St Bernard Post

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 Issue 8 - 2020 Free Newspaper St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana For Advertising Rates Please Contact Our Office at 504-278-7910 Read Our Newspaper Online at 504-278-7910 Deadline to Enter $100,000 Pitch Competition is Feb. 24 Contributed by The Meraux Foundation The entry period is open for the 6th annual Startup St. Bernard competition, present- ed by the Meraux Foundation and the St. Bernard Econom- ic Development Foundation. Startup St. Bernard seeks out dedicated, enthusiastic entre- preneurs who want to grow their business to the next level. Entrepreneurs are invited to apply for the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of judges during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. The en- try period closes at 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) on Feb. 24, 2020. The prize package is valued at more than $100,000* in cash and in-kind services. All three finalists will re- ceive a cash prize of at least $5,000. The winner will receive the grand prize package includ- ing a mix of cash and in-kind donations. In-kind donations include services ranging from legal and accounting to mar- keting and public relations. The Startup St. Bernard Challenge is open to any busi- ness that will: • Locate their base of opera- tions to St. Bernard Parish for at least 2 years. • Improve St. Bernard Parish. • Actively participate in the St. Bernard Parish entrepreneur ecosystem. To qualify, entrants must be in business for five years or less or be an existing business creating a new division or en- tity, have yearly revenue un- der $1,000,000, and have five employees or less. Past Startup St. Bernard cash winners and nonprofit organizations are not eligible to enter. The “Shark Tank” style public event is open to any business that meets the en- try criteria and is passionate about joining St. Bernard Par- ish’s growing business com- munity. Previous winners have been 40 Arpent Brewing Com- pany, Christie’s Dreams Sea- food, Reactive Digital Systems, LLC, Clean Course Meals, and Schmelly’s Dirt Farm. Judges will score entries based on the quality of the busi- ness plans and how the start- ups will improve St. Bernard by creating jobs, investing cap- ital into the parish, providing needed products or services to the region, and/or contribut- ing to the growth of the core Startup St. Bernard sectors: creative digital media, cultural arts/cultural economy, health and wellness, advanced manu- ® PHOTO SUBMISSION The St. Bernard Parish Post is happy to accept photos along with article submissions. In fact, we encourage it. Please be sure that your photos are at least 500 kb — (1 MB) would be preferable. What looks good on a web site does not always transfer to the print- ed page without looking blurry. Thank You. facturing/value-added manu- facturing, logistics, and the seafood industry. Here Is How It Works 1. Submit Your Business Plan Online. Entrepreneurs must complete the entry form and submit a business plan at by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2020. 2. Committee Selects Finalists. A selection committee with business expertise will review the submissions and narrow the field. An independent scor- ing committee from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at See PITCH page 5 Ronnie Adams Having Time of His Life on ‘Swamp People’ From Staff Reports Ronnie Adams of Violet has completed filming his second season of the History Channel’s “Swamp People”, and those episodes (which are the 11th season for the show) are currently airing at 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Adams is a lifelong resi- dent of St. Bernard Parish, professional hog hunter and airboat aficionado and one- time teacher at St. Bernard, Holy Cross and Chalmette high schools and former St. Bernard High and UL-La- fayette defensive tackle who turned 45 on Valentine’s Day. “They were looking for a certain personality,” Adams said. “At first I thought it was going to be a one-time thing. When I heard it was for a whole season, I said sure. And it’s been fantastic, my brother.” “Swamp People” produc- ers in search of new talent discovered Adams by way of Meraux’s Philip Livaudais, owner of Livaudais Electri- cal and Construction, from whom Adams leases 5,300 acres of land in the Violet area where he operates a pig hunting charter business, Elite Hunting and Air Boats LLC. “Philip called me out of the blue one day and said, ‘Hey, would you be interested in Pictured front row (L-R) Jen Clark, Mrs..Becky Lividasis back row (L-R Avarie Grace Clark, Ronnie Adams, Chad Clark and Brian Clark. being a cast member on the See ADAMS page 3 Photo Courtesy of Chad Clark