#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 IS A BOOMING CITY FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

Charles Rice, CEO, Entergy New Orleans: charles rice entergy Entergy CEO Charles Rice has a message for young entrepreneurs: New Orleans is open for business. “If you are looking to be an entrepreneur, I would encourage you to move here,” says Rice, the president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans since 2010. “If you’re a business person, we have four great universities here, seven universities total. There’s a lot of talent in this town, and there’s a true entrepreneurial spirit. I really like the current vibe of all these young people moving in. You can get whatever talent you need, right here.”
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NEW ORLEANS EMBRACES CREATIVITY

angela o'byrne

Angela O’Byrne, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect/President, Perez APC: When Angela O’Byrne saw New Orleans’ resiliency after Hurricane Katrina, she reaffirmed her lifelong commitment to the city. Born in Cali, Colombia, O’Byrne came to New Orleans at age 5,
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NEW ORLEANS IS A PLACE TO BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS

Rick Tallant shell

Rick Tallant, Asset Manager, Shell Exploration and Production Company: Rick Tallant wanted to move to a city with tradition, culture and professional opportunities when he returned to the U.S. after 3 ½ years working at Shell’s central headquarters in the Netherlands. Tallant got his wish when Shell transferred him to New Orleans in March 2010.
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