The Idea Village Partners with Regions Bank to Host a Free Content Series for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs


NEW ORLEANS – Small business owners hoping to improve their social media presence should tweak their plans for this evening (Wednesday, Feb. 13).

During a workshop at The Shop at the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street, 3rd Floor), social media expert Jeff Januszek of Jeff Januszek Social Media will teach guests how to leverage their social media campaigns and develop creative ways to connect with new and existing customers. 

The free event, which takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., will kick off the Community Content Series, created by local non-profit The Idea Village and Regions Bank. Register here.

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The series will comprise ten workshops throughout the coming year, and feature experts and alumni of The Idea Village discussing a variety of topics, from digital marketing and advertising, to human resources, finance and investor readiness. 

Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

“It is really important to have a 'front door' in the ecosystem in New Orleans. That is what these events are really about,” said Jon Atkinson, the chief executive officer of The Idea Village. “It is an opportunity to connect, learn, and get plugged in, in a way that ultimately creates value and leads to more start-up activity in our region.”

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Future workshops will offer advice on how to approach various sources of capital, hiring, and team development.

“In addition to educational topics, we will be featuring some local entrepreneurs telling 'how they built it' stories focusing on lessons learned, and opportunities to talk about leadership,” said Atkinson.

The March event will feature a panel of local investors.

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The organizers of the series also plan to host open mic nights, allowing aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase their business idea in front of an audience.

"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and the success of small-business owners is critical to the long-term success of New Orleans," said Graham Ralston in a statement. Ralston is the market executive of Regions New Orleans. 

The organization’s goal, he added, is to provide the educational resources that transform a person’s dream of growing a small business into a reality.

“Regions Bank is an institution that shares our passion for helping entrepreneurs and small business owners thrive,” said Atkinson. “They are a natural partner in helping bring this new public series to life.”


Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur is the associate news editor for Biz New Orleans.

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