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  Baton Rouge staffing agency hosts drive-thru job fair May 29

Downtown Baton Rouge Express Employment Professionals hosted a drive-thru job fair Friday, May 29.

  Satterfield’s Restaurant on False River permanently closing due to coronavirus uncertainty

  Small business owners frustrated over loan forgiveness requirements

  Lawmakers advance bill aiming to protect La. restaurants from coronavirus lawsuits

Superior Grill now reopened for takeout only after brief closure due to employee testing positive for COVID-19

  Krispy Kreme reopens after nearly a year of renovations

  RV sales jump 170% during coronavirus pandemic, says association

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  FOX 8 Defenders: Many await indefinitely full refunds for cruise trips

Gov. says April unemployment rate for La. slightly lower than national average, but still more than double usual

  Opening day for Mississippi casinos; here’s a look inside

  Baton Rouge Krispy Kreme announces opening date

  Barber and dog groomer form unexpected bond

  Potential plans for Amazon Fulfillment Center at Cortana Mall appear to be halted

  Late mortgage payments on the rise; experts explain what this means for housing market

When unemployment goes up, so does the number of people who can’t pay their bills on time.

  Small businesses still struggling despite reopening; owners holding breath for Phase 2

Gov. Edwards is not expected to announce his plans for further reopening the state’s economy until early June, so until then, small business owners will have to hope the Band-Aid sticks long enough for them to get to Phase 2.

  Mall of Louisiana reopening Tuesday, May 19

The Mall of Louisiana will reopen at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 as part of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ Phase One reopening plan.

  #StandForLocal: Helping to keep the local economy strong

Fear of what the pandemic is doing to our local economy cannot be ignored. That’s why WAFB launched #StandForLocal.

Waitr expands grocery delivery options in Baton Rouge

  USS KIDD reopens after nearly two months of being closed

  On first day of reopening, casinos see steady stream of players hoping to beat the odds

  WAFB partners with ‘back to business’ Baton Rouge campaign

  Casinos plan for reopening Monday; big changes on the way for gamblers

Rama restaurant, Thai staple in Baton Rouge, closes its doors after nearly 40 years

  Some venture out to downtown Baton Rouge for first night of Phase 1 of reopening

Friday night (May 15) was the start of Phase 1 of reopening across Louisiana.

  Hair and nail salons reopen, offering some customers ‘free therapy’

Customers lined up outside Baton Rouge salons Friday, May 15 hoping for a first haircut or manicure since March.

  Phase 1 of Reopening Louisiana: Patron fights back tears saying how much she has missed eating inside a restaurant

They’re four words the hostesses at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill in Denham Springs have waited two months to be able to say: “Yes sir, we’re open.”

  La. moving to Phase 1 - What’s reopening?

Many Louisiana businesses, including restaurants and casinos, will be allowed to reopen Friday, May 15, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday, May 11.

BRAC responds to coronavirus pandemic, offers resources, webinars to businesses

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) announced on Thursday, March 26 it would be shifting its focus to support the regional business community through the coronavirus pandemic and recovery period.

  Gyms prepare to open at 25% capacity

Johnny Blount and his gym’s members went into the coronavirus shutdown strong, expecting the stay-at-home order to be short-lived.

  Some business owners frustrated they’ve been left out of Phase 1 of reopening

Many business owners say they’re upset they’re not allowed to open their doors in Phase 1 of reopening.

  Better Business Bureau offers tips for businesses as La. enters Phase 1 of reopening

As Louisiana enters Phase 1 of reopening on Friday, May 15, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering some tips to businesses as they prepare to reopen under new restrictions.

La. will move to Phase 1 of reopening on May 15, Gov. announces

Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to announce whether Louisiana will move to reopen the state with a Phase 1 approach, or extend the Stay at Home order for a third time.

  New LSU tech program partnership offers coding, cyber security trade courses as demand for tech jobs rise in Louisiana

As the economy begins to reopen, businesses everywhere put out help wanted signs. One industry that could really use you on the staff is the technology world.

