NOLABA is leading a new business model for economic development that includes workforce development through the integration of the Network for Economic Opportunity's programming into NOLABA. Since the integration, NOLABA is now the license holder for STRIVE in New Orleans, a program launched in 2015 as an affiliate of STRIVE International, a job readiness training program founded in 1984 that has placed 70,000 job seekers into employment nationwide. National Vice President Greg Wise spoke with NOLABA about what's ahead for STRIVE in New Orleans, including the first graduating class from JOB1 on March 19:
International Women's Day is March 8, 2018 - a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. NOLABA will observe the week by sharing content celebrating equitable growth in New Orleans. Phala K. Mire, president of Women's Business Enterprise Council South, presents the benefits of women-owned businesses pursuing certifications.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that by 2050, nearly 1 in 3 Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes in their lifetime. Louisiana has the 5th-highest rate of diabetes in the nation. NOLABA partnered with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and Ochsner Health System to seek innovative solutions to solve this epidemic by issuing a nationwide call for ideas, the NOLA Health Innovators Challenge (NOLAHI). Three finalists have been chosen to pitch their solutions for improving diabetes care on March 20.
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. Joaneane Smith is the president & CEO of Global Commerce and Services (GCS), an SBA Certified HUBZone and Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business.
New Orleans' success in technology isn't going unnoticed. UNO and local software development firm Flow Digital are partnering to host the International Coding Contest on April 27 at UNO - the first time ever the contest is coming to the U.S.
The worldwide computer science competition began in Austria in 1999. College students everywhere simultaneously compete against each other by solving programming puzzles provided by Catalysts, an Austrian software company. Currently the contest attracts more than 4,500 college students from 12 countries and 50 cities.
Lynnette White-Colin, NOLABA Vice President of Small Business Ecosystem Development, shares news of the 2018 Emerging Leaders Accelerator that helps small business leaders develop smart growth strategies. New Orleans is one of 60 cities nationwide to offer this free program.