Office Hours: Free Consultations with Local Business Experts

July 6th, 13th, & 20th | 8:30am - 11:00am | Propeller Incubator, 4035 Washington Ave

StayLocal is rolling out our annual SourceNOLA campaign that encourages businesses to switch at least one aspect of their business operations to a local service provider. To help businesses connect with local experts, we're hosting Office Hours. These are free, 20-minute one-on-one consultations where businesses can receive advice from local experts. The sessions are open to local businesses and non-profits, and StayLocal members and non-members. 

RSVP for the consultations you need and we'll send you a customized schedule. Spots fill-up fast! 


Marketing, Media & Branding


Lee Domingue,  Southpaw CreativeMarketing, Media & Branding

Is your business' brand effectively communicating who you are and what you stand for? 

Lee Domingue is a brand strategist and graphic designer with over a decade of experience. In 2012, he launched Southpaw Creative, a New Orleans-based design studio that provides a variety of services, including business naming, brand building, and print and web design. The studio specializes in helping businesses and organizations articulate their personality and position and then develop supporting visual systems and materials to help them tell their story. Southpaw’s clients have run the gamut and includes both for profit and nonprofit organizations of all sizes, stages, and sectors. 

Passed session.


Daniela Capistrano, DCAP Media LLCMarketing, Media & Branding

Stories matter. What's yours?
As DCAP MEDIA LLC, Daniela Capistrano helps businesses and nonprofits share their stories–with measurable results. Based in New Orleans since 2013, Daniela leverages her background as a bicoastal producer and journalist to provide compelling digital strategy, branding, marketing, and strategic partnership services to her local and national clients. As DCAP MEDIA LLC, she has worked with e-commerce brands, media companies, startups, charter schools, and more. New Orleans F&B clients include iconic institutions Parkway Bakery and Tavern and Laurel Street Bakery. | @dcapmedia

Passed session.


Flynn Zaiger, Online OptimismMarketing, Media & Branding

Your customers aren't looking up at your store - they're staring in to their phones! Get tips on how to construct a mobile-first digital strategy for your business.

Flynn Zaiger is the CEO of Online Optimism, a digital marketing & PR agency, founded in 2012. Flynn started the company after graduating from Tulane University and discovering that New Orleans businesses had a great need for finding Internet marketing that was affordable and effective. Since starting the business, Online Optimism has helped launch over 25 websites and worked with over 100 local New Orleans businesses. As manager of a Google Partner Agency, Flynn is dedicated to helping businesses with everything they do online - from brand design, to interacting with customers via social media, to calculating ROI on a multi-platform interactive ad campaign. Flynn is also a Google Analytics Qualified Professional.

Passed session.


Business Planning and Consulting


Julianna Nice, JN Consulting GroupBusiness Planning

"'Ready! Fire! Aim! Or Could We Do Better?" Make a business plan and increase your success.

My goal is to bring my skills and experience to partner with my clients so they find it easier to think and act strategically and can communicate their vision and plans effectively," says Julianne Nice, Principal of JN Consulting Group.  With over 30 years' experience in staff and program management and strategic planning, Julie customizes her planning toolkit to meet the unique needs of each organization consistent with its core values.  Julie has worked in key positions at Tulane University and Holy Cross University, and with numerous consulting clients including The Urban Conservancy, Cypress Academy, Xavier University of Louisiana, and the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. Passed session.


Cynthia Wildlitze, Adduco ConsultingSales and Business Consulting & Coaching

Having trouble increasing sales? Need help coaching sales staff? Want to create extraordinary customer experiences?

After a 30 year career in sales and financial services industries, Cynthia is now the owner of Adduco Consulting, a sales and business consulting firm. She helps companies create more success – by teaching sales processes, improving workforce engagement, leadership development and designing solutions to streamline their operations. Time and time again throughout her career, she has successfully created sales cultures among staff, leading to extraordinary increases in sales and customer retention, while creating the customer-centric environment necessary for success. Passed session.


Grant Cooper, Strategic ResumesMarketing, Media & Branding

Need to elevate & enhance your professional resume for personal or business networking?

Grant Cooper, New Orleans native & founder of Strategic Resumes® & Business Plans, won the national 2015 Career Directors International President's Award at the CDI conference in Orlando, FL. Grant has appeared as a career expert on CBS, ABC & FOX, authored more than 200 media and journal articles, and has assisted the U.S. Air Force, Kinko's, the Louisiana Dept. of Labor, the City of New Orleans, the NFL, the NBA, as well as universities, regional banks, celebrities, nonprofits, and major corporations nationwide. Passed session.


