Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 11:43 am
Every election season, political signs sprout like dandelions from lawns across America. They also pop up at more than a few businesses. For some, expressing political preferences is a calculated move to attract customers. But it can just as easily turn clients away.
Jeff Reiter, who owns the Blue Plate Lunch Counter & Soda Fountain in Portland, Ore., proudly displays a 2008 Obama campaign sign inside his restaurant and says he has "never tried to hide" his support for the president.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office and the city's Office of Economic Development have announced a new program to encourage small business expansion and job creation.
The new financing program is called the New Orleans Small Business Assistance Fund. A City Hall news release Tuesday said it's a $2 million fund that will provide 8 percent interest rate loans to for-profit and nonprofit businesses for operating capital and equipment purchases.
SBAF loans are expected to range from $10,000 to $100,000. The maximum term of the loan is up to 84 months.
Brad Pitt’s Make It Right rebuilding effort in the 9th Ward was a beacon in the darkness after Hurricane Katrina and is still building houses today.
Taylor Royle, Communications Director of Make It Right, joins Peter on Out to Lunch, along with Peter Couhig, the President and CEO of Resource Environmental Solutions, who is working to save us from the next big hurricane.
Officials of Ameristar Casino say construction of a $500 million casino is moving ahead on schedule and the development should open in 2014.
The American Press reports that since July, Ameristar has removed trees, set a building foundation and completed a road that allows construction workers access to the site of its casino hotel in south Lake Charles.
Ameristar Vice President Jack Mohn said the new casino's neighbor — Pinnacle Entertainment, owner of L'Auberge Casino Resort — has been accommodating.
Petrobras USA says production has begun at its Chinook oil field in the ultra-deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The company says production started last week in the field using a specialized ship that processes and stores oil and natural gas in place of a production platform. The field is being worked by BW Pioneer, a type of ship known in the oil industry as a floating, production, storage and offloading vessel, or FPSO.