Just saw your post, I am new to this forum (as well as beekeeping) and didn't realize you had posted. We received a package on April 1st and the population is just now getting large enough for them to start on the super. Some of that may have been due to weather. YMMV.
I have read that if you can find someone local that will give you a frame or two of brood, you can "jump start" their numbers. Going forward, I'm going to be looking into doing that. Package bees take a while to get up to speed. I'd offer a frame, but you are a little far away and I already committed to creating a split for my mother-in-law who lost a hive. So, I may not have a frame to spare.
It looks as if you have a beekeeping equipment sales contact in Metarie (see below link). You may try calling there and see if she can point you to a local beekeeper to discuss whether this is a good idea and how you may go about it. Like I said, I'm new to this and you may want to take guidance from someone with a little more experience.