A healthy economy needs a diverse and skilled workforce. NOLABA connects workers, both homegrown and around the country, to opportunities for career growth in New Orleans. One way is through the NOLA BOUND initiative alongside 504ward, which is housed at NOLABA, and is committed to retaining young professional talent. 504ward Executive Director Mary Matthews explains the initiative, which includes a pop-up tent at French Quarter Fest April 14-15.
NEW ORLEANS – On April 5, Mayor Mitch Landrieu celebrated the final STRIVE New Orleans (STRIVE NOLA) graduation under his administration, since he incorporated the four-week job readiness training program into his Economic Opportunity Strategy in 2015.
NOLABA knows a talented workforce is crucial to economic growth. Walgreens decided to approach talent attraction and retention through a new lens in New Orleans - by developing career pathways through the EMPLOY Collaborative (Employment & Mobility Pathways Linked for Opportunity Youth).
NOLABA connects New Orleanians with the support and resources they need to achieve economic prosperity. This includes providing information for small businesses like local resource providers and certification opportunities. In a series of small business spotlights, we're highlighting New Orleans business owners who use these resources to grow their businesses in the city. NOLA BOARDS, a homegrown, handcrafted cutting board, countertop and custom furniture business, opened in the French Quarter in 2014, and owner Mandy Simpson explains how New Orleans' small business ecosystem is helping her grow and expand NOLA BOARDS.
Erin Archuleta, Awareness Initiatives Leader at Square, came to New Orleans this week to lead programming before and during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) to educate small business owners on the tools that help their businesses thrive. An important part of NOLABA's everyday work is to connect small businesses to the resources they need to grow and expand their ventures, so NOLABA asked Archuleta about her experiences and advice for business owners:
On Monday, March 19, the City of New Orleans’ JOB1 Business and Career Solutions (JOB1) hosted its first graduation ceremony for participants using the STRIVE CORE Curriculum. This graduation marks the first demonstration of key City partner agencies scaling a shared job readiness curriculum that meets the demand for a quality workforce.