Springing Ahead

Editor’s Note

It’s like the pause button on life is released after Carnival and we all, literally, spring forward.
Suddenly thoughts turn to the future: to festivals — the French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest, Festival International, and that’s just this month — to plans for summer vacations and summer camps for the kids. Have a summer wedding on the calendar? A few special events? Check out this month’s “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” with European-style custom clothier Luca Falcone.

On the opposite end of the fun spectrum, we also look toward the possibilities for change, especially when it comes to things like tax law and health insurance. In this issue, local experts weigh in on both.
As your company continues to forge its path into the future, you may want to think about how you’re reaching out to various audiences, including the region’s growing Hispanic population. As Julia Carcamo explains in this month’s Guest Perspective, the Hispanic population has almost doubled in the New Orleans area in the last 15 years — from 58,545 in 2000 to 109,553 in 2015. It’s a group that’s only going to continue to grow, so how can you make sure your marketing efforts grow accordingly? Carcamo has the answers.

Looking to up your company’s philanthropic goals? Mark your calendar now for May 2. Last year’s GiveNOLA Day took in over $4 million in donations to local nonprofits that are busy tackling every issue the region has. The 24-hour giving event, a project of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is on track to break records this year. For more, check out this month’s Q&A with CEO Andy Kopplin.

As Biz New Orleans continues to grow, we’re excited to announce our own new beginning: this July will be our first-ever New & Notables issue, where we’ll profile our favorite businesspeople whose new companies and innovations are taking Southeast Louisiana into the future. We’re definitely open to suggestions, so if you know of anyone we should be getting to know, please email Editorial@BizNewOrleans.com.

Enjoy the festivals, and keep reading!


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