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  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.

  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

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

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

  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

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

  Eat out, give back: Restaurant Week Baton Rouge

  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

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

  Southwest to resume selling every seat on flights

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

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

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

  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.

‘The truth is, fall in Tuscaloosa is in serious jeopardy:’ Bars to close in Tuscaloosa for 2 weeks

Maddox said based on recommendations he signed new executive orders that close bars for 14 days starting at 5:00 p.m. Monday. The second order eliminates bar services at restaurants for the next 14 days starting Monday at 5:00 p.m.

  Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken Restaurant to open in Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge, report says

Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge plans to move on land, adding Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken Restaurant.

  Hundreds of bars apply to reopen as restaurants under special licenses

Having been open now for only two days as a restaurant, there’s been some growing pains at Pirogue’s Whiskey Bayou Bar.

  Movie Tavern locations in BR, Denham Springs set to reopen

Two movie theaters in the Baton Rouge metro area are reopening.

AG Jeff Landry files brief on behalf of Firehouse BBQ

Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed an opinion in support of a Livington Parish barbeque restaurant in the middle of a court battle with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

  Small businesses can now apply for Main Street Recovery Program even if they’ve received fed. assistance

Small businesses in Louisiana can now get some help with grants up to $15,000 from the Main Street Recovery Program even if they have already received federal assistance.

  Bar owner attorney still fighting, in spite of a denial of request to re-open

The mayor of New Orleans says she agrees with a judge, who ordered bars to remain closed, in spite of complaints they are not being treated fairly.

Our Lady of the Lake partners with Baton Rouge Community College Partner for workforce development program

Our Lady of the Lake is partnering with Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) in a workforce development program creating a pipeline for those interested in healthcare careers.

  Unemployed? Here’s some tips for improving your resume during the pandemic

Hiring experts say don't let being laid off hurt your confidence in applying for new jobs.

Firehouse BBQ court hearing postponed

A court hearing for a restaurant operating outside the governor's mask mandate has been postponed.

  Mural splashes light on historic neighborhood seeking renaissance

Despite growing up in a city more than an hour away, Lafayette-native Bryson Boutte now has a deep connection to a historic Baton Rouge neighborhood that is receiving renewed interest from investors.

  Perkins Rowe movie theatre opens up for first time in months due to coronavirus

If you’re comfortable and feel like venturing out, Cinemark Theatres all over the country are back open, with safety protocols and popcorn.

  Help on the way for crawfish farmers suffering because of pandemic

Help is on the way for crawfish farmers still reeling from 2020′s devastating season.

  Baton Rouge announces $1 million small business recovery program

Qualifying microenterprises and small businesses who apply will receive one-time grants of $2,500.

  Judge: Governor must halt action against Firehouse BBQ

A district court judge has signed a ruling prohibiting Governor John Bel Edwards and his state agencies from taking any further action against the Firehouse BBQ restaurant until a hearing the week of Aug. 17.

  Prominent New Orleans businesses give notice they will have to extend furloughs to hundreds of employees

7 prominent New Orleans businesses have notified the State they plan to permanently let go or extend temporary furloughs to hundreds of employees.