Publisher's Note

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…

New Orleans 500 is Coming

    I am so excited about our newest publication: We are in the final stages of the first New Orleans 500, which is going to press at the end of the month. All year the staff has been working…

Ring the Bell

  I am so excited about back to school. Even though I no longer have school-age children, during this time of year the excitement is still there for me. Yes, traffic picks up and school speed zones are activated, but…

Behind-the-Scenes News

  Here we are, right in the heat of things. It’s hot outside, we are in the midst of hurricane season, fall planning is in full swing and the staff is working hard while also enjoying some summer vacations. This…

Exciting Things to Come

  As we approach the summer, midway point of 2021, the staff has been working behind the scenes on many new projects, with some rolling out this month and others debuting this fall. This month, our digital editor unveils two…

New Focus

  For years people have been saying we need to stop the brain drain and keep our children and grandchildren here in Louisiana. We need to create opportunities for them and future generations so we do not become an exit…

Tough Decisions

  Every month the task that I struggle with the most is writing this column — 200-plus words of meaningful thought to encompass what is happening now. What usually comes most natural are words about family, staff and the company.…

A Whole Year

  Here we are, 12 months since the declaration of a national pandemic emergency. On March 13, 2020, just like you we packed up our desk, any needed documents and computers, and moved to a work-at-home environment. For me, I…

Making Do

  Last February my publisher’s note was all about annual meetings and the number of working days in February — an acknowledgment of the distraction of Carnival on business. Every year until this one, companies had to balance the celebration…

New Year, New Projects!

  Let’s get this year started. As we kick off 2021, Biz New Orleans and our parent company, Renaissance Publishing, have some great new projects lining up. As you may have seen in December, Biz New Orleans is launching a monthly speaker series with…

Quite the Ride

  As 2020 comes to a close, our December issue focuses on the top stories of the year — a year we all want to put behind us and move forward. This month also includes our “Inside the Industry” profiles,…

Feeling Thankful

  As we enter November, the month of Thanksgiving, I look at this year, like most of you, as one we would like to skip. However, if we did, we would have never been able to celebrate some special family…

Happy News

  This month some exciting things are happening at Renaissance Publishing. In addition to Biz New Orleans celebrating another anniversary this month from its launch in October 2014, around the company we have some great news to share. Louisiana Life has started a…

Bright Spots

  With the start of September, we should be excited as schools start up again and football and fall festivals commence — all things that seemed promising back in March when everyone was thinking, “Let’s get through COVID-19, there are…

New Times Equal New Offerings

  As I write this month’s publisher’s note in mid July, we are forecasting and planning for the fall and end of the year, while also beginning to work on our plan for 2021. Last month, we began making adjustment…

Renewed Optimism

What a year this is turning out to be. Here we are at the midway point, and I’m betting your business forecast for the balance of 2020 doesn’t look anything like your original plan. When we entered 2020, it was…

Thank You

  THIS MONTH’S PUBLISHER’S NOTE IS ALL about gratitude and thanks. I want to first thank the medical community, and all those on the front lines helping to keep our region moving forward. You are true heroes. During this time, like…

No Stopping Love

What a time we are having! As I write this month’s publishers note (in early March) we are in an all-out virus crisis with events shutting down left and right. My hope is that by the time our April issue…

Back to Work

Mardi Gras is now behind us and French Quarter and Jazz Fest are up ahead, so March is the month things have to happen. This month Idea Village and the Tulane Freeman School of Business will again co-produce New Orleans…

12 Days

Have you noticed business organizations in the region are skipping January and squeezing in all their annual and first quarter meetings after the Super Bowl but before Mardi Gras? I’m not sure if their thinking was that the Saints would…

A Fresh Start

  Happy New Year and welcome to the 2020s. This month, we celebrate a fresh new set of numbers, and while writing my first column in this new decade, I can’t help but think of all the changes that have…

A Year of Celebrations

This year has been award-winning for us at Renaissance Publishing, with numerous awards across many categories from the Alliance for Area Business Publications (AABP), The New Orleans Press Club, International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) and the international MarCom (marketing and…

Two Anniversaries

Last month, Biz New Orleans Magazine celebrated its fifth anniversary and I want to thank everyone for your kind words of congratulations. This month, we take a look at some of the people and news we covered over the past five years,…

Five Flew By

Can you believe it has been five years? This month marks the fifth anniversary of Biz New Orleans and I am so proud of our company and Biz team for the excellent work they do to make this a nationally…

Publisher's Note

A note from the desk of Todd Matherne

about

Todd Matherne started his career in 1987 and fell in love with the business of  publishing.  In 2006 along with other  partners he created Renaissance  Publishing, which today publishes seven magazines and over 20 custom titles.  He serves on many boards and is  involved in committees and events  throughout New Orleans. He has a  Bachelor of Science from The  University of New Orleans and because  he is local we will add "he went to  Archbishop Shaw" Class of 1985.  He is  married with three daughters and lives  in New Orleans.

To reach Todd Matherne directly, contact him at todd@bizneworleans.com.

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