Biz New Orleans - March 2021

Revitalization Planned for Audubon Aquarium

NEW ORLEANS - Planning is underway for a renovation of Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. In a press release, Audubon said it is working closely with CambridgeSeven and Cortina Productions, with help from Eskew Dumez Ripple, to develop an exhibit…

Walmart Announces Annual 'Open Call' for US Products

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – The application process for Walmart’s eighth annual "Open Call" initiative is now open, and the retailer invites Louisiana entrepreneurs dreaming of landing their products on Walmart shelves and online to apply for the opportunity to meet with…

Nexus Louisiana, LSU Launch Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs

BATON ROUGE – Nexus Louisiana and Louisiana State University have announced Ignition, a new initiative to help aspiring entrepreneurs evaluate their business idea’s viability through customer discovery and development. During this eight-week entrepreneurial accelerator program, business mentors and industry experts…

Oceans Behavioral Hospital Adds Bellemeade Campus

NEW ORLEANS – Oceans Healthcare announced the opening of Oceans Behavioral Hospital Greater New Orleans’ new flagship campus. The Bellemeade campus, located at 229 Bellemeade Boulevard in Gretna, joins locations in Marrero and Kenner as part of the Oceans Healthcare Greater…

Survey: Small Business Recovery Remains Fragile  

BATON ROUGE – The National Federation of Independent Business Research Center released its latest COVID-19 survey on the impact the pandemic has had on small businesses. Thirteen percent of small business owners report that they will have to close their…

Amazon to Build Delivery Station in Slidell

SLIDELL, La. - Amazon Logistics said it will build a new 140,000-square-foot delivery station at 1914 Town Center Parkway in Slidell. Expected to open in 2022, the facility will be the first of its kind in St. Tammany Parish and…

Danos Foundation Announces 2021 Grants to 24 Nonprofits

GRAY, La. – The Danos Foundation is awarding charitable grants to 24 nonprofits totaling $89,000. The grants are part of the foundation’s Danos GIVES program, which is funded by employee and company contributions. Since its establishment in 2017, the Danos…

Port NOLA Hosts Procurement Roundtable

NEW ORLEANS - Port NOLA will be hosting a virtual "Procurement Roundtable "on March 31 at 2 p.m. via Zoom to introduce Port NOLA’s new Director of Procurement Chanel Labat, who will join Tony Evett, chief engineer and vice president…

Spectrum Store Now Open In Slidell

NEW ORLEANS  – Charter Communications Inc. announced the opening of a new Spectrum Store in Slidell that gives consumers a brick-and-mortar option for adding or managing their Spectrum internet, TV, mobile or voice services. “Our Spectrum store’s team is here…

St. Tammany Leaders Discuss Hot Topics at BGR Breakfast

NEW ORLEANS - On March 23, the Bureau of Governmental Research kicked off its 2021 Breakfast Briefing Series with “The Vision for St. Tammany Parish,” a conversation among three parish leaders about balancing economic development and quality of life. Speaking…

Hilton New Orleans Riverside GM Wins National Award

NEW ORLEANS - David Piscola, general manager of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, has been named the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Outstanding General Manager of the Year (Large Property). Piscola has been a member of the Hilton team for…

Investar Welcomes Brice Howard to Mandeville Branch

NEW ORLEANS  – Investar Bank recently hired Brice Howard as a commercial relationship manager and vice president working at the bank's Mandeville branch. Howard re-joins Investar from American Bank & Trust, where he was the chief lending officer/president. He has…

Report: Caesars to Buy Superdome Naming Rights

NEW ORLEANS - The Athletic's Jeff Duncan reported Wednesday that Caesars Entertainment Inc. will sign a 20-year naming rights deal for the Superdome, which will no longer bear the Mercedes-Benz brand as of July 2021. A new name has not…

DCHC to Offer Vaccinations on March 26 at Xavier

NEW ORLEANS – DePaul Community Health Centers is administering COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26 at Xavier University's Fitness Center, 4645 Drexel Avenue. Vaccinations for eligible persons meeting the current…