Biz The Magazine - November 2017

It's All Fun and Games

If you’re a marketer, you’ve surely heard the term “gamification,” and maybe wondered how it might impact your business. Gamification taps into a universal human desire to play...and win. For a customer, it makes doing business fun. In a way,…

Shop Online, Buy Locally

To say that the internet has disrupted traditional consumer shopping patterns is an understatement on the level of saying there’s room for improvement on the Saints defense. An ever-increasing percentage of buyers are making their purchases online, and if they…

Fine, Don't Read This

When dealing with passive-aggressive coworkers, it’s hard to even know where to start. On the one hand, the unpredictable nature of this type of behavior can cause us to think we are going crazy. On the other, even after confirming…

The Perfect Pour

The first classes at the first and only certified and accredited Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Training Lab in Louisiana started Oct. 9 at 1533 Melpomene St. in the Lower Garden District. The lab is run by SCA member and small-batch…

Power Tripping

The number of women travelling alone, or with groups of other women, is on the rise. In fact, experts at travel guide publisher Lonely Planet recently reported that more than 50 percent of travelers polled by the website BookYogaRetreats.com have…

It Ain't My Fault

Most cities have something every-one can agree to fight about. In Chicago Northsiders and Southsiders have strong opinions as to which baseball team is the best. In Los Angeles arguments about the best routes to drive were famously parodied on…

Big Sky Ranch

A rooster’s rousing crow begins each morning at Big Sky Ranch and Retreat in Folsom, Louisiana. The bunnies start nibbling, the horses begin grazing and the cats set off for a day full of adventures — all happy to be…

Time to Fly

After several seasons of appearing on the brink of something special, the New Orleans Pelicans are seemingly there. Led by the trio of power forward Anthony Davis, center DeMarcus Cousins and guard Jrue Holiday, the Pelicans have added experience and…

Making Music Without Breaking the Bank

Known as the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans is a mecca for live music of every kind. In fact, on a typical Saturday night, WWOZ includes more than 55 local venues on its live music calendar. But when it comes…

In the Wake of Equifax

The recent cybersecurity attack that hit the credit reporting agency Equifax, one of the nation’s three main credit-reporting agencies, over the spring is considered to be the worst data breach of modern times by some industry experts. The company announced…

Latte Please

As I sit here writing this, we are — at so very long last — enjoying a nice cool day that actually feels like…dare I say it? Fall. Fall has always been my favorite time of the year, even when…

Post-Hurricane Rate Raise?

New Orleans may have been spared so far this hurricane season, but as insurers tally the costs of hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria, it might mean an increase in insurance rates. An early estimate of the insured losses in the…

Ready for Change

Elected leaders need to be prepared from day one. Remember the 18th of November. It is the day we finalize our New Orleans governmental leadership team for the next four years.  All that’s left on the ballot to vote for…

Chugging Along

In September the City of New Orleans gave the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad to the Port of New Orleans in exchange for the Gov. Nicholls and Esplanade Avenue wharves. The wharves — prime waterfront real estate just downriver from…

November Calendar

1-3 Louisiana International Trade Week & Jubilee WTCNO.org 2 LifeCity’s Regional Sustainability Committee Sustainability Workshop 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 1515 Poydras St. 5th Floor Auditorium NewOrleansChamber.org       2 St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce State of the…

Change or Die

In the business world, change is a must. Adaptation in business — just as it is in life — is crucial for survival. Business author Alan Deutschman popularized this concept through the familiar phrase, “Change or die.” And yet, in…

Industry News

Cruising Norwegian Breakaway Coming Next Year The largest cruise ship to ever sail from the Port of New Orleans — both in length and passenger occupancy — is set to arrive one year from this month. Norwegian Cruise Line announced…

Same Name New Service

New Orleans’ first new luxury hotel in recent years, The NOPSI Hotel officially opened its doors at 317 Baronne St on July 6. The latest in the city’s long list of historic renovations, this $50 million-plus project represents the transformation…

Recent Openings

Curio Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts announced the opening of its newest restaurant, Curio, Sept. 18. The eclectic bistro led by Executive Chef Hayley Vanvleet is located at 301 Royal St.          The Shop at the CAC The…

Gourmet That Goes Anywhere

Last year Joel Catering and Special Events fed hungry celebrants at more than 600 events. In 2016 the company saw a 30 percent increase in revenues, reaching over $3.8 million. It was a record-breaking year for the full service catering…

November Events

Faubourg Private Wealth Event Wednesday, September 20 | WWII Museum Faubourg Private Wealth Advisors hosted its second-annual Fiduciary Risk and Responsibility for Retirement Plan Sponsors event, along with co-hosts  LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors, Phelps Dunbar LLP, Retirement Strategies Group…

Collective Creativity

The free-flowing cold brew — conveniently situated next to beer taps housing two different selections from Urban South Brewery — is just one of many details indicating that The Shop at the CAC is not like most office spaces. The…

Sweet Taste of Success

Driving through central Louisiana’s rolling hills in Concordia Parish, you may do a double take as you pass fields of sugar cane. Since 1990, research botanists at LSU Ag have worked to develop cold tolerant varietals of cane. Until this…