NEW ORLEANS, LA- In observance of Black History Month, Mayor Mitch Landrieu will celebrate the history of Black entrepreneurship in New Orleans and highlight minority-owned businesses during NOLA FOR LIFE’s Black Business Month.
“Throughout New Orleans’ history, African-American businesses have been essential to helping our community find pathways towards prosperity,” said Mayor Landrieu. “As we look towards our 300th birthday in 2018 and in honor of our legacy of African-American entrepreneurship, we must continue to ensure that our citizens are able to participate in New Orleans’ growth, especially our young African-American males.”
Throughout the month of February, Black Business Month will consist of a series of weekly events and major announcements that will increase the competitiveness of small businesses, promote entrepreneurship, and strengthen workforce development opportunities. This week’s events include the following:
DBE Certification Seminar hosted by the City’s Office of Supplier Diversity will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, from 10:00am- 11:00am. The certification seminar will focus on educating under‐served and under‐utilized disadvantaged business enterprises on what is needed to become certified and gain greater access to procurement opportunities and resources to build competitively viable and sustainable businesses in and for the City of New Orleans. The seminar will take place at 1340 Poydras Street, Suite 2100, New Orleans, LA 70112.
On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Mayor Landrieu will partner with Delgado Community College to host an event entitled, Along the Pathway to Prosperity: A Look at African-American Entrepreneurship. The event is specifically designed as an opportunity to inspire and empower young New Orleanians by touting the city’s rich legacy of and opportunities for Black business owners and entrepreneurs.
The free event is open to the public and will feature an insightful panel discussion on economic ownership and entrepreneurial tips with top leaders from the city’s business community. Panel members will include the following: Ronnie Burns of QCS Logistics, Dwayne Bernal of Royal Engineering, Glenda English of GMc+Company Advertising, Iam Tucker of Integrated Logistical Support Inc. and Daryl Womack of Case Closed Barber Shop. Attendees will also have the chance to connect one-on-one with participating entrepreneurs and business professionals during the event’s networking session.
The event will be held at the Student Life Center (Building 23) in the Lac Maurepas Room at Delgado Community College which is located at 615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124.
Additionally, representatives from Delgado Community College, Dillard University, Xavier University, Southern University at New Orleans, Tulane University, Loyola University, JOB1 and Urban League will be on-site to provide information regarding access to education, job training, employment opportunities, economic empowerment and mentorship.
To find more information about the upcoming events, please visit www.nolaforlife.org.
Launched in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comprehensive murder reduction strategy to tackle the city's historically high murder rate. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, NOLA FOR LIFE takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem and implements initiatives in five main categories: Stop the Shooting, Invest in Prevention, Promote Jobs and Opportunity, Strengthen the NOPD and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.nolaforlife.org and tune in to NOLA FOR LIFE original programming 24/7 on Cox Cable Channel 99.