February 6, 2014 9:33 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The National Federation of Independent Business, which lobbies on behalf of small businesses, has named a new state director in Louisiana. The organization announced Wednesday that Dawn Starns, who has been a Baton Rouge lobbyist, was chosen for the Louisiana position. Starns was most recently... more »
January 23, 2014 6:19 AM
Louisiana Veterans Business Outreach Center, Inc. is hosting the Veterans Entrepreneur Workshop: How To Prepare A Loan Package. This workshop will take place at the North Regional Library on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event will inform Veterans on how to start a business,... more »
July 29, 2013 7:39 AM
The Small Business Development Center at UL Lafayette is hosting a Business Plan Competition. This competition is set up for July 15 through September 25th. This event is to help grow or start one small business in Lafayette. Sponsors for this event are the Lafayette Chamber, Cox Business, Home Bank,... more »
May 20, 2013 10:16 AM
GONZALES, La. (AP) - Ascension Parish government officials, already trying to pull together the early pieces of a parish-wide sewer system, also have been investigating the possibility of getting into the natural gas and water business. The Advocate reports Parish President Tommy Martinez has been meeting with an economic development... more »
April 29, 2013 8:27 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The World Trade Center of New Orleans is offering a symposium on doing business with the African nation of Angola. The session is set for Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Hyatt regency Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave. Attending will be Jose Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos,... more »
April 22, 2013 8:13 AM
HAMMOND, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University is offering counseling sessions for businesses in the Florida Parishes. The free and confidential, one-on-one meetings are available by appointment only. The SBDC typically provides assistance in areas such as development of business plans, advertising and... more »
December 26, 2012 8:59 AM
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - Progress Point, a business park planned near Acadiana Regional Airport, is on schedule, with designs expected to be complete within the next 90 days. Mike Tarantino, president and CEO of the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation, tells The Advocate the park is a project of the... more »
December 19, 2012 11:25 PM
Call it a sign of the times or a result of the digital age, but after 56 years Floyd's Record Shop in Ville Platte is going out of business.
"We still have albums, we have a few albums left, we have a collection of 45 RPM records here that... more »
August 8, 2012 11:19 PM
Google Maps is taking it one step further, going inside stores, and it's happening across Acadiana. It's called Google Business and only locally owned business can get in on the action.
With the click of a button, Sharper Photography owner Cory Fontenot can turn the inside of a store... more »
August 6, 2012 8:49 AM
The IDF Business will have a luncheon on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. The luncheon will be held at Landry's Seafood corner of Hwy's 90 and 675) from 12 noon until 1:30 pm. The special guest speaker will be Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA).
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June 21, 2012 6:36 PM
Acadiana business owners met at LITE in Lafayette Thursday to discuss a mid-October Trade mission to France to grow their businesses.
Many business owners say this trip could open up a world of possibilities.
"We would love to make every effort to build bridges between Louisiana companies and... more »
May 16, 2012 7:05 PM
Wednesday night, Calcasieu Parish native Joshua Ledet will hit the stage hoping his talent will carry him into the final week of American Idol.
Now, his hometown is reaping the benefits. "He said I'm going to audition till I win the show, and he's doing it!!"
Joshua Ledet's... more »
May 3, 2012 8:56 AM
Junior Achievement will be hosting the upcoming Acadiana Business Hall of Fame awards on May 4th at the Acadiana Center for the Arts at 6 pm. Three people will be recognized as laureates for lifetime contributions to business and the Lafayette community. Awards also will be presented to the Business... more »
March 1, 2012 10:03 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU is losing its business dean shortly after the university unveils its new Business Education Complex on Friday. LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business Dean Eli Jones tells The Advocate Wednesday he has accepted the dean position at the University of Arkansas' Walton College. Jones... more »
February 7, 2012 6:58 AM
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Students from universities in Louisiana and Texas are in a competition this week involving business analysis. Students from Nicholls State, Tulane, LSU, Rice and Texas A&M are among the participants in this week's CFA Institute Research Challenge. A Nicholls news release Monday said the contest requires... more »
February 6, 2012 9:51 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover and other officials say a mid-February meeting will provide small business owners with a wealth of information about doing business in northwest Louisiana. Glover and others set a Monday news conference to talk up the Northwest Louisiana Small Business Summit, which is... more »
December 21, 2011 10:24 PM
Abbeville Police are stepping up patrols after several burglaries across the city. Police believe a single suspect is responsible for roughly seven burglaries in the past two weeks, almost all at area businesses.
