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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“New Orleans East Means Business”

New Orleans Business Alliance Announces New Orleans East Economic Growth Strategy

– Advertising, Retail and Community Development Efforts to Drive Growth –

NEW ORLEANS – To propel growth in New Orleans East, the New Orleans Business Alliance today announced a multi-layered strategy to promote economic and community development for the area’s approximate 85,000 residents.

The Strategy includes promotional messaging designed to reach hundreds of thousands of people, with local- and nationally-focused initiatives to drive business growth to one of the state’s most populated communities.

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A New Home for City Hall

Could New Orleans East provide the solution?


Mayor LaToya Cantrell is looking for a new location for City Hall, due to the current condition of the existing building. Municipal Auditorium seems to be the top choice, but

several months ago, during one of the many conversations about jump starting development in New Orleans East, a resident suggested to me that it would make sense for City Hall move to New Orleans East.


For some, that might be a laugh out loud suggestion. But there is available space to build, right on the Interstate, which is more convenient than dealing with the challenges associated navigating downtown traffic, a New Orleans East location could provide more convenient parking than the current location, and it could breathe life into an area that could certainly use it.


Is this a crazy idea, or one that makes sense? Stay tuned for more information on how this could work, and how it could benefit the city and the East.


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