Health 2.0 New Orleans and Team Gleason Announce April 24 Fundraiser
Health 2.0 New Orleans and Team Gleason are collaborating to promote their common interest in solving healthcare challenges through entrepreneurship and new technology. Team Gleason was started by former Saints player Steve Gleason, along with his family and friends, to provide individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries with cutting-edge technology, equipment, and services. To celebrate their collaboration, the two organizations will host the "Cheers for Charity" fundraiser at the Rusty Nail on Thursday, April 24th from 4 to 8pm. Tickets will be $20 online or $30 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit The Gleason Initiative Foundation. er
The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is partnering with INNOV8 Lafayette to deliver the April Food for Thought - INNOV8 Meeting of the Minds: Innovative and Creative Success Stories.
The panel discussion will feature:
Richard Zuschlag, President/CEO of Acadian Companies
Red Lerille, Owner/Operator of Red's Health & Racquet Club
Margaret Trahan, President/CEO of United Way of Acadiana
Ben Bernard, President/CEO of Aerion Rentals
INNOV8 Lafayette is a festival of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship designed to showcase, educate, connect, and inspire.
SBLF loans and Louisiana (Press release)
The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released a new report showing that, nationwide, participants receiving capital through the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) boosted small business lending by $12.5 billion over baseline levels and $1.3 billion over the prior quarter. The reported aggregate lending increase represents an estimated 56,900 additional loans to small businesses according to earlier loan data from SBLF’s First Annual Lending Survey. In Louisiana, SBLF participants have increased their small business lending by $668.1 million, also over baseline levels, including a $41.8 million increase in the fourth quarter of 2013.
“Quarter after quarter, the community banks participating in Treasury’s Small Business Lending Fund have supported greater levels of lending to Louisiana small businesses than their peers, accelerating the economic recovery on Main Street,” said Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Mary J. Miller. “We know that by making it easier for our small businesses to grow and hire, SBLF is expanding opportunity in communities across the country.”
Small businesses play a critical role in the U.S. economy and are central to growth and job creation. In the aftermath of the recession and credit crisis, small business owners faced significant challenges, including difficulty accessing capital.
SBLF banks have now increased business loans outstanding by a median of 59 percent over baseline levels, versus a 14 percent median increase for a representative peer group of similar banks. Increases in small business lending are widespread across SBLF participants, with 95 percent of participants having increased their small business lending over baseline levels. Most participants report that their small business lending increases have been substantial, with 90 percent increasing small business lending by 10 percent or more.
SBLF encourages lending to small businesses by providing capital to community banks and CDLFs with less than $10 billion in assets. The dividend or interest rate a community bank pays on SBLF funding was reduced as the bank increased its lending to small businesses – providing a strong incentive for new lending to small businesses so that these firms can expand and create jobs. Individual community banks had the opportunity to reduce the rate they pay to one percent if they increased qualified small business lending by 10 percent over their baseline. As established in the Act, the baseline for measuring the change in small business lending is the average of the amounts that were reported for each of the four calendar quarters ended June 30, 2010.
Le Petit Theater
Arthur Miller's classic Death of a Salesman, the first Pulitzer Prize-winning script to be produced by Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré in recent memory, takes the stage on May 9 for eleven performances.
Le Petit’s board of governors is committed to producing a Pulitzer prize-winning script each season as part of the community theatre's commitment to theatre education. Death of a Salesman has been considered an American classic since it was first performed in 1949.
Directed by Amy Holtcamp, local actor George Sanchez stars as Willy Loman, a traveling salesman who struggles to achieve the American Dream in a story that weaves together complex issues of family and success. It is a thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that is widely regarded as one of the greatest American plays ever written.
Other lead cast members include Mary Pauley as Linda Loman, Garrett Prejean as Biff Loman, Chris Marroy as Happy Loman, Ron Gural as Ben Loman and Casey Groves as Charlie.
"I've been struck by how much I relate to Willy Loman,” Holtcamp stated. “It's a play about a man who looks around and realizes that all of those dreams he's had for the future might not come true. The future is here and none of it has materialized. It's also shocking how relevant the play is to a modern audience. I think after the most recent economic collapse, we are all wondering if the American Dream is still a reality.”
Ticket prices range from $30 - $50 and may be purchased online at www.lepetittheatre.com or by visiting or calling the theatre’s box office at 504-522-2081 between 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Wednesday, May 21performance features discounted ticket prices of $10 - $20.
Arrival of Port of New Orleans’ largest cruise ship, the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream, to launch year-round Caribbean service. Carnival Dream’s New Orleans debut will be commemorated on Monday morning April 14, with a traditional maritime plaque exchange between Carnival and Port of New Orleans officials. Carnival Dream builds upon Carnival’s position as New Orleans’ number one cruise operator with two year-round ships carrying more than 400,000 passengers annually.
The 1,004-foot-long Carnival Dream offers a host of on-board innovations, including a 303-foot-long water slide -- among the longest at sea – as well as a luxurious 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, more than two dozen bars, restaurants and lounges, a half-mile outdoor promenade encircling the ship, and 1,823 staterooms and suites. Guests are served by 1,367 crew members.
The Port of New Orleans has invested $2.3 million in upgrades to its Erato Street Cruise Terminal to accommodate a ship as large as the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream.
A study by Cruise Lines International Association found that spending by Carnival and other cruise operators in Louisiana topped $399 million in 2012, generating 7,548 jobs and $294 million in personal income. CLIA also ranked New Orleans the sixth largest cruise port in the U.S. Carnival Dream departs on inaugural six-day cruise from New Orleans at approximately 4 p.m.
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