LifeCity Recognized as Louisiana SBA’s Green and Sustainable Business Champion

BATON ROUGE, La. — On Wednesday night, Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2017 Louisiana Small Business Award winners at an event honoring small business leaders who exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of Louisiana. The winners were honored in a private reception at the Governor’s Mansion. Continue reading

Tip of the Month: Resist Colorblind Leadership

 

Matthew Kincaid is the Founder of Overcoming Racism.

May 2017 Business Tip of the Month

Recent studies from Forbes, Harvard Business School and McKinsey, have the business world buzzing about diversity. The findings of these studies cite, that diverse organizations are more innovative and grow faster, earn more, and are better at problem solving.

The question is, once you have managed to hire a diverse staff, how do you get the most from your diversity?

Getting a bunch of different people in a room together is not in itself magical, creating an environment that cultivates and affirms all of those people’s differences is where the magic starts. Continue reading

Belle Chasse Academy: Simple Solutions for Big Results

Are you as smart as a 3rd grader? When it comes to recycling, adults can take a cue from children: the simpler the task, the more likely it is to be done. Take recycling for instance: young students may not yet be able to understand the complexities of landfill engineering and how to prevent leachate from contaminating underground aquifers, but they know that the less stuff you bury in the ground the better for the earth! Give them a simple way to recycle items and they’ll gladly participate.

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March Green Business Tip

Restoration Thrift: The Social and Environmental Benefits of Secondhand Clothing.

10,500,000 tons! That is the amount of clothing Americans send to landfills each year. This is due, in part, to the fact that we buy five times as much clothing as we did in 1980. On top of this, our old clothing is filling up landfills since we only recycle or donate 15% of it.

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February Green Business Tip

Why Circle Food Store Buys Local

Whether you are buying food for yourself, your family, or your business, buying local is the best way to support a sustainable economy that keeps food dollars circulating within our own communities. Circle Food Store has been dedicated to promoting fresh, local produce and products for over 78 years. In fact, even before Circle Food Store was a full-service grocery store, the owners were produce salesmen who sold fresh & local produce from their produce cart at the very site that the store stands today. Their decision to buy local is a commitment to participate in a more sustainable, self-supporting economy for the region. Since reopening after Katrina, Circle Food Store has rededicated itself to:
  • Building relationships with multiple local farms and food producers to provide not only fresh produce, but also products produced from these farms such as local honey, syrups, and even hot sauce.
  • Educating the community on the importance of eating local, healthy products.
  • Switched beef and veal suppliers to a local rancher right outside of Louisiana to offer fresher beef directly to consumers a few days after being slaughtered and cut by Circle’s in-house butcher.
Focusing on eating locally-grown produce and locally-made products is not only a way to stay connected to your local community, but is also proven to be fresher and better tasting. What does this mean for you and your family?
  1. Local foods are more fresh and ripe. - Since they don’t have to travel as far as food from other areas, local foods are produced, picked, and available for purchase FAST! So they stay fresh and better tasting long after purchase!
  2. Local food is healthier! - Essential nutrients are less likely to be lost during transit and long commutes.
  3. Local foods are more transparent! This means you are able to learn exactly what is used to grow and produce your foods. It’s also easier to build and maintain direct relationships with your farmers and producers, allowing you to have a greater connection to your community.Circle Foods team pic

Greentrepreneur: GivePulse

givepulse Although we were officially founded in 2012, George likes to think that the idea of GivePulse dates back to his childhood. He has a story about weed (the crabgrass kind), working with people with disabilities, the Virginia Tech Massacre and many more defined him as an individual. His first small nonprofit helped high schools fix random technology problems. Through these experiences he came to identify a formula: 30min + $30 = College Education. Specifically, if he and his friends were able to donate 30 minutes to volunteer and install a $30 router, it would provide wifi access to impoverished neighborhoods with children looking to apply and learn more about college. This formula set in motion a determination to address digital access, and quickly evolved into a platform to scale volunteerism and service learning. In 2012, George Luc set out to build a platform. Together with his CTO and co-founder, James McGirr, GivePulse was born, a civic network matching people in our community with causes they care about while enabling easy organization, management and mobilization of volunteers and supporters. From day one our mission has been to solve tough social problems through the use of technology. Keeping true to that original mission, today our civic engagement platform supports thousands of nonprofits, associations, institutions, businesses and organizations. What are some of your proudest moments as the owners of GivePulse?
When we have users thank us for the work we do and then pay us to do it full time. That's when we realize we have something special 🙂

How does your organization go about improving your social and environmental impact?

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What partnerships have you formed in order to leverage sustainable impact as a company?

Working with universities, the city, and local nonprofits have enabled us to collaborate with all the right stakeholders who care about the work we do. 

If you had a magic wand to change one thing that would make it easier for your company or other businesses in the region to be more impactful, what would that thing be?

Create a workplace atmosphere and environment to train and enable employees to be great citizens, parents and individuals for themselves and their community.

What advice would you give to other businesses who are trying to improve their internal practices to benefit their community?

Simon Sinek says it well with his talk on "start with why."

Anything else you would like to tell our community such as upcoming events or promotions they should look out for?

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Greentrepreneur: Royal Carriages

Royal Carriages was started in 1941 by my grandparents, Clem and Violet Lauga, with one horse and carriage. My parents, Jim and Carolynn Lauga, continued this family run New Orleans tradition for over 35 years. Through these many years, our company has grown steadily into a full-service carriage company employing 45 people and stabling a like number of young draft mules. Continue reading

New City Recycling Resolution Passes Following America Recycles Day

CONTACT Liz Shephard, CEO at LifeCity LLC (504) 909 –CITY(2489) Liz@mylifecity.com www.mylifecity.com   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18th, 2016  

New City Recycling Resolution Passes Following America Recycles Day

NEW ORLEANS - Following the success of America Recycles Day, New Orleans City Council passed a resolution encouraging increased recycling to reduce the volume of waste sent to landfills. Local recycling community leaders including LifeCity, Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Cajun Encounters, Republic Services, and Whole Foods partnered with District "C" Councilmember Ramsey, Chair of the Committee on Public Works and Sanitation, to promote increased city-wide recycling efforts. Continue reading