Biz The Magazine - December 2022

Feeling Pollyanna-ish

This is my favorite time of the year. Actually, it starts in October, (because cooler weather and Halloween!) but it continues to the end of the year. Festival season starts ramping up in the fall and calendars quickly get packed…

Thinking Outside P&L

As the year comes to an end and we look back to measure the year’s success, I asked some fellow business owners what they look for in their companies as successful benchmarks other than revenue and profits. Everyone can measure…

Mayra Piñeda

Did you know? Piñeda is a local businesswoman who has earned accolades for her efforts to support the Hispanic business community and increase trade between Louisiana and Latin America. A former consul general of Honduras, she has served on several…

A Dream and a Dome

Legend has it that when Dave Dixon — businessman and chairman of the city’s municipal sports commission — proposed the idea of the Superdome to then-Gov. John J. McKeithen in 1963, the normally folksy and passionate McKeithen was stone…

The Wine Doctor

Keith Twitchell spent 16 years running his own business before becoming president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans. He has observed, supported and participated in entrepreneurial ventures at the street, neighborhood, nonprofit, micro- and macro-business levels. On the…

The Leruth Legacy

Poppy Tooker has spent her life devoted to the cultural essence that food brings to Louisiana, a topic she explores weekly on her NPR-affiliated radio show, Louisiana Eats! From farmers markets to the homes and restaurants where our culinary traditions…

Working and Living Well

LWCC 2237 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge lwcc.com // facebook.com/LWCC.LA In 2021, the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation completed a renovation of its Baton Rouge headquarters. Working with New Orleans architectural and interior design firm EskewDumezRipple, LWCC Senior Vice President…

A Look Back

Jennifer Gibson Schecter was once a tourist in New Orleans herself and is now proud to call NOLA home.  As we close another year in the tourism industry, we have much to be thankful for. Medical advancements and industry coordination…

Top Shelf Business

Blue Book Barkeeps Bluebookbarkeeps.com Mobile bartending has risen in popularity across the country in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. “As demand for private events services increases, cocktail catering has become a growing business,” explained a February 2022…

On the Web

COVID accelerated the trends between winners and losers in the retail world. Retailers like Target, who had already begun to position their brick-and-mortar stores as fulfillment hubs, were the winners. Marty Mayer, Stirling president and CEO, speaking about the challenging…

Halfway Through

For most, December marks the end of the year, but for those in education, it’s only the halfway point of the school year. For educators, the end of the calendar year presents an opportunity to find out what’s been working…

We Have Liftoff!

Chris Price is an award-winning journalist and public relations principal. When he’s not writing, he’s avid about music, the outdoors, and Saints, Ole Miss and Chelsea football. It wasn’t long ago that the Pelicans were questioned about being the “little…

Executives Cautiously Optimistic About 2023

Despite inflation, rising interest rates, workforce shortages and supply chain problems, 70% of respondents to a November survey of Biz 500 members said their 2022 revenue was up year-over-year. That same percentage expects 2023 earnings to be even better, especially…

It Takes a Financial Village

One in two households in Louisiana is unable to afford basic expenses or save for emergencies, according to the 2020 United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana. With financial shocks more prevalent due to increasing natural disasters and the cost of…

ACCENT New Orleans, Inc.

As the longest-standing local, woman-owned destination management company (DMC) in the city, ACCENT New Orleans, Inc., a DMC Network Company has remained an impressive leader in the event and meeting planning arena since 1991. Diane Lyons, Certified Meeting Planner (CMP)…

Lambeth House

By 2030 at the astounding rate of about 10,000 a day, all Baby Boomers will have turned 65 or older. The “Silver Tsunami” will, as tsunamis do, blow through, drastically reshaping the landscape of senior housing, the healthcare system, the…

Susco Solutions

Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2006, Susco Solutions is a Metairie-based fully remote custom software company whose core purpose is to enable people to contribute in more meaningful and fulfilling ways. Susco achieves this purpose by facilitating…

Bezou Financial Planning Group

In 1998, Jason Bezou went to work for Hibernia Bank—after a series of twists and turns, thanks to earned trust and a track record of client care, he went from Junior Financial Advisor to a top advisor and Bank President…

The Greater New Orleans Foundation

With roots extending nearly 100 years, the Greater New Orleans Foundation (Foundation) serves as the community foundation for the 13-parish region of Southeast Louisiana, connecting generous people to the causes about which they are passionate. A trusted philanthropic leader, the…

Athena Real Estate

Stacie Carubba is a native New Orleanian with deep roots in the city. Since Stacie earned her real estate license in 2015, she has produced over $70 million in sales. Contributing to her community through hard work and dedication has…

PSA Grant Management, LLC & PSA Training & Consulting, LLC

Two small businesses owned and operated by Valarie and Dwayne Roy, PSA Grant Management, LLC and PSA Training & Consulting, LLC join forces to connect industry training, funding, resources and consulting services for employers. Since 2007, PSA has remained highly distinguished…