Lisa Barback, WBIA Executive Director: 2023+2024 New Orleans 500 Influential, Involved and Inspiring Business Leaders 


CONGRATULATIONS to Lisa Barback, WBIA Executive Director: 2023+2024 New Orleans 500 Influential, Involved and Inspiring Business Leaders 

"We are in the process of re-evaluating our current work schedule to attract additional employees with more efficient and productive schedules that can benefit them and our members. Flextime can be an empowering option for employees to take charge of their own schedule as they complete specific tasks and still maintain some routine office hours."

Each month we ask the top business professionats featured in the New Orieans 5OO to weigh in on Issues impacting the New Orleans business community. Have an idea for a survey quesbon tor the New Orleans 5OO? Email

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Congratulations to Luke Hopkins, recipient of Jean Schliem Scholarship

August 7, 2023

Louisiana State University

The Jean Schliem Scholarship Program has been established in memory of Jean Schliem, a valued employee of HCIA/WBIA. This scholarship is to provide a high school senior with a portion of the funds needed to attend college. Scholarships are awarded based on high school academic achievement, school/community involvement and submission of an application. This scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1,000 to a graduate who plans to continue their education at an accredited college, junior college or university no later than the Fall 2023 semester.

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Ida Recovery Business Resources

WBIA is working with partners to keep you informed about available resources.

  • GNO, Inc. for Super Region

  • for Jefferson Parish

  • Jefferson Parish gov page

  • Plaquemines Parish

  • Orleans Parish

The list of participating hotels will be posted

on, under the link Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program or you can get it by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. For TTY, call 800-462-7585. For 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

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Congratulations to our 2021 Scholars!

WBIA awards two $1,000 scholarships to students attending a college or trade school to help them advance their educational opportunities. The recipients were selected on the basis of their academic achievements, school involvement, community activities and the content of their applications.

Miss Savannah L Cheramie was awarded the Gunter Scholarship. Miss Cheramie is enrolled at University of Holy Cross. Her plan of study is X-ray Technician with a future in nursing.
WBIA Member affiliate:

Miss Kayla Tobin was awarded the Jean Schliem Scholarship. Miss Tobin is enrolled at University of Holy Cross. Her plan of study is nursing.
WBIA Member affiliate:
Ochsner Health System

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Shop Local NOLA


There’s a SPEND LOCAL campaign going on.  Do you have your free business listing?  Do you have a few free yard signs?

Want to be in the SPEND LOCAL SPOTLIGHT?  Click here for a chance to be featured!  JEDCO is looking for businesses to highlight on the blog and social media channels. 

Visit Shop Local Nola to learn more!

 If yard signs aren’t your thing, we also have window decals! Both the yard signs and decals are available for contact-less pickup at JEDCO. Email for additional details.

SHOP LOCAL NOLA includes locally owned stores, restaurants, services, and more in the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St Tammany, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and Tangipahoa.




WBIA wants every member to have the support they need to get back to work.


Dear WBIA Member,

We need to be aware of the challenges your business is having as a result of COVID-19. Some may not have been affected at all, while many are searching for ways to move through this hardship.

WBIA wants every member to have the support they need to get back to work. The business needs that are relevant to you will direct our future board and committee agendas. Let us do the work for you.

Please take a minute to respond to these 10 questions. Take this survey HERE

Thank you for your participation in our survey. Your input directs our efforts and energy to combat barriers while finding the services and information you need to build a successful business.


WBIA Board



Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), March 2020


As the coronavirus evolves, GNO, Inc. is focusing on business continuity.  We want to ensure that we make it through the coming weeks safeguarding economic, as well as physical, health.

With this in mind, this page is designed to provide useful resources and information to businesses and individuals in our region.


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Session Wrap 2019, Regular Session Louisiana Legislature Was A Success!


House Legislative Services
Louisiana House of Representatives
June 10, 2019

• 2019 Regular Session
• Odd years are limited,“fiscal” sessions
• Legislators could file:
• Unlimited fiscal bills
• Unlimited local bills
• Only 5 general bills
• Session convened April 8
• Session adjourned June 6


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WBIA recognizes the demand for skilled workers in the state of Louisiana. Past president and lifetime member, Lucien Gunter, worked endlessly toward the betterment of K-12 education. Part of that task meant keeping up with the demands of businesses; jobs that are in demand and how we prepare (our future employees) for those jobs. Career Tech can give every student a jump start into the area of interest they plan to move into. “Find what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”, was a common suggestion made by Gunter. Gunter had the ability to identify the needs and make the connections. We hope this scholarship gives a student an opportunity to advance his/her skills.


