Ten Years Out

August 10, 2015

Sage Summit 2015

July 7, 2015

Ready for Anything: Building Economic Resilience Into Your Business Model

June 3, 2015

Training workshops for business owners, chamber representatives, & economic developers!

NOLA Know-How

June 3, 2015


May 11, 2015

Office Hours

May 11, 2015

New Benefit for SL Members

March 3, 2015

Through a partnership with Loyola University Law School's Incubator Program for recent law school graduates launching their own solo practices, StayLocal members receive access to affordable, "low-bono" legal services.

See what we have been up to!

January 28, 2015

Louisiana Coalition for E-Fairness

January 20, 2015

You are invited to 2015's first meeting of the Louisiana Coalition for E-Fairness, a partnership between StayLocal, Greater New Orleans, Inc., and the Louisiana Retailers Association. The meeting will be a gathering of business owners, developers, and local elected leaders for a roundtable discussion on the status of e-fairness policy in 2015.

New Year, New Home

January 6, 2015

We moved!

Great (and Legal) Ways to Fund Your Business

January 6, 2015

Cutting Edge Capital is offering workshops and a bootcamp throughout January to help small business owners raise capital for their business.

Proudly NOLA Owned

January 6, 2015

Drumroll please….

Organize Your Business in 2015

January 6, 2015

Let 2015 be there year you get your organizational groove down pat!

Invest Local Symposium Recap

December 1, 2014

Yelp's Local "Nifty Under $50"

November 25, 2014

StayLocal's Present Picks

November 25, 2014

Here at StayLocal, we have complied guides of great holiday gifts for everyone on your list! From the traveler, to the business honcho, to the NOLA Lover, we make it easy to the perfect presents locally!

Pleased to announce: InvestLocal Day!

October 24, 2014

We’re bringing two nationally-renowned local investment thinkers, Jenny Kassan and Michael Shuman to New Orleans on Thursday, November 20th to talk alternative financing, crowdfunding, new developments that are opening up local investment opportunities to accredited and unaccredited investors, and much more…

Join us for our Small Business Saturday Kick-off Party, Nov 19th

October 23, 2014

Businesses and customers are invited to party! Meet your neighborhood business owners, find the best local deals for your holiday shopping, and grab a drink to celebrate!

Get excited- it's our 2014 Urban Heroes Gala

October 23, 2014

Celebrate New Orleans' staying power and three visionaries shaping our future in 60's style. There will delectable delectable local food, drink, and music, while the Laissez Boys and Camel Toe Lady Steppers will help us keep it classy!

October News

October 20, 2014

Mayor Landrieu's Office of Economic Development 3rd Quarter Business Information Sessions

August 25, 2014

Business Information Session featuring Accion in Louisiana and A Shared Initiative, Inc. (ASII) – Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Going Global: get a bigger piece of the pie

August 12, 2014

The U.S. makes up only 4% of the world's consumers. That means that 96% of the consumers in the world live outside of the U.S. Why not get a bigger piece of the pie?

Mayor’s Office of Economic Development Business Information Session

August 8, 2014

Have thousands of business ideas, but not the thousands in cash to back them? Join the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development for an information session on small business lending this Thursday!

Small Business Saturday: Everything Businesses Need To Know

November 13, 2013

November 30th is Small Business Saturday New Orleans, a nation-wide holiday dedicated to shopping at local small businesses. Stay Local is your source for Small Business Saturday information, resources and events. Be sure to take advantage of this high-visibility holiday, here's how!

Small Business Saturday: Everything businesses need to know

November 13, 2013

November 30th is Small Business Saturday, a nation-wide holiday dedicated to shopping at local small businesses. Stay Local is your source for Small Business Saturday information, resources and events. Be sure to take advantage of this high-visibility holiday, here's how!

1. Have Small Business Saturday plans? Tell us so we can tell NOLA!

Let us know about any events, specials, etc., you're planning on holding for Small Business Saturday. We'll publicize it on our website, over social media, and we'll pass the info along to partners and the press. We'll be directing New Orleanians to all the SBS happenings, be sure to get your biz on their radar!

Tell Us Your Business's Plans Here

2. Special Stay Local Promotion: Free AMEX Gift Cards!

We have 50 $25 American Express gift cards to give away to businesses in our network! We'll give each biz that requests them ~5 gift cards (# tbd based on response) to be used for promotional purposes on Small Business Saturday. Interested? Email Mark at with a brief description of how you'd use the gift cards on Nov 30th to drive traffic and support the holiday. Stay Local members receive first dibs!

Ideas include: the first 5 customers that pledge to spend the gift card at a local small business receive a gift card; all customers on SBS are entered in a lottery to receive a gift card, etc.

