Often times, the work of economic developers involve non-disclosure agreements, confidential business plans, and proprietary information of expanding businesses. Because of the regularly quiet nature of our work, “Startup St. Bernard” is especially rewarding.
Schmelly’s Dirt Farm took home the grand prize at the 5th annual Startup St. Bernard presented by the Meraux Foundation and St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation. The composting business was selected by a panel of judges out of a pool of three finalists who pitched their businesses in front of an audience of over a hundred on Friday at Docville Farm. Schmelly’s was awarded $40,000 in cash and over $43,000 in in-kind services to help them scale their business, which will expand into St. Bernard Parish. The other two finalists, Breathing Waters and DaParish Kayaks received $5,000 each.
Startup St. Bernard organizers, The Meraux Foundation and St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation have announced the three finalists selected to compete for nearly $90,000 in prizes in the yearly competition: Breathing Waters, Da Parish Kayaks, and Schmelly’s. The 5thAnnual Startup St. Bernard competition is being held in conjunction with New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center relocating to the the St. Claude Arts campus in the Old Arabi Cultural Arts District in St. Bernard Parish.
Startup St. Bernard organizers announce opening of entry period and new format for annual business pitch competition.
It pays to shop local in St. Bernard Parish. Pick up your St. Bernard Shop Small Passport and support your favorite small businesses. Turn you your completed passport for a chance to win several prizes including a $200 Gulf Coast Bank gift card! See below for full details.
Winner of 2018 Startup St. Bernard officially opens November 19 at 1800 East Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.