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TRUFUND ANUNCIA RECURSOS PARA PEQUEÑAS EMPRESAS EN ASOCIACIÓN CON GODADDY

 

TRUFUND ANUNCIA NUEVOS RECURSOS PARA PEQUEÑAS EMPRESAS EN ASOCIACIÓN CON GODADDY PARA PROPIETARIOS DE EMPRESAS HISPANAS 

 

TruFund Financial, GoDaddy y organizaciones locales se han asociado para brindar capacitación en marketing digital y acceso a capital a propietarios de pequeñas empresas hispanas.

 

Nueva York, NY - 13 de septiembre de 2022: TruFund Financial Services, Inc. (TruFund), una institución financiera de desarrollo comunitario (CDFI), anuncia hoy su asociación con GoDaddy con el objetivo de cerrar la brecha digital entre los propietarios hispanos de pequeñas empresas al brindar capacitación en marketing digital en los estados de Nueva York, Alabama, Luisiana, Texas y Georgia.

 

Los aliados están aceptando solicitudes para su primer programa de entrenamiento Empower by GoDaddy en Español. El programa está dirigido a empresarios hispanos cuyas empresas operan en los cinco condados de Nueva York, Alabama, Luisiana, Texas (Houston y Dallas) y Georgia (área metropolitana de Atlanta), y ofrecerá a los asistentes clases educativas, networking, mentoría y productos de GoDaddy para ayudar a crecer sus negocios. 

 

El programa de desarrollo empresarial está buscando propietarios de negocios que busquen aumentar los ingresos, mejorar la presencia en línea y hacer crecer sus redes. A diferencia de los aceleradores de empresas centrados en la tecnología, el objetivo de este programa es servir a los empresarios cotidianos que constituyen gran parte de nuestra economía de pequeñas empresas. Las herramientas que se ofrecen a través de este programa satisfacen las necesidades de la mayoría: desde comerciantes hasta tiendas familiares.

 

“El espíritu empresarial es un impulsor clave de la prosperidad y la resiliencia de la comunidad en los EE. UU.; sin embargo, reconocemos que se puede hacer más para crear condiciones en las que los propietarios de pequeñas empresas y los emprendedores no solo sobrevivan sino que prosperen”, dijo la Dra. Kim Carter Evans, vicepresidenta y directora general de TruFund Financial Services, Inc. “TruFund se une con orgullo a GoDaddy y aliados para realizar esfuerzos de colaboración para elevar y empoderar a las pequeñas empresas de la comunidad hispana”.

 

Los participantes aprenderán y trabajarán junto a líderes de GoDaddy, TruFund y otros aliados dentro de su ecosistema. Los temas incluyen la creación de una marca destacada, presencia de sitio web y comercio electrónico, estrategias de marketing y más. Además, los participantes aprenderán sobre el capital disponible y otros programas que ofrecen los aliados para hacer crecer su pequeña empresa.

 

Para asistir al evento de lanzamiento y EMPOWER by GoDaddy Bootcamp, reserve su lugar aquí.

 

"Confiamos en que nuestro enfoque multifacético para promover el acceso al capital, los servicios de asesoramiento comercial, el aprendizaje compartido y las asociaciones intersectoriales impulsará un mayor espíritu empresarial, escala y creación de riqueza entre las pequeñas empresas", dijo James H. Bason, presidente y CEO de TruFund Financial Services, Inc. "Esta asociación con GoDaddy mejora nuestra capacidad de tener un impacto duradero en las pequeñas empresas a las que servimos".

 

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Acerca de los servicios financieros de TruFund

 

TruFund Financial Services, Inc. es una Institución Financiera de Desarrollo Comunitario (CDFI) nacional sin fines de lucro totalmente independiente. TruFund busca estimular el desarrollo económico en comunidades desatendidas por las instituciones bancarias tradicionales proporcionando capital justo y accesible, asistencia técnica práctica y soluciones innovadoras para pequeñas empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro. Para obtener más información sobre TruFund, visite www.TruFund.org

 

Acerca de GoDaddy

 

GoDaddy está empoderando a emprendedores cotidianos alrededor del mundo brindándoles toda la ayuda y las herramientas para obtener éxito en línea y en persona. GoDaddy es el lugar al que la gente acude para dar nombre a su idea, crear un sitio web profesional, atraer clientes, vender sus productos y servicios y gestionar su trabajo. Nuestra misión es brindar a nuestros clientes las herramientas, los conocimientos y el personal para transformar sus ideas e iniciativas personales en éxito. Para obtener más información sobre la empresa, visite www.GoDaddy.com

 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

Felipe’s Fiesta Fest


Sept. 16 @ 3:00pm

 

Felipe’s Mid-City

3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Otro Quatro
6:30 p.m. Ballet Folkloricio Vive Mi Terra
7:30pm to 10 p.m. La Tran-K Band

Felipe’s Uptown

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Vivaz Trio

Felipe’s French Quarter

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fermin Ceballos

  1. Photo Booth

 Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria will once again host its annual Fiesta Fest in celebration of the cultural observance of Mexican Independence Day on September 16th.  The festivities will showcase food, music and entertainment unique to Latino culture. The event, free and open to the public, will take over all the Felipe’s locations throughout the city and attendees can find more about specific schedules on the event page on Facebook.

Carmen Herrera Celebration: A Collaboration With Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition Presented By The Helis Foundationelipe’s Fiesta Fest

September 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 

FEATURING A SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY SCREENING, LIVE MUSIC AND MORE!

Kick off National Hispanic American Heritage Month at the O! Join us at Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Thursday, September 15 to celebrate Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera

https://ogdenmuseum.org/

Hispanic Heritage Celebration with Ecos Latinos at NOMA

September 16th At 7:00 Pm - 8:30 Pm

 

In partnership with Ecos Latinos, NOMA hosts a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration featuring a night of music in the Lapis Center for the Arts. Performers include violinist Ángel Ríos, Bodoma Garifuna drummers and dancers, Patrice Fisher and Arpa, Mariachi Jalisco, and Mexico Y Sus Raíces dance group.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, and performances begin at 7:00 pm.

$10 general admission | $5 for NOMA members

 

https://noma.org/event/hispanic-heritage-celebration-with-ecos-latinos/

Jazz Museum Hispanic Heritage Month Music Celebration.

Fridays Sept. 15 – October 14 at 2p.m.

El Museo de Jazz de Nueva Orleans presenta la Celebración Musical del Mes de la Herencia Hispana: desde el viernes 16 de septiembre hasta el viernes 14 de octubre a las 2:00 PM, puede disfrutar de presentaciones en vivo semanales mientras celebramos el Mes de la Herencia Hispana. El evento se llevará a cabo dentro de nuestro Performance Center en el tercer piso. La entrada es gratuita y abierta al público; los asientos son limitados y se ofrecen por orden de llegada. Learn more about our program admission policy.

Mexican Independence @ Casa Borrega

September 16 @ 7pm

All Stars and DJ Malaria 7 pm to 1am. La Diva Food truck.

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Hispanic Chamber 2022 Excelencia Gala


Sept. 16 @ 7p.m.

The 2022 Excelencia Gala will be held on Friday, September 16th, 2022. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana is excited to be hosting this annual celebration at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

At the Excelencia Gala, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana honors outstanding individuals and corporations with its Excelencia Awards in recognition of their achievements, leadership, inspiration, and active engagement with the Hispanic community.

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French Market – Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

 

Saturday, September 17th @ 11 a.m.

11:00am Julio & Cesar Duo

12:00pm Aquarela 4tet

1:00pm Alexis Guevara and Son Mandao

2:00pm Arpa with the Garifuna Connection & violinist Angel Rios

3:00pm Merengue 4

Food Vendors:

El Gato Negro
La Chilanga
LA MILPA
Numada
Punto Criollo

For more information, visit https://www.frenchmarket.org/event/hispanic-heritage-month-celebration/

 

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Jerry Rivera Concert

 

October 8, at 6 PM

Da Empire 2222 Poydras St. New Orleans.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jerry-rivera-en-vivo-new-orleans-tickets-405190594977?fbclid=IwAR31T1KPScea4X7MOIBHiMGEup1Tl9epLRPrYREqQrKW-zNorsJBd5GV51Y

 

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Que Pasa Fest


October 8 & 9

11am - 9pm

Quepasafest.org

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El French Market (Mercado Francés) celebra Mes de la Herencia Hispana

El French Market (Mercado Francés) organiza la celebración inaugural del Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Un celebración de la cultura hispana y latina con comida, música y comunidad

El French Market se ha asociado con Ecos Latinos para organizar la celebración inaugural del Mes de la Herencia Hispana. La celebración tendrá lugar en French Market Flea Market el sábado 17 de septiembre de 2022 de 11:00 a. m. a 4:00 p. m. y contará con programación cultural hispana y latina, puestos de comida selectos y actividades familiares en honor al Mes de la Herencia Hispana.

