Results of NOELA Business Owner Survey

In October, readers who are past, present or future business owners were asked to complete a brief survey to share their thoughts about operating a business in New Orleans East. Only 20 business owners responded, so the survey will be revisited again at a later date; however, the feedback (see below) from those who did respond offers some insight into the challenges and needs of small businesses. 

The data, though limited, provides information that can be used to revisit specific topics of interest for small business owners and those considering the possibility of owning a small business. For example, even though individuals may be uninterested in operating a business themselves, they may be interested in funding the operations of a business that someone else manages. Or, if several individuals are experiencing the same challenges, a collective effort can be made to address those concerns.  Continue reading “Results of NOELA Business Owner Survey”

Gearing up for the 2020 Census

By Lisa Stafford

By law, the U. S. Census, an official population count, occurs every 10 years. Most areas—about three of every four households—will receive an invitation to respond online (or by phone), while the other households will receive a paper questionnaire along with an invitation to respond online. 

Here’s why you should participate 

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City Council Teams Up with Entergy in Court Battle Involving the Paid Actors Scandal

The Right of Residents to Participate in Council Meetings Under Attack, Groups Say

From MultiMedia Solutions

A battle is brewing over a court judgment that threw out the City Council’s approval of the Entergy gas plant for violation of Louisiana Open Meetings Law. The violation occurred at two controversial Council meetings that involve Entergy’s deceptive use of paid actors to fill up a meeting room and speak from scripts as though they were concerned residents. At these meetings, numerous New Orleans residents were denied the opportunity to comment on Entergy’s application for a new gas plant in New Orleans East. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal has scheduled a hearing for oral arguments on January 6, 2020.

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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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