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  • StayLocal 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States (map)

Workshop Nov. 17th

In 2012, while minorities represented 47% of the total population in metro New Orleans, and owned 36% of all firms, their businesses received only 2% of all receipts collected.* Nothing more starkly underscores New Orleans’ untapped economic potential than that 2%.

What do we want the future of New Orleans’ local economy to be?  What is equity in this context?  What is the risk of not creating pathways to participation in our independent  business community?  On November 17, StayLocal and the Urban Conservancy are hosting a dynamic workshop designed to tap into your collective wisdom, and identify the assets we are currently undervaluing.

Together, we will identify opportunities to address equity and diversity in our local economy, including retention of our place-based businesses. We will learn about each other as individuals and the institutions, organizations, and businesses we represent, as well as what we can do to support growth and diversity by changing the conversation.  We see this is as another step in building on, disseminating, and acting collectively on the  work many of you are already doing in this arena.

New Orleans is one of five cities, including Louisville, Boston, Milwaukee, and Bozeman, to host this workshop. Derek Peebles (pictured on the left), practitioner of Asset-Based Community Development, will facilitate the gathering. Derek also serves on the board of the American Independent Business Alliance and is the Director of theEconomics of Compassion Initiative in Cincinnati, OH.

The workshop will take place at 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in the 3rd floor conference room (above the Dryades Market). Breakfast will be served at 8am and the workshop begins at 8:30am. We will end with a working lunch at 1:30pm.

We are convinced that there are effective ways to build equitable prosperity and security for New Orleanians and that together, we can move the dial on the 2%.

If you are interetsed in joining us on November 17th, RSVP to or call 504-252-1259.