Nearly 20 caterers, featuring entrepreneurs who are women and/or people of color, connected with organizations so that both parties can gain new opportunities and insights for their respective work. This invitation-only event on historic Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard featured samples of the caterers’ culinary creations along with refreshments courtesy of three featured vendors: Drinks by Divas, Second Line Brewing and Seven Three Distilling Co.
If you are an individual or small business in the arts, cultural, music, culinary or creative industries located in the Greater New Orleans and Acadiana areas, the Fund offers accessible capital and business training. Loan funds can be used in many ways to support your business — from marketing and advertising to purchasing equipment and supplies, to building your capacity to create long-term projects.
Equity-focused education champion Andrea Zayas tapped to launch and lead new youth-development intermediary in New Orleans
This new organization comes out of recommendations from the YouthShift Initiative, a community-driven initiative working to improve outcomes for children and youth in New Orleans — with the ultimate goal of supporting youth-serving organizations and programs to reach their goals for positive youth outcomes.
The 16 participants spanned a diverse spectrum of community leadership in terms of age, race, gender, experience and issues they hoped to address by taking the workshop. Each participant seemed to be particularly affected by different classes, speakers, themes and exercises.
FFL partners with City of New Orleans to enhance broadband access in City and Sewerage and Water Board Facilities
Foresite Group and FFL are designing a fiber-optic network that will enable the City of New Orleans to offer a new range of services to meet the growing expectations of citizens in vibrant urban environments. These services could range from new Smart City capabilities that improve public safety, allow for better communication with residents and improve energy efficiency to innovative ways to approach the digital divide.
The CID Manager will be supported by the partners within the City of New Orleans as well as the FFL staff team to oversee hiring of consultants and staff to work on fund development, capital plans and construction, vendor selection and training, as well as implementation and development of effective operational systems, processes and policies for the CID.
Latinola youth work together to develop creative outlets and push for social and policy changes that advance racial and cultural equity and educational reform
Participants learned about FFL's work and mission and were introduced to some of the skills and issues that will be covered in the workshop: civic participation, neighborhood transformation, social justice, leadership development, and civic values, rights and responsibilities. The LEAD Program stands for "Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, Development."
Through this effort, Propeller and Foundation for Louisiana will make loans to non-profit and for-profit social ventures that are solving pressing issues in food access, water management, educational equity, and health. The partnership will seek to address funding gaps faced by New Orleans’s small businesses, particularly those owned by women and entrepreneurs of color, by offering loans with favorable terms and providing ongoing mentorship and guidance to borrowers.
The program will focus on real estate finance, financial analysis and real estate development to support stronger, more resilient and equitable communities. Due to a short launch period and strong demand, the program will start on Jan. 11, 2017. This will allow more time for applicants to plan and prepare for the upcoming coursework. Registration is open through Jan. 6, 2017