Biz The Magazine - July 2022

All Charged Up

When we go looking for the year’s class of New & Notables, we’re looking for people who have done something or taken on a new position in the past year that is focused on moving our region forward. While doing…

It’s 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…

Baby, It’s (Maybe Getting) Cold Outside

Derek Fossier is the president of Equitas Capital Advisors, LLC, a New Orleans firm that designs, builds and delivers financial solutions to investors. He can be reached at dfossier@equitas-capital.com The smoking hot U.S economy is thawing out. Nasdaq is down.…

No Ceiling on NFL’s Potential

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. Last month, news broke that the Denver Broncos were sold to the Walton-Penner…

Shifting Gears

My Next Eectric MyNextElectric.com Nighshiftbikes.com   Matt Candler is electric…and he wants to make you electric, too. Candler is the founder of Night Shift Bikes, a streetwise, design-forward electric bike company, and My Next Electric, a live online (and…

Strength in Numbers

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. Art has…

New & Notable: Annalisa Kelly

As director of strategic initiatives and policy for the Jefferson Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) Annalisa Kelly plays an integral role in many of the organization’s most impactful projects. Just a few of her recent contributions have included: leading the effort…

Seventh Ward Homecoming

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…

New & Notable: Sophina Uong

Sophina Uong is not afraid of a challenge. After years working in San Francisco’s best restaurants, winning “Grand Champion Grill Master” on the Food Network show “Chopped,” and managing a restaurant for famed chef Andrew Zimmern in Minneapolis, in the…

Storm Ready

March 2020 was the beginning of the great remote work experiment for businesses worldwide. The pandemic forced many organizations in New Orleans and elsewhere to learn how to get the job done even though their employees weren’t able to gather…

Puff, Puff, Passing On Legislation

There’s been a lot of high-level discussion about medical and recreational marijuana by state and local officials recently, but the smoke hasn’t yet cleared enough to see exactly what the future of cannabis looks like in Louisiana. Some lawmakers say…

The Tropics on our Doorstep

Jennifer Gibson Schecter was once a tourist in New Orleans herself and is now proud to call NOLA home. Last month, my husband and I were looking into a weekend getaway. We considered a Gulf Coast beach vacation and researched…

Better Together

Big things are happening in the healthcare industry on the Northshore. Industry leaders across the three-parish region have come together to form an initiative called “Northshore Healthscape: A Collaborative Enhancing the Pulse of our Regional Healthcare Economy.” As its name…

The Business Community is Talking

Don’t eat the cheese” was one of former Saints head coach Sean Payton’s go-to expressions (borrowed from his mentor Bill Parcells). It meant “don’t buy into the hype.” His former quarterback might beg to differ. NFL legend and Saint for life…

Forward Thinking

JEDCO Finance Center 700 Churchill Parkway Avondale // jedco.org // Facebook: facebook.com/ JeffersonParishEconomicDevelopment For 35 years, the economic development agency JEDCO has served Jefferson Parish’s business community. Originally, its finance center at 700 Churchill Parkway in Avondale was designed for…

New Orleans 500 Close-Up: Justin Hartenstein

Located in Metairie, Oracle Lighting has been designing lighting products for the automotive/12Volt, powersports, motorcycle and marine markets since 1999. In 2021, the company was awarded SEMA's “Manufacturer of the Year” award for outstanding contribution to the automotive industry.   What do…

Xplore Federal Credit Union

Established in 1947, Xplore Federal Credit Union (FCU) provides innovative financial solutions and exceptional customer service to Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Tammany Parishes. Catering to New Orleans Shell Oil employees at its inception, Xplore FCU has since evolved to a…