Business

9:38am

Mon April 20, 2015
Business

BP Oil Spill documentarian: 'Gulf is a factory'

Credit The Great Invisible / Facebook

The Gulf of Mexico is a factory. That’s according documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown who grew up in Mobile, Alabama.

Brown’s film “The Great Invisible,” explores the lingering impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster five years later. Eleven men died and more than 3 million barrels of crude spewed into the Gulf. Ferreting out the truth was a challenge for Brown whose 83 minute documentary airs today on PBS stations.

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8:37am

Fri April 17, 2015
Business

Small Nacogdoches plant will continue producing doorframes

Endura vice president Kevin MacDonald (third from left) receives the DETCOG forgivable loan from Nacogdoches mayor Roger Van Horn. Also shown (from left) are Nacogdoches city commissioner Mike Keller; DETCOG executive director Walter Diggles; DETCOG vice president Roy Bolden (second from right) and Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation CEO Nancy Windham.
Credit Deep East Texas Council of Governments

A Nacogdoches plant that manufactures rot-proof doorframes will stay open for the foreseeable future.

North Carolina-based Endura Products received a $200,000 check this month from the Deep East Texas Council of Governments or DETCOG. Endura is one of a dozen companies that has benefited from DETOG’s Forgivable Loan program.

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9:15am

Thu April 2, 2015
Business

Oil patch trade show in Shreveport ripe for business deals, despite depressed oil prices

Turbines Inc. national accounts manager Lynn Grayson says his company will pull back on some inventory due to the slump in crude oil prices, but he's still seeing demand for his company's flow meters at this Shreveport trade show.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Thousands of oil and gas industry operators are filing through the Shreveport Convention Center for a trade show that is focused on serving the oil patch.

The Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo has 364 exhibitors packed into a 95,000 square-foot exhibit hall. The expo relocated from Longview this year due to growing demand.

The expo is put on by Longview-based Texas Classic Productions. Creative director Amy Double says the environment is ripe for business deals, especially at a time when operators are cutting costs.

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9:20am

Mon March 30, 2015
Business

Leesville man aims to improve veterans' mental health one service dog at a time

This image is part of a slideshow and profile story on Brothers and Sisters in Arms Dog Training, featured in the Small Business Revolution campaign.
Credit Deluxe Corp.

A Minnesota firm that works with millions of small businesses is celebrating its centennial year by putting the spotlight on 100 mom-and-pop companies that do good. Deluxe Corp. calls it the Small Business Revolution.

Several Louisiana firms are part of the campaign, including Brothers and Sisters in Arms Dog Training founded by Phillip Ruddock. He trained 31 service dogs last year for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

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8:56am

Tue March 24, 2015
Business

Southern tourist attractions pitch tour operators at Shreveport convention

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne spoke about tourism in Louisiana at the Travel South Showcase conference at the Shreveport Convention Center.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Almost 600 tour operators are converging on the Shreveport Convention Center for a three-day meeting that puts the tourist attractions in a dozen Southern states in the spotlight.

Delegates of the Travel South Showcase are meeting face-to-face with tourism officials and attraction promoters who give them their best pitch as to why they belong on their next tour.

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