New Graphics for your Business

Do you need to freshen up, modernize or digitize your logo or graphics? Have you made changes to your business’ signage and your print or digital presence don’t reflect those changes? Are you launching a new business that needs branding or re-branding? We can help! Contact us today!

Scholarships Available for Summer Camp

For the past nine years, Upturn Arts has produced a summer camp for New Orleans children ages 4-12 that focuses on visual arts, music, theater, and dance, with the mission, “Arts for All”.

Past campers Skylar Williams was accepted into the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s vocal program; Will Wisnesky was accepted into a dance intensive programs with the Orlando Ballet and Nutmeg Conservatory; Jackson Norton was accepted into NOCCA for the 2018-2019 school year

The camp is open to young artists in New Orleans, ages 4-12. creARTive grants are available for those who qualify. Visit for more information. Master artists, such as Tank and the Bangas, David Shaw of the Revivalists, Kristin Diable, and others will visit the camp to mentor young artists in their respective arts background.

The summer camp is organized in six themed sessions beginning the week of June 4. Camp runs through the week of August 6-10.

The themes this year are:

Session 1–Superhero Camp

Session2 – Explore Nola Camp

Session 3–Adventure Camp

Session 4–STEAM Camp

Session 5–Recycle Camp

Session 6–International Camp

**Sessions 1, 2, 4 & 5 are two-week camp sessions.

Upturn Arts is a fun and creative program that teaches children in the New Orleans community to explore and build confidence in themselves as artists. Our mission is to provide “Arts for All”.

A unique feature of Upturn Arts’s summer camp is that young artists have an opportunity to work with Master Artists, such as David Shaw of The Revivalists, Tank and the Bangas, Mike Doussan, and more.

Another bonus of Upturn Arts Summer Camp 2018 is that creARTive grants are available for middle- and low-income families to subsidize the cost of tuition, ensuring the mission, “Arts for All”. Camp begins June 4 with six different themed sessions and ends the week of August 10.

“Due to the nature of our organization, we hope to provide creARTive Grants to at least 50% of the young artists who attend our programming. One of our goals is to engage the immediate neighborhood and directly impact those families that live around our site.” says Executive Director, Dana Reed. Upturn Arts is located at Nola Spaces at 1719 Toledano Street.

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! 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 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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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.




Great Ventures with Great Ideas

Tonight we’ll be working with a group of ventures who will be presenting their marketing collateral and we’ll be there providing coaching & feedback. Take a look at these exciting social enterprises and the change they’ll be bringing to our community.

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Picnic Media selected as a Technical Consultant/Subject Expert for Propeller

We are excited to begin working with Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation!  Picnic Media will work one-on-one with 25-40 high-potential startups in Propeller’s Impact Accelerator. Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting social innovation in New Orleans. Propeller drives social, environmental, and economic impact in New Orleans by incubating ventures that have the potential to solve our city’s most pressing issues. The Propeller vision is to build a critical mass of entrepreneurs tackling key challenges in our issue areas of food security, water management, healthcare, and educational equity in order to make significant change for underserved individuals.

First up, Picnic Media will be working with venture Bausey Medical Solutions!

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Hatch Founder selected to speak at ILI OpenSOURCE 2015

Janet Davas founder of Hatch and Liberty’s Kitchen will be speaking at ILI OpenSource in the Communications Studio on Friday, September 25, 2015. All community based organizations should attend this day of continuing education on capacity building. For more information visit

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