COVID-19 Response

The New Orleans Business Alliance is working with public and private partners to ensure that New Orleans residents and businesses have access to all available resources to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

What We Do

Small Business Growth

We are committed to aiding our small business owners in growing and expanding their ventures through our Small Business Ecosystem Development focus.

Business Attraction & Retention

We provide assistance to companies seeking to relocate and become an integral part of New Orleans’ economic legacy.


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Workforce Development

Our goal is to prepare, attract and retain the talent that will encourage economic development.

Strategic Neighborhood Development

We help build stronger, more economically viable neighborhoods in New Orleans.

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Over our first eight years, the New Orleans Business Alliance established a distinctive, fiercely pro-New Orleans economic development organization. We became one of the few accredited economic development organizations in the world. We announced significant project wins; we worked to educate stakeholders beyond our city limits about a more business-friendly New Orleans. We brought diverse stakeholders together to tackle problems.

News

Episode 062: The Drive for Racial Equity Needs Economic Developers

June 16th, 2020

Social unrest and the drive for racial equity is top of mind right now. Today, Carla talks with Quentin L. Messer, Jr, who recently wrote a powerful article about his experiences as a Black man in America. Quentin graciously joined the C2 O’Clock call on Friday, June 12 to dive deeper into his insights and share his wisdom for the path forward. He reminds us that economic developers have a unique role in the conversations about driving equity. Quentin also shares three things that economic developers should know about racial equity conversations and emphasizes the importance of hope in the future we are creating. Tune in now to hear this transformative conversation!

If you prefer to watch the conversation on video, we’ve made that available as well:

Quentin is the president and CEO of New Orleans Business Alliance, where he leads initiatives and programs related to making New Orleans the most attractive city of its size for financial and human capital investment. These initiatives and programs are conducted across four workstreams: business attraction/retention, small business growth, talent and workforce development, and strategic neighborhood development.

CRISIS TO RENAISSANCE PIVOT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Do you want to be part of the C2 O’Clock live presentations? On the second Friday of each month, Consultant Connect hosts a virtual call with a guest presenter, followed by time to connect with fellow economic development professionals in small breakout sessions. If you’d like to join, you can sign up here.

Now is the time to pivot from reaction to reinvention, and America’s Jobs Team is excited to bring you content that will help economic development professionals become agents of change. Every week we will bring you content relevant to the reinvention and renaissance of our communities. Subscribe to our podcast to ensure you have all the latest content as soon as it is released!

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Victoria Adams Phipps discusses the New Orleans Business Alliance’s Gig Economy Relief Fund

May 1st, 2020

I’m a Preservationist

Victoria Adams Phipps – Chief Strategy Officer, New Orleans Business Alliance

The New Orleans Business Alliance recently established a dedicated relief fund for gig economy workers affected by the COVID 19 shutdown. Tell us about the fund?

On March 16, we launched the Gig Economy Relief Fund to meet the needs of gig workers directly impacted by COVID-19. Gig economy workers represent more than 8 percent of the workforce in Orleans Parish, including rideshare drivers, musicians, arena workers and festival production staff, among others. As contract employees of often large corporations, gig workers tend to lack access to minimum wage, paid sick leave, overtime pay, and standard employee benefits, making them particularly susceptible to changes within the economy. With the cancellations and postponements of many of our large local events, this community is actively losing out on millions of dollars of potential income, directly impacting their livelihoods and family well-being. We set up the relief fund to ensure the economic security of these critical members of our community. We invested an initial $100,000 to launch the fund and have since grown its assets through philanthropic support to over $650,000, which will all be issued in relief grants to gig workers.

For those who can afford to give right now, in addition to donating to the fund, what are other ways individuals can support gig workers, freelancers and other self-employed small business owners? Many of these folks are essential to our city’s cultural economy.

COVID-19 has devastated many portions of our community, including the cultural economy. Where possible, we must continue to do business with our gig workers, culture bearers and creatives. While we may not be able to attend live shows, we are able to tip our local musicians during their livestreams. While we may not be able to frequent our city’s art markets, our local artists are still selling their works online. Technology has enabled many of us to connect directly with our fellow New Orleanians, giving each of us the power to positively impact the economic effects of this pandemic. If you have the capacity to donate to the relief fund or to do business directly with a gig worker or small business, please do so. For many of our neighbors, their livelihoods are indeed on the line.

What are you hearing from the city’s small business owners? What are their biggest worries, in addition to the health concerns from COVID 19?

Like most residents, our city’s small business owners are faced with immense uncertainty in the midst of this pandemic. There’s widespread anxiety about the best way to weather this storm, particularly as the state and federal relief programs become clearer. Many of the business owners I’ve connected with are concerned about their ability to outlast the economic impacts of this time. Concerns have been raised around the long-lasting effects this period will have on their businesses, their industries and their employees, as many have had to lay off or furlough staff. What’s encouraging is that many local small businesses have taken the opportunity in this moment to pivot to meet the needs of this crisis. We’re seeing businesses like NOLA Brewing Co. shifting to make hand sanitizer, and brick-and-mortar retailers like Lionheart Prints swiftly becoming the best local source for at-home distractions like puzzles. What is shared by all is the belief that New Orleans can and will bounce back from this crisis.

On a more personal note, how has your own life changed since the shutdown? Are there any positive things you’ve discovered during this stressful time?

We launched the Gig Economy Relief Fund at the top of the shutdown. As the leader of that effort, the past few weeks have been far more hectic than I could have imagined. Despite the rush between fundraising calls and team meetings, it has been nice to reimagine what work-life balance looks like. I’ve appreciated the flexibility and freedom of working from home and have enjoyed seamlessly moving from Zoom meetings to mid-day yoga in the living room, or simply working from my front porch. This experience has expanded my understanding of what’s possible to be accomplished in a single day, as work and personal life take on a more amorphous shape.

New Orleans is a city of neighborhoods. Tell us what you love most about your neighborhood.

I’m a proud resident of Mid-City, and it feels as though all of the magic of New Orleans is just a short walk away. City Park, Bayou St. John, second lines on Broad Street, the streetcar, delicious eats from places like Piece of Meat and Neyow’s, watering holes like Twelve Mile Limit, and small local coffee shops like Monkey Monkey — these all make up the Mid-City that I love. Most of all, I love how the sunlight shines through the oak trees on my street around 4 p.m., a magic hour in a magical place.

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NOLABA Secures 52,000 Masks for Local Businesses

June 23rd, 2020

Get Shift Done Initiative Employs New Orleans Hospitality Workers

June 16th, 2020

Episode 062: The Drive for Racial Equity Needs Economic Developers

June 16th, 2020

New Orleans Business Alliance Raises $1.3M in Direct Relief Funding for Businesses and Workers Impacted by COVID-19

June 12th, 2020

NOLABA’s Fund to Help Local Gig Workers Doubled

March 18th, 2020

A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis (Updating)

March 18th, 2020

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