CEED Vernon is a great organization for local business owners to partner with to grow their businesses.


CEED drives economic growth by developing, connecting, and mentoring business owners to strengthen businesses so they can create jobs and in turn accelerate prosperity. CEED members helping CEED members take their businesses to the next level is our goal. The holistic combination of market connections, community engagement, and capacity building help set CEED apart. CEED strives to provide entrepreneurs and businesses the tools and support needed to spur innovation, create more jobs and build a thriving local economy.

CEED Vernon focuses member energy into three main facets to grow our local economy; Incubation, Peer Business Advisor Groups, and Collective Voice. 


1.     CEED provides business incubation resources to entrepreneurs.  A team of successful local business owners offer mentorship and  genuine concern for the health and growth of our local entrepreneural community.  Simple questions such as “what permits will I need?” to difficult questions such as “how can I find capitalization to get my business started?” can be answered by local business owners who have experienced those same challenges.

2.     CEED Vernon  uniquely utilizes and offers services of  Peer Business Advisory Groups.  A Peer Business Advisory Group is a group of small business owners from diverse businesses and backgrounds who get together on a monthly basis to solve problems, share best practices and offer each other peer support. Benefits of Peer Business Advisor Groups:


  • Sounding Board: A Peer Business Advisor Group acts as an informal/unofficial board of directors and an opportunity for real-world experience sharing.

  • Overcome Isolation: It can be a very lonely being the owner of a small, growing business. Your friends and family do not understand the issues you face. You cannot confide in your employees. However, every business owner in your peer group has the same entrepreneurial experience and can offer support.

  • Improve Odds of Success: Business success takes vision and insight. Your Peer Business Advisor Group can help you turn your focus away from the day-to-day issues and look at the bigger picture that can have a major impact on your company.  Your group can offer a variety of support levels.  Some business owners benefit from the simplicity of a mystery shopper or mystery caller. While other business owners prefer their group to visit their facility for a honest and thorough critique.  


3. CEED Vernon gives members a collective voice in matters affecting our local economy.


CEED recognizes that the most sustainable growth in an economy is organic.  As business owners, we have invested our lives and our money in Vernon Parish.  We are ultimately committed to our community's economy and growth.  To learn more about CEED, contact David McConathy at 337-208-6895 or Candace McRae at 337-208-9121 and join us at our next monthly meeting.