Ecos Latinos ha preparado un día completo de programación que representa a cinco países. Horario de actuaciones:

 

11:00 Dúo Julio & César | Guatemala

12:00 Aquarela 4tet | Brasil

13:00 Alexis Guevara y Son Mandão | Cuba

14:00 Arpa, con Ángel Ríos y Bodoma Conexión Garífuna| Honduras

15:00 Merengue 4 | República Dominicana

 

“Colaborar con el French Market para el Festival de la Herencia Hispana ha sido un placer, debido a la rica historia cultural del mercado y al legado de siglos de contribuciones de nuestra ciudad por parte de sus ciudadanos hispanos. La diversidad, la cultura y la riqueza es de lo que se trata Nueva Orleans... ¡Ven y únete a nosotros en la Celebración de la Herencia Hispana con música en vivo y comida!”, dijo Carlos Valladares, fundador de Ecos Latinos.

La celebración contará los sabores de diferentes países latinos con venta de comida de seis restaurantes locales, incluyendo Numada que ofrecerá rabo de buey, ensalada de arroz blanco y plátanos (los rabos de buey cocinados con salsa de curry, ajo, coco, papas y zanahorias con arroz blanco, plátanos fritos y ensalada de repollo); Ju Saporito con pastelitos de carne molida (carne molida, arroz y papa envueltos en masa de maíz cubierta con repollo morado, pico de gallo y salsa); y La Milpa con pupusas y yuca frita.

“Estamos encantados de asociarnos con Ecos Latinos para llevar la celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana al French Market. El French Market sirve como un centro cultural para la ciudad, no solo para eventos, sino también a través de nuestra vibrante comunidad de vendedores y dueños de tiendas de todo el mundo que representan con orgullo a Nueva Orleans. ¡Qué mejor manera de celebrar nuestra diversidad cultural que recibir portadores de la cultura en nuestro sitio para compartir sus historias!”, dijo Jeremy Smith, director de marketing del French Market.

La Celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana honra a las personas, las tradiciones y los logros de las comunidades hispanas y latinas en Nueva Orleans. El festival es gratis y abierto al publico.

Para conocer todos los detalles del festival, visite www.FrenchMarket.org.

El French Market District se extiende desde las tiendas en Upper Pontalba en Jackson Square hasta Crescent Park, incluidas las tiendas de Colonnade en Decatur Street y el mercado de alimentos y el mercado de las pulgas. El distrito está abierto todos los días y ofrece una variedad ecléctica de tiendas, restaurantes y eventos durante todo el año.

Contacto adicional: Carlos Valladares, Ecos Latinos

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504-258-3077

 

Sitio web: www.FrenchMarket.org

Instagram: @FrenchMktNOLA

Facebook: facebook.com/FrenchMarket

Facebook: Celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Hashtag: #HispanicHeritageMonth, #HispanicHeritageMonth2022, #HispanicHeritage

 

The Beignet Festival and Its Mission

The Beignet Festival and Its Mission

By Ana Garcia

Click aqui para español- >El Festival del Beignet y su misión

There’s nothing like a hot, fresh beignet and a cup of coffee. But, no matter the time of the day, you will always find these tasty delicacies ready to be enjoyed throughout our city. The most popular places selling beignets are Café Du Monde, Morning Call, and Café Beignet. Even some PJ’s Coffee shops are now offering them. We recently found them at PJ’s on Read Boulevard, and they were so tasty!

Beignet is French for fritter. It is a deep-fried, puffy, square doughnut commonly served hot with sprinkled powder sugar. Beignets were introduced in Louisiana by the French Acadians in the 18th century, and in 1986, beignets became the official state doughnut of Louisiana.

The popularity of beignets has grown, and chefs have gotten creative in incorporating beignets into their menus. Such a staple deserved a special honor; hence the Beignet Fest was born in 2016. And with it, an essential purpose.

After learning that their son, Liam, was diagnosed with Autism, Amy and Sherwood Collins decided to create the Beignet Fest to help children like their son and the many families struggling to find programs serving children with Autism. “Through our journey with our son, we found a gap in programs for children on the autism spectrum, and we wanted to change that. So, I decided that creating a festival would help me transition my career. Doing it as a mission-driven fundraiser for local autism programs would help my son and thousands like him in the local community. Thus, the idea of the Beignet Fest was born!” says Sherwood Collins, Executive Director of the Beignet Fest Foundation.

The Beignet Fest is a family-friendly event that features live local music and a fully interactive and sensory-friendly Kids Village for children of all abilities. The founders found the formula for the quick success of the fest. “We take the best of New Orleans culture and entertainment, then wrap it all up in a one-day festival – all for a good cause!”

Traditional beignets are on the menu during Beignet Fest, but this one-day festival is not short of culinary creativity! On this day, you will delight your palate with all kinds of sweet and savory ones. “We have dishes like Crawfish sh and Corn Beignets, Bacon Cheddar Beignets with Chipotle Crema, Praline Beignets, Crabmeat Beignets, a Burger Beignet, Blackberry Cloud Beignets, Bacon Maple Beignets, and on and on.”

The proceeds of the Beignet Fest provide The Beignet Fest Foundation with the ability to create grants. This nonprofit organization also receives monthly donations from people who support its mission. Collins believes giving a little goes a long way. “If one thousand people donate $10 a month, it adds up to $120,000 in support over one year for local children with autism, creating a significant impact in the community.” So Collins greatly appreciates the monthly donors who have joined “Benny’s Buddies.” “It gives me the chills to think that people like you and me – everyday folks – can make such an amazing difference if we band together for such an important cause!” You can become Benny’s buddy by donating to the Beignet Fest Foundation and helping support their cause by visiting www.bennyneedsabuddy.com.

Beignet Fest will take place at the New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds on September 24, 2022, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. To find the menu, music line-up, and all the details of this year’s Beignet Fest, or to become a vendor, go to www.beignetfest.com.

College-Bound Hispanics and Their Financial Stability

College-Bound Hispanics and Their Financial Stability

By AnaGarcía

@anag1928

Click aqui para español- >Hispanos rumbo a la universidad y su estabilidad financiera


There is a lack of basic financial information in the Hispanic community, which makes it even more challenging for youth in this community to achieve their goals. College-bound students are often unaware of financial aid resources and don’t know how to manage their money, so we contacted experts in our community to ofer some information to students, regardless of their immigration status. Ingrid Bustos founded ECCO Centro Comunitario, a non-profi t organization and resource center that prepares students for College. Bustos saw the need to provide resources for students that want to pursue a college or university degree.

 

An average community college tuition is almost $8,000 per year and a 4-year university costs around $30,000 per year. “For an immigrant family, it’s hard to afford that. So, students will rely on scholarships to attend college,” said Bustos. Obtaining scholarships isn’t easy. Students must work hard. An ACT score of 26 points or above will help the student’s chances of receiving financial aid from some private colleges. However, for immigrant students still mastering English, achieving high scores in standardized testing is harder. 

Bustos mentions private universities usually have a variety of scholarships available. They offer scholarships for sports and arts, community leadership, and foundations. But in Louisiana, “most scholarships are based on high ACT scores,” says Bustos. To find opportunities, students must take charge of their search. New Orleans schools offer a 2-year program called College Track prepares them and helps them find scholarships. In other schools, students must rely on their counselors. “I always tell students to ask for help from their school counselor. Also, you can ask the university counselor when you visit the university. Then, ask what scholarships are available. They should give you a list of the scholarships they o er,” says Bustos about finding available scholarships.

Bustos founded ECCO to help Latinx students in Louisiana. With a bilingual staff, they can guide Spanish-speaking parents and students in navigating the application process. In addition, the organization offers “Camino a la Universidad,” a 12-week workshop to prepare students to apply for scholarships. “Thanks to the sponsors that support our mission, we can provide two hours with a professional to help them in the process,” says Bustos. The requirements for applying depend on the kind of scholarship pursued. “If it is an athletic scholarship, the student must submit a highlight reel of his plays. For an art scholarship, you can send photos of your art. As for academic studies, universities always consider the GPA (grade point average),” she adds.

