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  Dillard’s at Cortana Mall closing in April

  Some Mid-City residents not happy with new business development

  More coronavirus relief on the way for small businesses

  Employers no longer required to give employees paid sick leave for COVID-19

  Baton Rouge gyms hope to draw in more customers in new year

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  Baton Rouge restaurants, bars making changes for New Year’s celebrations amid coronavirus

  LWC awaits finalizations on COVID Relief Bill from Congress before extra $300 in unemployment benefits can be paid out

  What the new COVID relief package means for your money

  Mitsubishi Chemical eyeing potential $1B plant in Geismar

  Baton Rouge casinos see slump in revenues, industry anxiously awaiting vaccine rollout

  What the latest proposed COVID-19 relief package means for La.

  Public visitation Tuesday for former LSU football player, Baton Rouge restaurateur Ruffin Rodrigue

Former LSU football player and Baton Rouge restauranteur Ruffin Rodrigue has died, officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office confirmed to WAFB.

  Small Business Saturday means more foot traffic for Baton Rouge businesses

Small Business Saturday means more foot traffic for local businesses in the capitol area, which will be a plus for business owners during the pandemic

  BBB: How to shop Black Friday sales

If you do decide to shop on Black Friday, the Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana has these tips to make your shopping experience productive.

Bars in West Baton Rouge Parish forced to close on-premise consumption due to rise in COVID-19 positivity rate

Officials with West Baton Rouge Parish Government say all bars in the parish must close on-premise consumption due to a rise in COVID-19 positivity rates in the parish.

  With no Carnival parades rolling in 2021, businesses prepare for impacts

  Bars in Ascension Parish forced to close due to high COVID-19 rates; owners feel targeted

  Bars in Ascension Parish must close again after high positivity rate for two straight weeks

  Zurik: Councilmember asks state board to deny Folgers request for retroactive tax exemptions

  City looks to help veteran-owned small businesses suffering during pandemic

  Air traffic uptick at Armstrong as airlines step up Covid-19 precautions

  La. leaders launch program to help veteran-owned small businesses ahead of Veterans Day

Louisiana leaders have launched an innovative program to hone the entrepreneurial skills of veterans who start a business in the state.

Grön Fuels announces potential $9.2 billion renewable fuel complex in Louisiana

A final investment decision is expected in 2021, which will determine the final cost of the project’s first phase.

  Leaders in Ascension Parish are on notice following the closure of the Shell refinery in Convent

Leaders in Ascension Parish are on notice following the closure of the Shell refinery in Convent.

Waitr now offering alcohol delivery from restaurants in Baton Rouge

The Lafayette-based food delivery company, Waitr, is now offering alcohol delivery in Baton Rouge.

  Four non-profit organizations to open youth opportunity center on Government Street

On Nov. 6, the keys to 4385 Government Street were handed over to the leaders of four Baton Rouge youth organizations, Front Yard Bikes, Big Buddy Program, Humanities Amped, and Line4Line.

  Eat out, give back: Restaurant Week Baton Rouge

Restaurant Week Baton Rouge continues through Nov. 14.

  Port commission could pave way for new clean energy plant at Tuesday meeting

The Port of Baton Rouge could soon pave the way for a new plant across the Mississippi River... and it could mean hundreds of jobs for the Baton Rouge area, all focused on producing clean energy.

  Shell to shut down plant in Convent

The Shell Refinery in Convent, La. will begin shutting down later in November, the company confirmed Thursday, Nov. 5.

Dixie Beer reveals new name: Faubourg Brewing Company

Dixie Beer, New Orleans' oldest operating brewery, announced Wednesday, Nov. 4 its brewery will soon be renamed the Faubourg Brewing Company. The new name is a tribute to the diverse neighborhoods of New Orleans; “faubourg” means “neighborhood” in French.

  1,900 ExxonMobil layoffs expected across US; potential impact for La. workers unclear

In a statement, one representative said, “While any person being affected will be significant, the numbers outside of Houston will be very small.”

  Gov. Edwards suing legislature to defend coronavirus rules

Governor John Bel Edwards is still ignoring a petition from lawmakers that would halt all the state’s COVID-19 rules for a week.

  Plank Road masterplan includes grocery store, affordable housing, community park

Build Baton Rouge has received a $5 million award from JPMorgan Chase’s 2020 AdvancingCities Challenge to fund the Plank Road Masterplan.

