• New Orleans Chamber COVID-19 Resources
  • As we face these difficult times of uncertainty & unknown, we plan to continue fulfilling our mission of providing businesses with the tools and resources they need to succeed through networking, education and advocacy. This new page is to be a resource for you to find information and share with colleagues, employees and friends.

    We continue to thank our Chairman's Council members. They underwrite the cost of the Chamber doing business so we're able to continue our mission remotely. Click HERE to learn more.



    Join us for our Educational Webinar Series! This series is part of our pivot to provide value to our members, guests and business community. We strive to provide value by tapping into the needs of our members with current topics that provide guidance and help in these difficult times. Each webinar will be recorded and a link to view will be posted below.

    Moderated by Tina Meilleur - Executive Coach & Business Advisor, Design Your Success - New Orleans Chamber Board Member.

    Recorded Webinars:

    June 10, 2021 - Financial Literacy in the kNOw - In collaboration with the Society of Louisiana CPAs, learn from 3 professional CPAs about creating a budget, forms of business organization, and tax filings - compliance and planning. 

    May 19, 2021 - Restaurant Revitalization Fund - Explaining the U.S. Small Business Administration's new Restaurant Revitalization Fund from Michael Ricks, Director of SBA's Louisiana District Office.

    April 7, 2021 - Delivering Louisiana's Future: The Port of New Orleans - The Port of New Orleans takes pride in their role as a Louisiana state agency to drive economic growth for the Greater New Orleans Region and beyond. Learn more about how your Port is connecting local business to international markets, creating jobs, and building the next generation of critical infrastructure in a conversation between President & CEO Brandy Christian, Outgoing Chief Commercial Officer Bobby Landry, and the Port's Incoming Chief Commercial Officer Todd Rives.

    March 23, 2021 - LABI Update - Stephen Waguespack, President & CEO of LABI (Louisiana Association of Business and Industry) will discuss the Louisiana Legislature's upcoming regular session and the current state of the business community in our state. From taxes to the legal climate to new mandates on business, this event will offer employers insight on what's ahead as the state begins another active legislative session.

    March 16, 2021 - Building a Culture of Workplace Resilience - In collaboration with NOLA SHRM. What defines a company's culture as resilient? Challenging times put culture to the test and there is no playbook for supporting employees through a pandemic. The best we can do is offer a robust set of resources, learn from our experiences, and elicit feedback from employees. Speaker: Amy Bakay, HR NOLA. Moderator: Damona Barnes, NOLA SHRM President.

    February 24, 2021 - WBA Webinar - Women's Leadership Academy Panel - Join New Orleans Chamber's WBA and Loyola University's Women's Leadership Academy (WLA) for an insightful discussion about leadership and achieving professional success. Speakers: Annie Juttner, Stacy Martin, Claudia Medina, Anna Whitlow, Tammy Lewis Wilborn, Moderator-Amy Landry.

    January 22, 2021 - Paycheck Protection Program Update - Our expert speakers discuss recent updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and what these changes mean for businesses. We cover who is eligible to apply, how to be prepared for the application process, which expenses are eligible for forgiveness and more. Speakers: Natalie Barranco, Owner - Prime Business Advisory Solutions; Michael Williams, Partner - Phelps Dunbar LLP. (LINK to slide deck)

    January 11, 2021 - Expanded Employee Retention Tax Credit - This presentation will discuss the changes to the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) that was included in the relief bill passed at the end of 2020 for employers who closed, partially closed, or experienced significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. Speakers: Michael Hecht, President & CEO - GNO, Inc.; Ileana Ledet, Vice President of Policy - GNO, Inc. (LINK to slide deck)

    January 7, 2021 - What Employers Can Expect in 2021 - This presentation will discuss what to anticipate with workplace laws under the Biden administration, updates on COVID's continued impact on employers and issues surrounding distribution of the vaccine, including whether employers should or can require employees to become vaccinated. Speaker: Michelle Anderson, Partner - Fisher Phillips. (LINK to slide deck)

    September 9, 2020 - New Orleans Health Department Update - Hear from the Director of New Orleans Health Department on how the City's progressions and/or regressions in flattening the curve. We take a look at current trend lines, updates on school openings and how we will maintain a positive outlook. Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Avegno, Director - New Orleans Health Department.

    August 19, 2020 - Tourism & Hospitality Update from New Orleans & Company - Mr. Stephen Perry, President & CEO of New Orleans & Company, will provide an update on the tourism & hospitality industry including local & national trends and plans for the future. 