Another challenge for students is financial literacy. Many Hispanic students don’t know how to open a bank account. Undocumented students are afraid of being flagged when getting into the system. Veronica L Reyes, Louisiana Programming Officer at TruFund Financial Services, Inc. shares valuable information on this topic. “Opening a bank account is not as scary as it seems. You don’t have to be afraid of being deported just for opening an account,” says Reyes adding that doing some research is essential. “What is important to you may be different than what is important to someone else.”

Reyes says some things to consider when choosing the right bank are the size of the bank, personal service, locations in the community or out-of-state, ATMs, etc. These are important to consider as well as the features, benefits, perks, and types of accounts offered by the bank and any monthly service fees and other fees that may apply before opening your bank account,” advises Reyes. Large chain banks usually have more branches in your city and other states, which means you’ll get the same service no matter where you go. This wide coverage can help you avoid fees for using other banks’ services (like ATM fees, etc.) Large banks also o er services like 24-hour helplines for their customers. In addition, these banks usually can assist in different languages and have the best technology. Smaller banks, also known as community banks, tend to be friendlier than big banks. They provide one-on-one attention and o er a variety of accounts and loans that help benefit the community. Community banks are locally owned and operated and usually offer better rates and lower fees. Credit unions are not-for-profit financial institutions, often with a mission to be “community-oriented” and exist to serve their members. Credit unions have made their services more accessible by offering lower fees and partnering with other credit unions to provide shared branch banking and ATMs.

To open an account, you must meet the requirements established by each institution. “First, confirm the bank or credit union’s eligibility and age requirements for opening a savings or checking account. If you are under 18, some banks may require that you open the account with a parent or guardian,” says Reyes. Choose the correct account for you. Different types of bank accounts meet different needs. For example, when someone opens their first bank account, it is either a regular checking or savings account (or both). “It’s important to deposit money into the type of account that suits your financial goals, so you have access to the right spending and saving tools,” says Reyes. Regardless of race or nationality, the youth are our future, and we will continue to provide resources and information for their success.

¿Qué es la celebración de Juneteenth?

Quizás el día feriado patriótico más importante en los Estados Unidos es el Día de la Independencia celebrado el 4 de Julio, pero esta celebración de libertad no incluía a los Afroamericanos que vivían en una América que les negaba una vida digna puesto que vivían en la esclavitud.

Fue 87 años después de la declaración de independencia de los Estados Unidos de América cuando el presidente Abraham Lincoln firmó la Proclamación de Emancipación, el 1ro de enero de 1863, la cual estableció que todas las personas esclavizadas debían ser liberadas para siempre. La realidad, es que esto no sucedió inmediatamente. Esta proclamación aplicaba únicamente para los lugares bajo el control de los Confederados, más no a los estados fronterizos que tenían esclavos o a las áreas de rebeldes bajo el control de la Unión. Cuando las tropas del Norte avanzaban hacia los estados Confederados sureños, muchos esclavos escaparon detrás de las filas de la Unión.

El estado de Texas se había convertido en un puerto seguro para muchos de los amos de esclavos que habían encontrado la manera de continuar su práctica y mantener a sus esclavos en esa región. Una vez la guerra terminó en 1865, el regreso del general Granger a Galveston en junio dio la señal para que las 250,000 personas esclavizadas en el estado de Texas fueran liberadas.

Fue así como comenzó la celebración denominada como Juneteenth, en referencia al mes de junio, que en inglés es ‘June’, y la fecha 19, que en inglés es “nineteenth”. En 1865, el año siguiente de la liberación en Texas, se organizó la primera celebración del “Día de Júbilo” el 19 de junio que incluía música, barbacoas, servicios religiosos, y otras actividades.

Con el paso del tiempo y la migración de las personas de Texas a otros estados, la celebración de Juneteenth se expandió en los Estados Unidos. En 1979 Texas fue el primer estado en establecer el 19 de junio como la celebración oficial de Juneteenth, y en el 2021 el presidente Joe Biden lo estableció como un día feriado oficial a nivel nacional. Para muchos estadounidenses, el 19 de junio es la fecha real de la independencia del país, puesto que en esa fecha fue realmente cuando todos sus ciudadanos pudieron celebrar su libertad.

En el área metropolitana de Nueva Orleans se realizan diversas celebraciones de Juneteenth, que este año incluyen:

Junio 18 – Juneteenth Celebration _ Afro Caribbean Day Party. 1-7 pm en Culture Park. 3000 Franklin Avenue

Junio 18 - Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration – 5 pm en Rev. Peter Atkins Park. 701 N Tyler St. Covington, LA

Junio 18 - Juneteenth Celebration. 1-4pm. New Orleans African American Museum. 1418 Gov. Nicholls St. New Orleans.

Junio 19 – Nola Juneteenth Festival ft. Casmé, Sunni Patterson & More. 3 -7 en Congo Square. 701 N. Rampart St.

Junio 19 - REJOICE Inc. Juneteenth Fest. 10 pm. 410 Williams Blvd. Kenner, LA.

Junio 19 - Juneteenth Special: LIVE Performance featuring Sula Spirit and the Maroon Band. 9-10 am. New Orleans Jazz Museum. 400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans.

Junio 19 – Honoring Juneteenth at NOMA. 10am – 5pm. 1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans.

Poppi Makes Cajun Popcorn Magic

‘Poppi Makes Cajun Popcorn Magic:

Click aqui para español- >Una historieta basada en Nueva Orleans que incita a los jóvenes a emprender

The 10 Step Guide to Building a Successful Food Startup,’ a comic book/graphic novel designed to teach youth and young adults the ten steps to launching a successful food startup, is the third book written by Michelle Jackson, an author, entrepreneur, and nonprofit director. 

Jackson published her first book, ‘The Heart of a Man,’ a Christian fiction novel, in 2010. Her second novel, ‘From Darkness to Night: Book One - Family Secrets,’ was released in 2020. She has received many accolades and prizes as an author, and she is now using her talent to educate young entrepreneurs by publishing her first book in the i.Invest Disruptive Youth Series of youth entrepreneurship comic books designed to showcase diverse characters building scalable businesses while living in urban, rural, or underserved communities. 

    

Based in New Orleans, ‘Poppi Makes Cajun Popcorn Magic: The 10 Step Guide to Building a Successful Food Startup’ tells the story of Poppi LaFihe, an 18-year-old who develops a Cajun popcorn seasoning. She takes her product from the kitchen table to the boardroom, skyrocketing sales, building personal and professional skills, and growing into a confident business owner.  

New Orleans’ amazing music and food culture inspired this 49-page comic book. Its bold illustrations and Gen Z pop-cultural references help drive home the need for all entrepreneurs to have a viable plan of action and stay positive, move forward, and accomplish their goals. The book is easy to read and ideal for students 12+, educational instructors, and entrepreneurship program facilitators looking to introduce aspiring leaders to business development.

This series is a testament to the author’s 25+ years of experience working with financial, retail, real estate, and economic development companies. Over the years, Jackson has mentored young and emerging entrepreneurs as the founder of the i.Invest National Youth Business Competition and PR Solutions LLC of Louisiana and as an economic development legislative policy writer for the State of Maryland and business advisor for the Urban League of Louisiana. 

In her case, Jackson knows running a business or several companies isn’t easy. She grew up in an all-black community. It wasn’t until years after graduating from public school and working in economic development that she first heard terms like ‘scalable business’ and ‘exit strategy.’ “Too often, we are years behind in learning new tools for building a successful business. The Poppi book and the series of youth entrepreneurship comic books I hope to publish over the next year is a way to allow minority students to see a character that looks like them and to learn business at a high level,” said Jackson. 

With’Poppi Makes Cajun Popcorn Magic: The 10 Step Guide to Building a Successful Food Startup’  and the upcoming series, Jackson hopes to help young entrepreneurs understand the steps needed to be good entrepreneurs.“ I am committed to leveling the playing field and ensuring that entrepreneurs -- no matter their age, race, or income-- can learn to be successful business owners,” adds Jackson. 

You can purchase the book directly from her website authormichelleackson.com or on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737116014.

