Living: Hyatt House New Orleans/Downtown
The first Hyatt House in New Orleans recently opened on Poydras Street, offering upscale, extended-stay living for travelers to the downtown area. Featuring over 194 guest rooms (with many of the rooms featuring fully equipped kitchens), the Hyatt House brand further diversifies the options available to travelers in New Orleans.
In addition to the extended accommodations, Hyatt House offers free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, a commons area, a 24/7 guest market to meet the everyday needs of extended-stay travelers, a workout room and more. In addition to a full breakfast served daily, Hyatt House also offers a Very Important Resident program that includes things like complimentary grocery shopping, guest laundry and other perks for visitors staying over 30 consecutive nights. 1250 Poydras St., (504) 648-3118, neworleansdowntown.house.hyatt.com
Events: Creative Industries Summit featuring the Downtown NOLA Arts-based Business Pitch
Join the Downtown Development District, the Creative Alliance of New Orleans and the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation on March 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. for the 4th annual Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch at The Chicory. In preparation for the pitch, where local arts-inspired entrepreneurs will compete for business-boosting packages worth over $40,000 in cash and services, CANO and LCEF will host forums focused on growing our creative economy.
Assembling leaders from different economic industries throughout the GNO, CANO’s panel — Breakthrough Coalition for the Creative Industries — will include a report on local building efforts where the audience will be invited to offer their recommendations on what they consider the most critical growth needs in their creative industries.
LCEF’s panel, Pipelines and Lifelines for Creative Industries Business Development, will include a presentation by representatives from various local incubators discussing new initiatives to aid new creative business development. downtownnola.com
Business: New Orleans Entrepreneur Week
Almost every gathering in New Orleans is a celebration, including New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (a.k.a. the “Mardi Gras of entrepreneurship”) held this year March 11-18. Committed to elevating the “locally relevant and globally significant,” NOEW believes that Crescent City business trends reflect global issues and vice versa.
Produced by The Idea Village, NOEW has grown since 2009 into an annual weeklong festival. It serves as a platform for the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with a goal of developing and maturing into a vision of New Orleans as the hub of entrepreneurship in the South by the Crescent City’s tricentennial in 2018. NOEW engages a dynamic global network of entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, nonprofits, students and professionals to support growing companies and elevate entrepreneurial successes through discussion, debate, education, competition and celebration. noew.org