Beth Looney runs Curves in Abbeville, and until last Friday, thought it was a safe place... more »
December 14, 2011 7:47 PM
Breaux Bridge business owners are coming together bringing back an old fashioned Christmas hoping to to attract customers by offering a unique experience.
Grover Angelle said he remembers when going into town was much more than just a shopping trip.
Angelle's Old Fashioned Burger owner, Grover Angelle, said... more »
December 8, 2011 11:30 PM
Layaway used to be something your parents or maybe your grandparents used, but thanks to the economic downturn this shopping trend is back and taking hold in Acadiana.
It might seem old fashioned, in fact many stores haven't even offered the layaway for over 20 years. But as families... more »
October 15, 2011 10:35 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Brown grass and dead shrubbery on many northwestern Louisiana lawns provide proof of the effects of a prolonged drought, and landscaping businesses are feeling the effects, too. Bill Fleming, president of Fleming Landscape and Irrigation, told The Times of Shreveport (http://bit.ly/ox2xZw ) that the threat of... more »
August 31, 2011 7:46 PM
A tropical storm may take aim at Morgan City. The owner of Skipper's Sporting Goods says business is great because he sells dozens of festival shirts each year at the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. But, workers are concerned business might not be as good if weather keeps festival-goers away. However,... more »
March 15, 2011 7:50 PM
In Lafayette, entrepreneurs are spending Tuesday evening getting whipped into shape at "First Gear", a business boot camp. Organizers say business owners are learning recession proof techniques that will take their companies to the next level. Experts from Opportunity Machine Company and UL's Small Business Development Center are showing them... more »
February 24, 2011 7:33 PM
Senator David Vitter is visiting Louisiana towns, talking with residents about their concerns with the current administration. He was in New Iberia this morning addressing a number of hot topics. Vitter said congress needs to do more to keep businesses on U.S. soil He said, "we need to reform things,... more »
January 16, 2011 12:25 AM
An old but common scam is hitting Acadiana...KATC'S Chris Welty caught up with one of the victims and has tips on how to protect yourself and your pocket book.
"I felt violated." Ashley foster is a victim of the latest scam to hit Acadiana. Officials with the Lafayette Sheriff's... more »
December 13, 2010 7:45 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Jindal administration has decided to seek competitive proposals from health insurance companies that want to offer taxpayer-funded policies to about 830,000 Medicaid patients, mostly children. The change came after physicians, hospitals and other health-care providers objected to the initial plan, which allowed any company... more »
November 1, 2010 4:18 PM
Acadiana Regional Development District (ARDD) receives around $47,000 to help entrepreneurs start businesses. To reach ARDD, call 337-886-7782.
Louisiana Economic Development in conjunction with Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has allocated $425,000 statewide for the Microenterprise Development Program, which offers entrepreneurship and business training to create owner-operated... more »
November 1, 2010 3:50 PM
Leading economic development publication ranks Louisiana among the top 10 states for business in the U.S. for the first time; Louisiana jumps 16 spots from 2009 to 2010 -- the largest improvement of any state
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Earlier today, Site Selection magazine released its 2010 Top Business... more »
October 18, 2010 9:37 AM
Acadiana Resource Conservation & Development Council is have a "Energizing Rural Business program." The deadline for program participation is November 30th.
Energizing Rural Business is a program promoting the benefits of energy conservation and how a business owner could save money by getting an energy audit and making improvements... more »
September 28, 2010 9:30 AM
The LA Small Business Development Center at UL Lafayette will be hosting a "small business record-keeping" seminar.
The event will be on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 10am - 2pm at the South Regional Library. For more information call: (337) -262-5344 or visit: www.acadianasmallbiz.com
August 26, 2010 6:32 PM
Burglars are terrorizing an Iberia Pariah town. Jeanerette police and marshals are working with residents to catch the criminals. Thursday, local officials held a town hall meeting to reassure the community that they are working to keep them safe.
"We hear your cry we feel your frustration, we're frustrated.... more »
August 14, 2010 10:51 PM
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama has declared Gulf Coast beaches clean, safe and open for business as he brought his family to the Florida Panhandle and promised residents that the government wouldn't forget them once efforts to stop the leak are finished. White House spokesman Bill... more »
July 29, 2010 8:39 PM
Law enforcement agencies have secured a quarter mile area around the intersection of Landry St. and Admiral Doyle in New Iberia. They are searching for Paul Collins, the man wanted for allegedly murdering his ex-wife in St. Martinville.