  Southwest to resume selling every seat on flights

In an earnings report released Thursday, Southwest cited findings by medical and aviation organizations as a reason for resuming normal sales.

AG Jeff Landry joins DOJ, 10 states in antitrust lawsuit against Google

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Tuesday, Oct. 20 he has joined the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and ten other state Attorneys General in filing a civil antitrust against Google.

  7 months after start of pandemic, Baton Rouge Airport begins seeing comeback

After months of being cooped up inside, it turns out many people are starting to warm up to the idea of taking flight again.

  Two bills that could help bar owners amid pandemic advance to La. Senate floor

Louisiana lawmakers are moving ahead with two bills that could put some cash in the hands of bar owners, though there’s no clear way to pay for the programs just yet.

  Say hello to the largest zipline course in south Louisiana

Magnolia Ridge Adventure park is a brand-new obstacle course and zipline park in East Feliciana.

  Bars in Ascension Parish can reopen immediately, parish president says

According to data from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), Ascension Parish has now met the requirements to reopen bars that have been closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  La. lawmakers vote down unemployment increase, move to suspend business tax hike

Louisiana lawmakers are moving forward with a few plans to keep taxes from going up on businesses.

Bars in W Feliciana Parish can now reopen; governor’s office says they won’t count Angola COVID-19 numbers against them

Bars in West Feliciana Parish are finally getting the green light to reopen from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

  Downtown New Orleans businesses say lack of fans means lack of customers

Downtown New Orleans looks like a ghost town compared to what it normally looks like during a Monday night Saints game.

Universal Music to build $1.2 billion hotel, entertainment destination in Biloxi

The old Broadwater Resort property will be turned into a $1.2 billion entertainment and hotel destination by Universal Music.

  Commercial fishermen in Plaquemines Parish take financial hit after active hurricane season

Commercial fishermen we spoke with say they’ve lost thousands of dollars this hurricane season moving into Safe Harbor with each hurricane threat.

St. Tammany Parish announces bars may reopen for on-premises consumption

Bars may reopen in St. Tammany Parish for on-premises consumption Parish President Michael Cooper said Wednesday under Phase 3 guidelines.

  Some La. lawmakers look to remove state fire marshal’s ability to punish businesses for coronavirus violations

Some republican lawmakers in the Louisiana Legislature are looking to remove the power the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal has in punishing companies that do not follow the governor’s coronavirus rules for businesses.

Audubon Nature Institute reports over 500 workers laid off

New numbers published by Louisiana’s employment agency show 532 workers were let go by the Audubon Nature Institute.

  EBR bars can now resume tableside service under eased restrictions

Bars in East Baton Rouge Parish can reopen immediately, the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco (ATC) says.

St. Bernard Parish opts in to allow bars to reopen

St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis opted in to allow bars to reopen with on-premise consumption.

  Holiday hiring in retail, service industries might take on completely different look this year, says local business expert

Typically at this time of year, you begin to see seasonal hiring posters on business doors. One Baton Rouge expert explains that seasonal hiring may take on a completely different shape this year.

Legislative task force looking at ways to lower car insurance rates in Louisiana

A legislative task force is looking for ways to lower car insurance rates in Louisiana.

  Main Street Recovery Program in Louisiana stops accepting new applications after exhausting funding

State Treasurer John Schroder announced Tuesday, Sept. 29 that the Main Street Recovery Program has stopped accepting new applications now that the program has used all available funding.

  With vehicle inventory low, new car price tags are at a record high, says Kelley Blue Book

If you’re in the market for a new ride, now might not be the best time to get a bargain. Kelley Blue Book (KBB) estimates the average transaction price of a new vehicle is at a record high of $38,000.

  Continued disappointment for fans, businesses after another no-fans Saints home game

Saints Sunday looked very different with only family and friends allowed inside the dome for the game. Businesses in the say without fans, it was almost painfully noticeable.

Who owns 'Who Dat?’ Company that once sparred with Saints over trademark on catchphrase sues New Orleans wing spot

In a federal lawsuit Who Dat?, Inc., the company that claims to have trademarked the popular “Who Dat” catchphrase commonly associated with the New Orleans Saints, takes on Who Dat Wings and More, an eatery in New Orleans, claiming infringement.

Boombox Frozen Pops keeps business with help from LSU Ag Center

Boombox Frozen Pops keeps business with help from LSU Ag Center

  Mayor Broome ‘optimistic’ EBR Parish will meet criteria for bars to reopen last week of September

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome says she’s “optimistic” the parish will meet Governor John Bel Edwards' Phase 3 criteria for bars to reopen for on-premises consumption as early as Wednesday, Sept. 30.

