43 episodes

Welcome to Jefferson Parish Pulse, a podcast powered by the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO). Each week, the economic development agency will feature businesses, organizations, and community leaders at the heart of the Jefferson Parish local economy, the ones that help make Jefferson Parish a destination for business on a global scale. We’ll ask important questions about the passion, drive and vision it takes to run a successful business and what it takes to support those businesses. We hope you will learn about the diverse range of companies and industries that call Jefferson Parish home. While this podcast is about the Jefferson Parish business community, the information and topics discussed within each podcast can be relevant for business owners and communities of all sizes.
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Welcome to Jefferson Parish Pulse, a podcast powered by the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO). Each week, the economic development agency will feature businesses, organizations, and community leaders at the heart of the Jefferson Parish local economy, the ones that help make Jefferson Parish a destination for business on a global scale. We’ll ask important questions about the passion, drive and vision it takes to run a successful business and what it takes to support those businesses. We hope you will learn about the diverse range of companies and industries that call Jefferson Parish home. While this podcast is about the Jefferson Parish business community, the information and topics discussed within each podcast can be relevant for business owners and communities of all sizes.
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    Louisiana Small Business Development Center

    Louisiana Small Business Development Center

    On the Season 4 Finale of the Jefferson Parish Pulse powered by JEDCO, we feature an interview with Dianne Sclafani, a business consultant for the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. Dianne has helped guide many, many businesses to success over the years. She's very good at helping business owners craft their business plans and secure financing. During the interview, Dianne talks about the 5 C's of financing, how to secure access to capital, finding opportunity in the midst of challenges and the many ways that business owners can work with the LSBDC to start up, grow and thrive in Jefferson Parish and beyond.
    Learn more about the LSBDC here.
    Learn more about JEDCO's Financing options here.
    Learn more about JEDCO here.


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    • 40 min
    Creative Dance and Music Studio

    Creative Dance and Music Studio

    This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse powered by JEDCO, we feature an interview with Lori Weil, owner and director of Creative Dance and Music Studio, which has been in business on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish since 1985. Lori took over the business from her mother in 2004 and has continued to grow it over the years. For a long time, Lori leased a studio space, but she had always dreamed of owning a building. Just a few years ago, that dream became a reality. Lori worked with JEDCO to finance the purchase of land and construction of a studio with lots of space to grow. During this interview, Lori talks about growing up around dance, taking over her mother's business, and learning some big lessons along the way.
    Learn more about Creative Dance and Music Studio here.
    Learn more about JEDCO here.
    Learn more about JEDCO's financing options here.


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    • 34 min
    Nola Sports Center

    Nola Sports Center

    On this episode of the Jefferson Parish Pulse powered by JEDCO, we feature Rafael Carmona, founder of Nola Sports Center. Nola Sports Center is an indoor soccer facility based in the City of Kenner. Rafael's startup story is full of advice for other entrepreneurs. During this interview, Rafael talks about how he navigated the pandemic and kept his doors open, how he made the tough decisions, assumed the risks, and why it has all been worth it.
    Learn more about Nola Sports Center here.
    Learn more about JEDCO here.

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    • 40 min
    LeBrane's Creole Cuisine and Catering

    LeBrane's Creole Cuisine and Catering

    This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse powered by JEDCO, we feature an interview with Carol and Myron LeBrane, founders of LeBrane's Creole Cuisine and Catering. This dynamic husband and wife duo had dreamed of owning a restaurant for years. Timing, fate and faith brought them together and helped them launch and grow their business. Carol and Myron shared how they sought a loan with JEDCO for a small portion of their business. Then, they switched gears when the building they'd been eyeing for years became available. Their vision for a bread pudding business snowballed into a full-service restaurant and event facility on the West Bank. In today's interview, Carol and Myron talk about how their faith is embedded in their work, what it was like to open their business in the midst of a pandemic, and why they chose to launch their business on the West Bank.
     
    Learn more about LeBrane's Creole Cuisine and Catering here.
    Learn more about JEDCO's financing options here.
    Learn more about JEDCO here.

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    • 49 min
    Kingfish Cider

    Kingfish Cider

    On this episode of Jefferson Parish Pulse powered by JEDCO, we feature an interview with Colleen Keogh, founder of Kingfish Cider. This is the first-of-its-kind in Jefferson Parish and one of the few solely woman-owned alcohol producers in the US. In today's interview, you'll learn about how Colleen stumbled upon the hard cider industry while traveling and decided she wanted to bring the concept home to Louisiana. She learned how to make cider and then spent years perfecting it and building the business from the ground up. Last month, Colleen celebrated the grand opening of the cidery with much fanfare. She talks about how she learned the art of cider making, what it means to see her business come to fruition after so many years of planning, and why she chose the name "Kingfish" for the company.
    Learn more about Kingfish Cider here.
    Check out the Kingfish Cider Instagram here.
    Interested in JEDCO's loan programs? Visit our website!

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    • 48 min
    Law Office of Lewis-Crawford

    Law Office of Lewis-Crawford

    On this episode of the Jefferson Parish Pulse powered by JEDCO, we feature an interview with Jahida Lewis Crawford, owner of the Law Office of Lewis-Crawford. Jahida is an attorney. It is her mission to positively impact and support the people in her community. She has always wanted a career in the justice system. When she decided to open her business, JEDCO loaned her the money to make it happen. On the show, Jahida talks about how she juggles work and family, how her faith guides her decisions, the tramautic medical situation that drove her to launch her own business, and her goals for the future.
    Learn more about The Law Office of Lewis-Crawford here.
    Learn more about JEDCO's financing options here.
    Learn more about JEDCO here.
     

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

TheSunsetRider ,

One of a kind podcast

From “How I Built This” to “Masters of Scale”, there’s no lack of podcasts about entrepreneurs who created thriving national businesses through sheer will and hard work. Jefferson Parish Pulse flipped the script and gave the genre the regional flavor it needed. The Pulse puts a microscope to New Orleans’ neighboring region on the rise: Jefferson Parish.

The podcast features small business owners who created success in their own backyard. In a society that puts big business on a pedestal, it’s refreshing and inspiring to hear the stories of business owners in my region that bet on themselves and won.

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