3. Get Your Free Small Business Saturday Marketing Materials

SBS materials for small businesses- including in-store signage, promotional materials, logos and imagery, social media templates, etc.- are free and customizable. They are available here:

SBS Marketing Materials

4. Stay Local's Plans

Over the next two and a half weeks, we'll be publicizing the SBS deals, specials and events of Stay Local businesses online via a dedicated page on, and on social media via Stay Local's Twitter and Facebook. We'll also be recruiting press coverage of the holiday and directing press to participating businesses.

On Small Business Saturday, we'll be hosting an interactive lesson on the importance of shopping at local, independent businesses with kids from the NOLA Homeschooler's group. More details to come!    

SL! Lunch & Learn is this Friday!

July 30, 2013

Come enjoy lunch at Joey K's and a presentation by Evie and Samantha from Feet First Shoes, Handbags and Accessories on "Marketing Strategies for This Day and Age." 

Blog- Changing Perceptions of New Orleans

February 7, 2013

In recent weeks, New Orleanians have been singing the praises of their city’s remarkable recovery and resilience to visitors here for Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl.  Signs of a robust economy are evident everywhere, from new construction to street repairs, and from beautifully renovated historic homes in residential districts to a burgeoning restaurant and retail scene along commercial corridors.

But the story of “The Big Easy” is never a simple or straightforward one, and a recent survey sheds light on the underlying complexities and contradictions inherent in our progress.  

On January 25, 2013, Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.), Southeast Louisiana’s 11-parish economic development organization, released Bridging the Perception Gap: Results of National Opinion Survey. According to its press release, GNO, Inc. commissioned Lake Research Partners to conduct the study “to understand how the rest of America views New Orleans, through their thoughts on doing business here, moving here, and quality of life.”  

The survey was conducted in November 2012 in six target media markets – Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles/San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. Over 1,600 registered voters were surveyed, including an oversampling of 500 college educated young professionals. 

Not surprisingly, perceptions about quality-of-life, economic opportunity, and extreme weather events continue to persist.  That said, one of the key findings was that four out of ten of those surveyed would consider moving here if given the opportunity. This number increased to six out of ten for individuals who have visited in the past two years, suggesting that visiting improves perception.   

Residents know that there is much work to be done to ensure that Southeast Louisiana remains a habitable and affordable region for all the citizens who call it home.  According to the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, water management and other issues related to wetlands loss, skyrocketing rental rates, and persistently high poverty and crime rates are some of the city’s and the region’s most entrenched challenges.  As GNO Inc’s perception study shows, however, recent quality-of-life wins are evident and contribute to a sense of momentum and optimism that is not lost on the visitors who fall in love with our city every day.

You can read the full Bridging the Perception Gap study here:

You can read more recent facts and figures from the GNOCDC here:

Stay Local! Has Moved!

January 18, 2013

As of January 15, we are located in scenic Broadmoor. Visit us at our new location in the Propeller Incubator at 4035 Washington Ave., where Broad meets Washington.

Putting your Business on the Radar this Holiday Season

November 15, 2012

Our November 2012 newsletter: Lunch & Learn announcement, Mid-City Neighborhood Guides released, tools for small businesses during the holidays, and much more. 

What You Need To Know About Crowdfunding

October 25, 2012

On October 23, Xavier University’s Entrepreneur Institute hosted the discussion “Crowdfunding… the New Trend in Small Business Finance.” The panel featured a well chosen set of local practitioners in the field. SL! was there and is reporting back with "What You Need To Know About Crowdfunding"

Who speaks for Small Business? You do. Here’s how

October 25, 2012

Stay Local is partnering with the national American Sustainable Business Council to make our member businesses’ voices heard in Washington. By connecting our independent business owners to federal policy makers, we can begin to level the playing field with big business.

October Round-Up! Branding, Local Investing and more...

October 15, 2012

October’s newsletter has arrived! Read on for info on our fundraiser, branding your business, the Lafitte Greenway, Local Investing, new members, and much more.

Geoff Coats Releases Lunch & Learn presentation

September 25, 2012

Geoff Coats, Principal and Creative Director, spoke to 20 SL members last week at SL’s September “Lunch & Learn” on the topic of “Branding your Business on a Budget.” Geoff has released his presentation and made it free for download!

You Are Here: Make Your Mark on Saturday, October 20th

September 24, 2012

Join us on Saturday, October 20th

Stay Local!'s 2012 Urban Heroes Announced!

September 13, 2012

Every year, The Urban Conservancy and Stay Local! recognize people and enterprises who share our commitment to New Orleans’ distinctive historic urban form and to vibrant, economically strong communities.

Cash Mob for Couli's Restaurant set for Tuesday

September 6, 2012

Help a locally owned business get back on their feet after Isaac!

Isaac's Gone, and We Are (Still) Here.

