Economic Development Week 2018: Join the Conversation

Economic Development WeekEconomic development matters only because people matter. NOLABA approaches economic development in a holistic manner using pillars of business friendliness, talent and workforce, and place-making, keeping our mission to achieve economic equity and sustainability for all New Orleanians at the forefront.

International Economic Development Week, #EconDevWeek, was created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016 to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase quality of life. NOLABA is a pioneer in building a holistic economic development strategy, and we are celebrating our nationwide example during Economic Development Week - May 7-12, 2018

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NOLABA Small Business Spotlight: Big Easy Bucha

Big Easy BuchaNOLABA 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, certification opportunities, and a strong, talented workforce. In a series of small business spotlights, we’re highlighting New Orleans businesses who use these resources to grow their businesses in the city. Big Easy Bucha is the largest commercial kombucha brewery in the Gulf South (located at 4040 Euphrosine Street), and founders Alexis Korman and Austin Sherman explain why they've chosen to tap into New Orleans' STRIVE alumni population to grow their workforce. 
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iMerit Announces New Orleans as First U.S. Delivery Center, Another High-Tech Investment for NOLA

iMeritDigital data services company iMerit announced downtown New Orleans as the location for its first U.S. delivery center on April 24, representing another victory for New Orleans' technology scene. In the New Orleans location, employees are supporting innovative companies with needs in Spanish and English Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, and U.S.-based customer service needs. 
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NOLABA Small Business Spotlight: Sister Hearts

Sister HeartsNOLABA 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 this small business spotlight, we highlight Maryam Uloho, a formerly incarcerated individual who opened her own thrift store in Greater New Orleans, Sister Hearts, to help other citizens re-enter society after prison terms.

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NOLABA Partners with 504ward, GNO, Inc., on NOLA BOUND Pop-up at French Quarter Fest

NOLA BOUNDA 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
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