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Six of nine Louisiana metro areas lose jobs, but state still up overall

Advocate file photo -- Unused inland drilling rigs are stacked together earlier this year at the Port of Iberia. Low crude prices have contributed to a loss of oil and gas jobs in Louisiana, particularly in the Lafayette and Houma-Thibodaux metro areas.

Six of Louisiana’s nine metropolitan areas lost nonfarm jobs over the 12 months through May 31. Big gains in the Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Hammond areas, however, helped the state gain 8,100 nonfarm jobs over the same period, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Tuesday. Louisiana’s nonfarm employment finished the 12 months at 1,994,300… Continue reading →

Pennington scientists' breakthrough discovery on body’s fat use, diabetes goes against previous theories

Scientists at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center have made a discovery about the way fat is stored and used in the body, which could help with the development of new treatments for obesity-related conditions such as pre-diabetes and diabetes. The discovery also could benefit people who have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.… Continue reading →

Louisiana businesses react to fraud-fighting computer chip credit cards, which mean transition costs, and a deadline

Associated Press photo by GERALD HERBERT -- Waitress Courtney Jones processes a dinner tab with a Rail table-side credit card processing device at Tableau, a Dickie Brennan & Co. restaurant, in New Orleans. Dickie Brennan & Co., which operates four New Orleans restaurants, expects to pay more than $25,000 to replace card readers and software once chip cards are phased in and magnetic stripe cards.

New credit and debit cards with computer chips are putting the squeeze on small businesses. The cards being rolled out by banks and credit card companies are aimed at reducing fraud from counterfeit cards. As chip cards are phased in, magnetic stripe cards, which are easier for thieves to copy, will be phased out. Businesses of… Continue reading →

Business Honors for June 28, 2015

BATON ROUGE AREA The Leadership Livingston program has graduated 26 participants in its 2015 class. The program is for leaders who reside or work in Livingston Parish and is designed to make them aware of community and social topics. Topics include government, culture and tourism, community health care, leadership competencies, judicial system,… Continue reading →

People in Business for June 28, 2015

Jonathan Roberts, Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation

Dr. Jonathan Roberts has been appointed as a special government employee and member of the federal government’s Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation by Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald. The committee advises the secretary on the VA’s schedule for rating disabilities and makes recommendations on VA benefits… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for June 28, 2015

A free workshop titled “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” will be held by the SCORE Baton Rouge chapter from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 7 at the EBRP Main Library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. in Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

U.S. oil and natural gas rig count increases by 2; Louisiana gains 6

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 859, the first weekly gain since December. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 628 rigs were seeking oil and 228 explored for natural gas. Three were listed as… Continue reading →

Weekly unemployment claims fall Louisiana

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 20 decreased to 2,731 from the previous week’s total of 2,888. The state labor department said Friday claims for comparable week a year earlier were 2,604. The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 3,072 from the previous… Continue reading →

Four area companies receive state Lantern Awards

Four companies in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette areas are regional winners of the 2015 Lantern Award from Louisiana Economic Development. “It is a pleasure every year to celebrate Louisiana-based manufacturers who demonstrate quality in their work processes and a commitment to their local communities,” said Steven Grissom, the state’s secretary for economic… Continue reading →

MidSouth Bank names Troy Cloutier president

Troy Cloutier, MidSouth Bank

Troy Cloutier has been named president of Lafayette-based MidSouth Bank by its board of directors. Cloutier served as chief banking officer and senior executive vice president since January 2011 and previously was regional president for more than eight years. He also will retain the title of chief banking officer. He has been with the bank since 1992… Continue reading →

Entrepreneur event coincides with Essence Festival

A national conference that brings together entrepreneurs of color with more than 50 national experts and investors is being held by PowerMoves.NOLA July 1-3 to coincide with the Essence Festival in New Orleans. PowerMoves.NOLA’s mission is to increase the number of America’s venture-backed, minority-founded companies in high-tech and high-growth sectors. The conference on July 2 includes… Continue reading →

Copa Airlines begins service between New Orleans and Panama

Copa Airlines is offering nonstop service four times a week between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama. New Orleans is the airline’s 11th U.S. destination and will provide access to more than 55 destinations in Central and South America and the Caribbean via Panama.… Continue reading →

Walk-On's picks Texas for its first location outside Louisiana, but you probably won't guess which city

Rendering provided by Walk-On's -- Walk-On's is planning a restaurant in the Americana traditional neighborhood development in Zachary among its new locations. It announced a franchise agreement Thursday for Lubbock, Texas..

Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar has reached a deal to franchise its first out-of-state restaurant, a move that will lead to Lubbock, Texas, location opening in early 2016. The Baton Rouge-based sports bar announced Thursday it had signed a franchise agreement with Jared and Heather Burnett for the Lubbock location. The Burnetts have ownership stakes in several… Continue reading →

What the Supreme Court's Obamacare ruling means for Louisiana residents

Ron Busby of Virginia,  left, and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act react as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday June 25, 2015. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Some 138,000 Louisiana residents will keep the federal aid that helps them pay for their health insurance under Obamacare, thanks to Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Under the Affordable Care Act, most people must buy coverage or face a penalty. The federal law offers subsidies to help cover the cost for… Continue reading →

Monsanto announces plan for $1 billion Luling plant expansion

Associated Press photo -- Monsanto, the maker of Roundup herbicide, is considering a $1 billion expansion of its Luling plant.