  Taco Tuesday won’t be the same; Rum House announces closure

A popular Baton Rouge Taco Tuesday spot will not reopen its doors, despite the state’s latest efforts to reopn the economy.

Ascension and Livingston Assessors launch new homestead exemption form

Ascension Parish Assessor Mert Smiley and Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor, announced a new online homestead exemption form.

  Restaurants prepare to reopen at limited capacity, look to hire more workers

It’s been almost two months since Rouj Creole on Bluebonnet Boulevard opened under normal circumstances.

Metairie-based Fat Boy’s Pizza coming to Baton Rouge

Fat Boy’s Pizza is coming to Baton Rouge.

  How the national meat shortage affects Baton Rouge restaurants, butcher shops

Some local shops explained to WAFB how the national meat shortage will affect your wallet and dining plans.

  SOLD! Developer to transform two historic properties into modern spaces

Two historic properties located in the heart of the city have been purchased by Anthony Kimble and he sees a bright future for the previously neglected landscape.

  Movie theaters can reopen Friday, but some decide to hold off until mid-summer

Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday, May 11 that Louisiana will be moving into Phase 1 of reopening Friday, May 15.

  Plastics company booming as businesses order shields to protect customers, staff

Many business owners are working to be transparent with their new safety measures by installing plastic shields.

  BRAC recommends masks, temperature checks for businesses reopening in Phase 1

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) hosted a conference call Tuesday, May 12 with health experts from Ochsner Health System and Our Lady of the Lady to give advice to local businesses preparing to reopen their doors during Phase 1 of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards reopening plan.

Cox Business hosting free seminar to show business owners a simulated cyber-attack in real time

While cyber threats are nothing new, their impacts could be much worse with an increase in remote connections into many workplaces.

Get ready... Checkers is coming to Baton Rouge

With the great chicken sandwich debate of 2019 behind us, it’s time for the great french fry debate of 2020.

  A Mississippi puzzle store booms as online prices soar during pandemic

As stay home orders continue, demand for puzzles grow, spiking online prices.

  Business owners prepare to reopen as state moves to Phase 1

Business owners have their work cut out for them as they work to be ready for Louisiana to initiate Phase 1 of reopening.

  What reopening looks like in other states as Louisiana prepares to open

A number of states have gotten the jump on Louisiana when it comes to reopening.

  Baton Rouge cafe offers sweet treat to moms on Mother’s Day

Lance LeBlanc, owner of La Divina Italian Café on Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge offered free 3 oz cup of gelato to all moms on Mother's Day. LeBlanc says moms and their children often visit the café. He says he wanted to honor them on Mother's Day by offering the free treat.

  Some BR bars that sell food are open for business, with restrictions

With the weekend approaching, many people would love to be at their favorite bar drinking their favorite beer, wine, or cocktail, but many bars are closed due to Governor John Bel Edwards’ stay-at-home orders.

  Restaurants counting on Mother’s Day for much needed shot in the arm

Mother’s Day is widely recognized as the busiest day of the year for restaurants, but those restaurants are still restricted, even with patio dining now an option.

  Airbnb bookings flat-line for owners looking to have ‘best month ever’

A popular side hustle for many people is turning homes into short-term rental properties. The industry has taken a huge hit during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  Last call for crawfish: Farmers stuck in the mud as coronavirus shutdowns plague industry

Mother’s Day weekend is likely the last call for crawfish in Louisiana.

BRAC launches marketplace for businesses to buy PPE

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) has announced a purchasing collaborative with Lyons Specialty Company, llc so businesses in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas can buy personal protective equipment at competitive rates.

Truckers feel more appreciated amid new challenges on America’s roadways

3.5 million American men and women behind the wheel keep the economy rolling

  Gym owners making preps for when they’re able to reopen

Gym owners continue to wait for guidelines from the Governor’s Office on how and when they can reopen. In the meantime, many have already began implementing necessary safety precautions.

Baton Rouge area lingerie store putting together special care packages to thank nurses during National Nurses Week

A Baton Rouge area lingerie store is doing something special for National Nurses Week.

