Three Top Picks for The Big Idea at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

March 1st, 2016 by Paula Keller French

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (March 11-18, 2016) is fast approaching, and we’re getting excited for the festivities. It’s a full week packed with events dedicated to celebrating, promoting, and helping New Orleans entrepreneurs from various industries from food to education.

Search Influence is proud to be participating, with our co-founders (entrepreneurs themselves) Will and Angie Scott, serving as a speaker and a panel judge, respectively.

Perhaps our favorite event of the week is the final event of NOEW: The Big Idea.

The Big Idea puts 10 entrepreneurs’ ideas in front of a large crowd and allows the crowd to vote for their favorite idea by purchasing a $25 voting chip they will give to the business of their choice.

Voting will take place now through March 7 on to select the top 10.

My Top Three Picks:

1. Bayou Baby Bites

Because your baby needs fresh food and you don’t have time to make it yourself!

What mom wouldn’t want to start their baby’s eating habits off right with locally sourced baby purees, created and handmade by a classically trained chef and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who also happens to be mother to a 10-month-old? Bayou Baby Bites offers home-delivered purees of fresh fruits and veggies that your baby will love—even YOU would like this baby food!

Thanks so much for participating in our weekend giveaway! Congrats to the winners- you’ll get a personal msg from me ???

A photo posted by Celeste Landry Baer (@bayoubabybites) on

2. Lionheart Prints

Because everyone loves a handwritten note.

Lionheart Prints makes the list because paper and the art of hand lettering is making a comeback. I love giving and receiving a handwritten note, whether that be a birthday card, thank you note, or a sweet note just because. Lionheart Prints makes that even more fun with their great designs and non-conventional sayings. 

3. Thinkerella

Because science IS cool.

In conjunction with teachers, Thinkerella creates after school programs teaching STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) in a fun environment to young children. I love it because it benefits both the students and the teachers by providing supplemental income to their salaries.

Vote for your favorite (or one of mine) today, and you can vote every day through March 7!

Heading to NOEW? Look for Will and Angie at the following events!

Local + Social: Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate
Tuesday, March 15, 9:00 am @ The Chicory
Will Scott will share insights on how you can make social + local online marketing work for your business.

SEO Is Dead, Again. Long Live Online Marketing!
Thursday, March 17, 10:00 am @ The Chicory
Will will present again, this time on how and why it’s not too late to get on board with online marketing.

Cox Business / Inc. “Get Started” Pitch Competition
Wednesday, March 16, 7:00pm @ The Chicory
Angie Scott will be joining a panel of judges to give feedback to entrepreneurs in a live Shark-Tank style pitch format.

We hope to see you at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2016!