Generator Safety During Hurricane Season

Generator Safety During Hurricane Season

Click aqui para español- >Seguridad con generadores durante temporada de huracanes

Louisiana residents, even recent arrivals, already understand the great risk hurricane season represents to the southern state from June 1 to November 30 each year.

Almost a year ago, Hurricane Ida swept through the Louisiana coast, advancing to New York and leaving behind multi-million dollar property and economic losses and claiming several lives.

In Louisiana, Hurricane Ida caused 26 deaths. According to the report of the Louisiana State Medical Director, six of these deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning due to the inappropriate use of electric generators during blackouts.

Because there is a great chance we will be affected again during one of the 19 named storms of this Atlantic Hurricane Season, we want everyone to make a plan and take the following precautions to avoid accidents when using generators during power outages.

Safety Tips provided by FEMA:

Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning, fire, and electrocution hazards. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on using a generator.

    

Carbon monoxide poisoning

- Do not assume that you are safe. Carbon monoxide from generators is entirely colorless and odorless, so you won’t know if it’s there. It could kill your family and your pets.

- Do not use a generator indoors or in partially enclosed spaces- including homes, garages, and crawl spaces - even those areas with partial ventilation.

- Do not operate near open doors and windows; using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide build-up in the home.

- Install battery-powered carbon monoxide alarms inside your home to alert you of dangerous levels. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommended placement.

Electrocution or electric shock

- Always connect the generator to appliances with heavy-duty extension cords.

- Hooking up your generator directly into your home power supply could increase the voltage or could cause a surge to the outside power lines and potentially injure or electrocute an unaware utility lineman. It also bypasses some of the built-in household circuit protection devices. Connecting the generator to your home could cause a surge in electricity that might result in injury or death to yourself or your family.

- Use a qualified electrician to install the appropriate equipment in accordance with local electrical codes or ask your utility company to install an appropriate power transfer switch.

​​​​​​Fire

- Keep your generator outside and fuel your generator outside.

- Do not store fuel for your generator in your house. Gasoline, propane, kerosene, diesel and other flammable liquids should be stored outside living areas in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers.

- Do not store fuel near a fuel-burning appliance, for example, a gas stove.

- If the fuel is spilled or the container is not sealed properly, invisible vapors from the fuel can travel along the ground and be ignited by the appliance’s pilot light or by arcs from electric switches.

- Before refueling the generator, turn it off and let it cool down. Gasoline or other flammable liquids spilled on hot engine parts could ignite, and invisible vapors from the fuel can travel along the ground and be ignited by the generator’s pilot light or by arcs from electric switches in the appliance.

Stay safe and informed. For updates and to sign for alerts about power restoration during and after a storm, visit https://www.entergynewsroom.com/storm-center/

 

 

WBEC South Goes Beyond Certification to Support Women Entrepreneurs

WBEC South Goes Beyond Certification to Support Women Entrepreneurs

By Julie Lilliston

Click aqui para español- >Más allá de la certificación, WBEC South ofrece apoyo para empresarias

A New Orleans organization known for providing national certification of women-owned businesses for more than 25 years has expanded its programming to serve the changing needs of women entrepreneurs. For example, The Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South) launched several new programs to help women scale their businesses and gain access to corporate buyers.

Enterprising Women of Color, powered by the Minority Business Development Agency, is a new program offered by WBEC South that is open to all women-owned companies of color, from startups to longstanding successful businesses. The customized programs include business coaching, procurement opportunities, technical assistance, leading-edge training, networking, matchmaking opportunities, and access to capital assistance.

      

In January, Enterprising Women of Color hosted a “Doing Business with Salesforce” Supplier Impact event at the WB Collective, a co-working and event space in New Orleans owned and operated by WBEC South. More than 20 business owners participated in a hybrid matchmaker event designed to connect small companies with opportunities at Salesforce, the world’s #1 customer relationship management platform.

“We are excited to start 2022 by hosting an impactful engagement event with corporate partners such as Salesforce,” shared Tiffany Carter, executive director, Enterprising Women of Color. “Intentional efforts such as the Salesforce Supplier Matchmaker illustrates the power of program partnerships, and we look forward to connecting participants with corporate opportunities throughout the year.”

Another new program launched in August 2021 is the Women’s Business Center South in Memphis, funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Open to all women-owned businesses across the five-state region of Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and the Florida Panhandle, WBC South provides coaching, tools, and resources for women business owners to sustain and grow their enterprises. Ongoing education sessions include managing cash flow to technology and eCommerce, business accounting, tax planning, marketing, and sales. 


“The WB Collectives in New Orleans and Nashville are for women executives and CEOs to gain access to resources they need to thrive.”

- Phala K. Mire. - President and CEO, WBEC South

 

After the center’s launch, WBC South Executive Director, Vonesha Mitchell, received hundreds of inquiries. “We’re overjoyed with the enthusiastic response we have received by women entrepreneurs since opening our doors. We have conducted dozens of coaching sessions and are excited to help women-owned businesses achieve the next level of success.”

As hybrid work models continue to gain traction during the pandemic, WBEC South launched two women’s co-working and special event spaces in New Orleans and Nashville. The interactive work and networking environments connect CEOs and facilitate relationships with corporate buyers. These distinctive spaces are uniquely designed to stimulate creativity and collaboration. They offer the ability to host hybrid events (in-person and virtual), catch up on emails, attend programming, and network with potential customers in a sophisticated, professional environment. The membership plans include a range of amenities such as a hot desk, dedicated offices, conference room, high-speed internet, office equipment use, mailboxes, and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.

“The WB Collectives in New Orleans and Nashville are for women executives and CEOs to gain access to resources they need to thrive,” says Phala K. Mire, president, and CEO, WBEC South. “We want to help women business enterprises connect, collaborate, and grow their companies while taking advantage of professional growth opportunities.”

 

Learn more about all the programs and resources WBEC South offers for women entrepreneurs at https://wbecsouth.org.

Un mensaje de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana

As the end of the year approaches, I’ve found moments to reflect on what we have endured, accomplished, and learned these last two years. COVID-19 has deeply impacted us as an organization, economic community, and cultural community. Since August 30th, south Louisiana has reckoned with the damage inflicted by Hurricane Ida. However, our recent challenges also remind us of our strength, resourcefulness, and capacity to adapt.

The HCCL’s network of sponsors, partners, and members allows us all to share ideas, find solutions, and foster growth to develop businesses proactively. We continue to offer vital networking opportunities, both virtually and in person. Through our ongoing commitment to each other’s well-being, we were able to return mainly to in-person gatherings this year, including our signature events and our 2021 Excelencia Gala honoring exceptional community leaders.

We’ve accepted several recognitions, including the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2021 Chamber of the Year Award and the CityBusiness 2021 Nonprofit of the Year Award. I’m humbled, knowing these awards result from our commitment to each other and to forward momentum. I’m grateful for the positive results of our advocacy and leadership and as the voice of the Hispanic business community. 

Just as the Chamber’s work grows and improves, our contributions through the HCCL Foundation gain ground on the inequities surrounding us. The Foundation’s ongoing training and education programs improve the caliber of our workforce and increase our ability to compete in a rapidly changing economy. The success of our HCCL Foundation programs rests on your support and engagement and on our collective dedication to building a more equitable community. 

Over the past two years, I have felt shaken by our uncertainties. I’ve also been reminded of how privileged I am to serve in this capacity with you. I am grateful for this HCCL family. May you have a blessed Christmas and a prosperous and healthy 2022!

 

Guía de Recursos Para la Recuperación del Huracán Ida

Guía de Recursos Para la Recuperación del Huracán Ida

Una vez más nuestra región se ha visto grandemente afectada a causa de uno de los huracanes más fuertes en los últimos tiempos que ha tocado tierra en Luisiana. El huracán Ida arribó a LaFourche Parish el 29 de agosto 2021, justo 16 años después de que el huracán Katrina devastar a Nueva Orleans y sus alrededores.

Hemos recopilado algunos de los recursos más solicitados, para que utilice durante la recuperación después del huracán Ida:

Para solicitar asistencia de FEMA, añadir información o verificar el estado de su solicitud, vaya a disasterassistance.gov/es o llame al 800- 621-3362.

Seguros.

