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HARRELL Termite & Pest Control

Tyrone Harrell obtained a $25,000 unsecured Micro Loan to start his termite and pest control business.

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Tyrone Harrell is a native New Orleanian and an Army Veteran.  During the past 16 years working in the termite and pest control business, Harrell started at the bottom working his way up to a managerial position in the national organization.  In 2010 he decided to open his own termite and pest control business.

Needing direction and advice on how to start the business, Harrell contacted the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Greater New Orleans Region for assistance with completing a business plan and the necessary financial projections in order to secure a business loan. 

Business Consultant Allen Villarrubia helped Harrell secure a $25,000 unsecured micro loan through ASI Federal Credit Union to jumpstart his business. Harrell opened for business in October 2010, and now has a promising and growing business.  He aims to provide quality and affordable termite and pest control services to residential and commercial customers in the Greater New Orleans area. “Allen’s  [LSBDC Business Consultant] knowledge of the business made it easy to work with the LSBDC,” said Harrell.  

Harrell has received awards and recognition from Purdue University Center for Urban & Industrial Pest Management & Technology course, Texas A & M University Correspondence Course in Termite Biology, and AIB International Food Processing Sanitation/Hygiene Correspondence Course.

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Conversations, LLC

"LSBDC provided invaluable guidance, resources, and advice to help me take things to the next level. I also received guidance on hiring and human resources management. I now offer more well-rounded services"

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Conversations is a full-service social media strategy company, specializing in what’s most important when marketing your brand online: conversations.  Conversations offers assistance to clients new to social media, packages to improve existing social media presence, and active management of all social media tools.

Two years ago Megan Hargroder moved to New Orleans from Lafayette and found her place as a social media strategist and blog producer.  She started the business in 2010 when she noticed a niche was not being addressed.  She became passionate about helping people excel using social media tools.  

Hargroder struggled, not knowing where to start and how to become organized.  LSBDC Greater New Orleans Region helped her connect with resources for business planning, accounting, licensing, management, and human resources training.  The LSBDC also introduced her to other small business owners that would benefit from her services. “LSBDC provided invaluable guidance, resources, and advice to help me take things to the next level.  I also received guidance on hiring and human resources management. I now offer more well-rounded services,” said Hargroder.

Today, Hargroder is well known in the social media stratosphere, and has been invited to speak to journalism students in New York City on new media and how she began her own business.  

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Sno-La Snowball Lounge

"The LSBDC helped me calculate the feasibility of our project, and helped us find the fastest loans to get our business opened as soon as possible"

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Sno-La Snowball Lounge is an indoor snowball establishment offering the only cheesecake stuffed snowball in Greater New Orleans.  Kerry Crossley, owner and manager, designed it with a coffee shop feel with couches, games, and free wireless Internet.  He wants people to stay and hang out while they eat their snowball.  The facilities also provide a great outlet for birthday parties. 

Crossley’s lifelong dream was to work for himself.  So after working four years for AT&T, he decided that this was the best time in his life to start his own business.  However, Kerry was having a difficult time finding a way to finance the business. 

The LSBDC Greater New Orleans Region helped him apply for the proper licensing to start the snowball lounge and develop financial projections to secure a loan.  With LSBDC assistance, Crossley obtained a $19,000 loan and line of credit.  “Allen [LSBDC Business Consultant] helped me calculate the feasibility of our project, and helped us find the fastest loans to get our business opened as soon as possible,” said Crossley.

Since opening in August 2011, Kerry says, “business has been good.  But we are the only snowball stand that is opened year around; so now I need to focus on changing people’s perception that snowballs are not only available in the summer time.”

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Verius Property Group finds success with LSBDC GNOBR

“The LSBDC was able to provide us with the resources, mentorship and access to systems that helped us find funding,” Meridith said. “They helped us from a strategic standpoint and financial modeling that helped us grow our business in the right direction.”

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Andre Lewis and Michael Merideth started Verius Property Group in December of 2010 as a real estate development company specializing in multi-family residential properties and residential/commercial luxury properties. Knowing what they wanted to do, they needed help making sure they took the right route to be successful at it.

So, they came to the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Greater New Orleans and Bayou Region (LSBDC GNOBR) location in the spring of 2014, when they participated in Capital One’s Getting Down to Business program. During this program, Lewis and Merideth won second place in the business plan competition and third place in the business pitch competition. From there, Verius Property Group was set for success.

Since graduating from Getting Down to Business, Verius Property Group competed in the Bayou Classic Business Plan competition in 2014, where they placed in the top six for business plans in the Greater New Orleans Region.

Lewis and Merideth continued working with the LSBDC GNOBR and received helped with earning contracting certifications, marketing and branding and other business needs.

“The LSBDC was able to provide us with the resources, mentorship and access to systems that helped us find funding,” Meridith said. “They helped us from a strategic standpoint and financial modeling that helped us grow our business in the right direction.”

In total, the LSBDC GNOBR helped Verius Property Group create three full-time jobs and create 20 direct contract jobs, secure over $4 million in capital, secured $3.5 million in additional assets with $13 million in projects for 2016.

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Xavier University of Louisiana, Division of Business, Xavier South – ROOM 203
909 S. Jefferson Davis
New Orleans, LA 70125
Phone: 504-831-3730
Email: lsbdc.gnor@lsbdc.org

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& Bayou Region
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Xavier University of Louisiana
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