JEDCO to host financial management seminar

As part of the “Grow with JEDCO” series, the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission and Simmons & White will present “Managing Company Finances: Tips & Things You Should Know,” an educational seminar to provide small- and medium-size businesses with information on how to improve their financial management.

Keith Crawford, CEO of the Loftin Group, will discuss topics such as why financial management is important; how to use it to make better decisions; and the difference between financial management and accounting.

The program will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at the East Bank Regional Library’s Jefferson Room, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The event is free and open to all businesses and entrepreneurs, but registration is required to attend.

For information, contact JEDCO marketing manager Kelsey Scram at or (504) 875-3927.

Candidates’ forum set for Tuesday evening

The Independent Women’s Organization will hold a candidates’ forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Crystal Magnolia Country Club, 7221 Curran Blvd.

Members of IWO and the public will hear from candidates running in the Nov. 4 election in Orleans Parish.

Gina Swanson, of WDSU-TV, and Oliver Thomas, of WBOK radio, will moderate.

The forum is free and open to the public.

“This event will offer our membership and the public an opportunity to hear the candidates’ stance on the important issues that pertain to our city. The IWO forum will provide an opportunity for the public to listen to those running,” said Lynda Woolard, the IWO’s president.

RSD to discuss Booker T. Washington High

The Recovery School District and Jacobs/CSRS Program Management will hold a meeting Tuesday to discuss plans for the rebuilding of Booker T. Washington High School.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Pure Light Baptist Church, 3944 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Those attending will get an update on FEMA’s decision regarding site remediation and the next steps in the construction process.

For more information, call the schools rebuilding line at (877) 891-4422.

Elder Action Coalition sets Sept. meeting

The Elder Action Coalition will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday in the Epstein/Bynum Rooms at the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, 2515 Canal St., New Orleans.

The EAC is a social network of providers working collaboratively to share expertise and knowledge, strengthen the local infrastructure to aid the elderly, and support the needs of older adults and caregivers in the metro area.

Guest speakers will be Sontra Carmouche, social services director of the New Orleans Council on Aging; life and business coach Carol Fleischman, discussing “Positive Aging: On Purpose”; Maria LaGuardia Cervini, discussing services for the elderly in Jefferson Parish; and Kevin Smith, discussing automobile theft and insurance fraud prevention.

There will be time for announcements and networking, and participants are invited to bring information about their organizations or causes to display at a literature table.

Continental breakfast will be served.

Lot parking is available behind the building adjacent to Iberville Street, and off-street parking can be found near North Dorgenois Street.

S&WB to address Louisiana Ave. drainage

Representatives of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will discuss upcoming drainage improvements on Louisiana Avenue, from South Claiborne Avenue to Constance Street, at two neighborhood information meetings.

The sessions will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Lyons Recreation Center Gymnasium, 624 Louisiana Ave., and at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Historic Second Baptist Church, 2505 Marengo St.

The planned work is part of the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Program designed to reduce the risk of flooding in New Orleans.

Visit or call (504) 585-2450 for more information.