StayLocal
1307 Oretha Castle Blvd. #309, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113

(504) 252-1259

Annual Survey of Independent Businesses
 
StayLocal requests participation from our network in an annual survey of independent business owners in partnership with the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) and the Advocates for Independent Business coalition.
 
The survey aims to find out how independent businesses are faring, what are their key challenges, and how the localism movement is having an impact. 
 
Our findings are published in New Orleans Independent Business Trends Report, which we share widely with local and national policy makers to help create an environment where local business can thrive. Last year, our presentation of the 2016 report to our council members led to discussions about commercial real estate, road construction, and solutions to challenges business owners face.

Read our past finding here - New Orleans Independent Business Trends Report.

 
Don't miss this important opportunity to make your voice heard!
 
The survey opens MARCH 6TH. Check back for the survey link.
Double Reward Points Tuesdays!
Did you know we offer frequent shopper cards for every purchase over $50?! Fill up your card and receive a $50 credit on your next purchase. PLUS earn DOUBLE the reward points when you shop on Tuesdays! It's our way of saying thank you for your loyalty. XO, Feet First LOCATIONS: UPTOWN 4122 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70115 FRENCH QUARTER 526 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130
Crossing the Threshold Together
Gotcha Covered HR is pleased to sponsor this workshop with Arlene Hirsh, a graduate of Northwestern University and a recognized expert in the field of career psychology. “Emerging adults” are identified as young men and women who are entering the work force while simultaneously crossing the threshold into adulthood. Engaged employers can build successful working relationships with them by looking for points of convergence and connection - where their development needs sync up with your business goals and priorities. This workshop will provide business owners and managers with the tools for how to engage creatively with emerging adults so that they will grow professionally and beneficially to your company. Rotational assignments, stretching goals, and training opportunities will be explored as some of the ways to assist them in learning how to take on leadership roles and become committed to the longevity of your organization. Arlene has found that emerging adults want meaningful work and crave feedback. They want to believe in a company that values their role and lets them know how they are doing. This makes for a mutually valuable relationship. While employers may be reluctant to invest so much time and effort in developing a population that has been perceived to have a high turnover rate, by learning how to invest the time up front to show their work is valued and meaningful, you will have a greater chance of them staying the long term.
Eat Local + StayLocal Restaurant Challenge
Eat Local NOLA is partnering with StayLocal for the 7th Annual New Orleans Eat Local Challenge!  The Eat Local Challenge is a 30-day advocacy campaign where New Orleanians are challenged to only eat foods grown, caught, or raised within a 200-mile radius. The goal of the challenge is to raise the awareness of the nutritional, economic, environmental, and cultural benefits of eating locally sourced foods.  As part of the campaign, Eat Local NOLA and StayLocal are hosting a Restaurant Challenge that encourages New Orleanians to dine at restaurants that support local food systems. Participating restaurants have prepared at least one dish made of local ingredients for Eat Local Challenge participants so they can dine out while staying true to the challenge.  The Eat Local Challenge participant who dines at the most participating Restaurants during the month of June will win a New Orleans Staycation: a one night stay at Hotel Storyville, plus a $200 gift certificate to a participating restaurant of their choice! Additional prizes awarded for 2nd and 3rd places. Rules: - Post a photo of your meal, tag @eatlocalnola, @staylocal, and the restaurant, and include #RestaurantChallengeNOLA - Or submissions can be made via email to elisa@eatlocalnola.org - Contest ends Thursday June 25th at midnight and submissions after that time will not be counted. More info on the challenge can be found at EatLocalNOLA.org.
Connecting to Customers
Mayor’s Office of Economic Development presents their 2nd quarter Business Information Sessions Connecting to Customers: How to Plug Your Business into the $7 Billion Tourism Economy for Free Speakers include the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) and their social agency of record, FSC Interactive, the New Orleans CVB, and StayLocal. We’ll share how to get listed on the official websites for New Orleans Tourism, opportunities to work with the New Orleans CVB, and ways to get your content considered for tourism marketing. RSVP Here! For more information contact Margrett Magee in the Office of Economic Development at (504) 658-4237 or momagee@nola.gov.   District A Wednesday, May 31 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm Regional Transportation Management Center (10 Veterans Blvd) District B Wednesday, June 7 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm New Orleans Convention And Visitors Bureau (2020 St. Charles Ave.) District C Wednesday, June 14 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm Algiers Regional Library (3014 Holiday Dr.)   District D Wednesday, June 21 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm Norman Mayer Branch Library (3001 Gentilly Blvd.)   District E Wednesday, June 28 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm New Orleans East Hospital Meeting Room (5620 Read Blvd.) RSVP Here!
Opportunities for Contractors in Stormwater Management
This workshop has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education for the Residential Contractor License by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors. Every attendee who holds a Residential Contractor License will receive 6 hours of CE credit.
Calling Local Experts for Office Hours
Every summer StayLocal promotes our SourceNOLA campaign that encourages local businesses to switch at least one aspect of their business over to a local service provider. To help businesses connect with local experts, StayLocal is hosting Office Hours sessions this July. These are free one-on-one consultations where local businesses can receive expert advice from you about the services you provide!   You'll gain potential leads and ample marketing exposure from Office Hours promotions in our newsletter (over 4k recipients), on our social media channels (over 12k followers), and to our many partner organizations and their networks. Logistics:      - As an expert you will attend ONE of the three sessions and provide up to six consultations      - All sessions will be held at StayLocal's office (1307 OC Haley Blvd) from 8:30-10:30am   If you are interested in being an expert fill out this brief form. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call us at 504-252-1259.  APPLY HERE