Jefferson Parish Pulse

Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO)

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

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On this episode of the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we feature an interview with Dr. Lana Joseph-Ford, founder of High Level Speech and Hearing Center, which specializes in the evaluation, identification, and treatment of speech and hearing concerns in both children and adults. Dr. J talks about building her business from the ground-up, the value of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Greater New Orleans region, and her vision for the future of her company. We dive into the pieces of her life that led her to become a doctor and the values that have helped to shape her as an entrepreneur. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 24

41 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we interview Linda Auld, better known as the NOLA Bug Lady. Linda is the owner of Barber Laboratories, a third generation pest control supply shop in Jefferson Parish. Linda wears many hats: business owner, pest control expert, author and conservationist. She is an absolute wealth of knowledge when it comes to bugs. And while she's an expert on solving pest problems, her real passion lies in preservation and conservation of nature and the critters that live in it. On this episode, Linda talks about taking over the family business, the importance of education and investing in her community, and how she turned her bug business into her true passion. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 10

37 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we feature an interview with Vince Hayward, CEO of Camellia Brand/L.H. Hayward & Company. The business packages dry beans, peas and lentils in their Jefferson Parish manufacturing facility. The business was founded in 1923 and has grown into a locally famous brand. On this episode, Vince talked about carrying the torch of the fourth-generation family-owned business, some of the company's recent acquisitions and the unexpected "bean boom" that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 3

34 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we interview Leigh D'Angelo, cof-founder and CEO of Dig - The Dog Person's Dating App and Tabby - The Cat Person's Dating App. Leigh runs the global business from Gretna, LA. On this episode, we talk about love in the time of COVID, being a part of the multi-billion dollar pet industry, and the best advice she has for entrepreneurs. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 27

42 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we feature an interview with Joshua Dean, founder of Little J's Donuts in Harahan. JEDCO helped this startup donut shop go from dream to reality with our JEDgrow Loan Program. Through our small business financing arm, JEDCO was able to finance nearly 90% of this new project. Joshua spoke about the importance of community support for startups, opening a business during the pandemic, and what it was like to work with JEDCO on this project. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 20

38 min

On the Season 3 premiere of the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we welcome JEDCO President & CEO Jerry Bologna back to the show to help kick off our next round of interviews. Jerry discussed the importance of the Spend Local JP campaign, a new initiative to encourage residents to support local businesses during the pandemic. He highlighted how the campaign got started and how businesses can get involved. He also gave a quick snapshot of recent sales tax revenues and what he is hearing from the business community as we move into month six of the pandemic. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 13

21 min

In the Season 2 finale, we interview Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. More than six months into office, Cynthia is leading the Parish through a pandemic. Cynthia talked about her first months in office, where Jefferson Parish stands with the pandemic right now, the importance of wearing a mask in public, upcoming elections and what is being done to keep voters safe at the polls and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 9

34 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we interviewed Barbara Blank, founder of Clean Creations. Clean Creations prepares and delivers fresh, healthy meals to their customers all over the Greater New Orleans area. We talked about the importance of spending local, the joy of doing business in the City of Gretna and how the company has fared through the pandemic. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 2

33 min

This week on Jefferson Parish Pulse, we interview Neel Sus, the founder and CEO of Susco. We talked about the importance of having a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, trends in the tech industry during the pandemic, and the value of company culture and engagement - especially right now. Neel offers excellent advice for work that all business leaders should be doing and he shares his thoughts on community resilience in the face of hardship. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 25

37 min

On this week's episode of the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we chat with the queen of sugar, Jeanne O’Leary. Jeanne is the founder of Poof Cotton Candy, a startup food manufacturer based in Jefferson Parish. But if you’re imaging the pink and blue county fair cotton candy of old, you’re not thinking of Poof. This company is far from traditional. The business spins up fluffy, fabulous flavors of cotton candy– dressed up with sprinkles, spices and everything nice. Jeanne won the 2019 JEDCO Challenge, which came with a big check for twenty-thousand dollars and some changes for the growing company. On this episode, we talk about an idea that came out of thin air, overcoming major packaging challenges, and how Jeanne's life has changed since winning the JEDCO pitch competition. This episode originally aired on October 31, 2019. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 18

