null Ascension Parish Small Business Power Week Presented by Eatel Business Returns with a “POW!”


Ascension Parish, LA – Ascension Small Business Power Week, presented by EATEL Business, returns to Ascension Parish the week of August 12-19.

At the weeklong event, economic and small-business development organizations will once again partner to showcase programs, services, and organizations that are available to help small companies grow from idea to second stage.

 “Power week has adopted a new brand image focusing on empowerment and the energy that puts the “pow” in power week,” said Lee Melancon, event coordinator.

The event includes workshops, networking, and presentations from some of the area’s most prominent business leaders.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, August 1 @ Lamar Dixon Expo Center (9039 S. St. Landry Avenue, Gonzales)

10:00 a.m. -- Superwoman’s Conference of Ascension Parish

Featuring motivational speakers Tamiko Francis Garrison and Andrea Benjamin as well as guests from Ascension Economic Development Corporation, and Louisiana Economic Development.

12:00 p.m. – Tanger Mall “Dress for Success” Fashion Show

Featuring apparel from Dress Barn, Chico’s Outlet, and Anne Taylor Factory Outlet Stores. Light lunch provided.


Monday, August 14 at 6pm @ Sorrento Civic Center (7471 Main Street, Sorrento)

On Monday, the Power Week will continue at Sorrento Civic Center for workshops. Attendees will learn new skills from seasoned professionals.


Tuesday, August 15 at 6pm @ Gonzales Public Safety Center (724 Orice Roth Road, Gonzales)

The networking will continue on the following day in Gonzales. Entrepreneurs, small business owners, and start-up business are encouraged to attend.


Wednesday, August 16, POWER DAY @ Various Locations

11:30 a.m. – Economic Development Luncheon

On, Ascension Parish Small Business Power Day kicks off with a luncheon at 11:30am at Kamal’s Kafe (13091 Airline Hwy  #A, Gonzales, LA 70737). Several speakers will present their success stories and tips, including EATEL Business’s Vice President of Sales Tressy Leindecker. There is a $25 fee for lunch and RSVPs are required. Please RSVP to

2-5:00 p.m. -- Ascension Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

The highlight of the week is presented by St. Elizabeth which will be held on August 16, 2017 from 2-5pm at Lamar Dixon Expo Center (9039 S. St. Landry Avenue, Gonzales; TradeMart Building). Vendor and ticket information is available by contacting the Ascension Chamber of Commerce at (225) 647-7487.


Thursday, August 17 at 6pm @ Donaldsonville Lemann Memorial Center (1100 Clay Street, Donaldsonville)

Following POWER DAY, networking, presentations or workshops will be held in Donaldsonville.


Saturday, August 19, at 9am @ Crystal Chateaux (36501 Mission Street, Prairieville)

The grand finale of Power Week is in Prairieville, where attendees can join us for a morning meeting at the Crystal Chateuax.


Ascension Small Business Power Week presented by Eatel Business workshops are free. Event registration can be done on the Ascension Small Business Power Week Facebook page

The 2017 Ascension Small Business Power Week partners include Ascension Economic Development Corporation, Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension, SCORE, SBA, Southern University’s Small Business Development Center, TruFund, Good Work Network SELA Women’s Business Center, the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, the Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce, and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development.

For more information about the Ascension Small Business Power Week, contact Lisa Thibodaux at the Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension at 225.752.1455 or visit or on Facebook at


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Lisa Thibodaux

Associate Executive Director

Microbusiness Enterprise Corporation of Ascension

225.752.1455 or