Biz The Magazine - April 2018

Jazz Fest

Every spring in New Orleans, a mega food operation magically pops up in a field where horses usually run. From the time racing ends at the Fair Grounds Race Course, Michelle Nugent, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival food director,…

Making the Quarter Melodious

When a person turns 35, they may just be hitting their stride with career, family and their community. But when a festival turns 35, it’s only due to years of previous success. This year the free French Quarter Festival (FQF)…

Benson's Pelicans Investment a Slam Dunk

Tom Benson bought the New Orleans Pelicans from the NBA for $340 million in 2012. In the six years since, he has seen the value of the team increase 194 percent. In the 2018 Business of Basketball rankings, their 21st…

SisterHearts on Screen

Nearly 75 percent of formerly incarcerated individuals are still unemployed a year after their release. It’s a statistic Arabi business owner Maryam Henderson-Uloho fought hard not to be a part of, and she has dedicated her life and livelihood to…

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…

Sharing is Caring

Apart from the sadistic types, most supervisors and managers would list taking corrective action as one of their least favorite tasks. At best it is awkward and at worst, volatile. However, there are a few things you can do to…

Channel Surfing

While yesterday’s marketing approach was focused on creating the right message for the brand — choosing the right channel for the brand, and setting the right time for the brand to deliver its pitch — we have left that paradigm…

Car Insurance Continues to Climb

If it seems like auto insurance rates are going up each year, that’s because they are. Rates increased in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and 2018 doesn’t look any better. Auto insurance companies have reported posting another year with negative profit…

Solar Tariffs: Is There a Bright Side?

Solar power generated $154 billion in economic activity in the United States in 2016, employing 370,000 people directly or indirectly nationwide. Thanks to a 68 percent growth over the past decade — driven by tax incentives and prices that have…

The Power of Play

I’m often asked what people can do to save more, to spend less, or to otherwise make changes to their day-to-day finances, and my response is often met with surprise. I advise my clients to do the following: learn what…

Street Smarts

From the Audubon Zoo to the Irish Channel and the Lower Garden District, Magazine Street, the unique, 6-mile corridor that combines restaurants, shops and businesses nestled into residential neighborhoods, is one of New Orleans’ signature hot spots. Recently, however, many…

A Community of Warriors

Dylan Tête, executive director and founder of Bastion Community of Resilience, with the help and guidance of others, continues to make a difference in our community and the lives of our returning soldiers. Tête spearheaded an effort to build an…