Lauren Anderson, Lauren C. Anderson Coaching and Consulting Services, Organizational Development

Have goals or dreams for your organization or business languished while you work on the day to day?

Lauren created her consulting and coaching practice in 2015 with a focus on individual and organizational capacity building.  It is informed by her experience as a nonprofit CEO for 20 years, advocate and service on innumerable nonprofit and for profit boards. Her executive coaching is designed to create a safe place for leaders to test assumptions, generate self-discovery, to work and think strategically and proactively. It creates a supportive environment free of judgment while generating personal accountability. Her perspective and discipline allow individuals and organizations to realize their potential and create new possibilities for their lives, work and organizations. She has provided consulting for small businesses, nonprofits and emerging leaders with a focus on strategic planning and leadership transition. Passed session.


Lauren Siegel, TrepwiseMarketing, Media & Branding, Human Resources, Business Planning

What's next for your business? Diagnose your challenges, define clear next steps, and prioritize strategies for success.

Lauren Siegel is an Advisor at trepwise with experience in marketing and operations management, as well as strategic planning and business development. She brings to the table a wealth of business knowledge and a vast network of local professionals and entrepreneurs. She has created strategic marketing plans, systematized business policies & procedures, advised UI and UX design for web development projects, and manipulated and analyzed expansive data sets. She has experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors, and has worked in a variety of industries including: food & beverage, fashion, digital media, public health, and healthcare. Passed session.


Candice (Johnson) Bellau, Kramerica Business SolutionsAccounting, Payroll, Business Planning

Candince founded Kramerica Business Solutions in 2007 with the goal of providing real answers and solutions to small business owners. As a former CFO/Controller/Operations Manager and current business owner, Candice found the common denominator that hurts businesses - inaccurate financials and owners that don't understand their importance. Kramerica Business Solutions helps businesses across the United States with professional and personalized financial statements. They are an accounting firm that focuses on bookkeeping, financial management and coaching. Their goal is to provide business owners with the necessary tools to succeed. Passed session.

Money Matters


Kevin Laborde, Cash Flow Resources, Financing

Help your business take on new opportunities with access to growth capital.

Central Louisiana native Kevin Laborde earned his degree in finance from Georgetown and a MBA from LSU. Over the ensuing 25+ years, Kevin held numerous banking positions; the last 14 with Bank One Louisiana (now JP Morgan Chase). His true passion is looking out for the small guys – which is why, in 2003, he founded Cash Flow Resources to focus on serving small businesses. Kevin served as an adjunct faculty member in the finance department at Tulane, where for 10 years he taught a course in commercial banking. Kevin is board president for the Louisiana Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association and is a member of the Greater New Orleans Executive Association. Passed session.


Amanda Aguillard, Aguillard AccountingAccounting & Payroll

Run your business accounting from anywhere in the world with Xero software.

Amanda Aguillard decided to become a CPA when she was 16, and never looked back. She started Aguillard Accounting LLC in 2012, committed to running a cloud-based practice from anywhere in the world. Aguillard Accounting is a Xero Gold Partner and Cloud Integrator, Vend Certified Advisor, Clio Certified Consultant and Deputy Certified Advisor, amongst others, and Amanda regularly teaches the Xero Partner Certification course. Her goal is to craft and implement ecosystems for retailers, law firms and creatives, and help other advisors build and grow cloud-based practices. Passed session.


Andy Romero, Edward JonesLife Insurance and Retirement Planning

Design your protection strategies to ensure growing your business does not put your other goals at risk. 

Andy Romero is a licensed Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, a national financial services company serving nearly 8 million North American households and committed to helping small business and individuals of all sizes, ages and backgrounds succeed in their long-term financial goals. Edward Jones focuses on financial solutions tailored to your unique business needs, current financial situation and long-term goals. They start by investing time to understand what you’re working toward before discussing appropriate investments. Passed session.


Marigny deMauric, Edward Jones, Finance, Insurance Services

Learn how to take advantage of financial strategies and tools to run a more effective business.

Marigny deMauriac joined Edward Jones in April of 2013 to pursue her desire to help individuals and families build and retain wealth and foster intergenerational financial independence. With Edward Jones, she helps clients achieve their financial goals by understanding their needs and implementing tailored solutions. She works in collaboration with local CPAs and estate-planning attorneys to offer the highest level of tailored, personal service. Marigny is currently involved with several local organizations. In the spirit of giving back to the community, Marigny volunteers with the MidCity Rotary Club. She is a member of both the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce and St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce, the American Business Women's Association, and Stay Local. Passed session.


Eric Van Hoven, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, Financing, Lending, and Banking Services

Building your dream business? Find the right loan to make it a reality.

