District Office, Michael Pornovets from the regional Veterans Business Outreach Center, Stephanie Hartman from Louisiana Economic Development, and Robyn Munici of Energy Smart New Orleans. All shared information on programs offered to support veteran-owned and other small businesses.

In addition, the event highlighted three veteran entrepreneurs who shared the stories of their entrepreneurial journeys. Clients Donnie Johnson (Destiny Construction), Angelique Moret (Moret Plumbing), and Jodi Jordan (Crossfit Algiers) shared their inspiring stories about leadership, resiliency, and using the resources around them to grow their businesses.

The Urban League of Louisiana was pleased to host this event in celebration of our veteran entrepreneurs and look forward to hosting the Veterans Small Business Breakfast and Resources summit for years to come.

To learn more about the many programs offered by the Urban League of Louisiana’s Women’s Business Resource Center, please visit

About the Urban League

The Urban League of Louisiana is one of 88 affiliates of the National Urban League. The mission of the Urban League is to assist African Americans and other communities seeking equity to secure economic self-reliance, parity, and civil rights. The Urban League’s three Centers of Excellence are focused in the areas of education and youth development, workforce and economic development, and public policy and advocacy. For more information on the Urban League of Louisiana, visit us online at

The Urban League of Louisiana opened the Women’s Business Resource Center (WBRC) in July of 2001 and expanded its capacity in 2010 with the development of the Entrepreneurship Center. Combining the efforts and expertise of the agency’s existing resources with additional specialized consultants and business resources, the Entrepreneurship Center has significantly increased its capacity to facilitate small business development and to provide business consulting, educational training and other resources to assist aspiring and existing entrepreneurs and other small business owners in eight parishes throughout Southeastern Louisiana.

Jodi Jordan with Crossfit Algiers

Donnie Johnson with Destiny Construction

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