StayLocal to Host Online Discussion of Policy Ideas for Small Businesses

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A vendor chats with customers at the Central City food hall Roux Carre, a nonprofit ‘pop-up market’ that was designed to showcase minority- and women-owned businesses. The project created by Good Work Network ceased operation in December 2018.

NEW ORLEANS – StayLocal, an independent business alliance, will host a virtual town hall discussion titled “Charting the Course for Louisiana’s Small and Very Small Businesses” at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 28 on the Zoom video conferencing platform.

“The New Orleans community has rallied to support our local independent businesses as the pandemic rages on,” said StayLocal Program Manager Maryann Miller. “At the same time, increased awareness of racial disparity in economic opportunities in nearly every form has shone a light on challenges that business owners of color experience, disparities which threaten the survival of New Orleans’ Black-owned businesses.”

StayLocal asked business owners impacted by COVID-19 economic policies thus far to share their thoughts and recommend initiatives to reverse the course of the faltering economy and prioritize equity in business survival planning. Four business owners – representing banquet catering, real estate development, locally franchised coffee and hospitality staffing – will start the conversation. 

An initiative of the Urban Conservancy, StayLocal aims to connect local businesses through education, networking and advocacy to support a thriving New Orleans economy. The Urban Conservancy’s mission is to strengthen the city’s urban environment and local economy through equitable practices, policies and programs.  

The New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce is a member-based organization focused on the empowerment of and advocacy for minority-owned business organizations in the region.

The event is free. Registration is required via

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