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WBIA recognizes that education is THE KEY to a well-developed workforce. Our first Executive Director, Jean Schliem, understood that connection. It is because of her strong conviction and belief in education that this scholarship is in her honor. The Jean Schliem Scholarship Award is given to a student whose parent or guardian works for a member company of WBIA.

The Jean Schliem scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 to the school/university/training facility on behalf of the student. Scholarship award must be used to assist with the cost of tuition, fees, books, tools, and/or other expenses connected to schooling/training.


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WBIA Newsletter is Here!



WBIA's quarterly newsletter "The Communique" will go out electronically to all members and posted here on our web page for your convenience. We encourage you to send us your ideas for future articles to share with the membership.

Articles Include:

  • Page New calendar; New board 2
  • Infrastructure 3-4
  • August 18 Member Luncheon Risk Rating 2.0 5
  • Workforce/Education 6
  • September 1 Member Luncheon with Dr. Gray 7
  • November 4 WBIA Golf Tournament 8
  • New Members 9
  • WBIA community events 10-11
  • Economic Impact 12



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Westbank Business Association supports education system


Jefferson Parish Public School System executive team accompanies Dr. Cade Brumley as he speaks at the Westbank Business and Industry Association's monthly Luncheon/General Membership meeting. Gabriel Misfeldt, Ted Beasley, LaDinah Carter, Lucy Lejeune, Germaine Gilson, Dr. James Gray and Mark Morgan, Jefferson Parish Public School Board president.  (Rosalie Simmons)

One outstanding feature necessary for a thriving economy is a strong educational system. The Westbank Business and Industry Association has worked for over 70 years to support such a system. They have promoted legislation that continues to improve the quality of life for citizens throughout the region.


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Session Wrap for the 2018 1st Extraordinary, Regular, 2nd Extraordinary, and 3rd Extraordinary Sessions of the Louisiana Legislature*


House Legislative Services
Louisiana House of Representatives
June 27, 2018

2018 Regular Session
•Convened March 4
•A “general” session; no matters involving state taxes or tax credits could be heard
•Adjourned May 18

Instruments filed
•1465 Bills
•901 House Bills
•564 Senate Bills

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WBIA Scholarship Applications Now Available

Deadline is JULY 1, 2018

·         Jean Schliem Scholarship

·         Gunter Smart Skills Scholarship



2017 Regular and 2nd Extraordinary Sessions of the Louisiana Legislature


Topics: Appropriation Bills
•The General Appropriations Bill, HB 1, contains $28.2B for the ordinary operating expenditures of the executive branch for FY 2017-2018, a 6.2% increase over FY 2016-2017.

Solar Energy Tax Credit
Changes the amount of the credit for systems installed between January 2014 and July 2015, from 38% of the first $20,000 of the cost of purchase to 38% of the first $25,000 of the cost of purchase.

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WBIA installs officers, honors exemplary members at May 18 ceremony


Charlie Frederick, president Westbank Business and Industry Association, First Legacy Award recipient, State Senator John A. Alario, Jr. and Wayne Crochet, DeAmore' Award recipient, celebrate at the installation and award event on May 18. (Rosalie Simmons)

The Westbank Business and Industry Association (WBIA) welcomed hundreds of business and industry leaders, hospital administrators, government and legislative officials, and others for its "Awards Celebration and Installation" ceremony on May 18.

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WBIA HELPFUL Links - Have a question?

Renewals of Expiring Millages and 1% Sales Tax

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Preparing for Storms in Louisiana

UNO-CHART is a research center at the University of New Orleans. Our purpose is to help communities lower their risk to disasters, like hurricanes. Additional Information


Louisiana Calling

Industry, business and government leaders are working together to create the skilled workforce our state needs. High value, high-income jobs are available and increasing steadily in Louisiana. Get a Jump Start, find your pathway today. Additional Information

The Communique

WBIA Newsletter: Quarterly WBIA Communique’s to all members and posted here on our web page for your convenience. Want to learn more about what is happening with WBIA? Download the WBIA Newsletter


Who is the "mover and shaker" in your business?

Here is an opportunity to honor one of your employees. That one person in your office who always stands out and makes a positive impact can be given an opportunity to lead. A Call for Nominations is being made for positions on the 2016-2017 WBIA Executive Board.
A veteran leader, a future leader, a team player, take a minute and send us the Nominee Name and company name. Self-nominations are accepted. Lets get started today

Report: Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO)

Many opportunities exist for development on the Harvey Canal on various sized parcels of waterfront property. In addition to water transportation, the canal is situated near Interstate 10 and on US Hwy 90 and boasts rail connections from all six (6) class one rail carriers. read full article