43 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we feature an interview with Mayra Pineda, President & CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana. The Hispanic Chamber has been an invaluable resource throughout the pandemic. The organization helped to usher in Spanish translations of important documents, resources and press conferences during the pandemic and they hosted weekly conference calls with experts to keep their network informed. Beyond that, they continue to do the important work of providing educational content, seminars on financial literary and more. Mayra talked about the work being down by the Hispanic Chamber during COVID-19, the importance of filling out the 2020 Census, and the value of partnerships to advance economic development and business growth. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 11

43 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we spoke with Floor 13 owner Holis Hannan. The company had just moved into its new location in Elmwood when the pandemic hit the area. COVID-19 presented challenges that eventually sparked the idea for Dat Desk, a program to donate beautiful, hand-painted desks to children in the Greater New Orleans area. We talked with Holis about overcoming hardships and the resilience of the Greater New Orleans community, the joy of giving back and how one small idea can snowball into something much bigger. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 4

34 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we spoke with Sean McCloskey, founder of Stop & Block and former JEDCO Challenge finalist. This startup company designed single-serve sunscreen dispensers for folks on-the-go. The dispensers can typically be found at outdoor venues, sporting events and festivals, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced Sean to change his business strategy. Stop & Block is currently providing dispensers for hand sanitizer in high-traffic facilities all over region. We spoke with Sean about his success since the JEDCO Challenge, his decision to pivot during the pandemic, and what's next for the growing startup. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 28

28 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we spoke with the Honorable Scott U. Schlegel, a judge for the 24th Judicial District Court in Jefferson Parish. With Judge Schlegel's guidance, the Jefferson Parish justice system has continued to move forward - even during the pandemic. Judge Schlegel talked about the types of technology being implemented in his court, how it has impacted his cases and what we can expect in the court system as we move into new phases of reopening the economy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 21

32 min

In early May, Ochsner Health announced the launch of a COVID-19 prevalence study in Jefferson and Orleans parishes to better understand the spread and impact of the virus. JEDCO sat down with Dr. Leonardo Seoane, Sr. Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for Ochsner Health. He discussed the importance of the prevalence study, the reopening of the economy and how Ochsner Health can support businesses as they begin to open their doors. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 14

27 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we spoke with Justin Hartenstein, the founder and Director of Product Development at Oracle Lighting. This Fat City-based manufacturer has been producing automotive lighting parts since 1999. We talked with Justin about giving back to the community during the pandemic and pivoting to sustain the business during a crisis. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 7

39 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we interviewed Jerry Bologna, JEDCO President & CEO. JEDCO has been hard at work to keep our business community informed and supported during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jerry and Kelsey talk about JEDCO's response to the crisis, what they've been hearing from the local business community and what can be expected as JEDCO and Jefferson Parish roll out a comprehensive Back to Business plan to reopen the economy safely and effectively. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 30

24 min

On the Season One finale of the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we interviewed Jay Lapeyre, President of Laitram, and Edel Blanks, President & CEO of Intralox, which is an operating division of Laitram. Laitram is a vibrant, forward-thinking manufacturer with a long-term commitment to innovation, integrity and continuous improvement across its operating divisions. The company manufactures everything from modular plastic conveyer belt technologies and seafood processing equipment to…stairs. The company has hundreds of patents and has made a name for itself – both in the Greater New Orleans region and around the globe – because of its commitment to service and excellence. Jay, Edel and Kelsey talked about having a strong business philosophy, creating a culture of excellence, working with an engaged and active support system in Jefferson Parish, and what it takes to be a global competitor in a rapidly changing economic climate.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2019

56 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we interview Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee-Sheng. Cynthia was elected to become the next Parish President earlier this year and she will be sworn into that new role in early January 2020. Cynthia has served on the Jefferson Parish Council for 10 years in various capacities. On this episode, Cynthia and Kelsey talked about her plans for the next four years, top priorities for the incoming Parish Administration, and the projects she’s most proud of during her time as District 5 Councilwoman and Councilwoman-at-Large for District B. Cynthia had lots to say about housing, infrastructure and economic development. It was an illuminating and exciting conversation with the next leader of our Parish. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2019

