Biz The Magazine - January 2019

Calendar: January

  9 St. Tammany Parish Chamber of Commerce 2019 Installation and Awards Luncheon 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tchefuncta Country Club 2 Pinecrest Dr., Covington StTammanyChamber.org   10 New Orleans Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Alliance 5 to 7 p.m.…

Publisher's Note: Lets get this year started!

The start of a new year is like the start of a new sports season, full of optimism for success and a chance to make good on your past misses. I feel that same way right now as January roles…

Take Two

  Last year at this time, this column featured a set of New Year’s resolutions for entrepreneurs. A lot of people liked them (we won’t discuss how many actually kept them), so in honor of another new year of opportunity…

Industry News

  HEALTHCARE Ochsner Boosts Minimum Wage Effective January 20, 2019, Ochsner Health System will increase its minimum wage from $8.10 per hour to $12 per hour. The change will affect the pay of approximately 1,200 employees across the health system.…

High Five

  In 2018, I spoke about everything from how etiquette can combat harassment in the workplace and foster authentic leadership, to attire (general and when working out at work), the art of rescheduling meetings, networking and navigating conferences and even…

Recent Openings

French Truck Coffee On Nov. 14, French Truck Coffee opened its fourth café in New Orleans at 2917 Magazine Street, formerly the site of a CC’s Coffee House. The 1,900-square-foot Garden District space includes a courtyard. The local coffee purveyor…

What Netflix Can Teach Us

  Let’s all get comfortable in the “wayback” machine and go back to a time when we didn’t “Netflix and chill,” to when we used to jump in the car and drive to get our hands on the hottest movie…

Attorney 2.0

  By focusing on a more global perspective with respect to clients, attorneys can grow beyond a useful tool that is interchangeable and sensitive to price into a trusted advisor and counselor for clients. Such growth benefits the client by…

Healthcare Changes:

  Healthcare across the United States continues to experience monumental change. Providers face enormous pressure to accommodate this change, from the restructuring of payment models to the upward trend of healthcare consumerism. Meanwhile, increased transparency, expanded access to information, evolving…

Event: The JEDCO Annual Luncheon

Laney Chouest, Michael Hecht and Charles Rice Tuesday, December 4 | Hilton New Orleans Airport More than 50 JEDCO partners, local business leaders and elected officials gathered to celebrate Jefferson Parish’s many wins in 2018 at JEDCO’s annual luncheon.  …

The Capital Raise Quandary

  You can take any word associated with entrepreneurship that excites you, like opportunity, growth and success, and completely remove any pleasure it arouses simply by adding the modifier “capital.” At least, that’s how it felt to me over the…

Event: 2018 New Orleans Chamber Annual Meeting

Evie Poitevent, Stephen Reuther and Erin Unger Friday, December 7 | Hyatt Regency New Orleans For the first time, the New Orleans Chamber’s Annual Meeting included not just one keynote speaker, but a panel of three technology-driven experts: Terrell Boynton…

French Renaissance

  For over a century, New Orleans restaurant menus often required translation. Offerings of fruit de mer, poisson and viandes sauced with béarnaise, bordelaise and marchand du vin were commonplace in this Francophone city. Today, only Antoine’s menu items retain…

Reading Rainbow

  Orange, blue and yellow butterfly sculptures dangle overhead, providing even more color among the blue, green and orange accent walls at the new, 10,500-square-foot Jefferson Parish River Ridge Library in Harahan. The state-of-the-art library features multiple meeting and study…

Now What?

  Do you know what 2019 isn’t? It’s not the New Orleans Tricentennial. While that has some event organizers and copy editors relieved (capital T or lowercase t?), it has many in the tourism and hospitality industry curious about what…

Moved to Create

  Brand-new NOLA-inspired activewear company MoveMe is taking on fitness fashion with a line of clothing as colorful as the city that inspires it. Launched in August of 2018, MoveMe has hit the ground running. The company created 850 items…

From On Field to On Air

  AP Photo From the field to the microphone — sports columnist Chris Price talks with former New Orleans Saints captain Zack Strief on his new gig as WWL’s play-by-play announcer. As New Orleans Saints captain Zach Strief completed his…

Aching for a Cure

  When native New Orleanian Kelly Massicot was a child, she did cartwheels, played all kinds of sports and was by all accounts an active and thriving child. In her teens, however, things began to change. She was constantly exhausted,…

Editor's Note: Almost Too Much to Celebrate

  Top 10 tech market to watch. Ninth in the country for states with happiest workers and states with lowest startup costs for entrepreneurs. Fifth in metro areas for percentage of African-Americans in digital media jobs. Seventh in the same…

Thinking Tiny

  “It’s like one of those ‘How many people can fit in a phone booth’ kind of fascinations,” laughed Maine-native Ken Wright as I stood with him watching people try and file into his 77-square-foot gypsy-wagon-style home, parked for the…

Strange Guitarworks

  New Orleans native Benjamin Strange and his business partner, Aaron Younce (seen here) have owned and operated full-service guitar repair shop Strange Guitarworks since 2012. First located on Cambronne Street, the shop moved to 1122 Dublin Street in 2015…