What a Year!
Most every business does strategic planning and sets a road map for the coming years. In the summer of 2013, my partners and I met to discuss our business and set four major goals for 2014. We devised a plan to strengthen our core businesses and to bring new projects into the mix.
The four goals were: 1) publish our first book; 2) create an events division; 3) add depth to our management team; and 4) launch Biz New Orleans. We felt that achieving these goals would position the company well for the future. So how did we do?
This year we published “The Essential Louisiana Cookbook,” with recipes by our Louisiana Life writer Stanley Dry and photography by Eugenia Uhl. The staff created a fabulous tool for cooking. Check it out at LouisianaCookBook.com.
As for events, we are now producing more than 25 events a year, with our monthly New Orleans Magazine Hobnobber networking event and our annual Tops of the Town among them. We were very proud to create and execute New Orleans Sushi Fest, which attracted nearly 3,000 attendees. You can learn more about all of our great events by signing up for our daily newsletter at MyNewOrleans.com.
This year we added many talented people across the company and promoted and hired more managers than any previous year. I am extremely proud of our entire team and the great work they produce. We could not do it without them!
Then there was Biz New Orleans. Since our launch issue in October, the business community has embraced this new feature magazine and its companion website BizNewOrleans.com. I thank everyone for their kind words and support. Please keep your thoughts and feedback coming – Todd@BizNewOrleans.com.
What does 2015 have in store? Be on the lookout – our creative staff has some great ideas coming your way.