General Business Resources

Localism 101

Localism 101


Reports & Studies

Report: How Amazon’s Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities (2016) - Amazon captures nearly one in every two dollars that Americans spend online. But Amazon is far more than a big, aggressive retailer. This report by The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), a national nonprofit research and educational organization, aims to pull back Amazon’s cloak of invisibility.


The Power of Local: 3 Reasons to Rethink Your Amazon Account (2017) -  It seems like you can buy anything online these days, but there are some things Amazon cannot deliver. Independent businesses beat Amazon in job creation, economic impact, and diversity. Get the facts about the power of local, and learn why independent businesses are crucial to our community’s success. See the presentation or skim the fact sheet.


How Rising Commercial Rents Are Threatening Independent Businesses, and What Cities Are Doing About It (2016)- ILSR’s new report examines how high rents are shuttering businesses and stunting entrepreneurship, and explores 6 strategies that cities are using to create an affordable built environment where local businesses can thrive.


Thinking Outside the Box (2009) - This study was undertaken to provide the people and policy makers of New Orleans with tangible economic guidance in choosing between strategies to restore commercial services to the entire city.


Readings on Localism

Our Black Year One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy by Maggie Anderson


The Living City: How America’s Cities Are Being Revitalized by Thinking Small in a Big Way by Roberta Brandes Gratz


Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy


Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses by Stacy Mitchell


Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Local Economy by Rhonda Phillips, Bruce Seifer, Ed Antczak


The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Competition by Michael Shuman


Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity by Michael Shuman

Organizations & Policy Groups

Organizations & Policy Groups


American Independent Business Alliance

A Washington DC organization that lobbies federal and state governments on behalf of businesses who support economically and environmentally sustainable policies. Learn more →

American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)

These guys help all of the StayLocal-type organizations around the country by providing us with resources, news, tips and tools to help our organizations and the businesses we serve thrive. Learn more →

Business Alliance for Local living Economics (BALLE)

They focus on prosperity for all by connecting leaders, spreading solutions, and driving investment toward local economies, local food systems, and more. Learn more →

Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR)

A comprehensive website full of great info and resources dedicated to all things localism. For over 40 years they have worked to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. Learn more →

National Coalition for Community Capital (NC3)

The NC3 aims to move a significant portion of the estimated $40+ trillion Americans have in long-term savings from Wall Street to local and social entrepreneurs, and to inspire similar shifts worldwide. Learn more →

Technical Service Providers

Technical Service Providers


Fund 17

A nonprofit organization combating opportunity inequality in the seventeen wards of New Orleans by providing micro-entrepreneurs financial and educational tools for self-empowerment. They prioritize informal, home-based, and small-scale businesses seeking to transform "hustles" into viable enterprises that can support any vision for the future. Learn more →

Good Work Network

Good Work Network is a non-profit that aspires to help minority- and women-owned businesses start, grow, and succeed. They help strengthen members’ skills, increase their market connections, and promote economic inclusion. Learn more →

Greater New Orleans Urban League

The GNO Urban League offers free or low-cost assistance and business training through its Business Resource and Entrepreneurship Center. They offer programs in the areas of education and youth development, workforce and economic development, public policy and advocacy initiatives. Learn more →

Idea Village

Idea Village is committed to sustaining the local entrepreneurial movement by providing direct services to entrepreneurs, engaging the community, and supporting initiatives that leverage entrepreneurship to catalyze change. Learn more →

Louisiana Economic Development

Learn about everything from tax and permitting requirements to incentive programs and small business training. Louisiana Economic Development’s mission is to cultivate jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Louisiana. Learn more →

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

A free three-month program hosted by Delgado Community College that provides top-notch, hands-on training and professional support to help New Orleans businesses grow. Learn more →


Propeller is a nonprofit that grows and supports entrepreneurs to tackle social and environmental disparities. They work to create a powerful community of diverse entrepreneurs and stakeholders working together for a more equitable future. Learn more →

Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC)

Provides quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to help your business start, grow and succeed. Learn more →

Small Business Administration (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. Learn more →

SCORE New Orleans

SCORE is a respected association of volunteer business executives providing FREE or low-cost confidential, professional business advice, workshops and mentors to entrepreneurs and business owners. Learn more →

SUNO - Small Business Development and Management Institute

SUNO offers workshops and free consulting services to fuel the establishment and growth of small businesses. Whether you are considering starting a business for the first time or considering ways to grow your established business, we will connect you with the resources and tools to help your business prosper and grow. Learn more →

Low-bono Leagal Services from Loyola Law School

The Loyola University Law School's Incubator Program matches Loyola Law School graduates who are engaged, or seek to be engaged, in a full time, social justice oriented solo practice in the Greater New Orleans area with people in need of their services. To participate, contact Judson Mitchell at Learn more →

Launch NOLA

Launch NOLA offers a 14-week Business Academy aimed at adults interested in starting a business, and those who have already started one. They are invested in the long-term success of its entrepreneurs, and continues to provide a variety of support services even after their business has started. Learn more →


TruFund is a non-profit that promotes and fosters economic development within underserved communities and among disadvantaged populations. They provide innovative financial solutions that have TruImpact, revitalize communities and create jobs. Learn more →


LiftFund is a multi-state small business lender that helps new and existing entrepreneurs successfully grown their business. They are committed to empowering diverse individuals and small businesses through affordable lending and business development services. Learn more →

Local Organizations

Local Organizations


Government Resources



ReadyBiz Videos
ReadyBIZ is a project by StayLocal in partnership with the City of New Orleans One Stop Shop. The project is a tool to better prepare and orient entrepreneurs before they visit City Hall and a guide for business technical assistance providers and One Stop Shop staff to assist entrepreneurs.


City of New Orleans One Stop Shop for Permits and Licenses 
The City’s website for managing existing permits/licenses, applying for new ones, or finding info on what’s required to start a business.


Guide to Doing Business in New Orleans
Your guide to license & permitting, incorporating, funding, and state & federal economic development program information. The Guide also includes a "Business Resource Guide" that lists companies, organizations, and entities dedicated to assisting businesses in every phase of development.


Mayor’s Office of Economic Development 
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development attracts, retains, and grows business in New Orleans. They host quarterly events and develop original resources to foster an inclusive economy where all New Orleanians have access to quality amenities in their neighborhoods and a good-paying job.


This website is your one-stop site for launching your new business in the state of Louisiana. On the website you can make key financial and legal decisions, reserve a business name, register your business with the Louisiana Secretary of State, the Louisiana Department of Revenue, and the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and file amendments.


Louisiana Secretary of State
This page is a clearinghouse for all business related information, from searching the State’s database, filing a business online to business licensing information. Access is also available to their Administrative Services department for service of process information and UCC department.


Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency 
Comprehensive database of state/federal incentive programs, local policies, requirements and other existing initiatives supporting renewables and energy efficiency for businesses.


Dept. of Labor Employment Law Guide
Describes the major statutes and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that affect businesses and workers.


Dept. of Labor First Step Employment Law Advisor
Helps employers determine which major federal employment laws and guidelines apply to their business or organization.


IRS for Businesses
The IRS website provides all of the tax information businesses need to know, straight from the source. Make sure to check out IRS Checklist for Starting a Business.


US Small Business Administration (SBA)
rovides small business loans and a ton of info on government contracting and starting and running a successful business.


The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 
This resource site is a national information Clearninghouse with incredible amounts of tools and information