Jun 11, 2013 10:35 AM by MELISSA CANONE

La. Entrepreneurship Fest to emphasize communication technology

HOUMA, LOUISIANA - New businesses that do not embrace communication technology, at least to some degree, could find their profitability minimized. The upcoming Louisiana Entrepreneurship Fest, slated for Thursday, June 20, through Friday, June 21, at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, will offer aspiring and existing business owners a wealth of information that will help them to know what is available and what is appropriate for their individual circumstances.
Spearheaded by Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and the Terrebonne Parish Economic Development Authority (TEDA), the overall purpose of the conference is to teach attendees the basics of establishing and growing a business.

The agenda will include a number of keynote presentations and breakout sessions led by business and industry leaders-many of whom will stress technology culture and applications; social media marketing; digital technology; and email marketing.

"It's not an accident that nearly one-quarter of our speakers will focus on communication technology," said Steve Vassallo, chief executive officer of TEDA. "Certainly in today's business world, one cannot realistically thrive without having a firm grasp of it."

Expert speakers emphasizing communication technology topics include Werlien Prosperie III, chief executive officer of Gas Pump TV and Diamond Advertising; Jason Bergeron, owner of Technology Professionals; Marvin O. Smith, president of Spectrum Marketing Group and Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact; Kevin Voisin, founder of Ignite; Charles Gaiennie, owner and chief executive officer of The W.L. Gaiennie Company; Dr. J. Field?, assistant professor of marketing at Nicholls State University; and Mitch Bailey, senior business account executive for Comcast, whose keynote luncheon address titled "Technology and the Small Business" will close the conference.

"These leaders are among the best and brightest, and we are quite fortunate to have them," Vassallo said. "Indeed everyone who attends this inaugural fest can be certain that they will leave enriched and ready to tackle their own enterprises."

In addition to interested adults, the statewide entrepreneurial symposium will target high school juniors and seniors, university students, veterans and teachers.

Registration is $25, includes luncheons on Thursday and Friday, and is available now or at the door on the first day of the fest. To register now-or for additional details including sponsorships and a schedule of events-go to

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