Business

8:21am

Fri September 6, 2013
Business

Elio Motors is in an 'engineering-centric' phase, says founder

Paul Elio, founder of Elio Motors, talks with reporters at a January 2013 press announcement at the Shreveport General Motors plant.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Detroit-based Elio Motors says it’s on track to begin producing its three-wheeled vehicle a little over a year from now in the former Shreveport General Motors plant. Founder Paul Elio told Red River Radio that 25 prototypes are under construction in Detroit as the company enters into the product testing phase.  Elio said the main focus now is on engineering the vehicle.

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9:36am

Tue September 3, 2013
Business

Louisiana nonprofit compensation report tracks salary trends statewide

A new report from the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) compiled salary and benefit ranges for more than 100 nonprofit jobs in the state. LANO produced the 115-page report with statistical analysis from Columbia Books. LANO vice president Matt Mullenix said the purpose is to provide the state’s nonprofit boards, employees and donors with the most up-to-date compensation data to inform budgeting and staffing.

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9:37am

Fri August 30, 2013
Business

'Bacon' appétit? Alexandria bakery creates a culinary tribute

Credit Sam Bradley

Saturday is International Bacon Day and an Alexandria bakery has celebrated all week long. Atwood’s Bakery introduced the salty delight into more than 30 menu items, mostly desserts. This is the bakery’s first Baconfest since opening in 1977. General manager Jennifer Atwood credits her 10-year-old bacon-obsessed son for encouraging her to branch out with her recipes. And she did – creating bacon cookies, truffles, cheesecake, and even an Elvis cupcake made with chocolate chips, fresh bananas and topped with a peanut butter cream and a crumbling of apple wood smoked bacon.

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9:43am

Wed August 21, 2013
Business

Shreveport nonprofit gets two coveted housing grants

Holy Angels CEO Laurie Boswell has thick files that track grants from the Federal Home Loan of Dallas, which awarded her nonprofit two additional housing grants this year.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas has awarded 36 affordable housing grants in its service district -- Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and New Mexico -- that will assist in creating more than 1,600 new or remodeled homes. One nonprofit in Shreveport, Holy Angels, will be able to start on two remodeling projects this fall. A group home and a dormitory will be refurbished for its residents who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. Holy Angels received $441,000 in all. CEO Laurie Boswell said the grants will be used in part to make bathrooms handicap accessible.

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11:18am

Wed August 14, 2013
Business

Bossier City's tax-free district gets refund center for international visitors

Helen Jancke of Berlin, Germany, receives her sales tax refund at the Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Program has opened a sales tax refund center at the Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City. The program that began 25 years ago in the state aims to attract foreign visitors by offering sales tax refunds on purchases of clothing, electronics and other personal items. The program’s executive director Denise Thevenot spoke at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new refund center yesterday.

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