48 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, JEDCO interviewed Tom Yura, Chief Operating Officer of Cornerstone. This powerhouse company employs 500 people and produces 2.5 billion pounds of product a year. The business has a long history in Jefferson Parish and they look forward to continued growth and success in the future. On this episode, Tom and Kelsey talk about Cornerstone’s focus on innovation, emphasis on taking care of its people, corporate responsibility and creating the next generation of skilled workers for the local manufacturing industry. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2019

57 min

On this BONUS episode of the Jefferson Parish Pulse, Bob Arceneaux, owner of Orleans Coffee, gives us a deep dive into the process of cupping and how coffee experts choose their perfect blends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2019

21 min

This week on Jefferson Parish Pulse, JEDCO featuresa business that helps put a little extra pep in the steps of our residents. Orleans Coffee is a local roaster and wholesale business based in the City of Kenner. Chances are, you’ve had this coffee before – even if you didn’t know it. The business sells to coffee shops and restaurants all over the region. We interviewed Bob Arceneaux, owner of Orleans Coffee. His knowledge of the product and his passion for the business bleeds through this conversation. Tune in to hear Bob talk about the things that make Orleans Coffee unique, a covert – and very successful – rebrand, and why company culture matters.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2019

43 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, JEDCO interviewed Barry Hays, Vice President of Joval Manufacturing Company. Barry is part of the third generation of family members that have owned and operated Joval, a Jefferson-based sheet metal manufacturer. The business has a long history in Jefferson Parish and a loyal client base to tout their quality of work and excellent customer service. On this episode, Barry talks about the benefits of doing business in Jefferson Parish, what it’s like to work with multiple generations of family members and hiring the right people to fit a business culture See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2019

46 min

Happy Halloween! We can't think of a better way to celebrate this spooky sweet holiday than to release a podcast interview with one of Jefferson Parish's confectionery connoisseurs! On this week's episode of the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we chat with the queen of sugar, Jeanne O’Leary. Jeanne is the founder of Poof Cotton Candy, a startup food manufacturer based in Jefferson Parish. But if you’re imaging the pink and blue county fair cotton candy of old, you’re not thinking of Poof. This company is far from traditional. The business spins up fluffy, fabulous flavors of cotton candy– dressed up with sprinkles, spices and everything nice. Jeanne won the 2019 JEDCO Challenge, which came with a big check for twenty-thousand dollars and some changes for the growing company. On this episode, we talk about an idea that came out of thin air, overcoming major packaging challenges, and how Jeanne's life has changed since winning the JEDCO pitch competition. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2019

42 min

This week on Jefferson Parish Pulse, we talk with Drew Mire, CEO of Computrols. Computrols is a Gretna-based tech company that designs, manufactures, installs and services building automation systems for iconic businesses and facilities across the world. This year, Computrols won a Louisiana Lantern Award, a prestigious recognition given to top performing manufacturers across the state. Computrols has been in the region since the 1980s and many of those years were spent in Jefferson Parish. IN 2018, JEDCO helped Computrols celebrate the grand opening of their headquarters and new manufacturing facility in Gretna, where the business continues to grow and thrive today. Kelsey Scram and Drew talked about how he worked his way through the company to become the CEO, what it means to love your work, and how a business in Gretna, LA landed one of the most high-profile buildings in America as a client. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2019

31 min

This week, we interview Eddie Gregory, owner of Southern Hotrod. This local manufacturer is in the business of making automatic transmissions. But not just any kind of transmissions. These are the kind that make a car go really fast.  Eddie is a dynamic individual who embodies the entrepreneurial spirit. He and his team have come a long way from selling auto parts out of his garage. Now, the company manufactures and sells transmissions all over the world. Eddie talks about creating something out of nothing, working hard to grow his business into a 15-year-old success story, and advice for up-and-coming entrepreneurs. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2019

32 min

This week on the Jefferson Parish Pulse, we talk with John Occhipinti, President of Boscoli Family Foods. This Jefferson Parish-based food manufacturer makes an iconic Italian olive salad passed down through generations. It has become a local staple eaten on a classic New Orleans sandwich. The company has expanded its line to include other products, but it all began with a family recipe over 25 years ago. John talks about his Sicilian roots, creating a family legacy, and shares the full volume of olives that come through his manufacturing facility every year. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2019

29 min

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