#WHYNOLA Stories

At the New Orleans Business Alliance, we believe New Orleans offers the ideal intersection of commerce and culture – a place where it’s possible to build a business from the ground up, take a company to the next level of growth or pursue your professional goals while leading a full and interesting life.

But, the proof is in the stories of those who do it every day.  Members of our business community share their WhyNOLA stories of opportunity and success.

New Orleans’ Startup Scene Isn’t in Startup Mode

Kevin Wilkins NOEWKevin Wilkins always knew entrepreneurship was in his DNA, and he used his passion and business background to start an impact consulting firm called trepwise in 2013. Wilkins and the trepwise team are on the front lines of the entrepreneurial scene in New Orleans, advising clients across all industry sectors on finance, operations and marketing with customized tactics and approaches.
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New Orleans has the Best “People Culture”

o'haraBy Jeff O’Hara, President, AlliedPRA New Orleans:  Prior to moving to New Orleans, I moved four times in seven years. First from New York to Tallahassee, Florida, for college, then to Miami, Baltimore and New Orleans for work. Each time it took a couple of months to figure out my social network and navigate the pre-existing cliques. Living in hotels and not having any actual neighbors at first complicated this, but I accepted it as part of moving up in the company.
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Findley MattMatt Findley, President, inXile Entertainment: Matt Findley knew exactly why he wanted to expand inXile Entertainment to New Orleans. He knew his game development studio would fit in well with the city's innovative digital media landscape, and so inXile Entertainment's first-ever satellite location opened in New Orleans in 2015.
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Reed PatrickPatrick E. Reed, Director, Office of Technology Management at LSU Health Sciences CenterPatrick Reed has seen the world, even spending four years in Taiwan in the 1990s. The closest he ever got to New Orleans was Baton Rouge in 2001. So Reed definitely didn’t expect to see the blossoming biotechnology world he encountered when he and his family moved to New Orleans from Atlanta in 2012.
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