  Unemployed? Here’s some tips for improving your resume for when the economy reopens

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

  Baton Rouge Water Company warns reopening businesses to flush stagnated water

Officials with the Baton Rouge Water Company want to warn businesses preparing to reopen after being closed due to COVID-19 to flush their building’s water system of stagnated water.

  Livingston Parish government offices reopen with restrictions, providing some form of normalcy

As of May 4, all Livingston Parish offices are back open.

  Letting coronavirus ruin your Cinco de Mayo plans? Not this group of women

Normally, the booze would be flowing and the sound of the mariachi band would fill the air in Mexican restaurants across the country for Cinco de Mayo.

  La. attorney general calls for barbershops to be reopened

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has asked Governor John Bel Edwards to consider reopening barbershops and nail salons.

Cinco de Mayo restaurant specials in Baton Rouge

Cinco de Mayo Specials

  Some stores at Perkins Rowe, Mall of Louisiana set to start retail to-go services

Perkins Rowe and the Mall of Louisiana announced Monday, May 4 that several businesses have started selling their products for pickup as a result of Governor John Bel Edwards’ loosening of some restrictions in his latest executive order.

Baton Rouge mayor launches economic recovery working group

On Tuesday, May 5, East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the launch of the Mayor’s Business Roundtable Economic Recovery Working Group. It’s part of her Restart BR initiative.

Marketing agency Click Here Digital to create 100 new jobs in Baton Rouge

The Baton Rouge-based digital marketing agency, Click Here Digital, will create 100 new jobs and move its corporate headquarters to a new facility along I-12, according to officials with Louisiana Economic Development (LED).

BASF donates $50,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

BASF has donated $50,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, which has seen increased demand resulting from COVID-19.

  La. prepares for businesses/churches to ‘open safely’ with new web-based activation program

Louisiana is getting ready to open back up for business but state officials want to make sure those businesses “open safely.”

  Baton Rouge nail salon preparing with safety measures ahead of reopening

Many people are asking when nail salons will reopen. The official answer from the Governor’s Office is salon owners will have to wait until May 11 when Governor John Bel Edwards’ plans to update the state on what businesses can reopen and when.

Carnival Cruise Line cancels voyages from New Orleans through end of August

Most North American and Australian homeport cruises will be cancelled through August 31

  Patrons get to enjoy patio dining at restaurants for first time in nearly two months

Some Baton Rouge area restaurants are perhaps getting a little boost to their business now that some restrictions that were part of the governor’s stay-at-home orders have been lifted.

  La. Office of State Fire Marshal issues guidelines for phased reopening of restaurant patios

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal released updated guidelines for restaurants to operate in accordance with the governor’s stay-at-home order.

  Business offering masks, hand sanitizer to customers; local hospitals giving out tips to reopen safely

Nearly every business owner across Louisiana is figuring out how to reopen safely when they can.

  Beauty salons consider how to reopen while keeping customers safe

Many beauticians are making preparations for when they can once again start accepting clients.

  BRAC holds webinar for small businesses to help get them back on their feet

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) hosted a webinar Wednesday, April 29 in the hopes of helping small businesses bounce back.

Louisiana Business Community releases full framework for ‘safe at work’ reopening of economy

BRAC released a framework for restarting the Louisiana economy in a responsible and safety-oriented manner.

Waitr expands to West Baton Rouge; now hiring drivers

The app will be available in Port Allen, Brusly, Addis and Plaquemine.

Fleauxt announces permanent closure due to pandemic

"Unfortunately, there is no more money," the owners said in a lengthy, heartfelt Facebook post.

How to donate to GBR Food Bank

Donations ensure the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank can continue to distribute meals to those in need.

  Hair salons likely to make changes on how they service clients

Many businesses are considering plans for soft re-openings as Governor John Bel Edwards’ stay-at-home orders come to an end.

Fashion Nova to pay $9.3 million in refunds

Online fast-fashion retailer Fashion Nova will pay the federal government $9.3 million to be refunded to customers impacted by its “illegal” business practices, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claims.

2020 Blues Fest canceled; organizers ‘focusing on 2021’

The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation has officially canceled the 2020 Blues Fest, which was originally scheduled for April 18 and 19.