  • Si tiene seguro, contacte a su proveedor de seguros de propietario o inquilino para presentar una reclamación. Si usted no ha presentado una reclamación a su compañía de seguros o no ha proporcionado una copia de la aprobación o negación de su acuerdo de seguro a FEMA, es probable que reciba una notificación de que “no hay una decisión”. Esto significa que FEMA puede necesitar información adicional para continuar el proceso.
  • Para preguntas sobre el Programa Nacional de Seguro contra Inundaciones, envíe un correo electrónico a floodsmart-fema.dhs.gov o llame al 877-336-2627.
 

La asistencia por desastre de FEMA podría estar disponible para ayudar a pagar las pérdidas no aseguradas o insuficientemente aseguradas, tales como la reparación del hogar por daños relacionados con el desastre, asistencia de alquiler, reembolso por gastos de alojamiento para personas cuyo hogar estaba inaccesible o inhabitable durante el desastre, gastos médicos incurridos por este desastre u otras necesidades relacionadas con el desastre.

- FEMA puede proporcionar un mes de asistencia acelerada de alquiler a los solicitantes elegibles que reportaron que sus servicios públicos esenciales no están disponibles temporalmente, y cuya vivienda principal está en una de las siguientes parroquias solamente: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne y Washington.

Techos.

  • Para reparaciones temporales de techos dañados, inscríbase con el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE. UU. en us (enlace en inglés) o llame al 888-766-3258/888-ROOF-BLU.

Las parroquias que han sido identificadas para el programa de la Operación Blue Roof son: Ascensión, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa y Terrebonne. Este programa es un servicio gratuito a los propietarios.

Grupos sin Fines de Lucro y Voluntarios.

Cruz Roja Americana. www.redcross.org/ cruz-roja o llame al 504-620-3105.

- Para obtener información sobre donaciones y oportunidades de trabajo voluntario, vaya a https://volunteerlouisiana.gov/disaster-services (enlace en inglés)

Crisis Cleanup. Recolección de escombros e información centralizada de ayudas y recursos. Línea de asistencia por huracán Ida: (844) 965- 1386.

Apostolado Hispano. Recursos disponibles en apostoladohispano.org

Recuperación económica.

La Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa (SBA): Los solicitantes (empresas, la mayoría de las organizaciones privadas sin fines de lucro, propietarios de viviendas e inquilinos) de préstamos por desastre a bajo interés pueden solicitar en línea, recibir información adicional sobre asistencia por desastre y descargar solicitudes en https:// disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ (enlace en inglés) o llamar al Centro de Servicio al Cliente de SBA al (800) 659-2955, o enviar un correo electrónico a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. para obtener más información sobre la asistencia por desastre de SBA.

Productores Agrícolas: Para préstamos y subvenciones favor contactar a la Agencia de Servicios Agrícolas para recuperarse de las pérdidas. https://www.farmers.gov/protection-recovery/disaster-tool#step-1 (enlace en inglés).

Seguros: Para preguntas sobre seguros individuales o comerciales, vaya a: ldi.la.gov/ (enlace en inglés).

Recursos estatales adicionales:

Ayuda alimentaria por desastre - Para inscribir su solicitud con anticipación si DSNAP es aprobado para su parroquia. Visite dcfs.la.gov/ preregister

- Para los participantes de Luisiana en el Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP), usted puede usar sus beneficios para comprar alimentos “calientes”. Más información sobre la exención de “alimentos calientes” en http://dcfs.louisiana.gov/page/snap-hot-foods-waiver

Para necesidades de refugio temporal, envíe un mensaje de texto que diga LAShelter al 898211 o marque el 211 para localizar un refugio.

Para recursos locales de emergencia, comuníquese con la oficina local de OHSEP en su parroquia, en http://gohsep.la.gov/ABOUT/ PARISHPA (haga clic en ‘Español’)

Fraude por Desastre: Para información visite https://agjefflandry.com/Files/Shared/Documents/ ConsumerTipsforNaturalDisasters.pdf

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana Foundation (HCCLF) welcomes New Director

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana Foundation (HCCLF) welcomes New Director

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana announces Ms. Paula M. Belanger as the new HCCL Foundation Director. In her new role, Paula will be responsible for consolidating the principles of the Foundation with the community and to deepen the relationships with partners, sponsors, and stakeholders.

La Fundación de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana (HCCLF) nombra nueva directora.

La Fundación de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana anuncia como nueva directora a Paula M. Belanger. En su nuevo rol, Belanger tendrá la responsabilidad de consolidar la base de la fundación con la comunidad y estrechar las relaciones con sus asociados, patrocinadores y grupos de interés.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Louisiana Honored as 2021 Medium Chamber of the Year

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Louisiana Honored as 2021 Medium Chamber of the Year

 

VIVA NOLA Staff

Each year, The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) recognizes three chambers of commerce in the small, medium, and large categories for their contributions to the Hispanic business community.

This year’s award for the medium-sized chamber belongs to Louisiana. Mayra Pineda, the President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana attended the national conference held at Las Vegas, Nevada, and was honored with the award.

 

“The Chamber of the Year Award is definitely a proud moment for our organization, but it is also a reminder and motivation of our commitment moving forward as we focus our mission to build a more equitable community. We will continue to work tirelessly to erase the systemic barriers that are preventing our communities from thriving. Bridging the digital divide, providing access to capital and procurement opportunities, and building a pipeline of skilled workforce are critical to true economic development. These areas have been highlighted through COVID-19 where our Hispanic communities have been disproportionately impacted and, in my community, the added impact of Hurricane Ida.

- Mayra E. Pineda, President & CEO, HCCL

After many unknown obstacles created by the pandemic, HCCL has quickly and efficiently adjusted to a new style of programming. By navigating the complex and uncharted terrain of COVID-19, the HCCL has managed to uninterruptedly serve the Hispanic business community and operate in a new business environment. The advocacy and technical assistance this organization has provided has been invaluable during this difficult time. These efforts have gained the national recognition.

HCCL created a Bilingual Workforce Development Training Program offering the underserved community a safe space to learn and study at their own pace. This program enrolls more than 500 adult learners every year, and since its inception in 2008, the program has placed over 150 learners per year in full time jobs. Throughout the pandemic, this center has acted as a beacon of light providing critically needed assistance, education, and opportunity to the community.

“We are delighted to honor the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Louisiana and its successful efforts to ensure access to education and an equitable recovery for the Hispanic community. Their commitment to providing the small businesses with the tools to thrive, as well as serving underrepresented communities illustrates that in the wake of a cultural reckoning, meaningful change is possible,” said USHCC President and CEO, Ramiro Cavazos.

Congratulations to Mayra E. Pineda and the board of directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana for this important recognition!

Ten tips for teachers to start the new school year strong

Ten tips for teachers to start the new school year strong 

By Natalia Layos, Coach for Educators @Natalialayos

1 Look up information about the school area where you will be teaching. Knowing the regulations will provide you with enough information to meet your school’s expectations and the students you will be working with during the year.

2 Have your class ready before your students arrive. Discard or donate materials that you won’t use during the school year, arrange desks and furniture to meet your teaching style, organize materials to make your class look welcoming, fresh, and organized. Remember, you will be spending many hours of your day there, and you want to feel comfortable in your space.

3 Plan. Map out in a calendar the content that you will be teaching during the school year for every subject you teach. A calendar will give you a close idea of what materials you will need for your lessons and provide you with a timeframe for teaching every topic.

4 Have a solid classroom management plan. Think about what routines, rules, and expectations you will implement in every part of the day. Explain all of them to your students and model them very clearly on the very first day. By doing that, your students will know what you expect from them from the very beginning.

5 Be consistent. If you want to gain your students’ respect, you need to be on time, ready for all your lessons, and always keep your word.



6 Be fair and treat all students with respect. Respect is a two-way street, and it all starts with the leader in the classroom: The teacher.

7 Adapt your lessons to the needs of all your students. That includes your foreign language students and the students that require any curricular modifications. They are part of your class and deserve the best education that you can provide.


8 Make it easy for yourself. Design all your lessons following the same model. One that works very well includes a brief review of the previous content, an introduction of new vocabulary, a teaching model ‘I do, we do, you do’ to teach the latest content, and an exit ticket to measure the success of the new learning.

9 Design your lessons to be exciting and fun! Studies show that when students have fun during learning, they retain the information more effectively and much longer.

10 Have fun teaching! Teaching is a fantastic job that can also be fun. Your students can tell when you enjoy what you do, and they don’t hesitate to join that feeling.

