General Business Resources
Pathways to Participation
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
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
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 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 →
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 →
NOLA Business Alliance
NOLABA is a public-private partnership focused on economic development in New Orleans. They employ the best practices in economic development to reposition New Orleans as the ideal intersection of commerce and culture. 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 →
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW)
NOEW is a unique festival experience that celebrates and elevates the New Orleans entrepreneurial ecosystem. 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 →
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 is an opportunity for 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. To participate, contact Judson Mitchell at email@example.com with a brief description of our legal services needs. Learn more →
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.
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