Convention Center Board Hires SEB Consultant JD Russell

(NEW ORLEANS) – The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority, the governing board of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, has contracted with JD Russell Consulting, LLC to advise on Small and Emerging Business (SEB) outreach.

The firm will review, evaluate and recommend best practices to improve the effectiveness of the Convention Center’s recently launched Small and Emerging Business Program. Other services will include program and policy review, outreach, advertising, tracking, reporting, and community engagement.

The Convention Center’s small and emerging businesses initiative is a multifaceted program aimed at educating business owners about the benefits of becoming state certified as well as raising awareness about new business and economic opportunities at the Convention Center.

“Small business growth is central to the development of our state and local economy, and we are committed to providing local vendors with business opportunities,” said Bonita Robertson, Small and Emerging Business Committee Chair, Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority. “JD Russell Consulting has an excellent track record of developing overall strategic plans for SEBs and DBEs. Engaging with the Russell firm is part of our expanded effort to bring that message to an even broader cross section of the business community.”

JD Russell Consulting has provided clients with complete Small Business and DBE Program related consulting services for over 50 years, collectively. Their team of subject matter experts has extensive experience assisting organizations in developing Small Business and DBE Programs, developing complete and effective strategic programs.

The Convention Center recently launched a new website,, as a resource for information on the small and emerging business program, including new business opportunities.

About the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority
The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority’s (Authority) exclusive mission is to finance, construct and operate facilities in order to attract and conduct conventions, trade shows and other events that support and expand the economy of both the State of Louisiana and New Orleans Region. The Authority is composed of a 12-member board of commissioners, nine appointed by the Governor of Louisiana, and three appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans. Since 1985, event activity at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has produced $81.7 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.1 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.


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