SBN Week In Review: October 31st, 2011

The Silicon Bayou has been buzzing with tech and entrepreneurial news. Here are the most popular stories published on Silicon Bayou News in the past seven days:

New program integrates entrepreneur resources into one online tool  Metro New Orleans Sourcelink is an online platform that connects businesses and entrepreneurs to a network of business-building service providers in the region. A program developed by The Regional Planning Commission and the Institute of Economic Development at the University of New Orleans, Sourcelink is designed to match small businesses with the appropriate assistance they need. It includes an inventory of the region’s professional and business development service providers, economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, business associations, financial sources, training services and facilities, government bureaus, collaborative and office workspaces, schools, and business assistance programs.

SENO Presents Tax-Filing Workshop Next Tuesday: Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO) is presenting a workshop for early-stage for-profit and non-profit businesses on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011. The workshop will cover preparedness for tax-filing, including document management, payroll taxes, Forms 1099, and various reporting requirements. The workshop provides an opportunity for start-ups to go over general tax basics and pose questions to a CPA. Attendees must register through the online form by clicking here. Attendees are required to bring a picture ID and fill out two short forms to certify your business/individual income.

Drupal on the Bayou to feature Webchick Angie ByronThe first Drupal programming summit to incorporate technical sessions alongside interactive business and marketing workshops, Drupal on the Bayou will bring together developers, site designers, business owners, and corporate representatives. The Summit will be held December 8-9, 2011 at Harrah’s New Orleans. Registration is now open, with a 20 percent discount available for Early Bird registrations received by midnight on October 31.

When Banks Compete, You SaveRebirth Financial has created an online financial platform that connects small business with banks, credit unions, and individual investors. With no restriction on industry or loan amount, founder Chonchol Gupta encourages all small business owners to try them out. He points out that often times they are able to get the borrower a loan 2-3% lower than their bank. Rebirth’s model forces lenders to compete for a chance to invest, often securing some of the best terms for their borrowers.

TRIBECONversations:  This week in Conversations with Megan: Megan spent all day Thursday at TribeCon and volunteered as the “Official Tweeter.” For her weekly social media column she shared highlights of TRIBECONversations from the interactive conference associated with VooDoo Music Experience. Follow the entire speaker list from TribeCon 2011 on twitter here.

All About You: Lauren McCabe aka MermaidTales: It’s all about the people. Behind every LLC, Corporation, or non-profit is at least one real person. We hear over and over again that what draws and keeps people in Greater New Orleans and all of Louisiana are the brilliant, warmhearted, passionate, and hardworking people. We’re starting out this “All About You” series with a fresh spirited lady who doesn’t miss a beat: Lauren McCabe.