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Business & Technology
5:00 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Small business center to open in St. John

The Small Business Administration, Louisiana Department of Economic Development and the Louisiana Small Business Development Centers will open a business recovery center in St. John the Baptist Parish for companies affected by Hurricane Isaac.

The center opens Thursday at 2013 W. Airline Highway in LaPlace.

Its hours will be 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

Bollinger Shipyards
4:27 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Bollinger VP Vauclin to retire after 52 years

After 52 years in the shipyard industry, Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Vice President Larry Vauclin is calling it quits.

Vauclin, vice president for the company's central division, is retiring effective Sept. 21.

Bollinger Executive Vice President Ben Bordelon announced Vauclin's retirement Monday. He says Vauclin has been a critical part of the company's growth and a mentor to many in the industry over the length of his career, which started in 1960 with Main Iron Works in Houma.

New Orleans Business Alliance
12:22 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

New Orleans business group gets $1 million grant

The New Orleans Business Alliance is receiving a $1 million Economic Development Administration grant to help fund the development and implementation of a strategic plan to boost business and job growth in the city.

The grant was announced Monday by acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank.

The Advocate reports the grant will be used by the Alliance to identify ways to support existing businesses and attract new ones to the region and to develop a strategic five-year economic development plan for the city of New Orleans.

The Salt
6:12 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Yelp Reviewers Slice And Dice The Politics Of Pizza

President Obama is lifted off the ground by Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant, during an unannounced stop Sunday in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:07 pm

When Scott Van Duzer welcomed President Obama to his pizza shop Sunday with a massive bearhug, it was the beginning of the end of his anonymity.

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Hubig's Pie Factory Fire
4:51 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Hubig's bakery weighs options after July fire

Firefighters battle the Hubig's Pie factory blaze on the morning of July 27.

A demolition project has started at the site of an iconic New Orleans bakery gutted by a fire in July.

Drew Ramsey, operations manager for the Simon Hubig Pie Co., tells WDSU-TV that the company hasn't decided where to rebuild the bakery that churned out roughly 100,000 fried snack pies every week.

A demolition crew used a crane Monday to pick through the wreckage of the company's building in the city's Marigny neighborhood.

Ascension Parish Development
3:21 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Tax doubt could hurt project in Ascension Parish

A land owner in Ascension Parish worries that a local sales tax dispute could force a Fortune 500 company to abandon its development plans in Gonzales.

Nolan "Sonny" Lamendola has an agreement to sell 18 acres to Emerson Process Management.

Emerson has been in Ascension Parish for 40 years and plans to build a $10 million expansion to consolidate six of its operations or subsidiaries, including two elsewhere in the parish.

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Hill Farm Field Day
2:33 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Beef, forestry focus of field day

LSU AgCenter faculty will offer information ranging from beef cattle management to pruning timber at the Hill Farm Field Day set Oct. 9.

Activities begin with registration at 9 a.m., said LSU AgCenter forestry professor Michael Blazier.

Topics to be discussed by LSU AgCenter research and extension faculty during the general station field tour include forage management, beef cattle research, the poultry demonstration house project and planting and thinning strategies for loblolly pine, Blazier said.

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Out to Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

The Good Side of the Hurricane

Robert Fogarty, Peter Ricchiuti, Blake Haney and Pike Barkerding.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Living on the brink of annual annihilation has bred a number of fascinating businesses founded by exceptional people who are inspired by the spirit of our city.

The Two-Way
8:27 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Government To Sell Controlling Interest In Bailed-Out AIG

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 8:59 am

Remember the dark days of 2008 when insurer American International Group Inc., better known as AIG, nearly collapsed under the weight of the mortgage crisis before Washington rode to the rescue to the tune of $182 billion?

Then there was the public outrage when AIG executives got millions in bonuses after receiving the largest of all of the Wall Street bailouts.

Since then, the New York-based insurance giant has been essentially a government-owned enterprise, with Uncle Sam holding a controlling share.

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Author Interviews
2:28 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Why Knockoffs Are Good For The Fashion Industry

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:48 pm

During New York Fashion Week, designers will present looks that you might find in a department store next spring ... or, as knockoffs at Forever 21. That's because copying fashion designs is perfectly legal — and that's a good thing, if you ask Kal Raustiala.

Raustiala is the co-author of a new book called The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation. He talks with NPR's Renee Montagne about who copies fashion designs, why it's legal and how copying ultimately benefits the consumer and the industry.

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