UNO seeking advice on next president

The University of New Orleans Presidential Search Committee will hold a public forum Nov. 9 to collect community input about the characteristics people hope to see in the school’s next president.

The forum will begin at 11 a.m. in the Homer L. Hitt Alumni Center on the UNO campus.

The committee is looking for a successor to President Peter Fos, who announced his retirement in August.

Voting members of the search committee include University of Louisiana System board members James Carter, of New Orleans; Edward Crawford III, of Shreveport; Pamela Egan, of Covington; E. Gerald “T-Boy” Hebert, of Kenner; Jimmie “Beau” Martin Jr., of Cut Off; Mark Romero, of Lafayette; Robert Shreve, of Baton Rouge; Winfred Sibille, of Sunset; and Gary Solomon, of New Orleans.

Also serving as a voting member is UNO Faculty Senate President Cherie Courseault Trumbach.

The public can submit comments and questions to the committee by email to UNO PresidentialSearch@la.gov.

Delgado graduates 90 small business owners

More than 90 entrepreneurs representing three classes of participants graduated Oct. 26 from Delgado Community College’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

The graduates joined more than 5,600 other business owners who have benefited from the program nationally.

Over the past year, business owners taking part in the Delgado program represented industries that include construction, manufacturing, food service, retail and transportation. Together, their businesses employ more than 1,560 people and represent nearly $100 million in revenue.

Participants received practical business and management education, business support services and access to capital to help their businesses grow.

A new report shows that 10,000 Small Businesses program graduates report revenue growth and job creation at a higher rate than small businesses nationally. Almost 100 percent of the program participants graduate, and 84 percent report doing business with one another after graduation. In addition, 76 percent report increased revenue and 57 percent report the creation of new jobs within 18 months after graduating.

A $500 million investment by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation supports the project in partnership with Babson College and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.

Local partners include the city of New Orleans, Delgado, Greater New Orleans Inc., Hope Enterprise Corp., the Louisiana Small Business Development Center, the Idea Village and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans.

Prospective applicants to the program must have at least $150,000 in business revenue, have been in business for at least two years and have at least four full-time employees.

For information about the program, visit www.dcc.edu/10KSB.

Tulane opens new Mississippi campus

Tulane University’s Mississippi Coast Campus unveiled an expanded campus Oct. 26 at a dedication ceremony led by Tulane President Michael Fitts.

The campus in Biloxi replaces one destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The 14,961-square-foot building has an academic area twice the size of the old campus, and it allows the faculty and staff to serve 500 evening and weekend students and an additional 500 daytime students.

“Whether it’s technological advances or new program offerings, we are committed to providing students at all Tulane campuses with every advantage to succeed in the job market today and in the future,” Fitts said. “I am extremely proud of our students and staff at the Mississippi Coast Campus, and I value the hard work that went into building this state-of-the-art campus.”

The new building allows the campus to offer more community workshops, training seminars and testing. For information on the Mississippi Coast Campus, call (228) 388-5769 or visit www.scs.tulane.edu/campuses/miss.