Tuesday, May 24, 2011

June 2011 Entrepreneurial Training

Event Description

Women’s Business Resource Center in partnership with the New Orleans Entrepreneurship Center Presents: June 2011 Entrepreneurial Training
Register until June 1, 2011
Visit the link for more information

1. 50 Steps for Starting Your Business / Organizational Structure
2. How & Why to Write a Business Plan
3. Business Management: The Right People
4. Operating for Success
5. Marketing & Understanding who the Customers Are
6. Marketing & Networking: How to Connect to the People
7. Understanding Business Financials, Projections, Cash Flow and Budgeting
8. Finding the Money /Series Wrap Up

$60 for 8 Classes
(Fees cover cost of Materials/Speakers)
Attend individual classes for only $10 each.

Class Info
2475 Canal St., NOLA 70119
Mondays & Thursdays
June 2, 2011-June 27, 2011
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Seating is Limited!!!


2475 Canal St., NOLA 70119, Mondays & Thursdays June 2-27, 2011


6 p.m.- 9 p.m.


$60 for 8 Classes

AEDF-Old Point Bar June Business Mixer

Event Description

Click here for more information here


Old Point Bar, Algiers


6 p.m.-9 p.m.


Free; Discounted Domestic Beer

City Council District "C" Annual Report 2010 - 2011

May 24th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Today, District “C” Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer released the first District “C” Annual Report of the Councilmember’s first year in office.

Click here to read the full annual report:

Contact: Kelisha Garrett Office of District “C” Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer

Office: (504) 658-1038

Cell: (504) 251-8154



Faubourg St. John

Event Description

PORCH CRAWL tickets online
Please notify info@fsjna.org that you paid online.
Thank you for your support!

Featuring cocktails from your favorite neighborhood places!
Café Degas
Santa Fe Restaurant
Crescent City Steakhouse
Liuzza’s by the Track
Home of Jimmy Fahrenholtz

Tickets available
@ FSJNA.org &
Terranova Brothers
Click here to purchase tickets: http://business.fsjna.org/2011/05/porch-crawl-june-11/


3308 Esplanade


4 p.m.-7 p.m.



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

City Council Encourages Citizen Participation in Cable Television Franchise Renewal Process

May 18, 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

New Orleans, LA – May 17, 2011 – The current Orleans Parish Cable Television Franchise is up for renewal this year. Citizens are encouraged to participate in a survey prepared to help the City Council evaluate the performance of Cox Communications, the current cable television provider for Orleans Parish.

The renewal process begins in the City Council Cable, Telecommunications, and Technology Committee, chaired by District “A” Councilmember Susan Guidry.

“We want to hear from citizens. Our public engagement process will include an online survey and public hearings,” said Councilmember Guidry.

To assist the City Council, please take a moment to answer the survey:

Cox has a non-exclusive franchise to operate in Orleans Parish. The non-exclusive franchise was initially granted in the mid-1980s and renewed in 1995.

Federal law governs cable television franchises and designates citizen input as a step in the local renewal process. The public input gathered will be used in the renewal evaluation process. Federal law does not allow the City Council to set subscriber rates; therefore the Council has no influence over a Cox subscriber’s monthly bill.

The second phase of the citizen engagement process will be a public meeting hosted by the New Orleans City Council Cable, Telecommunications, and Technology Committee. The public meeting will be held in the Council Chamber later this summer.

Click here to participate in the online survey:

For additional information, visit http://www.nolacitycouncil.com.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Community Benefits Agreements

NPN Member Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association blogged about the Urban Land Institute - Louisiana's Symposium on Community Benefits Agreements:

May 11th, 2011 |

DEVELOPERS AND CITY OFFICIALS NEED TO KNOW about a new vehicle for community involvement in the land use planning process for major public-private developments.

What Is a Community Benefits Agreement?
A Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) is a legally enforceable contract
negotiated and executed directly between the developer and a community coalition of neighborhood associations, faith-based organizations, unions, environmental groups, and others representing the interests of people who will be impacted by proposed new developments. The community obtains important benefits, and in return, developers receive crucial public support for the project through the community coalition’s testimony before land use planning and economic development agencies, city councils, and bond financing entities. Please click here to read the rest of the article about Community Benefit Agreements. Article by David Marcello

Please click here for a handbook about Community Benefit Agreements

Please click here for an example of an actual Community Benefits Agreement

For more information please visit The Public Law Center at


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Officials say schools chief Paul Pastorek quitting

By The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE — State education superintendent Paul Pastorek is resigning, state officials familiar with his decision say.The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement had not yet been made, told The Associated Press that Pastorek was to meet with his staff early in the afternoon to inform them.Gov. Bobby Jindal wouldn’t confirm the resignation directly, saying Pastorek should make any announcement.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Salad bars coming to 32 schools in the New Orleans area

Story from www.nola.com:

Published: Monday, May 02, 2011, 9:30 AM

New Orleans students at 32 schools around the city will be getting new healthy lunch options by the end of the year with donated salad bars from the United Fresh Produce Association.

joseph-craig-elementary_1024.jpgShanice Burton, 5, has lunch at Joseph A. Craig Elementary School building in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans in 2010. Craig is one of the New Orleans public schools that will be getting a salad bar.

The group, a trade association made up of produce companies, is raising money to provide salad bars for 6,000 schools across the U.S. over the next three years, a campaign aimed at improving childhood nutrition. Also in on the push, dubbed "Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools," are the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, Whole Foods Markets and The Lunch Box, a nonprofit that advocates for sustainable food production.

The produce association said it was able to raise enough cash to provide a salad bar for every school in the city that requested one. It took in a total of $80,000 for salad bars that cost from $2,500 to $3,000 each. The list includes traditional public schools and charters in New Orleans, as well a single suburban school, Emily C. Watkins Elementary School in LaPlace. The latest gift comes on top of a donation of 10 salad bars by the produce association in 2010 and six by Whole Foods this year.

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The salad bars dovetail with various other government initiatives intended to improve children's health. Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced in February that New Orleans has been selected as a "Let's Move!" city. The program was created by Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to encourage a long-term, holistic approach to fighting childhood obesity. As part of the program, city officials plan to work with community partners to help parents make healthy family choices, create healthy schools, promote physical activity and provide access to healthy and affordable foods.

A 2007 study by the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality pegged the obesity rate among children age 10 though 17 at 36 percent in Louisiana, compared with a national average of 31 percent. Only five other states had a higher rate.

Andrew Vanacore can be reached at avanacore@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3304.