Author: Keith Twitchell

Working Women

Keith Twitchell spent 16 years running his own business before becoming president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans. He has observed, supported and participated in entrepreneurial ventures at the street, neighborhood, nonprofit, micro- and macro-business levels. Like so…

When Sound Matters

  While many people today opt for the convenience of “Hey Alexa, play ‘Stairway to Heaven,’” true music lovers only listen to their favorite melodies on quality stereo systems. And many of them believe that older equipment – including vinyl…

A Town for Boys AND Girls

Over a full century of service, Boys Town has imprinted itself on the national consciousness in almost Normal Rockwell-like vignettes, of youthful males brought in from the cold for hot soup in front of a roaring fireplace. For Boys Town…

Fighting For Our Future

  Imagine if the state of Delaware suddenly disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean. Sure, Delaware is the smallest of the United States – but it is almost 2000 square miles, its population is about one million people, and among other…

Will We Build Better?

  While specific amounts have not yet been determined, estimates suggest that Louisiana will soon be receiving between $6 and $9 billion to spend on infrastructure. The federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that passed through Congress and…

Struggling to Make Connections?

Keith Twitchell spent 16 years running his own business before becoming president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans. He has observed, supported and participated in entrepreneurial ventures at the street, neighborhood, nonprofit, micro- and macro-business levels.   The…

Aiding the Innocent

  Few circumstances in life could be more horrifying than to be imprisoned for a crime one did not commit. But no system is perfect, and it is simply a fact that there are people serving long jail sentences despite…

The Real Movie Experience

  Back in the day, many New Orleans neighborhoods boasted a nearby movie theater, each with its own unique character. But as the big chains moved in and established their glitzy multi-plexes, and television kept many people entertained at home,…

The Goal Guy

Doug Walner is used to splitting his time — both between coasts and between industries. Walner has built a bicoastal career running, and mostly growing, businesses in California and Louisiana and is currently involved with two very different local…

Have Fire, Need Business Plan

Keith Twitchell spent 16 years running his own business before becoming president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans. He has observed, supported and participated in entrepreneurial ventures at the street,…

Connecting the Community

  While Chambers of Commerce have been part of the fabric of business communities around the United States for over two centuries, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce is a fairly new entity, having been founded in 2004. Perhaps this…

Here To Stay

Keith Twitchell spent 16 years running his own business before becoming president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans. He has observed, supported and participated in entrepreneurial ventures at the street, neighborhood, nonprofit, micro- and macro-business levels. For virtually…

Think Local, Drink Local

  Seven Three Distilling Company takes being a local business to an entirely new level: this producer of fine spirits is named after the 73 officially-designated neighborhoods in New Orleans. And their products all continue the theme, from Bywater Bourbon…

Turning Data Into Action

  “Data matters now more than ever, particularly with the amount of information available on the internet,” said Lamar Gardere, executive director of The Data Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to gathering facts about the southeast Louisiana region and presenting…

Tech Titans

While greater New Orleans was fortunate to avoid any major water events in 2021, it was nevertheless a watershed year for area tech entrepreneurs. Even amid the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic, three local tech startups were purchased during…

Matt Wisdom

Founder and CEO TURBOSQUID While advances in 3D graphics technology in the later 1990s upgraded the quality of the various models that could be produced, getting those models into the hands of the game developers, news agencies, architects, visual effects…

Scott Wolfe Jr.

Founder and CEO LEVELSET Back in 2007, in the frontier-like landscape of post-Katrina New Orleans, construction attorney Scott Wolfe Jr. saw a big problem: Local contractors had all the work they could handle, but getting paid for that work had…

Patrick Comer

Founder and CEO LUCID When Lucid sold to Swedish tech firm the Cint Group in late October for $1.1 billion, the event capped an extraordinary year for the New Orleans tech scene. Following on the heels of earlier high-dollar merger/acquisitions,…

Entrepreneurial Predictions for 2022

Keith Twitchell spent 16 years running his own business before becoming president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans. He has observed, supported and participated in entrepreneurial ventures at the street,…