Monsanto Co. announced preliminary plans Wednesday for a potential $1 billion-plus expansion of its Luling plant. The project, if it goes forward, would create 95 direct jobs averaging $76,500 per year plus benefits. The Luling plant already has 645 workers. A final investment decision is expected in early 2016. The expansion would take three to… Continue reading →

Jindal, GOP hopefuls caught on horns of Obamacare dilemma

Bobby Jindal and the other three Republican governors running for president face a potentially campaign-defining choice if the Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act subsidies. They can let tens of thousands of people lose their health coverage or the governors can try to create a state health exchange ...and lose credibility with their anti-Obamacare base,… Continue reading →

Exterran closing Broussard oil, gas equipment plant, laying off 76

Exterran will begin closing its Broussard Production Equipment Manufacturing facility Aug. 28, when 46 employees will be terminated. By the time the plant is fully closed later this year, a total of 76 workers will have lost their jobs, Louisiana Workforce Commission records show. The announcement Tuesday followed notification of state officials on Friday, according to… Continue reading →

Albemarle evaluating keeping Baton Rouge as its corporate headquarters

In the year since Baton Rouge-based Albemarle Corp. announced its $6 billion acquisition of Rockwood Holdings, Albemarle has been evaluating the possibility of calling another location its corporate headquarters. The Rockwood deal was so large and transformative that Albemarle Chief Executive Officer Luke Kissam said in 2014 that it would take two to… Continue reading →

Bengal transportation company buys new corporate headquarters

Bengal, a Geismar-based industrial transportation company, has purchased a 6,100-square-foot office building in Prairieville that will serve as its new headquarters. Bengal paid $2.1 million for the former InfiniEdge Software building at 14320 InfiniEdge Way in a deal that closed earlier this month. InfiniEdge recently moved to a new location in PraIrieville.… Continue reading →

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opening in Independence

A Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is set to open Wednesday at 515 3rd St. in Independence. The 12,000-square-foot store will employ 30 people. The neighborhood market will have a pharmacy along with a grocery store selling fresh produce and meat. Wal-Mart has been concentrating on smaller Neighborhood Markets. They’re more like a traditional grocery store, with a… Continue reading →

Pennington estate — main house, 4-bedroom cabana, 2 pools and a pond — sells for $6 million

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The estate belonging to philanthropist Paula Pennington de la Bretonne and Dr. Jacques de la Bretonne, at 11001 Highland Road, sold Friday for $6 million. The estate is spread over 12.5 acres.

The Highland Road estate owned by local philanthropist Paula Pennington de la Bretonne has been sold for $6 million, a deal that local real estate experts say is the most paid for a single-family home in Baton Rouge. “That’s the most expensive sale to ever go through the (Multiple Listing Service),” said Quita Cutrer, an agent with… Continue reading →

Goodrich close to completing Tangipahoa wells

Goodrich Petroleum Corp. is one to two weeks away from initial production on two oil wells in Tangipahoa Parish. The wells — B-Nez 43H-1 and B-Nez 43H-2 — lie in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, an oil-bearing formation that stretches from Texas into Mississippi. The drop in oil prices drove most energy companies out of the… Continue reading →

Local entrepreneurs dive into TV show, emerge without cash but richer in experience

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  Colin Grussing is a frenetic serial entrepreneur, whose businesses include selling shark suits, spandex suits fans wear to games, residential real estate, a two-car Uber fleet, and He frequently works at the IDIYA Makerspace in New Orleans, La. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

FuzziBunz founder Tereson Dupuy’s appearance on ABC television’s “Shark Tank” netted some painful but valuable advice. Artist Kyle Rainey taught his children an important life lesson about trying and failing … and took them to Disneyland. Lisa Lloyd landed an investment partner for Treasure Chest Pets, but the business ultimately failed.… Continue reading →

People in Business for June 21, 2015

Scott McKnight, BancorpSouth Insurance Services

Scott McKnight has been named business development manager at BancorpSouth Insurance Services, assisting producers of the agency’s Louisiana offices. McKnight was a producer. Traylor has experience in sports and sales areas with SMG at… Continue reading →

Business Honors for June 21, 2015

Bryan Laperouse, St. Martin Hospital

Woman’s Hospital has been recognized for the second year in a row as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. The recognition was based on its emphasis on nutrition and exercise by offering healthy food options in the cafeteria and vending machines, organizing a daily employee walking club, hosting a… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for June 21, 2015

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is accepting applications until June 26 for its 30th Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program class. The program prepares a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the community and has graduated 930 participants. The program focuses on key issues… Continue reading →

U.S. oil and natural gas rig count drops by 2; Louisiana down 2

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 857. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 631 rigs were seeking oil and 223 explored for natural gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, with oil… Continue reading →

Saratoga Resources seeks bankruptcy court protection

Low oil and natural gas prices forced Houston-based Saratoga Resources Inc. to ask the federal bankruptcy court in Lafayette for protection from creditors while the company reorganizes. The company plans to continue operating its business and believes it has enough cash to do so without financing. Saratoga also has offices in Covington. The company has 51,500… Continue reading →

Canadian company plans $200 million bauxite plant in St. John Parish

First Bauxite Corp. of Canada plans to invest $200 million to develop a proposed bauxite processing plant on the Mississippi River in St. John the Baptist Parish. State and corporate officials said Thursday the project would create 100 direct jobs, ranging from entry-level to skilled trade and professional management positions at an average annual salary… Continue reading →