P.O.W.E.R. Women in the News
Welcome to the P.O.W.E.R. Post, our new newsletter focused on all things P.O.W.E.R. Each quarter we’ll reach out to you to celebrate your successes, provide you with P.O.W.E.R. updates, let you know of upcoming events and let you know what’s new with your program.
Can you believe P.O.W.E.R. has over 200 members already? Not only is this a testament to the value of the program, but it is also a testament to each of you. As successful female business owners, you make the program one that individuals want to join and be a part of. We thank you for that.
In this issue, we’ll highlight some P.O.W.E.R. members who have been in the news, highlight some P.O.W.E.R. Perks available only to P.O.W.E.R. members, and give a rundown on our P.O.W.E.R. podcasts – some that have been published and some we have planned for the rest of the year. A high-level overview of upcoming events is always in order, along with some suggestions on how to make P.O.W.E.R. work better for you.
We know you’re busy running your business. Take advantage of the resources available on www.fidelitybankpower.com to help you save time and work more efficiently with your other members. If you need more information on how we can help, give me a call.
Liz Broekman, Director
Nicole Mackie – Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles
Fifty-seven competitors entered Bean Madness 2018, and fellow P.O.W.E.R. member Ma Momma’s House came out the Champion. Bean Madness is put on by the Krewe of Red Beans as an annual search for the best red-beans recipe in the city. Held at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, Ma Momma’s House beat Joey K’s restaurant in the championship cook-off.
Ma Momma’s House won the Legume d’Or trophy using the top-secret recipe of Chef Rene Guzman, a.k.a. Chef Reero. Ingredients included chicken broth, pork sausage, bell peppers, onions, and a special seasoning blend.
The event earned over $2,700 for Make Music NOLA and Anna’s Place.
We’re proud to acknowledge our members when they make the news.
P.O.W.E.R. Women in the News
Ti Martin, Lally Brennan – New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI)
The first class of students will begin their revolutionary training in the culinary arts in January 2019. Serving as an economic engine for New Orleans, the school will provide a new approach to job training and talent development in the area.
A non-profit, NOCHI was co-founded by P.O.W.E.R. member Ti Adelaide Martin, her cousin Dickie Brennan and George Bower. In addition to taking culinary classes, students will also take business classes,
run events in the banquet hall and rooftop
patio, and work in the street-level
café and bar.
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Liana Elliott – Deputy Chief of Staff – Office of the Mayor – New Orleans, Louisiana
An urban planner and policy analyst who focuses on social justice issues around public health and community resilience, Liana Elliot will serve as New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Over the past four years, Liana has served the city of New Orleans in various roles, most recently as Councilmember-At-Large Jason Williams’ Chief of Staff and as a program manager with the Chief Administrative Officer overseeing lot maintenance and blight policy programs.
Gretchen Armbruster – Signing Nonna Randazzo Mardi Gras Posters – Local Artist
In what has become an annual event, Gretchen Armbruster signed the 2018 edition of the famed Nonna Randazzo Mardi Gras poster on January 25 at the bakery in Covington. Patrons who stopped by to pick up one of the “have to have” posters of the season also had the opportunity to eat some of Nonna’s king cake and drink some coffee.
In addition to Nonna’s posters, Armbruster’s work also includes landscapes and still life oil paintings that are found in galleries across the country. She is also a highly sought-after portrait artist.
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P.O.W.E.R. Perk - Enjoy 15% off any website design service of six pages or more and $25 off any monthly maintenance package as a P.O.W.E.R. member.
P.O.W.E.R. Member – Carrita Tanner
A quaint ladies’ boutique in the heart of Lakeview, we strive to meet the needs of today's busy women of any age and for any event. Whether you are looking for clothing, shoes, accessories, makeup application, Stila brand products, airbrush tans or Fantasy Tan®, we're here to help.
P.O.W.E.R. Perk - 10% off of regularly priced merchandise to any P.O.W.E.R. member!
P.O.W.E.R. Member – Peggy Wooton
Looking to memorialize your event with candid photo booth pics? GOGO Booth is your one-stop shop. With three different booths, we capture precious moments just the way you planned. Whether you want large group pics or photos that show off your venue, GOGO Booth can help memorialize your event.
