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9:12am

Wed August 20, 2014
Business

Louisiana's oldest general store keeps merchandise current

The Kaffie-Frederick General Store has a rich and storied history in Natchitoches.
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The president of Louisiana’s oldest general store recently received a state proclamation recognizing 150 years of operating in Natchitoches. Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile was in business during the American Civil War.

It was founded by Prussian immigrant brothers, according to Luke Frederick, who is the third generation in the Frederick family to run the store. Frederick says the Kaffie brothers were well respected businessmen in Natchitoches parish.

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9:03am

Thu August 14, 2014
Business

Louisiana launches website to unite perfectly suited employers and job seekers

Nearly 1,000 job seekers turned out for a Benteler Steel/Tube job fair held last week in Bossier City. The Louisiana Job Connection's matchmaking site is based on one the state built for Benteler to find qualified candidates.
Credit Benteler Steel/Tube

Louisiana Economic Development is preparing to launch a website that will match employers that do business in the state with skilled workers. 

On Monday, state officials will make a free matchmaking employment service available for the first time to both employers and job seekers who want to know their top options.

Louisiana is the first state to build an employment site that’s inspired by the online dating platform, according to Louisiana Job Connection executive director Kristi Williams.

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9:09am

Wed August 13, 2014
Business

Pittsburg, Texas, announces business plan competition to spur growth

Credit City of Pittsburg, Texas

Pittsburg, Texas is launching its first startup business competition that will reward a small business for opening up inside its city limits. 

The Pittsburg Innovative Entrepreneur competition will award $20,000 to the winning business plan to be used on startup expenses, along with other perks. Pittsburg’s economic development director Jenny Rowan said she wants to generate buzz and grassroots support for economic development.

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9:09am

Thu August 7, 2014
Business

Downtown Shreveport developers seek retailers for rent-free storefront program

The two-story Zodiag building under renovation in downtown Shreveport will be part of the city's next Pop UP Project.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The Shreveport Downtown Development Authority is gearing up for a second Pop UP project.

This time, a vacant, turn-of-the-century building in the central business district will be filled with 6,000 square-feet of retailers that currently don’t have a brick-and-mortar storefront.

Business owners apply to get a rent-free space in the Pop UP. If chosen, they will operate their venture out of the Zodiag building for two weeks, according to Liz Swaine, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority.

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9:01am

Tue August 5, 2014
Business

Benteler Steel/Tube ramps up hiring, hosts job fair

Benteler Steel/Tube project director Patrick Guillaume and human resources manager Rhonda Simmons discuss the future of Benteler's first U.S. steel/tube plant that is slated to be in operation by Aug. 2015.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Benteler Steel/Tube will hold a job fair Saturday, Aug. 9, for its steel tube manufacturing facility under construction at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. The $975 million complex will ultimately employ about 675 people. Human resources manager Rhonda Simmons says this event is geared toward blue collar, hourly jobs, but there are some salaried positions that the company aims to fill.

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