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Applications extended for 2020 CEO Roundtables

Award-winning program helps small business executives reach next level
Posted at 11:56 AM, May 13, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. - Applications have been extended through June 1, 2020, for CEO Roundtables, a personal and professional growth program for business executives offered by Louisiana Economic Development, or LED. The award-winning program helps participants reach the next level of growth for their businesses.

CEO Roundtables equips participants with the right resources to sustain, strengthen and scale their business, especially amid the uncertainties of COVID-19. Applications are available on LED's website at Space is limited.

Beginning in July, LED will convene CEO Roundtables of 15 to 18 qualified decision-makers from companies with annual revenue of $600,000 to $50 million and staff sizes of five to 99 people. The meetings will be held in-person, with some meetings held via videoconferencing. LED is committed to the health and safety of program participants, and will adjust meeting settings based upon recommendations from the Office of the Governor.

A seasoned facilitator will guide participants through problem-solving in marketing, strategic planning, organizational structure, cybersecurity and business continuity.

Participants will meet 10 times over 12 months in an environment that promotes positive, peer-to-peer learning and networking. Since 2014, CEO Roundtables have helped 277 small business executives improve company performance and create more than 1,300 new jobs.

"CEO Roundtables provide a forum for Louisiana business leaders in complementary industries to share best practices and solutions to common growth challenges," LED Secretary Don Pierson said. "Helping CEOs generate new growth and jobs demonstrates Louisiana's commitment to the success of our small business community."

CEO Roundtables played a key role in LED earning a 2019 Gold Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship from the International Economic Development Council, with IEDC judging Louisiana's small business programs the best in the economic development profession.

"The knowledge shared and the skills developed during CEO Roundtables are focused on preparing CEOs for challenges they face within their businesses. That kind of preparation will be invaluable as we continue moving through the global pandemic and economic uncertainty it has created," said Darrell L. Johnson Jr., LED program manager.

Learn more about CEO Roundtables by contacting Darrell Johnson Jr. at or (225) 342-4680.

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