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Keeping Art – and an Artist – Alive

  By the time of his all-too-early death from cancer in 2013, George Rodrigue had become perhaps Louisiana’s best-known artist. While his trademark blue dog is instantly recognizable, Rodrigue’s paintings spanned many subjects and many years. Keeping his art, life…

Episode 78: Bucha is Booming

Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Austin Sherman and Alexis Korman founded Big Easy Bucha seven years ago to create "healthy beverages spiked with New Orleans flavor." Now, they produce, distribute and sell millions of bottles annually. Last week, it was announced that Latin…

Thinking Outside the Square

  With cash transactions comprising an ever-shrinking percentage of customers’ payments, it is more important than ever for business owners to be sure that their credit card payment processing is tailored to their needs and as low-cost as possible. Yet…

Get Out the Vote

  Here we are on the cusp of another election. New Orleans city elections are this month, and by most polls we only really have a few races worth watching as many have a leading candidate and no real opposition.…

The Long Green Mile (or Two)

  To say that the Lafitte Greenway is a well-kept secret would be an overstatement, given that an estimated 1000 people use it daily. However, major physical enhancements as well as new programs have been unveiled during the pandemic period,…

The Power of Parkway

  Jay Nix never planned to own the most iconic po’boy shop in the universe. Back in the early 1990s, Nix, who was working in construction at the time, bought a nice little house on North Hagan Street right off…

Feeding the Community, Growing New Leaders

  Twenty-three percent of New Orleans residents are food insecure, meaning they are not certain that they can put enough quality food on their tables to meet their basic needs. Related to this, a recent study indicated that 16.4% of…

Bury the Line

  I hope you, your family and business are safe and back up and running after Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on our region and highlighted our delicate infrastructure. We can no longer allow for above-ground power lines. Yes, it has…

Episode 72: Levelset Sale Sets Record

This week’s Biz Talks podcast features native New Orleanian Scott Wolfe, a lawyer and entrepreneur who founded the New Orleans-based technology startup Levelset in 2012 to make payments less stressful for contractors and suppliers in the construction industry. The company…

Community Banking, Community Success

  “The biggest thing a community bank does is take the time to listen to its customers and respond individually.” For Guy Williams, president and CEO of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company, this is the foundation upon which his…

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