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Chris Masingill, CEO of the St. Tammany Corporation and Bill Joubert, Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southeastern announce a new partnership to provide 10 monthly sessions in its professional development series beginning in August to small and emerging business owners throughout St. Tammany Parish. This series is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to work with other small businesses to improve leadership skills, reinforce decision-making abilities and learn key strategies to grow their business and ensure successful sustainability and longevity.

“Small businesses are a critical component to our local economy and we recognize that each one in the parish is responsible for job creation and wealth generation. People are vital to our workforce and St. Tammany has a lot of highly-skilled and talented individuals that are contributing to the landscape in an entrepreneurial capacity, so this partnership with SBDC is significant to the parish,” says Chris Masingill. “Providing this professional development series to emerging and small businesses in the community is vital to making St. Tammany the destination of choice for businesses to thrive.”

“We are excited to partner with the St. Tammany Corporation as the lead economic development organization for St. Tammany to work with small and emerging businesses in the community,” says Bill Joubert. “Southeastern has been facilitating this program for several years throughout the region, and past attendees have shared that being in a room with experts and other business owners discussing challenges and issues while proposing solutions has changed the way they do business and we want to be able to share this program funded by LED and SBA with St. Tammany businesses for the first time.”

As part of Louisiana Economic Development’s (LED) statewide initiative to expand its network of Small and Emerging Business Development Roundtables provided through the Small and Emerging Business Development (SBDC) program, SBDC at Southeastern is now taking enrollments from small and emerging business owners that want to benefit from the program and its comprehensive roundtable approach to peer-to-peer learning. If your business is not SEB Certified, please register at The criteria and certification process can be found at

To register or for more information, contact Karen Romero at 985.549.3831 or email

These collaborative, growth-oriented sessions will begin on August 8 and will meet on September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 12, April 9 and May 7.

Session topics include: Role of Owner or CEO, Customer Service, Legal & Insurance, Sales, Employee and Relations, Financial & Accounting, Marketing and Advertising, Technology, Operations & Innovation and Finance & Banking – and will involve discussions about challenges that business owners may be facing while addressing those needs through managerial and technical assistance to enhance business and management knowledge.

Space is limited to 25 participants, and registration will close one week before the start of the first session.