September 1, 2012

You Are Here: Make Your Mark.
The Urban Conservancy and Stay Local!’s annual fundraiser
Saturday, October 20th, 6-9 pm
at The Icehouse in Mid-City, 2803 St. Philip St.

North Rampart Cash Mob!

June 28, 2012

Stay Local! is planning New Orleans’ premier Cash Mob event, and you’re invited!

Eat Local Challenge Clue

June 1, 2012

The Eat Local Challenge is off, and Stay Local! has its clue for all you locavores.

The Eat Local Challenge is Gearing Up

May 16, 2012

The Eat Local Challenge is coming up on June 1st, and we’ll have a clue for you soon!

Urban Legend Media Release Party

April 23, 2012

Come get your copy of the Urban Legend at our Media Release party!

2012 Urban Legend online!

April 23, 2012

View the Urban Legend on the Stay Local! website!

New Resources for Doing Business In NOLA!

March 28, 2012

In our ongoing efforts to make doing business in Orleans Parish as straightforward and efficient as possible, we’ve posted the City of New Orleans Guide to doing Business in New Orleans document in our Reports and Studies section.

Independent Businesses Report Strong Holiday Sales

January 30, 2012

“Buy Local” on the minds of more shoppers, businesses report.

Stay Local! Upgrades Website

December 1, 2011

Stay Local! businesses spoke, and we listened. In a survey conducted last spring we asked listed businesses what they valued most about their affiliation with Stay Local!, and what we could to improve our services.

You Are Here for a Purpose

August 23, 2011

Our fall fundraiser is fast approaching! Purchase your tickets and reserve your spot now!

Celebrate Your Local Independents!

June 23, 2011

Support New Orleans Independent Businesses by Staying Local during July 4th!

Buddy, Can You Spare 3 Minutes?

June 1, 2011

Take our brief survey and you’ll be eligible to be featured in our e-newsletter and on the Stay Local! website in our Success Stories section, reaching thousands of locals and not-so-locals.

Tag-- You're It! Mobile Tagging Comes to Stay Local! Businesses

February 24, 2011

Text Here When a consumer snaps the code with their smartphone camera, they connect to your store and will receive all updates (offers and promotions) that you post to them.

2011 Independent Business Survey: Results Are In

January 29, 2011

THANK YOU to the New Orleans businesses who participated in the survey!

Take the 2011 Independent Business Survey

January 3, 2011

This survey is for independently owned businesses and is completely confidential. It has only 13 questions and generally takes less than 5 minutes.

This survey has two goals:
1. To gauge how independent businesses are faring in today’s economy.
2. To assess whether people are more aware and supportive of locally owned, independent businesses.

Goldman Sachs Launches "10,000 Small Businesses" in NOLA

November 30, 2010

10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million, 5-year initiative to unlock the economic growth and job creation potential of 10,000 small businesses across the United States.

Break Your Spending Habits

November 5, 2010

This holiday season, it’s important that, as consumers, we understand the impact of our spending. Every dollar we spend is an investment, and, this year, Stay Local! is here to make sure those investments are the right ones.

"You Are Here" Fall Fundraiser Success 2010

October 25, 2010

Thank you all for supporting the 2010 You Are Here fall fundraiser. It was quite a successful event. We had great music from Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns and Country Fried and great food from restaurants and caterers from throughout the Greater New Orleans Region. Below, we’ve highlighted those who participated in this year’s event to make it the successful endeavor that it was.

Call for Nominations: Who Goes "Above & Beyond"?

August 12, 2010

Nominate your favorite local business for the Stay Local! Above and Beyond Award. Get details at…

Freret Street a Finalist for the Markham Mark of Distinction $25,000 Award

August 12, 2010

Building on its history of community involvement and the tradition that began with the launch of its grant program two years ago, Markham Vineyards will again award $25,000 to two passionate and inspiring individuals committed to bettering their communities through impactful initiatives. This year, Kellie Grengs of The New Freret has entered the contest and is now a finalist for Markham Vineyards’ the Markham Mark of Distinction Award.

Help Available for Local Businesses

June 4, 2010

As the black tide continues to rise in the Gulf, several organizations are reaching out to offer helping hands by keeping the public informed, providing cleanup assistance and providing access to resources for the businesses and fishermen affected by this disaster. Louisiana’s seafood is a billion dollar industry that accounts for more than 30 percent of the nation’s seafood production.

Getaway in the Vieux Carre

May 20, 2010

French Quarter Business Association (FQBA) welcomes back its summer promotion, “Getaway In The Vieux Carre” for the second year. This promotion is intended to inspire locals to enjoy all the French Quarter has to offer: restaurants; attractions; architecture; culture; nightlife; history; etc.

Mayor Landrieu to Host Community Meeting for Oil Spill-Affected Businesses and Workers

May 18, 2010

Mayor Landrieu is hosting a community meeting focused on businesses and workers who have been or may be impacted by the oil spill. The meeting will provide information, resources and tips for protecting your assets and provide an opportunity for the businesses and workers affected by the spill to discuss their concerns and needs in a constructive format.

