LED Programs Offered to Small Businesses 

Jesse Hoppes and Jim Blazek – Partners at Leaaf Environmental

GNOEA members, Jesse Hoppes and Jim Blazek, have attended LED small business programs and found it to be very beneficial to their business. They presented an overview of what is offered by the Louisiana Economic Development to small business owners. Referred as the “three legged stool” a small business owner typically focuses on; Marketing and Attraction, Business Expansion and Retention, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. LED has many programs for small business, and partners contractually and non-contractually with many organizations to provide additional resources and services, such as coaching and counseling. Hoppes and Blazek, strongly encouraged GNOEA members to consider attending one or more of the programs offered.

March 31st is the deadline to apply for consideration to the 2022-2023 LED CEO Roundtables.  The online application must be submitted by March 31st at https://www.opportunitylouisiana.com/ .

Click to review benefits and eligibility for LED CEO Roundtables (2) LED SBS Program Overview



If you have a prospect, please have them connect with Jacquie Bonano (interim membership chairman) at membership@gnoea.com

Thank You & Announcements

Brien Lundin, Jefferson Financial thanked Kenny Knobloch, HELP! A/C & Heating for repairing his A/C.

John Zollinger, Home Bank, thanked John Lagarde, Classic Cupboards, for his business.

Q1 2022 dues were emailed.

President, Kevin Pedeaux, encouraged members to attend and bring a colleague/client, etc. to the March 31st membership drive. The idea is to increase members and expand the membership categories. A current list of business categories can be viewed HERE. The categories are suggestions but are not limited to those listed. Current members are listed on the GNOEA website HERE. Both links are included in the event announcement that will be resent today.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule (all events at Rooftop on Basin)

  • March 31 – Membership Drive – Reception 5:30- 7:00p.m.
  • April 5th – Port of South Louisiana, Paul Matthews, Executive Director
  • April 12th – Joe Giarusso, New Orleans City Council District A
  • April 19th – No Meeting
  • April 26th – No Meeting
  • May 3rd – TBA
  • May 10th – Kevin Dolliole, Director of Aviation- Armstrong Airport

Check website for updates and bulletins that include upcoming events. Meeting events are on the calendar.