CHALMETTE, La. – CORE: Louisiana Counseling & Recovery Center took home the grand prize at the 6th annual Startup St. Bernard presented by the Meraux Foundation and St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation. The substance abuse and mental health practice was selected by a panel of judges out of a pool of three finalists who pitched their businesses during a livestream event today. The pitch competition can be viewed on the Startup St. Bernard Facebook page, and it will be broadcast on Cox channel 76 or on U-verse channel 99.
“Congratulations to CORE for winning what was a very tough competition,” said Rita Gue, the president of the Meraux Foundation, which founded Startup St. Bernard and is a presenting sponsor. “Demonstrated by the quality of the finalists and the number of people who tuned in, it’s clear that Startup St. Bernard continues to be a marquee economic development program. I look forward to seeing CORE thrive here in St. Bernard.”
CORE is a substance abuse and mental health practice in St. Bernard Parish. CORE offers specialized preventative, diagnostic, rehabilitative, and recovery-oriented services including counseling, assessments, anger management groups, domestic violence intervention programs, and psycho-educational classes. CORE’s licensed clinicians work to provide accessible, reliable, and effective services, while promoting a shift towards the normalization of mental health and recovery services in the St. Bernard Parish community.
“I am so excited, and I’m going to put everything into growing our business and impacting our community,” said Nicole Goldin of CORE.
Startup St. Bernard was open to any business under five years old that agreed to locate their base of operations in St. Bernard Parish and participate in its entrepreneurial ecosystem. An independent scoring committee from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University chose the three finalists from a pool of entries based on the quality of their business plans.The winner was selected by the following panel of judges:
- Emily Egan, Tulane University’s Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Kimberley Singletary, Biz New Orleans
- Allen Square, Square Button
- Jason Waggenspack, The Ranch Film Studios
- Desiree Young, VentureWalk Partners
Tom Gregory – the multiple Emmy-winning host, writer, producer, and reporter – was once again the emcee the event.