BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: Capital One Bank is accepting applications through April 25 for its free Getting Down to Business small-business development program, which will be held on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. beginning May 11 at the Xavier University Entrepreneurship X-ncubator, 909 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, New Orleans. The program is designed to provide qualified business owners with information and guidance to help them grow their businesses. The 16-course curriculum addresses credit, budgeting, marketing, business growth plans, financing, accounting best practices, networking, insurance and much more. The program includes a matched-savings component up to $2,000 that the business owners can use for operations, staffing or the purchase of supplies upon completion of the program. Applications are available at Capital One banks, by calling (504) 831-3730, or at cybergrants.com/capitalone/GDTBNewOrleans.
DBE CERTIFICATION: Businesses pursuing Disadvantaged Business Certification may benefit from a DBE certfication workshop being offered by the Small Business Incubator of the Southern University at New Orleans Small Business Development & Management Institute. Participants will learn how to complete and submit a DBE application, prepare for a DBE site visit, appeal an application denial and renew DBE certification. Sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on two consecutive Saturdays at the SUNO Small Business Incubator, 6801 Press Drive, New Orleans. The dates will be determined based on interest. The cost is $25. To register, call (504) 284-5514.
JEDCO: Mikal P. Adler is joining the board of commissioners of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission this month as a representative for the Jefferson Business Council. Adler is a lawyer with the Blue Williams Metairie office, with a practice consisting primarily of general corporate, business and contractual work. Other recent appointments to the JEDCO board include Lloyd Clark, Teresa Lawrence, Larissa Littleton-Steib and Stephen Robinson Jr. Clark, who retired in 2008 as an administrator with the Jefferson Parish public school system, was appointed by Jefferson Parish Council member Chris Roberts. Lawrence, the owner of Delta Personnel, was appointed by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council-South. Littleton-Steib, vice chancellor for workforce development and technical education at Delgado Community College, was nominated by the Greater New Orleans Black Chamber of Commerce. Robinson, CEO of Ochsner Medical Center, was appointed by Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni. Mark Madderra is chairman of the JEDCO board, which works closely with the JEDCO staff to achieve the organization’s mission of attracting, retaining and expanding business in Jefferson Parish. Madderra is a real estate investment banker representing the Apartment Association of Greater New Orleans on the JEDCO board.
ENTREPRENEURS OF THE YEAR: The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University recently honored real estate developers Chris Papamichael and Matt Schwartz as Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneurs of the Year and educator Caroline Roemer as Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Papamichael (BSM ’96) and Schwartz (BSM ’99) are co-founders and principals of the Domain Cos., a real estate development, investment and management firm headquartered in New Orleans and New York. The company specializes in large-scale community development with a focus on mixed-use, mixed-income properties. Roemer is executive director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, the only statewide association that supports, promotes and advocates for the charter movement in Louisiana. Since joining LAPCS in 2007 as its first executive director, she has led the organization from a membership of zero schools to one that currently represents more than 90 percent of the 134 charter schools in Louisiana.
LOUISIANA SMALL-BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR: Perez President Angela O’Byrne has been named 2016 Louisiana Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. O’Byrne and other state winners will be honored in Washington, D.C., in May, when the SBA also will name its National Small Business Person of the Year. The SBA recognizes small-business champions who have overcome adversity and continually make meaningful contributions to their industries. Like other Louisiana business owners that were hard hit by Katrina, Angela persevered and has continued to grow her firm, which now has a staff of more than 50 and branch offices along the East, West and Gulf coasts, in the Midwest and in Afghanistan. She also has expanded Perez’s services to include construction, design-build and real estate development.
NATIONAL ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: Allison Reid, of the New Orleans Museum of Art, has been chosen as the 2016 Southeastern Region Museum Education Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association. Reid is the museum’s deputy director for interpretation and audience engagement.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: Two community managers for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in New Orleans have been honored as Top Achievers by the Cancer Society. Becky Breaux and Carol Guidry were recognized as top-performing employees of the American Cancer Society’s Mid-South Division which includes Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama and Louisiana. “These top achievers are the best of the best at recruiting and working with volunteers to increase our impact in communities through delivery of programs and fundraising efforts,” said Kelly Doss, executive vice president.
PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIETY OF AMERICA: Malana Joseph Mitchell, director of public relations at the Spears Group, has been elected 2016 president of the Public Relations Society of America New Orleans Chapter. A member of PRSA since 2012, she has served on the organization’s board of directors and recently was programming chair. She was also the recipient of the 2015 Ball of Fire Award, presented to the member who goes above and beyond in the chapter.
SOUTHEASTERN FREIGHT LINES: The New Orleans service center of Southeastern Freight Lines recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The center, at 1525 Sams Ave., features 76 dock doors and employs 75 associates. Southeastern account managers Kenny Barrett and Richard Furtado have been with the New Orleans service center since its opening in 1996 and are celebrating 20 years with the company. Southeastern is a regional less-than-truckload transportation services provider.