Urban League of Louisiana works with Google to provide Black-owned Small Businesses with free Storefront Kits

Google is working with the Urban League of Louisiana on a pilot to provide Black-owned, small and medium-sized businesses with free Google Storefront Kits and other Google services. This initiative will support safer business environments for customers and employees of eligible businesses in response to COVID-19 safety measures. This pilot program will support Black-owned businesses operating storefronts, food trucks, commercial office spaces, or customer-accessible home offices across the state of Louisiana.

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Resilient Corridors Initiative Grant Applications Open for Small Businesses Due December 14, 2020

The City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) launched a $350,000 pilot program to support businesses and commercial corridors within Strategic Neighborhood Development focus neighborhoods (Gentilly, Treme, Algiers, New Orleans East, Lower 9, Hollygrove and Gert Town). These communities have experienced decades of disinvestment, leaving surrounding businesses more vulnerable to economic and environmental disasters, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Mayor Cantrell joins NOLABA, Partners to announce $5M Philanthropic Investment from JPMorgan Chase through AdvancingCities Challenge

November 12, 2020. Through a major philanthropic investment from JPMorgan Chase, Mayor LaToya Cantrell, the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), and YouthForce NOLA are proud to announce a $5 million commitment to help ensure the resiliency and success of New Orleans neighborhoods and those who call them home.

As one of seven winning cities selected by JPMorgan Chase for its AdvancingCities Challenge, New Orleans is making a historic investment into blue-green infrastructure, providing pathways to new career opportunities for residents and contract opportunities for local small businesses in the water economy. Continue reading “Mayor Cantrell joins NOLABA, Partners to announce $5M Philanthropic Investment from JPMorgan Chase through AdvancingCities Challenge”

New Orleans City Business | Local nonprofit to provide internships for college students of color

A local businessman is developing a nonprofit organization to secure multiyear internships for Black college students in the New Orleans area.

Perry Sholes, president of human resources firm Progressive HR Strategies, is launching the Corporate Internship Leadership Institute. The goal, Sholes said, is that these internships will turn into permanent employment opportunities for the students after college and in turn decrease underemployment rates for students of color. Read more.

Louisiana SBDC launches refreshed brand

MONROE – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center statewide network introduces a new public website with a new domain of www.louisianasbdc.org as part of a refreshed brand for the state’s largest entrepreneur technical assistance provider.

 

The new public website offers aspiring entrepreneurs and existing entrepreneurs an opportunity to get instant access to resources and information that will answer immediate questions, and give them a jumpstart prior to working with an LSBDC business consultant. The website continues to allow users to request for the Louisiana SBDC’s no-cost consulting services as well as register for the entrepreneurial training and workshops in their local areas.

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