Author: Keith Twitchell

We Can’t Get Complacent

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.   Hard…

Opportunity for All

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,…

Hearing a Need

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. Some people…

Don’t Let the High Temps Get You Down

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.   It…

Day One of Your New Business

"Getting out of bed is a measure of success on day one.” These are words of wisdom from Jordan Friedman, partner at Bond Moroch and a longtime consultant to startup enterprises. As someone who has started businesses of his own,…

Short on Solutions

  This was the second year of the new New Orleans Entrepreneur Week format. Again, events over the first three days were spread out around the city, and the final two days of “summit” were conducted in a single venue.…

Another Side of Jazz Fest

  I live two blocks outside the side gate of Jazz Fest, which means that if you ever want to see the good, the bad and the ugly of street-level micro-entrepreneurship, pass through my neighborhood at this time of year.…

Growing Pains

  Women and people of color remain seriously under-represented in Greater New Orleans’ entrepreneurial landscape, although there have been some gains in recent years. Further, so-called disadvantaged businesses earn a fraction of the receipts enjoyed by white-owned businesses. Minority- and…

Venturing Forward

  First the bad news: Current data suggest that millennials are on track to produce the fewest entrepreneurs in several generations. A number of factors are behind this, among them the inherent limitations that come with huge amounts of student…

A Look Back

  We should never conflate being an inventor with being an entrepreneur – after all, how many brilliant ideas have each of us had and done nothing about? That said, invention is the mother of entrepreneurship. With that in mind,…

Take Two

  Last year at this time, this column featured a set of New Year’s resolutions for entrepreneurs. A lot of people liked them (we won’t discuss how many actually kept them), so in honor of another new year of opportunity…

The Best and Worst of 2018

  Some of the New Orleans buzz about New Orleans’ place in the start-up world seems to have faded. For example, Wallet Hub recently knocked the city all the way down to No. 54 on its list of best and…

The Final Frontier

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…

Are You Protected?

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. Entrepreneurism is…

From the Giant Screw Pump to Poker

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.   In…

What They Said

Around the time of March Madness this year I read about how coaches for both men’s and women’s basketball motivated their teams: A common thread was using quotations from all kinds of sources. From stirring speeches out of the mouths…

Business in the #MeToo Era

The long-overdue spotlight is shining strongly on sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior in the workplace. More recently, the conversation has expanded to address additional gender inequities in the working world, including unequal pay, unfair promotion processes and the under-representation…

What New Orleans Can Learn from Detroit

America has not had a true free market economy for many decades. There is hardly an industry in the country that is not subsidized, incentivized or otherwized. All of this certainly begs the question of what is the appropriate role…

Building Women, Building the City

From Broadmoor to Bywater, entrepreneurial support programs and facilities seem to be popping up everywhere. Yet there are still segments of the New Orleans population not well represented in this ecosystem, and certain industries new businesses seem to be struggling…