Collins ran into a sugar cane field around 9:30am. From that... more »
July 28, 2010 12:46 PM
The Louisiana Department of Revenue offers a free seminar to help business operators understand sales tax and other important issues. The next session is at 2 PM, Monday, August 16th at LDR's Lafayette office, 825 Kaliste Saloom. For details or to register, call (337) 262-5455
July 3, 2010 4:27 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have filed court papers in support of lifting the moratorium. In this case, Landrieu and the Chamber of Commerce are supporting U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling that shot down the Obama administration's decision to put... more »
May 19, 2010 3:20 PM
Press Release: On May 18, 2010 at approximately 6:00 p.m. an attempted armed robbery occurred at the Pop-N-Fuel convenience store on the corner of St. Peter and Center Street. Deputies were advised a male wearing what appeared to be a ski mask and gloves, allegedly walked to the entrance... more »
April 15, 2010 6:35 PM
Opelousas Police Press Release: On Thursday the Opelousas Police Department's Crime Suppression Team closed down another crack dealers business. Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow said the CST Team has been watching a residence in the 700 block of Lourdes Street for a few weeks and gathered enough information to get... more »
February 26, 2010 2:10 PM
In today's economy small business owners struggle more than ever to maintain-- and especially to start-- their businesses.
Rising costs of supplies and a lack of customers are among the many issues that have lead to business owners fearing the future.
Senator Mary Landrieu's Committee on Small Business... more »
February 23, 2010 11:45 AM
Credit card holders can circle February 22 on their calendar as the day when new consumer protections laid out in the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 kick in. The Better Business Bureau explains what these new consumer protections mean to cardholders across the US. The US... more »
February 16, 2010 8:24 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote this week on whether to scrap a security fee for downtown bars implemented last year. Councilman Brandon Shelvin is seeking to rescind a security fee the council imposed on downtown bars to help pay for a stronger police presence to... more »
January 18, 2010 3:57 PM
Breaux Bridge Investigators are investigating an armed robbery which occurred at Security Finance Loans in Breaux Bridge, La.
A black male subject had entered into the place of business dressed in dark colored clothing listed as being: black pants, black colored hooded sweater, dark sunglasses, and what appear to... more »
December 16, 2009 11:13 AM
Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish needs your help to solve a crime. Crowley Police are investigationg a business burglary which occurred on December 4, 2009 at Valero Convenience Store located in the 1700 block of North Parkerson Ave. Suspects gained entry through the south side door to the business. Once... more »
November 5, 2009 2:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal held a press conference today to make two announcements: a commitment of $30 million in capital outlay funds for LSU's new business education complex and $303.7 million in collections for the 2009 Louisiana Tax Amnesty Program, surpassing initial estimates for collections.
$30 Million... more »
October 30, 2009 7:19 PM
Martin & Castille Funeral Home Named Scott Business Of The Year
SCOTT, LOUISIANA: Martin & Castille Funeral Home with locations in Scott and in Lafayette, Louisiana has been named the Scott Business Association and City of Scott 2009 Business of the Year. The recognition was announced October 6, 2009... more »
October 22, 2009 11:44 AM
Swine flu has been in the news BIG TIME and that means swindlers/crooks are looking to prey on the concerned. Any period of upheaval and concern offers a chance for scammers to capitalize on fear. Here are a few swine flu scams that are currently in circulation.
Swine Flu... more »
October 21, 2009 5:56 PM
A new business, which means new jobs, is coming to Lafayette. They are called ATC and they help keep our world green. LEDA'S CEO Greg Gothreaux said, "These are the guys; this is the company that is the future of keeping our world green and clean,"
New jobs and... more »
October 14, 2009 8:14 AM
In Scott, Lebesque Road from Shantel Road to Roger Road will be closed for one month, beginning today (October 14). Only local residents and business owners will be allowed through. Crews will be replacing large drainage culverts.
October 13, 2009 7:49 AM
LSU professor and Louisiana economist Dr. Loren Scott will be in Lafayette today (October 13) to deliver Acadiana's 2010 economic and employment forecast. Scott will discuss the outlook for businesses. The sixth annual Acadiana Business Entrée to Business luncheon will begin at 11:30 this morning at the Cajundome Convention Center.