Back to School: Tips for Parents for a Successful School Year

Back to School: Tips for Parents for a Successful School Year
By Ana Garcia

Click aqui para español- >Regreso a la escuela: Consejos para padres para un exitoso año escolar
The last school year was full of challenges due to a pandemic that changed our lives unexpectedly. Teachers had to strategize and be creative during this crisis by reinventing their way of teaching through virtual classes. Students spent half of the school year in virtual learning rather than in the classroom with friends. Parents had to change their routines in their professional and personal lives while providing their children with the additional support needed during the unprecedented times.
The 2021-2022 school year has started for most schools in our community. Teachers, students, and parents are excited to go back to how it used to be pre-pandemic.
If you are a parent who is concerned about your children going back to school this year, we have gathered some tips and suggestions from professionals in the educational field that could help alleviate those concerns.
Rebecca Green, a Licensed Professional Counselor with six years of experience and a National Certified Counselor, shares her “biggest tip” for parents and students, which is “to allow yourself some help.” Green explained that in the past two years, “there may have been learning loss, or you may have fallen behind because of virtual learning. Your teachers and counselors will be there to help you”.
With the Delta variant and Covid cases rising in our community, Green wants to remind parents that for people who cannot be vaccinated yet, or those who don’t want to, schools may still offer virtual classes for students who may get quarantined.


Most schools will likely require wearing a mask. Green advises that if the schools mandate wearing a mask, parents should find one that is comfortable for their child to wear and teach them how to wear them, adding that “there is no reason to get your child in trouble for not following school policy just because you disagree with it.”
In dealing with the fear of the virus and its effects, Green would like parents and students to remember “to allow yourself and others grace and forgiveness. We are all stressed and scared, and we all react to these feelings differently”.
The role of a teacher is to inspire, motivate, encourage, and educate. But what is fundamental in this process of teaching is to have effective communication. Cristina Garcia, a 9th-grade teacher entering her second year as an educator, highlights the importance of communication between parents and teachers and between parents and their children.
“As teachers, we reach out to the parents as often as we can. However, having the parents be actively communicative with both parties helps bridge the gap of misinformation and allows for the student and the teacher to grow.”
For a fresh start of a 2021-2022 school year, Garcia has some final suggestions for students, “don’t give up. If something becomes too difficult, keep pushing, and always have good communication with your teachers.”
Our children spend most of their time at school. It is essential parents make sure children have the best experience during the school year. Cathy Morse, a 3rd-grade teacher, wants parents to ask their children questions to explain their thought processes and encourage rich conversation. “It can be about anything. Have them explain what they are doing. Make sure to go deeper than simple questions and answers. It can be as easy as what their favorite video game is, or what their favorite thing to do is, and follow up why to keep the conversation going.”


Videogames have been, for many children, the most form of recreation and socialization during the pandemic. Morse stresses the importance of keeping our children from this specific technology, “Start weaning kids off technology. It is a shock for some students to get back to school after being on tech for hours at a time”. Morse highlights the importance of reading and recalling the skills learned in the previous year to get students’ brains in gear for the next school year. Morse reminds parents to “focus on the positives and celebrate the victories, no matter how small. As educators, we are here to help you!”
Educators are optimistic and are hoping for a better school year. No matter what obstacles and challenges life throw at parents, teachers, and students, our community is resilient, and by supporting each other, we can overcome any adversity and succeed together.

2021 Jazz Fest Music Lineup Announced!

Dead & Company, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Buffett, Lizzo, Demi Lovato,

The Black Crowes, H.E.R., Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks Band,

The Beach Boys, Ludacris, Trombone Shorty, Jon Batiste Plus Hundreds More

To Appear at the 2021 New Orleans Jazz Fest October 8 – 17

3-Day Weekend Passes and VIP Packages on Sale Now!

New Orleans, LA (June 24, 2021)—The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell today announced more than 50 of the  artists set to appear at the highly anticipated 2021 Festival, scheduled for October 8 – 17.   The full music lineup will be released next month.  Jazz Fest annually celebrates the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana, alongside unforgettable performances by nationally and internationally renowned guest artists to create one of the world’s most diverse musical festival lineups.  Festival weekend dates are set for October 8 – 10 and 15 – 17.

 

Dead & Company, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Lizzo, Demi Lovato, The Black Crowes, H.E.R., Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Beach Boys, Ludacris, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Jon Batiste, Wu-Tang Clan feat. The Soul Rebels, Ziggy Marley: Songs of Bob Marley, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, The Revivalists, Brittany Howard,  Randy Newman, Irma Thomas, Melissa Etheridge, The Isley Brothers, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Boz Scaggs, Rickie Lee Jones, Ledisi, Tower of Power, David Sanborn, Tank and The Bangas, Big Freedia, Chris Isaak, Keb’ Mo’ Band, Preservation  Hall  Jazz Band,  PJ Morton, Samantha Fish, Tribute to Dr. John, The Count Basie Orchestra, Galactic, Playing for Change Band,  Terence Blanchard feat The E-Collective, Rebirth Brass Band, Shovels & Rope, Cyril Neville, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Asleep at the Wheel, Arturo Sandoval, Davell Crawford, El Gran Combo, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, Martha Redbone Roots Project, Ricky Skaggs, Doug Kershaw, Boyfriend, Charlie Musselwhite, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, The Radiators, Anders Osborne, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Soul Rebels, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Tab Benoit, Leo Nocentelli, Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters, Puss N Boots, Deacon John, The Campbell Brothers, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Little Freddie King, Nicholas Payton, Kathy Taylor and Favor, David Shaw, Tribute to Bessie Smith, The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Jermaine Landrum & Abundant Praise Revival Choir, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Ronnie Lamarque, We are One and Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, plus hundreds more artists scheduled to appear at the first-ever Jazz Fest in October. 

VIP packages, general admission 3-day weekend passes and travel packages are on sale now through www.nojazzfest.com. Single-day tickets will go on sale in July.

VIP packages are weekend-specific and are valid for all three days of the weekend purchased.  Jazz Fest offers three distinct VIP opportunities to experience the event in a very special way: the Festival’s popular Big Chief VIP Experience ticket package provides special viewing access at most of the Festival’s stages; the Grand Marshal VIP Pass allows for up-close access at the three major stages; and the Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP Pass entitles patrons to special covered seating at the Acura Stage audience area.

VIP and weekend package ticket holders who rolled their 2020 tickets over to the October Festival will receive an email from the ticketing company with instructions on how to exchange their tickets for the weekend of their choosing.  Single-day ticket holders will be able to make their selections when single-day ticket information is released in the coming weeks.

Jazz Fest is partnering once again with CID Entertainment to provide Travel Packages for guests looking to bundle Festival tickets or VIP passes with local hotel accommodations and roundtrip shuttle service between the Festival and their hotel. For package details please visit the Jazz Fest web site.

Many area hotels offer special Jazz Fest rates.  A complete list of participating hotels is posted at http://www.nojazzfest.com/travel/hotels/, including the Official Host Hotel, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Jazz Fest is working closely with city and state officials to make sure the event is safe for all attendees and participants. The Festival will be presented in accordance with applicable COVID-19 public health guidelines at the time of the event.

Shell is the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival.  Major Jazz Fest Sponsors are Acura, Miller Lite, and the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (A Churchill Downs Company). First Horizon Bank, Peoples Health, Coca-Cola, Monster Energy, AARP, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and WWOZ are also Official Jazz Fest Sponsors.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc., is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year-round activities in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. Education programs include the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, the HSM Beginners program, the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series, the Class Got Brass competition for school brass bands, workshops in music production, vocal classes at recreation centers around the city and more. Economic Development initiatives include Community Partnership Grants, the Catapult Fund accelerator program and the Sync Up entertainment industry workshops. Cultural enrichment programs include the Jazz & Heritage Concert Series and the annual Foundation Festivals: the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the Congo Square Rhythms Festival/Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, and the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival. The Foundation also owns radio station WWOZ 90.7-FM, the Jazz & Heritage Archive and the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center – an education and community facility named for Jazz Fest founder George Wein and his late wife Joyce. During the pandemic, the Foundation created the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund to support Louisiana's music community whose livelihoods had been adversely impacted by COVID-19.  More than 4,000 grants were awarded to musicians, music industry workers and Black Masking/ Mardi Gras Indians.  For more about the Foundation, please visit www.jazzandheritage.org.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell is a co-production of Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans and AEG Presents.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

PRESENTED BY SHELL

October 8 – 10 & October 15 - 17

October 8 - 10

Dead & Company, Foo Fighters, Lizzo, The Black Crowes, Demi Lovato, Brandi Carlile, Wu-Tang Clan featuring  The Soul Rebels, The Revivalists, Ludacris, Ziggy Marley: Songs of Bob Marley, Randy Newman, Tank and The Bangas, Galactic, David Sanborn, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, Chris Isaak, Cyril Neville, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Charlie Musselwhite, Arturo Sandoval, Martha Redbone Roots Project, Ricky Skaggs, Doug Kershaw, Boyfriend, El Gran Combo, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Tab Benoit, Leo Nocentelli,  Anders Osborne,  Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters, Little Freddie King, Kathy Taylor and Favor, Tribute to Bessie Smith, Nicholas Payton, Deacon John, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, We are One and Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, plus hundreds more. 

