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For Immediate Release                                         
Contact:   William Strother
March 5, 2009


Loans.   Marketing.   Stimulus.   Package.   Customer Service.

Shreveport, LASouthern University at Shreveport will hold its 5th Annual Economic Development Forum, Fri., Mar. 27, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at the Shreveport Convention Center.  The theme of this year’s forum is Small Businesses and Non-Profits Surviving Today’s Economy”.

Keynote luncheon speaker will be Donald R. Cravins, Jr. who was recently appointed by Senator Mary Landrieu as head of Staff for the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  Prior to his appointment by Sen. Landrieu, Cravins served as a member of the Louisiana Senate from Dec. 2006 until Jan. 2009, and was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2004 until elected to the Louisiana Senate.

Since the forum’s goal is to help both for profit businesses and nonprofit organizations “Survive Today’s Economy,” two break-out sessions will be presented during the morning.

For nonprofit organization, Susan Hymel, director of Special Projects for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO), will present “Non-Profits Coping with the Cutbacks …Survival for Tight Times!”

The business session panelists and their topics are:
rad Lepore, Citizens National Bank - “Increasing Your Chances of Getting a Loan”
Jerry Frentress, Win-Win Motivation & More –“Customer Service, Critical for Keeping & Growing Your Business”
Jerry Nelson, Nelson Advertising & Marketing – “Making the Most of Your Marketing   & Advertisement Dollars”
Shreveport Councilman Calvin B. Lester, The Bomani Group – “Preparing for Obama’s Economic Recovery Package.”   

An afternoon session will be offered to help business representatives register with various state and federal government procurement agencies in preparation for participating in projects to be undertaken under the Obama Stimulus Package.

Registration Information:
General Registration $50 for full day
Luncheon Only $25
On site registration available.

Exhibit Information:
Exhibitor Booth $100.00 (Includes two luncheon tickets)

To make reservations or for more information, please contact Lucinda Thornton, Director of SUSLA’s Workforce Training, phone: 318-670-6674, email: lthornton@susla.edu.  You may also view the EDF Brochure or fill out a Booth Registration Form.


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