Client: Louisiana State University (LSU)
Project: LSU Retirement System Training
Role: Health and wellness training
Description: Provide health and wellness training and outreach to LSU System retirees in conjunction with our partner, United Healthcare.
Client: New Orleans Regional Transit Authority
Project: Business development training
Role: Customized workshop development and training
Description: Developed a customized small business curriculum based on survey responses submitted the the organization's small business clients, and facilitate monthly on-site workshops.
Client: 1532 Tulane Partners, Inc.
Project: $310M Charity Hospital Redevelopment in New Orleans, LA
Role: Business diversity compliance
Description: Developed and manage a customized EBO compliance program for the mixed-use redevelopment on the site of the former New Orleans Charity Hospital.
Client: City of New Orleans
Project: Leadership development training; Health and wellness training
Role: Leadership training, health and wellness training and outreach
Description: In partnership with United Healthcare, we conduct leadership training workshops, and health and wellness training and employee outreach to City employees to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs for the City of New Orleans.
Client: ASCEND LA
Project: Contractor's College LA
Role: Curriculum development and workshop facilitator
Description: Developed a customized six-module construction business management curriculum and facilitated multiple sessions for the virtual training program.
Client: Landis Construction
Project: $120M B.W. Cooper Public Housing Redevelopment, Phase II
Role: Business diversity compliance and workforce development
Description: Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 3/DBE/WBE subcontractor compliance management and workforce consulting.
Client: Mississippi Development Authority (MDA)
Project: MDA Advanced Contractor's College
Scope: Developed a customized Contractor's College curriculum that includes construction estimating training for a state-wide training program for small, minority- and women-owned firms engaged in the construction industry.
Client: Housing Authority of New Orleans
Project: Resident Entrepreneurs Training Initiative
Role: Program development, training and management
Scope: Developed and manage a customized entrepreneurship training program for low-income and public housing residents.
LSU's Charity Hospital
New Orleans, LA
Faubourg Lafitte Redevelopment
New Orleans, LA
Capital One Bank (2012-2021)
Project: Contractor's College
Scope: Developed and managed a customized construction business management training program for the bank's Getting Down to Business construction industry clients.
Impact: Trained over 200 contractors in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houston and Dallas.
Client: Enterprise Homes/Providence Community Housing (2015-2016)
Project: Lafitte Senior Housing Development
Scope: DBE, WBE and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 3 compliance management and workforce consulting for the $18 million-dollar housing development.
Impact: Exceeded the DBE, WBE and Section 3 participation goal by 15% and the HUD Section 3 employment goal by 115%.
Client: Enterprise Homes/Providence Community Housing (2014-2016)
Project: Faubourg Lafitte Housing Redevelopment
Scope: DBE, WBE and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 3 compliance management and workforce consulting for the $161 million-dollar housing redevelopment.
Impact: Exceeded the DBE, WBE and HUD Section 3 contracting goals by 14.13% and the HUD Section 3 employment goal by 145%.
Client: TruFund Financial Services (2015)
Project: Customized training program authoring
Scope: Developed a TruFund branded Contractor's College curriculum and trained TruFund's staff on how to coordinate, plan and implement the program for the Louisiana market.
Impact: After successfully conducting multiple cohorts of the program in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Start Smart was retained to develop the program for the Alabama and New York markets.
Client: City/Parish of East Baton Rouge (2013)
Project: HUD Section 3 program compliance training
Scope: Trained the city's housing department on HUD Section 3 program guidelines, management and best practices.
Impact: The city's housing department implemented recommendations presented during the training and subsequently passed its HUD Section 3 field compliance audit.
Client: Capital One Bank (2012-2020)
Project: Getting Down to Business small business training program
Scope: Conducted strategic planning, business planning and business credit workshops for Getting Down to Business programs in New Orleans Houston and Dallas.
Impact: 100% of program participants rated the workshops as outstanding (5 out 5 on all workshop evaluation forms).
Client: City of New Orleans (2010-2012)
Project: Supplier Diversity Consulting and Program Management
Scope: Re-engineered and managed of the state and local disadvantaged business enterprise (SLDBE) program for the $1.2 billion-dollar Post-Katrina infrastructure rebuilding program.
Impact: Increased SLDBE participation on City contracts from 16% to over 32% in less than 15-months.
Dr. Griggs Conducting a Workshop for City of New Orleans