  Suitcase collecting dust? 2020 might be a rough year but shouldn’t prevent you from traveling

Your travel plans may have fallen flat in 2020, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still take a trip.

Lafayette Parish bars will reopen immediately

Bars in Lafayette Parish will reopen immediately following an announcement from Mayor-President Josh Guillory on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

  Bars in Iberville, St. Mary to reopen after meeting requirement of low coronavirus positivity rate

Bars in both Iberville and St. Mary parishes will soon reopen after meeting specific coronavirus positivity rate criteria.

  New Orleans orders Tracey’s to shut down amid overcrowding, owners ‘caught off guard’ by reaction

Mayor Latoya Cantrell said the bar cannot reopen until a plan is in place to address overcrowding

  Lt. Gov. Nungesser says state’s tourism industry lost $2.5 billion, laid off 109k workers due to COVID-19

The tourism in Louisiana has taken a large hit from COVID-19.

Dixie Beer enlisting the public’s help in its renaming efforts

Locals and beer enthusiasts will have the opportunity to suggest a new brand name

Walmart targets zero emissions by 2040

Walmart commits to becoming a regenerative company in the next two decades.

  Gov. Edwards adjusts Phase 3 order to extend alcohol sales by one hour for eligible parishes

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday, Sept. 17 he altered his Phase 3 order to allow the on-site sale and consumption of alcohol until 11 p.m. at restaurants, casinos, and bars in parishes that are eligible to opt in to reopen bars.

  La. seafood industry struggling during pandemic; business owners hope to see relief soon

Louisiana fisheries are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

  AG’s Office announces more than 50 arrests connected to Paycheck Protection Program fraud

Since the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) launched to help businesses pay their employees to prevent great losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some people have of course tried to exploit the program and defraud the federal government of money.

  Economist Loren Scott outlines Baton Rouge area’s economic trends for 2021-22

The annual Business Report’s celebration of the 2020 Top 100 Private Companies will be virtual this year due to the pandemic and for the first time WAFB will livestream the keynote speaker for all to see.

  Gov. Edwards releases full guidance on Phase 3 reopening plan

Governor John Bel Edwards will announce full guidance for Phase 3 of reopening Louisiana’s economy during a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11. business

  New Orleans businesses concerned over decision to stay in Phase 2

Business owners in New Orleans are concerned about their future and worry about how much longer they can hold on.

  La. will move to Phase 3 starting Friday; statewide mask mandate remains in place

Governor John Bel Edwards announced Louisiana will move to Phase 3 of the White House’s plan for reopening the U.S. economy starting Friday, Sept. 11.

  Saints fans, businesses prepare for unconventional season opener

The roar of tens of thousands of Who Dats will be noticeably absent from the Superdome for the Saints season opener, but that will not silence fans’ spirit any less.

  Main Street Recovery Program awards $19M in grants to small businesses in La. so far

Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder announced Thursday, Sept. 3 that so far, the Main Street Recovery Program has awarded $19 million in grants to small businesses across the state to help them recover losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

United plans to furlough 16,000 workers, fewer than expected

Flight attendants will bear the brunt of the cuts, with 6,920 getting furlough notices. About 2,850 pilots, 2,010 maintenance workers and 1,400 management and support staff would also lose their jobs.

Ford cutting 1,400 US salaried jobs with retirement offers

The offers will go to U.S. salaried workers who are eligible to retire as of Dec. 31.

  Impasse between Gov. Edwards and Firehouse BBQ continues as hearing postponed pending appeals court decision

The smoke billowing in the air around Firehouse BBQ in Watson, Louisiana will remain for a few more weeks at least.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Caterer, client at odds over wedding canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

An area wedding caterer and one of their clients are at odds over how to move forward after a recent wedding ceremony had to be canceled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Waitr offering free grocery delivery in BR due to hurricane threat

Anyone in the Baton Rouge area who is unable to get to their area grocer or just wants to stay at home before the storm hits can get them delivered free by using a promo code.

  Prosecuted and Paid: Government doles out billions in coronavirus relief money to companies that paid out millions in fraud-related cases

More than 200 companies that paid the federal government for fraud related accusations in the last decade received billions of dollars in unsolicited relief money as part of the coronavirus bailout package.