WAP was responsible for creating and producing the Small Business & Diversity Expo. Since 2005, the city of New Orleans has been described in two eras: “before the storm,” and “after the storm.” One of the greatest triumphs of New Orleans, before the storm, was that the small business community thrived; but after the storm, it was the small business community that was hurt the most. It was from this observation that the “Small Business & Diversity Business Expo” was created.
The New Orleans City Council, headed by Council-member at-large, Arnie Fielkow, brought the idea to the attention of the masses by authoring and council approving that according to Ordinance That Section 70-432.1 of Chapter 70 of the City Code is hereby ordained to read as The City of New Orleans establishes an overall goal of fifty percent (50%) utilization of businesses that are locally owned and controlled for all public spending or private projects that utilize public funding and/or incentives. An overall goal of thirty-five percent (35%) is established for utilization of socially and economically disadvantaged businesses, particularly of those businesses located in damaged areas. Individual project goals shall be established on a project-by-project basis and based on the availability of locally owned and disadvantaged businesses in the relevant market sector.
“This new local business and DBE law will pay dividends to this community for years to come,” said Council President, Fielkow. “But in order to have any effect, enforcement of the new law must have teeth. We must have not just passage of the law, but execution of the law.”
The primary purpose of the Minority Report is to expose the available capacity here in the Region currently and to encourage the Mayor and City Council to have the information or business connectivity needed to uphold the ordinance and its’ goals. The other goal for the Minority Report is to allow businesses and organizations participating in the report to commit their business to being listed in the 3rd annual edition. The Report is a resource guide for businesses owned and operated by diverse members of the community who will benefit by being centrally located in a publication accessible to the local, state, and federal government, privately-owned businesses, political leaders, and especially residents of the local community. The Minority Report affords small businesses owned by diverse members of the local community the opportunity and venue to display their products and services to the general public, large privately-owned businesses, federal government agencies, local politicians, as well as their constituents. New Orleans is a city with a very diverse composition of business owners. Remembering that diversity includes African-American, Latino, Asian-American and Women-owned businesses, the Minority Report extends its reach to every citizen to participate and display their unique products, abilities, and services.
Our goal is to assist and be responsible for $1 billion in minority business inclusion activity over the next 5 years by matching these listed minority companies with city, state, and federal opportunities who subcontract tasks/jobs through requests for proposals or direct hire agreements. Our plan is to advocate on behalf of the businesses listed in this report. We will hold contractors, government, private, and non-profit entities accountable to hiring firms of diverse ownership.
Minority Report Presented by:
First NBC Bank | The City of New Orleans | JP Morgan Chase Bank | Jones Walker Law Firm | HRI Properties | Audubon Institute | Hancock Bank/Whitney | Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | Gertler & Gertler Law Firm | CGI Security | EBONetworks Outreach | Dillard University | Planet Beach-Terrytown | Morris Reed, Jr. Law Firm | Organo Gold Distributors | Wisznia Developments | Demo Diva | The Boyd Family Funeral Home | and The Do-WAP.com Online Marketing Agency
Council Members Offices:
Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson (At-Large) Eric Strachan (At-Large) | Susan Guidry (A) | Stacy Head (B) | Kristin Gisleson Palmer (C) | Cynthia Hedge-Morrell (D) and Jon D. Johnson (E)
N.O. Chamber of Commerce, Black Chamber of New Orleans, Small Business Administration (SBA), Goodwork Network, Downtown Development District, Southern University of New Orleans, Urban League of GNO, First Bank & Trust, Three Fold Consulting, Calvin Mackie, PhD, Creative Concepts, Capital Access Project, Iberia Bank, Swanson Insurance, Cheffen Wilson Milton Foundation, Psychic Cari Roy, Louisiana Small Business Development Center, Ben Guillory – State Farm, Butler & Mordock Law Firm, Michael Jones CPA, The Williams Group, R&P Landscaping, Napolean Law Firm, and The Wellness Experience.
Client Contact Information:
W. Anthony Patton (WAP) Agency, LLC
W. Anthony Patton, MBA
201 St. Charles Avenue,
New Orleans, La 70170
We want to encourage businesses to work together to increase capacities, improve family life and the position of middle class in New Orleans. This is our third year of producing such a grand publication and we are positively looking forward as we head into this new year. We want more than ever to gear up our team of businesses for the renaissance we know is coming. We hope you will participate in this cause as it is our firm’s mission and city’s lifeblood to feed our families.
-W. Anthony Patton, MBA | President/CEO
√ Self-Produced Initiative to Support Local & Small Business Contracting Initiatives with Primes & Government
√ Developed Single Largest City Wide Database of Minority Business Owners – Over 2000
√ Successfully Fund Raised & Received Support from more than 60 Area Corporate Partners
√ Every Local Elected Official Sent out Communications to their database on this effort.
√ Partnered with Over 20 Economic Development Non-Profits to assist their lists (businesses) in getting listed in the Publication
√ More than 2,000 Small Businesses Listed in the Publication from Over 35 Firms that Support or Oversee Small Business Development