Plaques and Statues

Editor’s Note

Lately, it seems like all I do is go to awards ceremonies. First we had the Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP) awards June 24 in Dallas — celebrating the best of business publications in the country. I’m very proud to announce that Biz New Orleans took home its first award for editorial, a silver for “Best Recurring Feature” for our monthly “Why Didn’t I Think of That” features, along with a bronze for “Best Daily Email.” If you’re not getting our daily email newsletter and are looking for a quick, easy way to see all the top news affecting Southeast Louisiana today (along with award-winning blogs), sign up now at

Just two weeks later, Biz completely swept the business writing category at the annual Press Club of New Orleans Excellence in Journalism Awards, with Mark  Patrick Spencer taking home the first prize for his feature on craft beer last July. Our amazing sports columnist, Chris Price, also walked away with the award for “Best Sports Column.”

I’m so proud of all our writers and the work they do to bring you the top stories spanning across all industries in this region.

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On the note of writers, sadly, last month’s issue was the last for two of our columnists. The first, Peter Reichard, has written our dining column since Biz’s inception and will be deeply missed. We’re excited for him though, as he takes on the role of president of the Utah Foundation. Steven Ellis, vice president of Bellwether Technology, who has been writing our tech column since December 2015, is also leaving due to increasing demands on his valuable time. Both of these men did an excellent job in their time with us and we wish them great success.

At the same time, we’re excited to welcome two new columnists. The first, Poppy Tooker, needs no introduction for anyone at all interested in food. We’re thrilled that this is the first issue of her new dining column. We’re also excited to add a new topic to our column section this month — marketing, in which the talented Julia Carcamo will provide you with helpful tips to make your company stand out.

I’d also like to add congratulations to last month’s first-ever Biz New Orleans New & Notables winners. It was an honor to present you with your awards — and I have to say, so much less stressful to be on the giving end of these events!

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