Week in Review: January 6, 2014

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:


My Year in #NOLATech: What I Learned and What You Need To Know

Joe Corbett has had his highs and lows in #NOLATech this year. He chronicles all of them in his post about his thoughts on the local tech scene as well as what he learned over the past 12 months. Click here to read more about what he learned and what you need to know.

JEDCO Celebrates Best Year Yet, Announces 2013 Business Award Winners

The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) announced the recipients of its 2013 business award winners at the JEDCO Annual Luncheon. Be Well Nutrition founder Billy Bosch took home the first-ever Innovation of the Year Award. The organization’s Small Business Award went to local Kajun Kettle Foods, Inc. Other awards include the Chairman’s Champion Award, which went to JEDCO Chairman of the Board Stan Salathe, and the Business Retention and Expansion Award, presented to Mitch Theriot and the Jefferson Parish Drainage Department.

Tasks for Every Business Owner to Finish in January

In Hibernia Bank’s weekly financial post, they recommend getting an early start on the most important tasks such as setting up goals for the new year, making a plan to scale, getting paperwork in order. Click here to read more.

Pension Options for the Self-Employed

Contributor Aimee Clare writes: “for the self-employed of New Orleans and Louisiana, living very much in the here-and-now of business trends and innovation, it can be easy to forget about retirement; however, all self-employed workers should consider a retirement fund, and it’s never too early to start planning one’s pension.” She continues by explaining the pros and cons of traditional IRAs and a Roth IRAs.

Think Twice Before Running a Startup From Home

“Possessing these requisite qualities will not guarantee entrepreneurial success, but entering into a home-based business without them is a recipe for disaster,” wrote newest contributor Stephen Jeske. He asks readers if they have what it takes to run a startup from home in addition to covering some potential obstacles to success in doing so. Read more here.