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Hate Has No Place Here: Creating a Welcoming Environment in Your Biz
4/26/2017 10:30:00 PM UTC - 4/27/2017 12:30:00 AM UTC
1427 Oretha Castle Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70113
“Hate Has No Place Here” is a panel discussion designed to give New Orleans business owners the tools to create a welcoming environment in their business and community. Businesses owners are leaders whose actions to demonstrate solidarity for and acceptance of people of all walks of life extend beyond the walls of their business to the community.
The panel brings together lawyers, equity experts, and local business owners to share their experiences and knowledge. The goal of the event is to teach New Orleans businesses how to respond to issues of racism, discrimination, and hate speech in their business to ensure all people feel safe, valued, and wanted.

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Matthew Kincaid, Race and Equity Consultant at Overcoming Racism, LLC
Matthew Kincaid has been conducting anti-racism and anti-oppression workshops since he was fifteen years old. Working with the National Conference for Community and Justice, Matthew Kincaid engaged in high quality and high impact trainings for both youth and adults. At Tufts University Matthew was selected as a public service and active citizenship scholar, where he continued his work and advocacy on campus. Matthew now works as an Assistant Principal at a local middle school where he facilitates an anti-racism curriculum of professional development with his teachers and staff.
Vera Williams owner of Community Book Center
Community Book Center is ”more than a book store.” They have African-centered books, art, fabric, gifts and more. Vera opens the space to schools, churches, and hosts community events, book clubs, performances, public meetings and book fairs. Community Book Center strives to offer personalized customer service that is experience and community-based. 
Aaron Z. Ahlquist, associate with Herman, Herman & Katz and the Anti-Defamation League
Mr. Ahlquist practices in the areas of union and employee side labor and employment law, complex and commercial litigation, and class action and mass tort. As an associate with HH&K, Mr. Ahlquist has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 in the State of Louisiana by The National Trial Lawyers Association, and was recognized by New O r leans City Business as a Leader in Law.  Prior to his practicing law, he served on the legislative staff of Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN).  He is also involved with the Anti-Defamation League and received the Barney Mintz Leadership Award for his work with the organization in 2016.

Blake Haney owner and creative director of Dirty Coast Press
Dirty Coast began in 2004 as a response to what was passing for local apparel on Bourbon street; a way to make cool designs for die hard New Orleanians. After Hurricane Katrina, owner Blake Haney found himself in Lafayette meditating on the fate of his beloved city. He designed a bumper sticker that read, “Be a New Orleanian, Wherever You Are” and placed them all over New Orleans as soon as he could return. The reaction to Blake's design was overwhelming, and developing the Dirty Coast brand became a no-brainer. Dirty Coast creates shirts (bumper stickers, cups, etc.) that exist on a level beyond your standard laundry, that engages your friends and neighbors in conversation, that starts debates, that elicits laughter, nostalgia, and many “Yea Ya Right!” That’s their goal, to be bold and to be real about our dirty, marvelous city.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26th from 5:30 - 7:30pm 
WHERE: The Building (1427 Oretha Castle Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113)
COST: $10 suggested donation
Beverages and light bites will be served
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Thank you to our partners and sponsors: LCIA, The Building, IBERIABANK, and the New Orleans Healing Center.

Double Reward Points Tuesdays!
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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 - 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
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   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