The July 13th ABWA luncheon will feature Lynnette White-Colin, Director of Small Business Initiatives at the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA). She will be delivering a presentation entitled, “The Small Business Ecosystem in New Orleans,” which will touch on what’s working and what’s not as well as new ideas the Business Alliance will be looking to implement to create opportunities for growth for local small business owners. She will also talk about the upcoming small business symposium NOLABA is presenting on “Urban Innovations for Equity.” This conference will address investment strategies being implemented in other urban cities to facilitate growth in minority and women-owned businesses, especially those operating in disinvested neighborhoods. Register using the form below.
The NOLABA is a public-private partnership between the City of New Orleans and its business community; Ms. White-Colin directs diverse activities promoting economic inclusion, to facilitate enhanced opportunities, sustainability and growth for small businesses, with significant emphasis on minority- and women-owned ventures. Lynnette forges relationships within the community of local anchor institutions, corporations, public entities, and public construction projects, fostering the creation and identification of procurement and contracting opportunities for target small businesses. She regularly convenes small business stakeholders to discuss strategies that lead to alleviation of barriers to growth for minority business owners; she provide custom connections between business owners and diverse technical and financial assistance providers to ensure local small businesses have both the resources and capital necessary to sustain and grow their organizations. Ms. White-Colin is involved in strategic efforts toward revitalization strategies for commercial corridors in disinvested communities throughout the city of New Orleans.
Prior to joining the New Orleans Business Alliance, Lynnette directed economic development programming at the Urban League of Louisiana, which involved directing the Women’s Business Resource and Contractors Resource Centers. The two entities provided technical assistance, diverse business training and one-on-one business consulting and coaching services for emerging business owners and contractors.
Ms. Colin serves on the boards of the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, the New Orleans Redevelopment Unlimited (an auxiliary of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority); the East New Orleans Business Development District; and the New Orleans Regional Business Park.