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10:16 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Chicago-Based Video Game Developer Opening A Studio In The CBD

Chicago-based video game developer High Voltage Software is opening a studio in the Central Business District next month.
Coolcaesar Wikimedia

Enticed to Louisiana by the state's generous tax incentives, a Chicago-based video game developer is opening a studio in the Central Business District next month.

High Voltage Software has had a hand in developing some classic video game titles — like Mortal Kombat, Toy Story, and Captain America.

The firm will lease a suite at Place St. Charles starting next month. Eventually, they plan to employ 80 people at annual salaries ranging from $50,000 to $120,000.

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Latest News
2:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Production Begins In New Orleans On Navy's Newest Hovercraft

Textron Systems New Orleans will build the Navy's newest, more efficient hovercraft.
Textron Systems Textron

Textron Systems New Orleans held a ceremony on Monday to mark the start of production of the Navy's newest hovercraft: a landing craft designed to haul vehicles, heavy equipment, and supplies over water and beaches.

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WWNO
11:18 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Peter Ricchiuti's Burkenroad Reports Wins Global Innovation Contest Teaching Award

Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Paula Burch-Celentano / Tulane University

Tulane University's Burkenroad Reports, a program giving business students practical stock analysis experience, won the top award for best teaching delivery in the Wharton QS Stars Awards.

Peter Ricchiuti, Burkenroad Reports founder and director (and host of WWNO's Out to Lunch) says he's honored by the recognition.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Why I Decided To Keep The Family Business Alive

Liam Callahan, right, separates the curds from the whey in a 400 gallon vat of Carmody cheese at Bellwether Farms in Petaluma, California.
Credit Brian Streeter

At one point in their lives, each of our guests had to choose whether or not they would inherit a family business. The answer didn't always come quickly, and most of them had to change the business to make it their own, but each decided to carry their family's tradition to the next generation.

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WRKF
6:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

What Business Interests Get with New School Board Majority

BRAC CEO Adam Knapp

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:45 pm

Business-backed candidates secured a new 5-to-4 majority on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board last Saturday.

FuturePAC, which is affiliated with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, put up about $50,000 for candidates in these school board elections. BRAC CEO Adam Knapp discusses what business interests are investing in.


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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Out To Lunch: The Art Of Buildings

Mimi Levine.
Credit Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

New Orleans is a beautiful city. But very little of that beauty is natural. Even our magnificent parks and tree lined avenues are planned and planted. Mostly, when we talk about the beauty of New Orleans, we're talking about buildings.

Almost every commercial building has some sort of artwork on it. We don't typically refer to it as "art" — we more often call it a "sign" — and many commercial buildings have branding artwork inside too. Peter Ricchiuti's guests on Out to Lunch are responsible for some of the city's notable pieces of graphic art.

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Out To Lunch
12:55 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Out To Lunch: Expedia Express

Stan Little.
Credit Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

Back in the 20th Century, when you wanted to fly somewhere you had two choices: you could call the airline and buy a ticket, or you could call a travel agent, who for some magical reason could get you the same ticket for less money.

Then along came the online travel site revolution. Now, instead of making a two minute phone call, we can spend hours, even days, comparing prices and airline schedules before buying a plane ticket.

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Latest News
4:45 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

New Orleans Shoppers Encouraged To Spend Locally On Cyber Monday

In New Orleans this year, there’s a push to make Cyber Monday more profitable for local businesses.
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Percentage-wise, New Orleans has more local businesses than most other American cities. In fact, the city has the fifth-best ratio of local to non-local businesses in the country.

So in New Orleans this year, there’s a push to make Cyber Monday more profitable for local businesses.

Mark Strella is the program manager for Stay Local, a group whose mission is to raise visibility for locally owned, independent businesses. He says when people shop online with big box retailers, very little of that money trickles down to  New Orleans.

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Business & Technology
8:32 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Louisiana Woos Movie Industry With Tax Credits

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 11:12 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Louisiana is known as the pelican state, but it's now trying out a new nickname, Hollywood South. Thanks to some very generous tax credits more movies are filmed in Louisiana than any other state, California included. From New Orleans, Kate Richardson of member station WWNO has the story.

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Latest News
7:19 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Export-Import Bank To Help Louisiana Small Businesses Expand Overseas

Help for small businesses to expand overseas is now available through the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is partnering with the New Orleans business group to provide help with financing, and entrepreneur services.

Trade Center Chief Executive Officer Dominic Knoll says the program is open to small businesses throughout Louisiana.

The Export Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms. Help includes working capital guarantees, and export credit insurance, to promote the sale of U.S. goods and services abroad.

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