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.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and Ochsner Health System Award $36,000 in Funding at NOLAHI Finale
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and Ochsner Health System to present Alertgy with $36,000 on Tuesday as part of the inaugural New Orleans Health Innovators Challenge. Alertgy will now work within the New Orleans medical community to further develop its solution – a wearable, noninvasive, real-time blood glucose monitoring and alert system that works with a smartphone application.
The 10th annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) is from March 19-23 and presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. tocelebrates business, innovation and entrepreneurship in New Orleans. This year, NOEW is working with local partners like NOLABA to host events in locations across the city, making NOEW a citywide affair that’s more accessible and engaging in neighborhoods across the region. NOLABA staff compiled some can't-miss events throughout the week.
International Women’s Day is March 8, 2018 – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - and Equal Pay Day is April 10. NOLABA celebrates equitable growth in New Orleans with this column from Amy Landry, SHRM-CP, president of American Business Women's Association (ABWA) Crescent City Connections and founder of her own business consulting firm Fuel Success Academy. In this column, she advises women how to "Get in the G.A.M.E." and take charge of growing their careers in New Orleans.
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: