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“You Helped Support The Spirit of Entrepreneurship”

yep-windowThe Juice Box – YEP

You helped support the spirit of entrepreneurship. The Juice Box is the latest endeavor of the Youth Empowerment Project’s (YEP) Trafigura Work & Learn Center (W & L Center).  The W & L Center is a youth employment program focused on helping young people, aged 16-24, obtain  both hard and soft skills aimed at helping them not only acquire but keep jobs, while earning an educational stipend.  The skill sets taught at the W & L Center include customer service, bicycle repair, digital design and computer coding.   The W & L Center’s Juice Box in the Roux Carré provides W & L Center’s youth the opportunity to learn both food service and hospitality skills.

As a vendor of the Roux Carré, a Good Work Network accelerator for emerging food-preneurs and a showcase for up-and-coming performing and visual artists, the Juice Box brings delicious, refreshing and unique beverages such as Agua de Jamaica (hibiscus tea infused with fresh ginger and cinnamon) and freshly squeezed citrus juices, lightly sweetened with natural cane syrup. The Juice Box also offers a variety of tropical inspired, naturally flavored snowballs, such as mango, piña colada all served up by our friendly YEP staff.  Place your order online, for pickup, at

Estralita Soniat

estralita-sonaitEstralita Soniat had been managing restaurants for over 35 years, and finally in 1991 she opened her own café in Westwego, Louisiana.  Her passion and inspiration for cooking came from the late Al Copeland, the official “Chicken King” of New Orleans, with whom she worked for many years.  He encouraged her to spread her wings and open her own restaurant and she rose to the challenge.  She has owned and operated Estralita’s Café & Carryout located at 1022 Westbank Expressway in Westwego for the past 24 years.  The café is affectionately known as “The little place with the BIG taste”.

Despite her success in Westwego, Estralita had long dreamed of opening a location in New Orleans. The expansion dream seemed distant however, with a new restaurant requiring a substantial cash investment. Then she heard about a new project by Good Work Network, Roux Carré, a incubator for food entrepreneurs.  In furtherance of its mission of supporting and growing underserved entrepreneurs, Good Work Network developed the site on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. to give emerging food entrepreneurs an opportunity to open a location without a massive capital investment.  The site hosts a shared commercial kitchen, covered outdoor seating area, five fully equipped vendor pods, a small stage, and parking.  Estralita recognized this as the opportunity she had been waiting for to grow her business.  She was one of 87 food vendors vying for the opportunity to feature their food creations at Roux Carré.  Good work Network, along with several notable local chefs and restaurant owners, selected five outstanding food entrepreneurs from the extensive list of applicants. It was no surprise to her loyal patrons that Estralita was one of the five food entrepreneurs selected.  Roux Carre’ has proven to be a unique new home for Good Work Network food entrepreneurs like Estralita.

Estralita’s experience, knowledge, and just plain good food won her one of the coveted spots at Roux Carré and Estralita’s Express opened in November 2015.  The seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, po’ boys and mini-pies are highly recommended, but you can’t go wrong with any of the home-cooked, Louisiana specialty menu items lovingly prepared daily at Estralita’s Express.  Stop by and visit Estralita at the Roux Carré soon and join us in the celebration of her realizing her dream of expanding her business. You made this possible.

Mirian Rodriguez

mirianMirian Rodriguez is from Santa Barbara, Honduras. She has been an entrepreneur since the age of 18. She and her sisters first opened a shoe store in Tegucigalpa, then a little general store, and then a small restaurant in a public market with eight tables. Soon after opening, Hurricane Mitch swept through Honduras leaving only devastation in its wake. The hurricane was one of the worst Honduras had suffered and everything was reduced to rubble, including Mirian’s restaurant.

“Hurricane Mitch came and took everything away. There was a lot of landslides and a lot of flooding. My restaurant, it was nothing, just a slab with mud up to your knees. Only the fryer was left.” Mirian reopened the restaurant saying “I had to make a living for my children.” She continues to show her determination by opening her first New Orleans restaurant at Roux Carre’.

Serving delicious pupusas and ceviche’ daily, The Papusa Lady should be your first stop for lunch or dinner. You made this entrepreneurs dream possible through your generous support.

Terri Johnson

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Tony and Angelique Moret

Christmas-gift-button Tony and Angelique Moret’s dream to own a family business began nearly 16 years ago just after their second son was born. In an interview for his first plumbing apprenticeship, Tony was asked where he saw himself in 10 years. Tony looked around and responded, “Doing this.” The man scoffed saying that Tony could never run a similar operation, but the dream had been born. Continue reading

“Marketing to the Federal Gov’t”

“Marketing to the Federal Gov’t”
Federal Procurement Training for Small Businesses
Two full days of instruction that will help businesses to position themselves for growth in the Federal government sector.

April 16 & 17, 2015
9:00am – 4:00pm
Good Work Network 
2028 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleas, LA 70113
Instructor:  Frank Lane, President. Stover & Associates, Inc., Marietta, GA
​Cost $20.00

Summary of Objectives:

  • Identify​ marketing tools and opportunities
  • Develop a Capabilities Summary and Marketing Plan
  • Define Capture Management and Explain the steps to effective Capture Management
  • Explain how the proposal’s Technical and Past Performance volumes are organized in response to a solicitation
  • Draw relevant comparisons between past experience and the requirements in a solicitation
  • Explain the basic steps in building the Cost Proposal
  • Recognize various pricing objectives and strategies

Day ONE: will focus on marketing and capture concepts that can be applied by small businesses for federal government clients.  Participants will begin to build a capabilities statement and a marketing plan that they can take back to the office, complete and implement.  Attendees will participate in case studies, independent and class exercises that will reinforce the concepts presented.

Day TWO: focuses on the mechanics of responding to Requests for Proposal.  Key concepts will be presented to include development of questions, a systematic approach to be bid/no-bid decision making process, development of proposal outlines that comply with the requirements of the solicitation, describing the relevance of previous work to the proposed work and development of cost and pricing.  Participants will participate in exercises to work through development of a responsive proposal to a sample solicitation.

​To REGISTER for​ this ​2 Full Day Training,

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You’re Invited: Project Launch Party for Roux Carré

Roux Carré Project Launch Party

FNBC Logo Color Mbr FDIC smallGood Work Network will kick-off construction of its newest project: Roux Carré, the Food Port of New Orleans on Thursday, October 30, at 4:00 p.m. The event will feature an official ground breaking ceremony followed by live music and our top food vendors providing samples of their food. Sponsored by First NBC Bank.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.

Party from 4:45-6:00 p.m. with live music and food

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About Roux Carré

CornerDrawing on the rich culinary traditions of New Orleans, this outdoor food court and gathering place celebrates African American, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. Roux Carré , located at 2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., will include six food vendor stalls, a community kitchen, outdoor seating, and staging areas for performances, food demonstrations, and arts markets. The site will be open from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and noon to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Featuring a snowball stand / juice bar operated by the Youth Empowerment Program and entertainment coordinated by Ashé Cultural Arts Center, the square will be family friendly and festive.