Publisher's Note

Keep Connected

  Are you using all the assets of the Biz Network? In June, we took home national awards from the largest association in the country of area business publications, and last month, at the 64th annual Excellence in Journalism awards…

It Is Winning Season

Biz New Orleans is one of seven magazines owned by Renaissance Publishing. Biz’s sister titles include Louisiana Life, Acadiana Profile, New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Home and New Orleans Bride, as well as St. Charles Avenue. I am proud to…

No Summer Slowdown Here!

  This month I want to focus on a few shout-outs and congratulations. First, congratulations to Jerry Bologna and JEDCO — especially the finance team — on the ribbon cutting event and opening of their new finance center, a great…

Female Focus

  This month we are focusing on women, not only in the pages of Biz New Orleans, but throughout other magazines by Renaissance Publishing. In New Orleans Magazine this month, we honor our annual Top Female Achievers, women who are…

Find Your Tribe

  This month, The Idea Village is hosting its annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), and I’m excited to say that over the past year the ecosystem fostering entrepreneurs from New Orleans has never shone brighter than with the acquisitions…

Grabbing a Getaway

  This month I am taking a vacation. Since the start of the pandemic my only travel has been last summer for our daughter’s wedding, which lucky for us happened when COVID was trending down for a short time frame.…

New Additions

  As we welcome the New Year, I want to acknowledge some friends to new positions. This year, many business organizations are changing leaders and I am honored to serve on a few of these boards. The Jefferson Business Council…

December Debut

  The emails and notices keep coming. It started last month and continues into December, and I hope more will continue to appear into 2022. I am talking about the business events that are filling up my calendar. All the…

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.…

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…

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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