New Program to Help St. Tammany Startups Build Entrepreneurship | St. Tammany Community News

A new 10-week program that aims to give North Shore entrepreneurs and potential startup founders the tools to create a business plan will launch Sept. 4, in partnership with St. Tammany Corp. ., the parish economic development agency, and The Idea Village.

Partnership is essential to the efforts of St. Tammany Corp. to develop entrepreneurship on the North Shore, according to a press release.

“This partnership with The Idea Village is a key part of our Startup Northshore initiative which strives to advance our strategic business creation and retention efforts,” said Chris Masingill.

The Startup Northshore initiative, a three-year pilot program, is supported by Chevron and Citizens National Bank.

The partnership with The Idea Village will provide technical business development support to entrepreneurs from a nationally recognized leader to businesses in the North Shore region, Masingill said.

“The momentum of regional entrepreneurship shows that good ideas don’t know parish boundaries,” said Jon Atkinson, CEO of New Orleans-based The Idea Village.

Participants will benefit from the experience of The Idea Village; The organization also hopes to connect attendees with other North Shore startups, business coaches, mentors and investors closer to home, he said.

Each week’s session will take place virtually, with the option to engage in person the final week. It will be directed by Felipe Massa, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Loyola University New Orleans, and produced by The Idea Village in collaboration with local partners.

“The Southeast Louisiana entrepreneurial ecosystem has evolved significantly over the past two decades, and we are excited to intentionally engage with highly respected regional partners to bring their expertise to the North Shore,” said Marty Mayer. , chairman of the board of St. Tammany Corp. .

The Idea Village envisions a hub-and-spoke network that will bring start-up resources to all communities in the area, according to the press release, which calls St. Tammany Corp. it is the first “star” partner.

The program is accepting applications.

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The Chamber will organize a commercial exhibition

The public is invited to the St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s free Explore Northshore: Business and Community Expo from 3-7 p.m. on September 22 at the Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell.

With nearly 100 exhibitors, the show offers visitors a one-stop shop for information on the goods and services available to them. Attendees can view exhibits, network, chat with business and community representatives, register for door prizes and giveaways, enjoy family activities and donate blood through The Blood Center.

“In addition to exhibits, this year’s expo features a variety of new activities,” said Jessica Hester, chamber operations manager. “Fire Protection District No. 1 brings home fire safety. It offers a unique opportunity to experience simulated smoke conditions in a home setting. »

Other activities include:

  • A “Battle of the Badges” blood drive by The Blood Center. Donate blood and help the Sheriff’s Office or Fire Protection District #1 earn bragging rights in this life-saving competition.
  • The Sheriff’s Office will have several special tactical vehicles on site for the public to experience.
  • Take a professional head shot for a $25 donation to the Northshore Food Bank or the Miracle League.
  • Meet and greet Copper, the Sheriff’s Office search and rescue sleuth.

Explore Northshore is made possible by its sponsors: Slidell Memorial Hospital, Ochsner Health, The Times-Picayune/St. Tammany Farmer/, American Bank & Trust, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Northshore Media Group. Sound by Rock-It Productions.

For more information, call (985) 892-3216, email [email protected], or visit

The branch of the Lacombe library is temporarily closed

The Lacombe branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library will be closed August 26 through September 8 for interior updates and maintenance. New carpet, new furniture, new paint, as well as the maintenance of plumbing and electricity are on the program.

Customers can visit any of 11 other branches while the Lacombe branch is closed. Find a branch at

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