P.O.W.E.R. Perk - Mention you’re a P.O.W.E.R. member and receive 10% off your rental.
P.O.W.E.R. Member –
Interested in offering a P.O.W.E.R. Perk to your fellow members? Just log in to your directory listing,
select “Edit Your Profile” and add a P.O.W.E.R. Perk to your profile listing.
Take advantage of discounts and benefits from your fellow P.O.W.E.R. members!
Being a member has its perks. As a P.O.W.E.R. member, you have the opportunity to share discounts and benefits with your fellow members to help them grow their business.
BLEU, A Blowdry Bar
A two-location blowout-focused hair salon that provides a first-class, luxury styling experience without the fuss and long lead times usually found at traditional salons. With the initial high-traffic location of Old Metairie open and successful since September 2013, a second location was opened in Uptown, on Magazine Street, in December 2016.
P.O.W.E.R. Perk - P.O.W.E.R. members enjoy 10% off any Living Proof® product.
P.O.W.E.R. Member –
Progress is changing the game.
Demo Diva has changed
the look of the game.
With a little grit and branding savvy, Simone Bruni Crouere has built a business while painting New Orleans hot pink! You cannot ride around the city without encountering one of her excavators, dump trucks or dumpsters that are painted hot pink! As they say in New Orleans, “The Demo Diva is everywhere.”
Simone founded Demo Diva in 2006 to clean up the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Although she lost her home in the Katrina flood and had no construction experience, she recognized her flooded neighbors’ needs were greater than her own. She responded. Her motto was, “Let me help you get home. Trust me. I’m your neighbor.” Demolition was the first step to progress and rebuilding.
Simone’s tenacity and marketing skills created the nation’s most unique, woman-owned demolition company, The Demo Diva, LLC. Quickly setting herself apart from seasoned construction contractors, Simone branded Demo Diva’s public image. All of her heavy equipment, trucks and debris dumpsters are painted hot pink!
She offered hope and sold trust. The New Orleans community responded. Demo Diva’s business grew exponentially.
Several years later, Demo Diva has cleared away thousands of flooded and blighted homes. Demo Diva has now grown into a multi-million dollar residential and commercial demolition business that has expanded to Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
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The P.O.W.E.R. Podcast series is designed to provide you with information to help you manage your business. Our podcasts provide you with topical information delivered by a Subject Matter Expert. You can listen to the podcasts in several different formats. You can listen to them directly from the website in your office or in your home, download them to your mobile device for on-the-go listening, or access them directly from iTunes® and StitcherTM.
We currently have six podcasts available for your listening enjoyment.
Emily Purvis shares Empowering Ideas to Market Your Business
Amy Landry talks about How Working Moms Can Find True Balance
Randi Barret reveals her Powerful Networking Strategies for Big Results
Toni McCord discusses How to Maximize Small Business Tax Deductions
Donald Peltier provides information on How to Use Small Business Loans to Grow Your Business
Chris Ferris, Fidelity Bank President & CEO, discusses What a True Banking Partner Looks Like
Upcoming podcasts include….
Monica Pierre tells us How to Increase Your Business Impact with Storytelling
Naomi Narcisse on Using Market Research to Make Big Decisions for Your Small Business
Allison Albert Ward demystifies How to Outsource Manufacturing
Don’t forget to post your upcoming events on the Event Calendar on www.fidelitybankpower.com. The calendar is focused on events that support women-owned businesses. It is a great resource for locating these events as well as letting your fellow members know about upcoming events that you are involved with. For more information, reach out to Liz.
A few upcoming events…
May 30 – Building Your Brand – Part 1 – Social Media Workshop – JEDCO
May 30 – P.O.W.E.R. Hour – Fidelity Bank Slidell Branch
June 2 – New Orleans Habitat for Humanity's Woman Build Dedication
June 12 – Professional Women of St. Tammany Annual Scholarship Luncheon
June 22 – First Tee Ladies Junior AM Golf Tourney (Sponsored by Fidelity Bank P.O.W.E.R.)
June 29 – Ladies Night at the Baby Cakes
P.O.W.E.R. Posts is a quarterly publication of
Fidelity Bank’s P.O.W.E.R. (The Potential Of Women Entrepreneurs Realized) Program featuring news
and updates for and about P.O.W.E.R. members.
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