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St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation Partners with Shop Local Nola

New website directory showcases opportunities to support St. Bernard businesses

ST. BERNARD PARISH — St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) is excited to announce its official partnership with Shop Local Nola, the largest directory for verified, locally owned businesses in the Greater New Orleans area. SBEDF is joining other chambers and economic development organizations in the region in an effort to encourage consumers to support local businesses. All of these organizations are committed to strengthening homegrown businesses by promoting what they have to offer and providing an additional marketing channel.

“Shopping local is the most important thing consumers can do this year,” says Jacquie Bonano, founder of JB Communications and Shop Local Nola. “Our goal is to work with St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation to provide locally owned businesses with free resources to support their marketing efforts.”

The ultimate goal of these partnerships is to help generate more local economic activity. Small businesses employ 58.9 million people and donate 250% more than large businesses to community causes. Local businesses also generate 70% more local economic activity per square foot than big box retailers.

“St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation is thrilled to partner with Shop Local Nola,” says Executive Director, Meaghan McCormack. “ is a free resource for businesses in St. Bernard Parish to stay accessible during and after COVID-19. This partnership gives both organizations the opportunity to work together and bring more attention to locally owned St. Bernard businesses.”

About #SpendLocalSB
Shop Local Nola has developed to make it easy for St. Bernard Parish businesses to claim their free business listings and for residents to find locally owned businesses in their area. When businesses claim or register their free business listing on Shop Local Nola, they can keep their information visible and accessible through a user-friendly platform. Shop Local Nola and the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation will work together throughout the year to promote local events and businesses.

About the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation
Serving as the official economic development organization in the parish, the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to create and retain jobs, build prosperity, and improve the quality of life in St. Bernard. To learn more about SBEDF and its work, visit

About Shop Local Nola
Shop Local Nola was founded in 2020 by JB Communications, LLC, a passionate team of marketing professionals who witnessed firsthand the economic disruptions that Greater New Orleans area businesses experienced during COVID-19. is a comprehensive directory of verified locally owned businesses and was developed as a response to the region’s urgent call to action: Shop Local in New Orleans. To learn more, visit


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