2019 Bayou Region Pitch Competition

November 20, 2019 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm at

235 Civic Center Blvd, Houma

Theodore Duhe Auditorium


First Stage Entrepreneurs

1st place = $5,000, 2nd place = $2,500, 3rd place = $1,000

Second Stage Entrepreneurs

1st place = $15,000, 2nd place = $10,000, 3rd place = $5,000

The 2019 Bayou Region Pitch Competition is on! The Top 6 Business Plan Finalists will give a 5 Minute Pitch

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

To qualify for the 2019 Bayou Region Pitch Competition (stage 1) on Wednesday, November 20, 2019:

  • Open to all currently enrolled Nicholls and Fletcher students (must present student id as proof)

  • Non-students must have a registered business within the following parishes: Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Mary, Assumption

  • Attend one of the Boot Camps below held in the Guidry MBA Executive Classroom in White Hall to be eligible to compete - Thursday, October 17 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm or, Wednesday, October 23 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • For more detailed information, contact: Dr. Onome Ighoavodha, email: onome.ighoavodha@nicholls.edu or (985) 448-4192


Congratulations to two Houma companies for being recognized on Inc.com's 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list -- 5-year-old Pelican Waste & Debris, LLC ranked #318 and JJR Construction ranked #1824! Also a shout out to Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar as the Baton Rouge-based company with a Houma location made the list as well (#1756).

Terrebonne Economic Development Authority announces training opportunity

DEC. 11, 2017, HOUMA -- Proprietors of construction companies and entrepreneurs who wish to become licensed general contractors may be eligible for tuition assistance to the Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute (LCAI) through Terrebonne Economic Development Authority.


LCAI, a Fletcher Technical Community College-branded program, is broadcast at community colleges throughout the state of Louisiana over a six-week period. The class offers critical information about construction management and preparing for the business law portions of the state licensing exam.  LCAI is a partnership between Louisiana Economic Development and the Louisiana Community & Technical College System and the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors.

Limited tuition assistance is available to those companies/individuals who potentially qualify as disadvantaged business enterprises. In addition, TEDA will offer technical assistance to aid LCAI graduates with such tasks as strategic business planning, completing contractor’s qualification statements and profiles, registration with Central Contractor Registration, certification as a disadvantaged business enterprise and registration with various public agencies issuing project contracts. 

“This program is aimed at increasing the number of qualified contractors in Terrebonne Parish and increasing disadvantaged businesses’ access to large-scale, publicly funded projects,” said Matt Rookard, TEDA Chief Executive Officer.

Program applicants should email TEDA at dhenry@tpeda.org or call 873-6890 to request an application packet. 

The program is funded in part through Louisiana Economic Development, Tier 2 Marketing Grant Program.

For more information:
Matthew Rookard,

Register by completing the two forms below and returning them to:

Terrebonne Economic Development, P.O. Box 3209, Houma, LA 70361 or by email at DHenry@tpeda.org.



Your Pie: Craft pizza and beer eatery coming to Houma

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A new casual craft pizza and beer restaurant will open in Houma late this summer offering pizza and panini, as well as gelato and craft beer.

Your Pie is set to open Aug. 1 at 1378 W. Tunnel Blvd. Aug. 1, across from the Plantation Inn, but Ricky Reaves, the owner and local entrepreneur, said he’s aiming to open a bit sooner.

Tulane to honor Buquet and Gleason as Entrepreneurs of the Year

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Business executive J.J. Buquet, left, and ALS activist Steve Gleason, right, will be honored as Tulane University’s 2017 Entrepreneurs of the Year at the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards Gala on April 20 at the Audubon Tea Room. . (Buquet photo courtesy of the Buquet family; Gleason photo by Jackson Hill)