Capital One Bank Graduates its 2019 “Getting Down to Business” Class

A Variety of Businesses Represented in New Orleans

By Lisa Stafford, NOELA Services, LLC

On November 21, 2019, I had the honor of being one of the proud graduates of Capital One Bank’s Getting Down to Business small business development program. The program culminated in a ceremony at Xavier University after 12 weeks of sometimes grueling sessions, covering a broad range of subjects structured to create successful entrepreneurs.  

Carmen Sunda (LSBDC), Angele VonDerPool (Business Builders Management & Consulting, LLC), Lisa Stafford (NOELA Services, LLC), Mark Boucree (Capital One Bank), Tiffany Taylor-Hicks (The Velvet Rope Experience) and Maria LeBlanc (The Workaholic). (Photo credit: Tracie Morris Schaefer)

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Fidelity Bank: Community banking at its best

Anthony Bridges Fidelity Bank Assistant Vice President and Financial Center Leader

By Lisa Stafford

In September 2009, Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank held its Grand Reopening in New Orleans East. At the time, Retail Manager Betty Brown was among the bank’s staff who worked tirelessly to integrate the bank and its operations into the New Orleans East community. In addition to supporting the NOELA Newsletter, by advertising and distributing copies of the NOELA Magazine, the bank hosted numerous community events at its 5530 Crowder Blvd. location.

Today, the bank, now called simply Fidelity Bank, continues to have a strong relationship with the community, nurtured by current Assistant Vice President and Financial Center Leader Anthony Bridges. Bridges has been employed with Fidelity Bank for three years, starting in the New Orleans Central Business District location, which he managed for two years. Continue reading “Fidelity Bank: Community banking at its best”