2018 Small Business Workshop (SBW18)
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When: 09/19/2018
8:30 AM until 4:15 PM
Where: LCPA - Training Facility
2400 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Suite 500
Kenner, Louisiana 
United States
Presenter: Various

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Honey bees are highly industrial when it comes to getting things done. They have clear objectives, perform effectively as one group, are flexible and adapt to change, employ excellent communication skills, and transform complex information into action — all in an effort to reach a common goal: making honey. The Small Business Workshop draws on that model to bring you the relevant information to keep your organization buzzing along. From leadership development to tax updates to HR and technology, you’ll take away what you need to make a beeline toward sweet success.

Sponsorships are still available. Contact Misean Reed at 504.904.1133 or mreed@lcpa.org.

8:00 – 8:25 am Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking
8:25 – 8:30 am Welcome/Announcements
8:30 – 9:30 am

Integrity-Based Leadership: The Path From Manager to Leader

Richard Melancon, CPA, CGMA, CITP, MBA • Richard A. Melancon, APAC • Metairie, LA

Traditionally, managers monitor daily operations to ensure that tasks are performed timely, consistently, and correctly. But, doing today what you did yesterday does not encourage growth. Richard introduces a new approach to leadership that any decision maker — team leaders, managers, owners — can use to take the organization to the top!

9:30 – 10:30 am

Louisiana Business Programs and Incentives for a Competitive Edge

Christopher P. Cassagne, MBA, EGc and Shamelda Pete, EDFP
Louisiana Economic Development • Baton Rouge, LA

Louisiana Economic Development offers competitive incentives as well as resources to help businesses thrive. Let Christopher and Shamelda walk you through some of the incentives and programs available to support your business growth in Louisiana.

10:30 – 10:40 am Break/Networking
10:40 – 11:55 am

Identifying and Managing Business Risks

Benjamin Vance, CPA/ABV and Corey Jambon CIA, CRMA, PMP
Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC • Baton Rouge, LA

Your business will never experience change slower than it is right now. With change comes new challenges, and small businesses are often the first impacted and have the fewest resources to manage risk. Benjamin and Corey will help you learn to identify and manage business risks in a practical and efficient way.

11:55 am – 12:40 pm Lunch/Networking
12:40 – 2:10 pm

Sexual Harassment and Other Labor Issues

E. Fredrick Preis Jr., JD • Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, LLP • New Orleans, LA

One of the most compelling issues in the workplace today is dealing with the increased risk of sexual harassment claims. In this session, Fred will explain the particulars of sexual harassment as well as offer a workable preventive maintenance program. Fred will also discuss a number of other significant labor/employment issues including use of marijuana, illegal foreign nationals, Federal Wage & Hour anticipated changes and potential adoption of paid leave.

2:10 – 2:20 pm Break/Networking
2:20 – 3:20 pm

TCJA Update & Pass-Through Entities

Alfred E. (Ted) Stacey IV, CPA • Bourgeois Bennett, LLC • New Orleans, LA

Congress passed a sweeping tax act just before year end 2017, and almost a year later, there still are many questions about how small business benefit by the changes. Ted will bring you up to date on what we do and do not know about the complex provisions of the American Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and it can impact how you do business.

3:20 – 4:15 pm

Blockchain: Beyond the Bitcoin Phenomenon

Holly Boullion, CISM • Principal – Traina & Associates
A CapinCrouse Company • Baton Rouge, LA

What is Blockchain and how does it work? How is it linked to Bitcoin? What other uses are there globally for Blockchain today? Holly will address these questions in simple terms and will discuss future predictions for this new technology. She will also review the origins and current status of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, what is driving fluctuations in value, and many other aspects of this fascinating topic.

Christopher P. Cassagne, MBA, EGC
Assistant Director, Small Business Services – Louisiana Economic Development – Baton Rouge, LA

Chris joined the Small Business Services group within Louisiana Economic Development in October of 2014.

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In 2018, he was promoted to Assistant Director of LED Small Business Services and charged with branding, launching and growing the LED Growth Network, which is the expanding suite of resources and offerings designed to continue accelerating the growth of Louisiana-based second-stage companies that are poised to create jobs and export their innovations beyond Louisiana borders.

Corey Jambon CIA, CRMA, PMP
Associate Director – Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC • Baton Rouge, LA

As a management consultant over the last 14 years, Corey has assisted clients with various internal audit, risk and control advisory, contract compliance, business process transformation, and project management services. He has served both public and private clients in the banking, manufacturing, insurance, higher education, and telecommunication industries.

Richard Melancon, CPA, CGMA, CITP, MBA
Owner – Richard A. Melancon, APAC • Metairie, LA

Richard has over 25 years of experience in accounting, tax, and business consulting services for small and medium sized businesses.

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He has been acknowledged for outstanding performance by the US Small Business Administration and the National Speakers Association, and is the author of three books: You Can Afford the Good Life, 18 Secrets to Unlock Profits and Inspire Employees, and Integrity-Based Leadership.

Shamelda Pete, EDFP
Program Administrator, Business Incentives – Louisiana Economic Development • Baton, Rouge, LA

Shamelda is a Program Administrator at LED with over 13 years of experience with the State of Louisiana; she works primarily with the Small Business Loan Guaranty Program.

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She earned her BS in Accounting and MBA from Southern University and A&M College. She has continued her education through coursework in the area of economic development, she is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional and also an active member of the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association.

E. Fredrick Preis Jr., JD
Partner – Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, LLP • New Orleans, LA

Fred has been representing management in labor and employment law matters for more than 30 years. He has been repeatedly named by the well-respected news organization, Chambers USA, as one of “America's Leading Business Lawyers” and was selected for the Who's Who USA Legal List in Labor and Employment Law. He was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the outstanding lawyers in the field of labor/employment law and was chosen by CityBusiness newspaper for inclusion in the Legal Hall of Fame.

Alfred E. (Ted) Stacey IV, CPA
Bourgeois Bennett, LLC • New Orleans, LA

Ted is a retired partner at Bourgeois Bennett, L.L.C., a CPA and consulting firm in New Orleans. While there, he handled a variety of tax matters and specializes in tax research and planning for individuals and businesses. He has received the LCPA's Distinguished Service Award , Outstanding Discussion Leader Award, and most recently, the Lifetime Member Award in recognition of continued dedication and service to LCPA and the profession.

Benjamin Vance, CPA/ABV
Associate Director – Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC • Baton Rouge, LA

Benjamin has experience in accounting and advisory services. He has performed business valuations in estate and gift matters, litigation support, sales and acquisitions, and shareholder transactions. Additionally, he has experience providing transaction advisory services, including financial modeling, sales tax incentives, and construction cost compliance.

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Registration Fees

Member/Non-member Early Bird (through 9/4):
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After 9/4, add $50 to your fee.

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