    July 27, 2020 - DEI in the Workplace - Continue Listening, Learning & Leaning In - Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is becoming an increasingly valued part of the workplace conversation, now most importantly with current events and worldwide support. Hear from 3 business professionals on creating a respectful & inclusive workplace in which individuals appreciate their uniqueness, understand their differences, and find common purpose in accomplishing organizational success. Panelists: Jacqueline Brettner - Brettner Cvitanovic, Alejandra Guzman - NOLA BA, Ronnie Slone - The Slone Group. (LINK to Slide Deck)

    July 8, 2020 - Motivating Your Employees - This webinar offers 3 perspectives from 3 different small business owners on how they are keeping their employees motivated. Panelists: Todd Matherne - Biz New Orleans, James Dabney - Posse New Orleans, Lakeisha Robichaux - Chief of Minds. (LINK to Slide Deck)

    June 24, 2020 - Consumer Behaviors - This webinar explores how consumer's wellness concerns are changing and how brands can adapt, recommendations for improving the shopping experience based on how and what consumers are purchasing, changes to consumer priorities and how brands can engage, and how to communicate with consumers after learning their new behavioral patterns. Panelists: Sondra Brown - MDRG, Bill Ganon - The Ganon Group (LINK to Slide Deck)

    June 3, 2020 - COVID-19 Effects on the Louisiana Economy - sponsored by Argent Trust Company - This webinar features Tulane Business Professor & local economist, Peter Ricchiuti, discussing how COVID-19 relates to the outlook for the region, state & financial markets.

    May 27, 2020 - Strategies for Employees Returning to Work - This webinar will discuss balancing the new policies & procedures, safety for your employees and products to keep them safe, and keeping a healthy lifestyle during all the chaos. Panelists: Stefanie Allweiss - Gotcha Covered HR, Michele Wink - UP Professional Solutions, Molly Kimball - Registered Dietitian & Founder of Ochsner Health's Eat Fit NOLA. (LINK to Slide Deck)

    May 20, 2020 - Securing Your Small Business Technology - This webinar will feature four digital security experts who will discuss recommendations for keeping remote connections safe, tips for small businesses doing transactions online for the first time, best tech practices for WFH/social distancing in an office and what they are doing for their customers that small biz could apply in their organizations. Panelists: Tricia Huber - AT&T Louisiana, Keith Laborde - Cox Business, Angelina Parker - CompuCure, Inc, Josiah Crawford - Verizon Business Group. (LINK to Slide Deck)

    May 13, 2020 - Coping with new Work/Life Challenges - This webinar will feature three business coaches who will produce much needed support, guidance & tips to small business owners & employees on how to cope with the new work/life challenges, importance of communication, how we are handling anxiety, etc. Panelists: Natalie Bybee - Natalie Bybee Coaching, Diane Jackson - The Slone Group, Tina Meilleur - Design Your Success. (LINK to slide deck)

    May 8, 2020 - Part 2: Understanding the PPP Loan Q&A - After receiving several additional questions and requests for a follow up session, our panelists offered to do a second session for just Q&A. Panelists: Natalie Barranco - Prime Business Advisory Solutions, Michael Williams - Phelps Dunbar. (LINK to slide deck)

    May 6, 2020 - Understanding the PPP Loan - This webinar will feature two expert panelists that have been helping clients every step of the way through their PPP loans. Panelists: Natalie Barranco - Prime Business Advisory Solutions, Michael Williams - Phelps Dunbar. (LINK to slide deck)

    April 29, 2020 - Update from the Resilient Louisiana Commission (RLC) - RLC members will discuss current plans for re-opening commerce in light of COVID-19 as per recent announcements from Governor John Bel Edwards. Panelists: Secretary Kimberly Robinson - Louisiana Department of Revenue, Walt Leger, III - Senior VP for Strategic Affairs & Executive Counsel, New Orleans & Company. (LINK to slide deck)

    April 22, 2020 - Pivoting & Transitions - This webinar will feature a panel of business owners who have pivoted their businesses to work in today's market. Panelists: Jacob Landry - Urban South Brewery, Luz Lobos - Synergy Design Group, Jennifer Weishaupt - Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group.

    April 15, 2020 - Marketing Your Business During a Crisis - This webinar will provide support for small businesses on how to marketing their business during this crisis, offer solutions and fresh ideas. Panelists: Jennie Diemont - Deep Fried Advertising, Paula Keller French - Search Influence, Betsie Gambel - Gambel Communications. (LINK to slide deck)

    April 8, 2020 - Explaining SBA Loans - This webinar will be a debrief of loans available to small businesses during this time, focusing on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Panelists: Greg Rochelle and Chris Kane - Adams & Reese LLP.

    April 3, 2020 - How to Survive & Thrive - Corona Virus Mental Health - This webinar will provide support to small business owners & employees from a mental health perspective. Panelists: Deanna Causey - Soul Sayers, Shelina Davis - Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham - Metropolitan Human Services District. (LINK to LPHI Slides)

    April 1, 2020 - Small Business - Employment Laws - Panel of employment attorneys who will answer today's most challenging questions relating to employers, employees & the law. Panelists: Michelle Anderson - Fisher Phillips, Brandon Davis - Phelps & Dunbar LLP, Fred Preis - Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP. 

    March 25, 2020 - Business Disruption: Managing the Panic & Paralysis - presented by Tina Meilleur, Executive Coach & Business Advisor. This webinar will let us talk about how we can stay active in our community, brainstorm how we can survive, shift routines to the new normal, and get ready to come out of this better ready to serve our clients.  (Links to Slide Deck & worksheet)

    March 23, 2020 - How to Zoom Webinar - presented by Dr. Michaela Hartline, University of Holy Cross. This webinar will provide the basics of how to use Zoom Meetings for your business and participate in Zoom webinars. (LINK for directions on how to download; LINK to document used in webinar)


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