Biz The Magazine - April 2018

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…

Events: New Orleans Chamber 1st Quarter Luncheon

Matt Lundy, Theresa Ulicsni, Luz Lobos and Karen Mysing Sandra Lindquist, David Aubrey and Janet Galati Brandy Christian, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, was the keynote speaker at the New Orleans Chamber’s first quarter luncheon.

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…

Events: Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Gala Royale

Lee Giorgio, Melanie Cannatella, Nancy Prieur and Kenny Prieur Tim Paulin, Elizabeth Paulin, Ryan Daul and Kristen Daul Jefferson Parish’s top business leaders, community activists and elected officials gathered for a casino themed event to raise money for the Jefferson…

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…

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)…

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…

Editor's Note: Excuse My Rant

As a parent of a second grader, I have a very vested interest in the educational system here in New Orleans, so this month’s cover feature with Patrick Dobard, CEO of New Schools for New Orleans, was particularly interesting to…

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…

Publisher's Note: Digital Additions

A couple months back I wrote about our new MorningBiz newsletter — thousands of you have signed up to receive this new AI technology of delivering news content. This month, we are increasing our digital presence with two new items…

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…

April Calendar

5 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana 2018 Town Hall Roundtable and Business Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Don Salazar, Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. HCCL.biz…