Eric works as Commercial Lender for Gulf Coast Bank & Trust in the Mid-City area for the past 5 years and has worked in community banking since 2009.  He has experience in management, mergers and acquisition, and worked for HSBC, a large global bank, for 8 years. Eric has a degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Southern Mississippi, an MBA from Loyola University, and recently completed the graduate degree program of banking at LSU.  He serves as the Vice President of the Greater Mid-City Business Association and the as a board member of Friends of Lafitte Greenway. He was born and raised in the New Orleans area and lives in Lakeview with his wife and two children. His interests include traveling with family and friends, sporting events, and fishing. Passed session.


Kevin Wynne, IBERIABANKBanking

Do you have the financial support to back your business' current needs and future goals?

Kevin has worked in banking for 35 years and enjoys working with business and retail clients to help them understand their potential needs and provide them with recommendations and solutions. His gratification is working with people to help achieve their financial dreams! Passed session.



Wayne Schnell and Chris Faust, Schnell Consulting GroupTechnology

How to make your technology a revenue driver for your business

After studying microprocessor development in the 1970’s, Wayne’s journey through a lifetime of increasing demands for technology innovation began during his service in the US Navy. In 1994 Wayne began his first technology services company, providing both support and services to many New Orleans Area businesses, including Retail, Oil & Gas, Accounting, Legal Services, Property Management, and others. His visionary leadership and expertise in all areas of IT continues to drive successful support and services management of the client, with a “client-first” approach. Passed session.


Darrin Piotrowski, Rent - A - Nerd, Inc., Technology

Are your business's technology and data systems prepared for hurricane season?

Darrin has been in the IT field for over two decades, and founded Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. in 1997. Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. started in a one bedroom apartment and now grown in to a robust business. They are currently located in the heart of the biomedical district on Tulane Avenue. Darrin believes his customers deserve fast, honest, reliable and efficient service, and they strive to provide that each and every time. Passed session.


Legal Services


Andrew Legrand, Spera Law GroupLegal Services

Get a quick legal check-up for your business!

Andrew Legrand is the founder of Spera Law Group, LLC, a cloud and paperless law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana. He helps small business owners create and protect successful companies. His firm has been recognized in Forbes, New Orleans City Business, and Business Insider, among others. SuperLawyers selected him to their Rising Star list in 2015, 2016, and 2017 as a Business/Corporate Attorney. As a tech nerd with a law license, Andrew also works as a technology consultant for PaperlessChase, and has presented at the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW, ClioCloud9 Conference, and multiple CLE seminars presented by the Louisiana State Bar Association. You can connect with him on LinkedIn or on twitter @LawByLegran Passed session.


Amanda Wingfield Goldman, Coats RoseLegal Services

Learn how to navigate state & federal laws employment laws to protect your investments and reduce turnover.
Amanda is Of Counsel at the firm of Coats, Rose, Ryman, Yale & Lee. Her practice is concentrated primarily in labor and employment.  Amanda defends employers in Title VII employment discrimination claims, wage and hour claims and other employment-related lawsuits, as well as contractual disputes arising out of noncompete and employment agreements. She regularly advises employers with respect to reductions-in-force, drafting policies, handbooks, and employment agreements. Amanda also has experience in unemployment compensation and collective bargaining actions, including defending grievances and unfair labor practice charges. Amanda is a Certified Ethics Trainer for the State of Louisiana, and is licensed in Louisiana and Texas. Passed session.


Human Resources


Patricia Pannell, GOTCHA COVERED HRHuman Resources

Your employees are your most valuable asset! Learn how to manage them in a way that makes everyone successful.

PATRICIA PANNELL holds a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. After practicing in the field of Labor and Employment Law for more than 25 years, Patti turned her attention to Human Resources Consulting, where she assists small and mid-sized businesses with any variety of compliance, training and policy development needs.  Her business, Gotcha Covered HR, provides small businesses with an affordable option of having an experienced HR professional available at any time to address work-related personnel issues. Passed session.


Carla Robertson, Living Wild and Precious CoachingWorkplace Stress & Relationships

Feeling overwhelmed, stressed or stuck? Get practical solutions that make an immediate difference.

Carla Robertson is a master certified life coach who helps people rediscover their truth and make deep shifts in their work or personal lives, improving relationships, reconnecting with lost dreams, and seeing the world with more joy and presence. She offers personal coaching, customized experiences in nature, and retreats and courses that bring her clients back into alignment when they’ve been stuck, disconnected or overwhelmed. Carla’s clients describe her coaching style as compassionate, patient, and fearless. She is willing to ask the questions that help her clients make deep discoveries and lasting change. Prior to beginning her coaching  career, Carla spent 16 years as a science teacher and teacher mentor. Passed session.