October 15 - 17

Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, H.E.R., Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Beach Boys, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Jon Batiste, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Brittany Howard, Irma Thomas, Melissa Etheridge, The Isley Brothers, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Boz Scaggs, Rickie Lee Jones, Ledisi, Tower of Power, Big Freedia, Keb’ Mo’ Band, PJ Morton, Playing for Change Band, Samantha Fish, Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective, Rebirth Brass Band, Shovels & Rope, Asleep at the Wheel, Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, The Radiators, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Davell Crawford, Puss N Boots, The Campbell Brothers, Jermaine Landrum & Abundant Praise Revival Choir, The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, Tribute to Dr. John, The Count Basie Orchestra, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Ronnie Lamarque, plus hundreds more.

2021 JAZZ FEST TICKET INFORMATION

General Admission 3-Day Weekend Pass (October 8 – 10 or October 15 – 17)

Early-Bird Weekend Pass: $200 while supplies last

Advance Weekend Pass: $225

Important: The Weekend Pass is a non-transferable wristband and there is no re-entry

Payment Plan: 25% down if purchased by July 8

PLEASE NOTE: All general admission Jazz Fest tickets are subject to additional service fees and handling charges.

Tickets are available at www.nojazzfest.com

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

PRESENTED BY SHELL

BIG CHIEF VIP EXPERIENCE

The Big Chief VIP Experience is the most luxurious way to enjoy the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.  A limited number of tickets are sold (first-come, first-served).  The Big Chief VIP Experience often sells out - patrons are encouraged to purchase early. Each ticket includes the following:

  • Big Chief tickets are sold as full weekend packages and include admission for each day of the weekend
  • Re-entry is permitted at pedestrian gates with Big Chief tickets
  • Big Chief guests have access to raised and covered private viewing areas at Acura Stage, Shell Gentilly Stage and Congo Square Stage as well as front-of-house bleachers at the WWOZ Jazz Tent and Blues Tent
  • Private beverage stands (with beer, wine, water, and soft drinks for purchase) and restrooms at the Acura Stage and Shell Gentilly Stage viewing areas
  • Access to an indoor, air conditioned Big Chief Hospitality Lounge with full service cash bar, complimentary light refreshments and snacks and restrooms
  • On-site parking is available for purchase with a limited number of Big Chief packages
  • Big Chief patrons can choose to purchase VIP shuttle tickets for easy travel to and from the Festival.  The VIP Shuttle will pick up and drop off from downtown New Orleans and allows for special entry into the Fair Grounds.  Quantities are limited, so please purchase VIP shuttle tickets before they sell out.
  • Souvenir laminated ticket
  • Express VIP entrances at Gentilly and Sauvage pedestrian gates

Big Chief (October 8 – 10 or October 15 – 17)
$1,600

Daily on-site parking or VIP shuttle tickets can be added to your purchase while supplies last.

VIP ticket packages are inclusive of all service charges.  Only a $15 shipping fee will be assessed in addition to the listed prices.

VIP viewing areas will be limited in size, and access may become unavailable, if necessary, to keep the space from exceeding capacity.

A Big Chief ticket is required for all children over the age of 2 to access the Big Chief viewing areas.

The Festival offers a payment plan for all VIP purchases.

Big Chief VIP tickets will be mailed in September.

GRAND MARSHAL VIP PASS

The Grand Marshal VIP pass allows exclusive access to a standing-room only section at the front of the Festival’s three largest stages:  the Acura Stage, the Shell Gentilly Stage and the Congo Square Stage.  A limited number of Grand Marshal tickets are sold (first-come, first-served).  Grand Marshal VIP often sells out - patrons are encouraged to purchase early. Each ticket includes the following:

  • Grand Marshal tickets are sold as full weekend packages and include admission for each day of the weekend
  • Re-entry is permitted at pedestrian gates with Grand Marshal tickets
  • Grand Marshal guests have access to up front, golden circle standing-room only private viewing areas at the Acura, Shell Gentilly and Congo Square stages
  • Private restrooms near the Acura Stage viewing area
  • Access to the Grand Marshal Hospitality Tent where guests can cool off in the shade with beverages for purchase, complimentary snacks and restrooms
  • On-site parking is available for purchase with a limited number of Grand Marshal packages
  • Grand Marshal patrons can choose to purchase VIP shuttle tickets for easy travel to and from the Festival.  The VIP Shuttle will pick up and drop off from downtown New Orleans and allows for special entry into the Fair Grounds.  Quantities are limited, so please purchase VIP shuttle tickets before they sell out.
  • Souvenir laminated ticket
  • Express VIP entrances at Gentilly and Sauvage pedestrian gates

Grand Marshal (October 8 – 10 or 15 – 17)

$1,500

Daily on-site parking or VIP shuttle tickets can be added to your purchase while supplies last.

VIP ticket packages are inclusive of all service charges.  Only a $15 shipping fee will be assessed in addition to the listed prices.

Note:  Grand Marshal VIP ticketholders are part of an exclusive, up-close, standing-room only club of Festivalgoers.  The stage-area pass does not allow the holder to camp out or to reserve space in the special viewing areas, all of which are chair-free zones.  A festive flow of Grand Marshal patrons between performances throughout the day is part of the ethos of this priceless Jazz Fest experience.  In addition, during some music sets, photography may be restricted by the artist on stage. At those times, cameras, other than simple point-and-shoot and cell phone cameras, will have to be put away. On occasion, photography may be prohibited entirely.

A Grand Marshal ticket is required for all children over the age of 2 to access the Grand Marshal viewing areas.

The Festival offers a payment plan for all VIP purchases.

Grand Marshal VIP tickets will be mailed in September.

KREWE OF JAZZ FEST VIP PASS

Jazz Fest attendees have the opportunity to view all the action at the Acura Stage in an exclusive covered viewing area.  A limited number of tickets are sold (first come, first served). Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP often sells out - patrons are encouraged to purchase early. Each ticket includes the following:

  • Krewe of Jazz Fest tickets are sold as full weekend packages and include admission for each day of the weekend
  • Re-entry is permitted at pedestrian gates with Krewe of Jazz Fest tickets
  • Krewe of Jazz Fest guests have access to a raised and covered viewing stand at the Acura Stage
  • Private beverage stands (with beer, wine, water and soft drinks for purchase) and restrooms at the viewing area
  • On-site parking is available for purchase with a limited number of Krewe of Jazz Fest packages
  • Krewe of Jazz Fest patrons can choose to purchase VIP shuttle tickets for easy travel to and from the Festival.  The VIP Shuttle will pick up and drop off from downtown New Orleans and allows for special entry into the Fair Grounds.  Quantities are limited, so please purchase VIP shuttle tickets before they sell out.
  • Souvenir laminated ticket
  • Express VIP entrances at Gentilly and Sauvage pedestrian gates

 Krewe of Jazz Fest (October 8 – 10 or 15 – 17)

$800

Daily on-site parking or VIP shuttle tickets can be added to your purchase while supplies last.

VIP ticket packages are inclusive of all service charges.  Only a $15 shipping fee will be assessed in addition to the listed prices.

A Krewe of Jazz Fest ticket is required for all children over the age of 2 to access the Krewe of Jazz Fest viewing area.

The Festival offers a payment plan for all VIP purchases.

Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP tickets will be mailed in September.

NOAA Predicts Another Active Atlantic Hurricane Season

NOAA Predicts Another Active Atlantic Hurricane Season

BY NOAA

Click aqui para español- >Una Temporada de Huracanes Activa en el Atlántico


NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season. However, experts do not anticipate the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020.

For 2021, a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher) are expected. NOAA provides these ranges with 70% confidence. The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30.

