Only One Week Left to Enter Your Business to win $110K Prize Package

Startup St. Bernard presented by the Meraux Foundation and the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation

St. Bernard Parish, LA (Jan. 9, 2017) -- Entrepreneurs have until midnight on January 14, 2017 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, 2017 at the Meraux Foundation’s Docville Farm. 


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 — 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™.  More information can be found by visiting


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 $1,000,000 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 our regional businesses.  Businesses interested in sponsoring the 2017 Startup St. Bernard Challenge are encouraged to contact SBEDF at



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 



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


About St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation

St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to promote economic development and commercial growth of St. Bernard Parish and to lead the initiation of partnering organizations seeking to improve the quality of life for St. Bernard Parish citizens. To achieve this mission, SBEDF primarily engages in business attraction, retention, and expansion. Additionally, workforce development and policy development are pursued as key initiatives to drive economic development activities. The Board of Directors consists of 28 voting members and 8 non-voting honorary members and public officials, all of which serve as volunteers to the organization. SBEDF’s work is made possible through the general support of its investors, St. Bernard Parish Government, St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District, the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation, Cox Communications, Chalmette Refining, and Valero Energy at the Champion Level and the Law Offices of Sidney Torres, III and Associated Terminals at the Pillars Level, and Meyer Engineers and Palmisano Group at the Community Leaders level.