Biz The Magazine - May 2022

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I once forgot the word “door.” That was the rock-bottom pregnancy brain moment I hit about six months ago. We were leaving the house and I turned around to remind my 11-year-old to close the...OMG...swingy thing behind her. As difficult…

Female Focus

This month we are focusing on women, not only in the pages of Biz New Orleans, but throughout other magazines by Renaissance Publishing. In New Orleans magazine this month, we honor our annual Top Female Achievers, women who are making…

The Chamber Quartet

Four of the largest chambers of commerce in the Greater New Orleans region are led by someone dedicated to promoting community, business vitality and economic development in their respective parishes. All four manage with a combination of empathy and advocacy…

A Little Hope on Affordable Housing Front

  DID YOU KNOW? Headquartered in New Orleans, Gulf Coast Housing Partnership has been “real estate problem solving” for 14 years with projects from Texas to Florida.   It’s no secret that New Orleans has its fair share of problems,…

A Brew of One’s Own

Wetlands Sake  634 Orange St, STE B wetlandssake.com // Instagram: @wetlandssake Facebook:  facebook.com/WetlandsSake Quick Look Date of opening Brewing operations, summer 2020; Distribution, 2021; taproom, January 2022 Square footage  6,557 Persons in Charge Nan Wallis, founder/CEO and Lindsey Beard, founder/president…

Claws Out

m.a.d. nails 4209 Magazine St. Instagram @madnails // Facebook M.A.D. Nails Mad-nails.com // info@mad-nails.com Fast Facts “The nail care market is estimated to reach $11.6 billion by 2027.” Globe Newswire “The global nail polish market is expected to reach…

Ricely Done

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 Women

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. Like so…

New Orleans 500 Close-Up: Mayra Pineda

  Did you know? A native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Pineda served as Consul General of Honduras from 1990-1994 — years after moving to New Orleans. In this capacity, she worked to promote international relations between Honduras and Louisiana.   What’s…

The Business Community is Talking

Catch all the latest news, plus original reporting, people on the move, videos, weekly podcast and blogs, digital editions of the magazines and daily Morning Biz and afternoon newsletters. If it’s important to business in southeast Louisiana, it’s at BizNewOrleans.com.…

What Is The Future of Travel?

Jennifer Gibson Schecter was once a tourist in New Orleans herself and is now proud to call NOLA home. Two years ago, the streets of the French Quarter were empty, your favorite restaurant was closed or carry-out only, and Jazz…

No Containing this Battle

  DID YOU KNOW? Louisiana was the fifth largest state exporter of goods in the U.S. in 2018 (the latest information available) according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative.   New Orleans has always been involved in…

Spring Breakers

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. The New Orleans Breakers know how to make a splash. When the football…

Where Do You Give?

For the April “Question of the Month,” Biz New Orleans asked members of the New Orleans 500 what types of philanthropic organizations they support and if their approach has changed since the pandemic. Thirty-six percent of respondents said they focus…

The Shift to STEM

Michelle D. Jackson is the president & CEO of PR Solutions LLC, a business consulting firm specializing in strategic marketing and public relations. She is also the founder of i.Invest Competitions and executive director of LifeSkills Foundation, a 501 (c)(3)…

CPA Realty, LLC

Numbers have always made sense to Jessica LeBlanc who found a passion in accounting as early as high school. Now a CPA, consultant, and real estate broker, Jessica combines her love of numbers with a love for helping others better…

Plush Appeal – The Mardi Gras Spot

As a child, Alyssa Fletchinger Higgins was an eager volunteer, helping her father, Daryl Fletchinger, launch a business centered on joy and celebration. “As the first official ‘product tester,’ I’ve been involved in choosing and stocking inventory since I was…

Athena Real Estate

Named a Top 10 Real Estate Influencer in 2021 by Biz New Orleans, Stacie Carubba excels at a career involving the perfect balance of creativity and conviviality. Fostering relationships across the community and making a difference in peoples’ lives are…

Postlethwaite & Netterville

Gina Rachel is all about balance—balancing books as a Tax Director and CPA, balancing work and life, and balancing the many ways she can help others. “I always wanted to be able to inspire people and help individuals and clients…

University of New Orleans College of Business Administration

Since 1961, the University of New Orleans College of Business Administration has provided excellence in higher education, research, community leadership, and service. From its renowned business programs to community-involved faculty to acclaimed research centers, students are prepared to succeed in…

Entergy New Orleans

Leading Entergy New Orleans with Deanna Rodriguez, President & CEO, are Sandra Diggs-Miller, Vice President of Customer Service, and Courtney Nicholson, Vice President of Regulatory & Public Affairs. Together, this diverse leadership team helps change the way the company interacts…

National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana

When Torie Kranze started at the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana 26 years ago, the organization’s focus was on the dialysis patient and their care. Over the past 10+ years, Torie has led the organization through a shift in the medical…

Crescent City Living

A native New Orleanian with roots in numerous neighborhoods, Lisa Julien grew up watching the strong and resilient members of her parents and family as their hard work led them down successful paths in law, civil rights, and business. A graduate…

TruFund Financial Services, Inc. - Southeast Region

A third generation entrepreneur, Dr. Kim Carter Evans grew up watching her grandfather and father operate their respective small businesses. At only nine years old, she followed in their footsteps, starting her own cleaning service for elderly neighbors. Before graduating…

JEDCO

Many of the key leaders driving the economic development strategy and policy for Jefferson Parish are women—at Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO), the innovative approaches of Lacey, Annalisa, Janet, and Kelsey have helped establish the organization as a recognized…

Triton Stone

Kenner natives, sisters Katie Jensen and Rachel Jones come from a family of entrepreneurs. Their father taught them the ropes of owning and running a family business, which they then pursued in 2006 with the opening of Triton Stone. What…

Catholic Community Foundation

With an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to living a spiritual life both personally and professionally, Darlene Poché Robért opened Robért Fresh Market in 1994 alongside her husband and high-school sweetheart, Marc Robért. Motivated by God and family, Darlene and…

Engel & Volkers 

Julie Ragusa’s passions—photojournalism, culinary arts, animals, and roller derby—have taken her across the country and world, but, upon returning home to New Orleans, Julie discovered that one passion outweighed the rest: real estate. After founding the first roller derby league…