Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG) in
collaboration with Louisiana State University (LSU) presented its third crab
industry workshop on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, at Nunez Community
College in Chalmette.
morning-long workshop which focused on business plan development, the eleven
(11) participants listened to presentations on developing business plans, how
to move forward with their business objectives, and available business options
such as fishing charters, trawling trips, and nature tours. There was also a
breakout session that allowed attendees to begin writing their own business
plans with the assistance of workshop facilitators.
The workshop was
held at the newly-opened Entrepreneurship Center at Nunez. The Entrepreneurship
Center, made possible through funding from the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Trade
Adjustment Assistance Community College Career (TAACCCT) initiative, is focused
on providing resources to students and community members interested in
developing their own businesses.
Sea Grant and LSU
AgCenter extension agents Twyla Herrington, Julie Anderson and Carol Franz
developed the trio of workshops. The first two covered the topics of shedding
as well as general industry updates.
"Nunez is an
excellent and underutilized resource for the St. Bernard community. They have
been very receptive to this partnership,” said Herrington. "Ed Shedlock is
working very hard to make new opportunities available to the public through
the Entrepreneurship Center.”
entrepreneurs facilitate monthly workshops at the Center, covering an extensive
array of entrepreneurial and business topics such as incubation, social media,
marketing, financing, and management—all factors that small businesses and
start-ups must master if they are to become profitable and sustainable. Recent
workshop leaders include Dickie Brennan, Mike Indest, and Stephen Reuther.