Tech & Innovation
4:49 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

LSU Innovation Park Opens New Prototyping Center

The LSU Business & Technology Center has acquired a Stratasys 3-D printer for use in its new prototyping center.
Metrix Create:Space Flickr

Some famous ideas may have been launched from a single idea scribbled on a napkin – but for start-up companies looking for funding to take an idea off of the paper and into the world of real products, prototyping is an important step.

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Out To Lunch
1:51 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Out To Lunch: NOLA Phoenix

Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Rick Lineberger

New Orleans is rising from the debris of 2005 in ways that could never have been predicted, even by the most optimistic of prognosticators.

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9:13 am
Thu September 11, 2014

La. Shrimpers Complain Low Prices Aren't Worth Their Effort

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 7:24 am

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7:36 am
Thu September 11, 2014

UNO Study Tracks Drop In Community Banks

A study by the University of New Orleans shows a continued decline in the number of community banks. The drop is a bit slower in New Orleans.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Out To Lunch: Cut Through The Clutter

Virginia Barkley, Stasia Cymes and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Cheryl delPozzal / It's New Orleans

If you've ever been in business, or been employed by a company of more than three people, you'll know that one of the hallmarks of every organization is well, organization. The best laid plans of small companies and big corporations can easily get lost in the mess of daily duties and decisions. Being able to identify and execute your intentions clearly is a vital part of any successful business.

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7:02 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Let Me Clear My Goat: Munching Through An Algiers Park

Author Michael Patrick Welch chases his herd in Brechtel Park. The herd is helping clear the park, which had fallen into disrepair in the years after Hurricane Katrina.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Many ideas have been suggested for how to handle New Orleans’s pervasive blight problem. Reporter Michael Patrick Welch and his wife Morgana believe the answer is goats.

This is the story of how my wife Morgana King entered into a business agreement… with a bunch of goats.

It all began with just one goat, our pet, Chauncey Gardner:

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Out To Lunch: Saints! Pelicans! Tourists!

Peter Ricchiuti, Mark Romig and Ed Lang.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans


New Orleans is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. There is no specific reason — there's no amusement park or beach — but like other great cities such as Paris and Manhattan, people come here to spend time just living like we do.

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Red River Radio
9:06 am
Thu August 28, 2014

IBM, other tech firms search high and low for native Louisianan techies

A handful of tech firms in the process of hiring hundreds of high-tech workers held an interview event Wednesday in Shreveport.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 10:00 am

A handful of companies that are hiring hundreds of tech workers were handpicked to participate in a hiring event Wednesday at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Officials with Louisiana Economic Development’s workforce development program called FastStart put on a digital jobs interview event for companies like IBM, CGI and CenturyLink.

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Red River Radio
9:15 am
Mon August 25, 2014

USDA to host its Rural Connections event in Alexandria

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 12:29 pm

The USDA is hosting a training seminar Tuesday in Alexandria that aims to help small businesses land contracts with the federal government.

The Rural Small Business Connections training event is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, according to director Carmen Jones.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Out To Lunch: Angels 'N Exports

Knud Berthelsen.
Cheryl DalPozzal It's New Orleans

A few years ago, for most of us "start up" was a verb — it was something you did to a car. These days it's a noun. A startup is a new business, typically based on a new and untested idea.

One of the toughest things about a startup, the noun, is the verb — starting it up. The main obstacles are figuring out the best way to go about it, and how to pay for it. One place startups turn to start up is an angel investor. Having an angel investor is kind of like having a successful uncle who believes in you enough to give you some capital and guidance.

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