Mar 2014 20

by Rodrick Miller and Tim Williamson


Next week, we will gather together as a com­mu­nity to sup­port and cel­e­brate our local entre­pre­neur­ial ecosys­tem at the 6th annual  New Orleans Entre­pre­neur Week (NOEW), March 22–28. The incred­i­ble lineup of over 80 unique events and activ­i­ties this year are designed to offer entre­pre­neurs in a vari­ety of indus­tries and at vary­ing stages of startup devel­op­ment the oppor­tu­nity to con­nect with expert advi­sors, poten­tial investors, and audiences.

We all want a brighter eco­nomic future in New Orleans, and NOEW is one ini­tia­tive that is help­ing us achieve it. In align­ment with Pros­per­i­tyNOLA: A Plan to Drive Eco­nomic Growth for 2018, NOEW is our sig­na­ture annual event to sup­port entre­pre­neur­ship and inno­va­tion in our com­mu­nity. NOEW also pos­i­tively impacts New Orleans’ econ­omy in other crit­i­cal ways. By draw­ing national media atten­tion to our emerg­ing entre­pre­neur­ial com­mu­nity, NOEW gen­er­ates pos­i­tive per­cep­tions about doing busi­ness in New Orleans that will increase invest­ment in our mar­ket. Addi­tion­ally, by col­lab­o­rat­ing with diverse local part­ner orga­ni­za­tions, The Idea Vil­lage is able to effec­tively lever­age resources and gen­er­ate broader com­mu­nity sup­port and pro­gram­matic diver­sity for NOEW each year.

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Mar 2014 11


Today, New Orleans Startup Fund CEO Leslie Jacobs was joined by the New Orleans Busi­ness Alliance (NOLABA), Advi­sor to the Mayor for Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Aimee Quirk, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Chevron, the 2014 ESSENCE Fes­ti­val™ Pre­sented by Coca-Cola®, Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, INC), and a host of dig­ni­taries and busi­ness lead­ers to launch PowerMoves.NOLA, an ini­tia­tive to sup­port minor­ity entre­pre­neurs by pro­vid­ing access to cap­i­tal, high-impact men­tors, and tech­ni­cal assis­tance. PowerMoves.NOLA grew out of rec­om­men­da­tions made in Pros­per­i­tyNOLA related to entre­pre­neur­ship, small busi­ness growth, and equity.

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Feb 2014 24

by Rodrick Miller, Pres­i­dent & CEO

As we cel­e­brate the accom­plish­ments and con­tri­bu­tions of African Amer­i­cans to our nation this Black His­tory Month, I want to per­son­ally acknowl­edge the incred­i­ble progress African Amer­i­cans and African Amer­i­can busi­nesses have made in New Orleans. Great strides have been made in the last gen­er­a­tion: between 1982 and 2007, the num­ber of minority-owned com­pa­nies with employ­ees in the city has grown 390%. With that said, New Orleans has a long way to go to achieve a truly equi­table eco­nomic future.

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Feb 2014 21

Greater New Orleans, Inc., GE Cap­i­tal Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, and the New Orleans Busi­ness Alliance are proud to announce that a group of local tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies have joined forces to build local aware­ness of the rapid momen­tum of and employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties in the tech­nol­ogy com­mu­nity. The coali­tion will kick off this effort by spon­sor­ing new ‘Big River Stage’ at this year’s New Orleans French Quar­ter Fes­ti­val. Par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies include 365 Con­nect, Car­roll­ton Tech­nol­ogy Part­ners, Cotin­ga­Soft, Fat Happy Media, Fed­er­ated Sam­ple, GE Cap­i­tal Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, Launch­Pad, NOVO Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Search Influ­ence, Touch Stu­dios, and TurboSquid.

The tech­nol­ogy sec­tor in Greater New Orleans has boomed in recent years and was recently named the #3 city in Amer­ica win­ning the bat­tle for IT jobs, behind San Fran­cisco and Sil­i­con Val­ley.   And the sec­tor is poised for con­tin­ued growth with aggres­sive dig­i­tal media incen­tives, favor­able tax cli­mate, work­force avail­abil­ity, unique cul­ture, and com­pet­i­tive busi­ness climate.

Local tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies inter­ested in join­ing this coali­tion or spon­sor­ship oppor­tu­nity should con­tact Tracy Thomas at

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