LED Joins Forces with SBA and LSBDC to Assist Small Businesses Impacted By Oil Spill

May 13, 2010

The Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration opened Business Recovery Centers in six southeastern Louisiana parishes. Owners of small businesses who have been affected financially by the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill can visit the centers to speak with SBA and Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network, or LSBDC, representatives about their options regarding the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan, or EIDL, program.

Get Your Copy of the 2010 Stay Local! Guide to Commerce & Culture

April 22, 2010

Go to these places to find your copy of this year’s Stay Local! A Guide to Commerce & Culture:

2010 Stay Local! Magazine Steps Up

February 2, 2010

You’ve probably driven by the funky little storefront in the 3700 block of Magazine; the one proclaiming that “We will heel you, we will save your sole, we will even dye for you.” But do you know the Edwards Shoe Service story?

Small Business Survey

January 7, 2010

Stay Local! is working with the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) to conduct a national survey of independent businesses. Please help us gather this important data by completing this survey as soon as possible. The deadline for businesses to respond is next Tuesday, January 12.

2009: The Year in Review

January 2, 2010

2009 was a great year. As we look back, we see efforts fulfilled, new partnerships fostered and new pathways carved. With your generous contributions and unwavering support, we’ve been able to accomplish a number of things over the past year.

"New Orleans Unchained" Holds Million Dollar Potential for Local Businesses

November 20, 2009

Stay Local! is urging New Orleanians to make a point of doing all of their shopping at locally-owned businesses the Saturday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 21).

"You Are Here" Fall Fundraiser Success!

October 23, 2009

Thank you all for supporting Wednesday’s fundraiser. It was quite a successful event. We had great music from Cliff Hines Quintet and Los Poboycitos and great food from restaurants and caterers from throughout the Greater New Orleans Region.

Above & Beyond Award Winners Announced!!!

October 16, 2009

The votes are in and the winners of this year’s Urban Conservancy Above & Beyond Awards are…

The Urban Conservancy Releases New Economic Study

September 22, 2009

The Urban Conservancy released its latest study demonstrating that local retailers generate twice the annual sales than their leading chain competitors.

Call to Arms: Be Our Ambassador

August 31, 2009

Be an ambassador for the local economy.

Call for Nominations: Who Goes "Above & Beyond"?

July 13, 2009

Nominate your favorite local business for the Stay Local! Above and Beyond Award. Get details at…

Stay Local! Businesses Celebrate "Independents Week" with Deals, Donations

June 22, 2009

Why do we love our local businesses? Their owners are free to choose how they spend the dollars they earn, and they are more likely to spend them on improving our community through charitable giving, job creation, and sourcing goods and services through other local vendors. Check out this list of Stay Local! businesses and their “Independents Week” events.

Stay Local! Guide to Commerce & Culture Available at these Locations

April 26, 2009

Pick up a copy today at any of these locations.

Home Depot v. Oak Street Ace: 90 Seconds That Explain A Lot

April 17, 2009

TIFs and PILOTs are popular tax subsidy mechanisms used across America as economic development tools. Do they work?

Stay Local! Video by DocNO: Take a Look!

April 17, 2009

Check out the Stay Local! promotional video by local videographer DocNO Productions.

Stay Local! and Renaissance Publishing Announce First "Guide to Buying Locally"

March 2, 2009

Stay Local!, the flagship initiative of New Orleans-based nonprofit The Urban Conservancy, is partnering with local publishing company Renaissance Publishing to create a definitive “Guide to Buying Locally,” to be released just in time for Jazz Fest. The guide will include the more than 1,500 businesses listed on the Stay Local! website.

Wanted: Magazine Street Business Owners to Quantify Impact of Local Businesses

March 2, 2009

During the spring of 2009, Civic Economics in partnership with Stay Local! will be conducting a study to determine the economic impact of a collection of local, independent Magazine Street corridor businesses relative to a large-format, big box retailers such as Wal-Mart. This study will quantify the enhanced benefits provided by a rich tapestry of local firms, providing local stakeholders and policymakers with a clear direction for future economic development initiatives elsewhere in the city. We are asking business owners on or adjacent to Magazine Street to complete this survey.

Stay Local! re-launches!

February 26, 2009

We’ve got a new website now!

Attention Small Business Owners: Your Input Matters

January 12, 2009

6 questions, less than 5 minutes of your time. Please take this online survey today. Your responses are confidential and results will be tallied along with hundreds of other small, locally-owned businesses nationwide and will provide invaluable information about how you’re doing and what Stay Local! can do to better serve you. The deadline is January 13, 2009 (tomorrow) so please take a moment to complete the survey today. Thank you.