GOOD JOBS FELLOWS

If you’ve read our Strategic Plan, then you know we are passionate about making nationwide change. Our second vertical after education is economic development. We see an important opportunity to impact the world of work. The circumstances of poverty create overwhelming obstacles; hence, the need for the creation of good jobs. We started our pilot with five entrepreneurs in our hometown of New Orleans in August 2018 and will work with them through January 2019. These founders are completing a rigorous leader and venture growth curriculum designed by Economic Development Lead Nadiyah Morris.

 

 

2018 Good Jobs Fellows


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Aaron Washington

FOUNDER & CHEF

Local Menu Nola | LM Nola is a family-owned restaurant and catering business based in the historic OC Haley neighborhood. We believe in New Orleans, and we believe in our youth. What this means for us is that we focus on local ingredients and products, as well as create opportunities for at-risk youth in New Orleans. We love creating ways for youth explore their creative talents through baking and to help our youth develop their critical thinking skills and entrepreneurial skills so they may succeed in the city of New Orleans as adults.

Aaron | “I would like to be the type of leader thats teaches others in my community about how to live a healthier lifestyle.”

Favorite local business: Picked Nola llc

 

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anika ofori

FOUNDER & ARTIST

nana afia's ART EXPO | nana afia's ART EXPO provides solutions to communities without access to safe water by producing artisanal products. These products offer a triple bottom line benefit to consumers, employees and environment by implementing sustainable values in our corporate social mission.

anika | “What brings me the most joy about what I do is the gift to create products that improve people's quality of life.”

Favorite local business: Mr. Everything on Broad. “Food is great and so is the owner!”

 

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Kaleb J. Hill

founder & Agriculturalist

Oko Vue Produce Co. | Oko Vue Produce Co is a agricultural company that specializes in the design, installation and maintenance of edible landscapes for individuals and small businesses. It aims to challenge industrial food culture and food insecurity by preserving indigenous foods and promoting sustainable farming practices.

Kaleb | “The fact that I was chosen to be one of the protectors of two our most valuable resources, land and water, is an honor. I enjoy co-creating with the earth and all of the other elements that go into producing healthy plants, the earthy smell of fresh soil and seeing plants emerge from it is one of the most rewarding feelings. I hope to create generational wealth for my family and empower other entrepreneurs who may not have access to this program.”

Favorite local business: Sweet Soul Food

 

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Melissa Izor

FOUNDER & STRATEGIST

markit360 | markit360, LLC is a New Orleans-based boutique marketing firm that provides a select portfolio of clients a complete range of on-demand branding, advertising and public relations services. But mostly what we do is solve problems by offering a fresh and strategic approach to support your business goals. 

 

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Steven Kennedy

FOUNDER & developer

REO | Reo, LLC provides tax credit and redevelopment incentives advisory services for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Steven | “I love improving communities through rehabilitation of buildings.”

Favorite local business: Headquarters Barbershop, “because its owner engages the community, which is important to me.”