Friday, 26 April 2013 15:36

Louisiana Biz and Org: Delgado, Jindal, WTC, Idea Village, Walmart, BGR

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NGODelgado Community College, Idea village, Walmart, a grant from Humana, BGR and the World Trade Center are featured in today's Louisiana Business and Organiation roundup:



Jindal, Delgado Community college

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal will break ground on Sydney Collier Campus at Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

Idea Village

The “post-season” continues next week with the 4th annual Launch Fest.  Idea Village's partner Launch Pad is hosting this leading startup conference meets demo day on Thursday, May 2nd, at the New Orleans Museum of Art. In addition to an amazing lineup of speakers, entrepreneursAnedotDreanieEngineEnriched Schools, eTaxCreditExchangeSideworkStaff Insight, and Tutti Dynamics will pitch investors.

View the full schedule of events and register here.  


Applications for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses are due April 29, 2013.10,000 Small Businesses is a practical business management education program that helps you develop the skills you need to grow your company. If selected to participate, you also receive one-on-one business advising sessions from dedicated professionals to help you develop a tailored plan for growth. Apply here and check out success stories from past participants Phil DeGruy of Phil’s Grill and Gene Sausse of BooKoo Bounce.

Local entrepreneurs Be Well Nutrition and Haystack EDU won a combined $70K during the Tulane Business Plan Competition and the Domain Companies New Orleans Entrepreneur Challenge on Friday, April 19th. Read more.

CODEMKRS hosted Louisiana’s first music hackathon in a 24 hour “code festival” at the University of New Orleans April 19th - 21st. The winner, Consearch, used The Echo Nest and Songkick API’s to give local concert recommendations. Read more.

Idea Village is also excited to announce that Retail Goose (formerly known as Clothesline Software) won the inaugural Idea Village App Contest with 125+ likes, and has been crowned the NOEW 2013 Favorite! Led by Steve Fingerman and Lady Fuller, Retail Goose is a cloud platform for electronic ordering between retailers and wholesalers, solving challenges with the trade show experience. Their own app, which is also being designed by New Orleans-based developer Chris Boyd, will be rolling out in late May.

The Idea Village App, which launched last month in time for New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, is free and available for download in the App Store. Users can interact directly with company founders, build a portfolio of their favorite ventures, and read the latest news on the New Orleans entrepreneurial community via We are currently in the process of adding new features for the 2014 Entrepreneur Season, which kicks off on July 15, 2013.


 For the seventh consecutive year, a deserving nonprofit organization in the Greater New Orleans area will have an opportunity to positively impact the health and well-being of the community, as Humana will open the call for entries starting April 29 for the $100,000 Humana Communities Benefit-New Orleans 2013 grant. 

Humana is inviting all nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations based in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes to apply for the one-time, $100,000 Humana Communities Benefit charitable grant in New Orleans. 

Humana Communities Benefit is a charitable giving program, sponsored by the Humana Foundation. The program awards a one-time, $100,000 signature grant to a Greater New Orleans nonprofit organization, focused on improving the health and well-being of the community in the areas of childhood health, intergenerational health and active lifestyles. 

The grant application deadline for this year’s program is July 30. Following a selection process by a panel of local judges, the 2013 grant winner will be announced at an awards gala in New Orleans this November. 

“Humana is proud to continue the tradition and provide nonprofit organizations in the New Orleans area with an opportunity to receive this transformational funding,” said Rhonda Bagby, Humana Louisiana Commercial Market President. 

“We’ve seen so many organizations benefit from this grant over the years and we’re thrilled to have a strong and enduring impact on another deserving nonprofit in our community,” Bagby added. “We encourage all eligible nonprofits in Greater New Orleans to apply for their chance to receive this year’s $100,000 grant.” 

The Humana Communities Benefit program in New Orleans has been awarding one-time $100,000 signature grants to New Orleans-area nonprofits focused on improving the health and well-being of local communities since 2007. 

Last fall, Boys Town Louisiana was awarded the $100,000 grant by the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. With its Humana Communities Benefit grant, Boys Town Louisiana is launching this summer a new educational program for about 60 area youngsters that will include social skills, fitness and nutritional courses at its Gretna residential facility. 

“The Humana Communities Benefit grant has infused a new level of energy and enthusiasm into our organization,” said Boys Town Louisiana Executive Director Dennis Dillon. “This grant has allowed Boys Town Louisiana to venture into a whole new area in caring for youth that includes preventive services, such as good health and nutrition training.” 


On Monday, April 29, 2013, Walmart and the City of New Orleans will announce the groundbreaking of the former Lakeland Medical Center site for the development of a new Walmart store serving New Orleans East.


The Accidental Steward: The Orleans Parish School Board as a Resource Manager in the Reform Era. The report examines the School Board's performance as the financial steward for all public schools in Orleans. 

Find the report and press release here.

The World Trade Center of New Orleans 
2013 Executive Speaker Series 

First program of the Series on May 13 featuring Michael G. Morris, Non-Executive Chairman and Former President & CEO of American Electric Power. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, AEP is one of the largest Electric Utility Companies in the US, serving more than 5 million customers in 11 states, specializing in regulated utility operations, transmission, power generation, and river operations. 

AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile (63,000 km) network that includes 765 kilovolt ultra-high voltage transmission lines; more than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. Learn More about AEP >>




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