“Now is the time for communities along the coastline as well as inland to get prepared for the dangers that hurricanes can bring,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “The experts at NOAA are poised to deliver life-saving early warnings and forecasts to communities, which will also help minimize the economic impacts of storms.”
“El Nino Southern Oscillation, ENSO-neutral, and La Nina support the conditions associated with the ongoing high-activity era,” said Matthew Rosencrans, a lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “Predicted warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds, and an enhanced west African monsoon will likely be factors in this year’s overall activity.”

Last year’s record-breaking season serves as a reminder to all residents in coastal regions or areas prone to inland flooding from rainfall to be prepared for the 2021 hurricane season.

“With hurricane season starting on June 1, now is the time to get ready and advance disaster resilience in our communities,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “Visit Ready.gov and Listo.gov to learn and take the steps to prepare yourself and others in your household.

Download the FEMA app to sign-up for a variety of alerts and to access preparedness information. Purchase flood insurance to protect your greatest asset, your home. And, please encourage your neighbors, friends, and coworkers to also get ready for the upcoming season.”

Visit FEMA’s Ready.gov to be prepared for the start of hurricane season and the National Hurricane Center’s website at hurricanes.gov throughout the season to stay current on watches and warnings.

Summer Family Fun in NOLA

Summer Family Fun in NOLA

By Ana García

Click aqui para español- >Diversión Familiar de Verano en NOLA

Are you looking for fun activities to do in New Orleans during the summer? VIVA NOLA has a few suggestions which do not require packing and long trips. There are fun, family-friendly places here in the city.
Maybe you are looking for summer camps or just weekends full of excitement with the family. Here is a list of affordable, exciting, yet educational places this summer 2021 in Nola:

Louisiana Children’s Museum.

The Louisiana Children’s Museum in City Park reopens its doors this summer with many exciting and new activities for the entire family. The new LCM offers 8.5 acres of indoor and outdoor adventures to explore. Kids would have the opportunity to “Follow that Food” with the return of this classic exhibit where they can be little shoppers at the grocery store or chefs at the creole kitchen. They can go on a fantastic journey to the mighty Mississippi at the “Move with the River” exhibit. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and to ensure the best possible experience, the museum will require timed-entry tickets. You must reserve in advance. Make sure you check their website at www.lcm.org for more information and for Summer Camp dates.

LCM Summer Hours / Horarios de Admisión:
Tuesdays - Saturdays / Martes a Sábado: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sundays / Domings: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location / Ubicación City Park New Orleans. 5 Henry Thomas Drive. New Orleans, LA 70124

Tickets / Boletos: Adults & Children (12 months+) / Adultos y Niños (12 meses +) $ 14.00 + sales tax
Members Free admission / Admisión Gratuita para miembros

2. Cool Zoo at Audubon Zoo

Audubon Zoo reopens its popular water attractions this summer season. Cool Zoo and the Gator Run Lazy River are back beginning on Wednesday, June 16. This exciting adventure for the entire family includes the alligator water slide, the spider monkey soaker, water-spitting snakes, and shady spots for grown-ups. The Gator Run Lazy River offers zoo visitors the option to cool down by floating atop an inner tube along a 750-foot course. Three feet deep and 10-feet-wide, the lazy river features two sand beaches and water cannons to shower visitors as they float by. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience our award-winning zoo. See the animals, and stay cool all summer long!
This year, Audubon will offer two sessions each day for guests to enjoy Cool Zoo while visiting Audubon Zoo to manage capacity limitations, provide room for physical distancing, and comply with CDC guidelines.
For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit audubonnatureinstitute.org

Audubon Zoo - 2021 Cool Zoo/Gator Run
Location: / Ubicación: 6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

Tickets / Boletos: Cool Zoo, including Gator Run, is $8 for members, $10 for non-members plus regular zoo admisión.

Eentrada a Cool Zoo, incluyendo el Gator Run es $8 para miembros y $10 para no miembros, más la entrada general al zoológico.

Operating Schedule / Horario de Operación:
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – Sunday, August 1, 2021, 10 am - 1 pm & 2 pm - 5 pm
Miércoles, Junio16, 2021 – domingo, agosto 1, 2021
10 AM – 1 PM & 2 PM – 5 PM

Saturday, August 7, 2021 – Sunday, September 5, 2021 10 am - 1 pm & 2 pm - 5 pm
Sábado, agosto 7, 2021 – domingo, septiembre 5, 2021

Monday, September 6, 2021 - Labor Day (final day) 10 am - 1 pm & 2 pm - 5 pm
Lunes, septiembre 6, 2021 Día del Trabajo (último día)
10 AM – 1 PM & 2 PM – 5 PM


3. The National WWII Museum.
Get your party hats ready! The National WWII Museum is celebrating its 21st anniversary on June 6. Considered the #1 attraction in New Orleans, this state-of-the-art museum offers various virtual summer camp opportunities for kids. Solve puzzles and problems in real WWII scenarios with Spy Camp. For children entering grades 3 - 6 from June 21 - 25, 2021. Children will engage hands-on with topics such as aeronautics, engineering, physics, biology, and medicine during the STEM Innovation Camp. For children entering grades 4 - 7. Dates, from June 28 - July 2, 2021. The Bob and Dolores Hope Summer Theater Camp is for the singer, dancer, and actor/actress in your life. Casting based on interest and prior experience. For children entering grades 5 - 8. Dates, week 1: July 12 - 16, 2021 and
week 2: July 19–23, 2021. For more information, visit .nationalww2museum.org.
In addition, the museum will host an after-hours Family Block Party on October 22, 2021. Families will enjoy the museum and fun activities for the whole family.
To ensure public safety and avoid crowds, timed-ticket purchases are required. The museum recommends that visitors pre-purchase Museum admission online.

The National WWII Museum Hours / Horarios: Open daily / Diario:
9 am - 5 pm
Location: 945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tickets / Boletos: Adult / Adultos: $28.50
Senior (65+) / Mayores de 65: $24.50
Student, Military (With ID) / Estudiantes y militares con identificación: $18
WWII Veterans FREE / Veteranos de guerra GRATIS.

There’s no doubt that our city has more to offer during the summer. You cannot go wrong with these three choices. Check each website before you plan your local trip to any of these fantastic places.

Make a Card for Mother’s Day.

Make a Card for Mother’s Day.

By Juliana Bech

Mother’s Day is coming close, and you are just starting to think about what you’re going to make for your mom. You might be thinking about making a little card saying how much she means to you, which I bet she would love, but why not make some bright pop-up letters? It might seem complicated to make at first, but it is relatively easy.  

The materials you need are scissors, glue, cardstock, colored construction paper, and markers. 

First, fold both the cardstock and construction paper in half. Next, cut short and long slits in the crease of the construction paper. Then, glue the construction paper to the cardstock (make sure to glue down every other slit).

In addition to that, cut out letters and hearts on colored construction paper and glue them on the pop-out lines and around the card. Finally, deliver the unique message that you have created to your mom on Mother’s Day!

 

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Vacuna para el COVID-19

El Apostolado Hispano en asociación con DePaul Community Health Centers Vaccine Disponible el martes 16 de marzo de 2021

Elegibilidad: DIRECTRIZ DE CDC

Ubicación: Apostolado Hispano

Dirección: 2525 Maine Ave. Metairie, LA 70003

Hora: 2:30 pm -5:30pm

Para registrarse llame al 504-467-2550

También están proporcionando pruebas de Covid-19

Todos los sábados de marzo desde

De 9 am - 3 pm

No se requiere identificación ni seguro

 

Preparación de impuestos gratis

El Centro LA y Vita Latinx prepararán impuestos gratis para familias que generen hasta $ 57,000 por año

Ubicación: Apostolado Hispano

Dirección: 2525 Maine Ave, Metairie, LA 70003 (lado sur de la iglesia Saint Lawrence the Martyr)

Fechas: 20, 27 y 10 de abril

Hora: de 9am - 3pm

Inscripciones: www.elcentrola.org o llamar al 504-515-1972, 504-503-1040

Noche Dominicana y lanzamiento de video

El artista dominicano radicado en Nueva Orleans Fermin Ceballos lanzará el video de su nuevo sencillo PA 'QUE TE ENAMORES el 20 de
marzo durante una fiesta dominicana con su banda en vivo en Dance Quarter Studios, siguiendo las pautas COVID-19 de la ciudad.

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