What are the real costs of starting a business?


Launch NOLA co-horts

On Thursday evening, Mandy Pumilia, Founder of Picnic Media and Co-Founder of Royal Brewery New Orleans presented to a group of entrepreneurs that are participating in Launch NOLA who will be beginning seven new businesses in New Orleans. The topic of the presentation and Q & A session was “Real Costs of Starting a Business vs. Projected Costs.” You can view the presentation here.

Would you like to see more small non-traditional business owners succeed? Starting a small business can be difficult.  A supportive ecosystem is needed for any of us to succeed. Join the support team today by donating. You can also give by texting LAUNCH to 5046845265. Launch NOLA is an initiative of St. Roch CDC, a 501(c)3 organization so all donations are tax deductible.

Are you interested in starting a business or taking your business to the next step? Launch NOLA provides business training, support, & affordable resources for urban entrepreneurs, empowering them to create sustainable, successful business in New Orleans. Enroll for the next session today!


SourceFunding.org levels the playing field for non-traditional entrepreneurs

Is your small business struggling to find funding or having trouble borrowing from a traditional lender?

Small businesses have the power to be a catalyst of transformation for our communities – and our economy. They also employ half of the nation’s private sector workforce and have created roughly two-thirds of net new jobs since 1995. Although interest rates have been kept at historically low levels by the Federal Reserve since the Great Recession began in 2008 in order to spur loan activity and borrowing to grow the economy, a major barrier cited by small businesses – especially non-traditional entrepreneurs – continues to be access to low cost capital.

“These barriers are especially true for women, veteran, and minority-owned companies who tend to be denied credit, receive lesser loan amounts, pay higher interest rates, and continue to remain in need of funding.” 


Learn more about Janet Davas of Hatch’s newest venture SourceFunding.org and request an invitation.

Can a Fin-Tech Company Level the Playing Field for Non-traditional Entrepreneurs?

Picnic Media selected for Growth Accelerator

We are excited to announce that Picnic Media has been selected to provide technical consulting and subject expert assistance to social ventures in Propeller’s inaugural Growth Accelerator. To learn more about the ventures we’ll be supporting, click on the images below.


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Education & Mentoring to Help Small Businesses Grow

Do you need help growing your small business? Capital One’s Getting Down to Business Program application deadline has been extended to Friday, April 29 at midnight. 15 participants will be selected. Apply online.

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Organic SEO & Google +

Do you have a Google + Business page? If not you should, it makes all the difference in your search results. Need help setting up and managing your Google + Business or Brand page or with your strategy on getting great reviews? We’re here to help!

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Digital Marketing Workshop

A special thank you to all the participants that joined me this evening for Developing Your Voice Online. In case you missed the presentation at Propeller this evening or wanted to review a portion I have published it here.




LaunchNOLA’s Pitch Competition Winners, November 6, 2015

LaunchNOLA is looking for some web design professionals to offer up a few hours of time to the winners of last week’s Pitch Competition. I’ll be donating some hours to help these underserved entrepreneurs, can you join me in donating some hours?

Check out these great new business ventures and the winners of the pitch competition!

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LaunchNOLA brings more to the Underserved Entrepreneur


Last night Picnic Media had the pleasure of speaking with fantastic LaunchNOLA entrepreneurs with small business concepts in development. Our discussion with this group focused on the following.

  1. What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur?
  2. What community resources have you found to be most helpful?
  3. How did you get the funds you needed to get started?

We can’t wait to see each of these new businesses launch!

LaunchNOLA Cohort 1 (Fall 2015)

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