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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JOB1 Hosts First STRIVE Graduation, As First Partner Agency to Scale the Job Readiness Model

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. 
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Q&A with STRIVE International’s Greg Wise on STRIVE Evolution in New Orleans

striveNOLABA 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: 
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