Mayor’s Office Of Economic Development To Host Business Information Sessions

NEW ORLEANS — On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Office of Economic Development will kick off another series of Business Information Sessions designed to connect local entrepreneurs and business owners with useful tools and resources to grow their businesses.

         “These quarterly sessions are key to helping our local business owners and entrepreneurs thrive in the City’s growing entrepreneurial hub,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “When our businesses succeed, our economy strengthens, more residents gain jobs, and we grow the tax base that pays for essential City services.”

         These sessions allow interested entrepreneurs and business owners to learn more about business opportunities. One session will take place in each City Council district. All are open to the public, and individuals can attend any or all sessions.

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         District A Councilmember Susan G. Guidry said, “The Administration’s Business Information Sessions recognize the City’s thriving entrepreneurial spirit and provide excellent opportunities for our local businesses to grow and connect with our festival culture.”

         District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell said, “These information sessions provide a win-win opportunity by helping our emerging entrepreneurs to expand and grow alongside our City’s unique and wonderful festivals. I hope that this series will also further diversify the City’s workforce through increasing participation in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program among small, women-owned, minority-owned, and LGBT-owned local businesses.”

         District C Councilmember Nadine M. Ramsey said, “The festival season is an enjoyable and potentially profitable time for our residents.  I am encouraged by the administration providing the crucial information needed to facilitate access for all citizens to participate in the wonderful economic opportunities presented by the numerous festivals held in New Orleans.”

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         District D Councilmember Jared C. Brossett said, "In this period of great economic growth in the city of New Orleans, it is more important than ever that we take the initiative in expanding economic opportunity. These sessions are a perfect example of how municipal government can be proactive in making sure that all of our entrepreneurs have access to the same knowledge and information. Through a series of steps like these, our business leadership community becomes deeper and more diverse and our economy and our city thus become stronger.”

         District E Councilmember James A. Gray said, “New Orleans is famous for its festivals, and both locals and tourists spend a lot of money on food, art and entertainment. Anyone who bakes a great pie, paints, makes jewelry and more can create or grow a small business. The Mayor’s business sessions are a terrific opportunity for anyone interested in working and making money on the festival circuit.”

          The complete list of dates and locations are:

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District A:

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lakeview Christian Center

5885 Fleur de Lis Dr.

New Orleans, LA  70124



“Procedures to Become a Vendor in Future Special Events” presented by City of New Orleans One Stop Shop

“Things to Know Once You Receive a Special Event Occupational License” presented by City of New Orleans Bureau of Revenue


District B:

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

JOB1 Business and Career Solutions, 2nd Floor Conference Room

3400 Tulane Ave.

New Orleans, LA  70119



“Jazz in the Park Business Opportunities” presented by People United for Armstrong Park

“2017 BUKU Music & Art Project Business Opportunities” presented by Winter Circle Productions / AEG Live Gulf Coast


District C:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Treme Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room

900 N. Villere St.

New Orleans, LA  70116



“New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Crescent City Blues Festival Business Opportunities” presented by New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Inc.


District D:

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dillard University Office of Community Relations, DUICEF Building, Room 207

2601 Gentilly Blvd.

New Orleans, LA  70122



“ESSENCE Festival Business Opportunities” presented by Montana Productions, LLC

“Wednesdays at the Square Business Opportunities” presented by Young Leadership Council


District E:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Joe W. Brown Recreation Center

5601 Read Blvd.

New Orleans, LA  70127



“Bayou Boogaloo Festival Business Opportunities” presented by Mothership Foundation / Bayou Boogaloo

“Freret Street Market & Festival Business Opportunities” presented by Freret Street Market & Festival


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