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9:17am

Wed January 14, 2015
Business

Louisiana's first 'nerd market' planned for Bossier City

About 2,000 people gathered for a comic con convention held in Jackson, Mississippi last summer.
Credit AVC Conventions

Louisiana’s first comic con convention is coming to the Bossier Civic Center in Bossier City next month. Organizers expect more than 2,000 people will turn out dressed like their favorite movie and comic book characters – think Star Wars. They’re bound to find like-minded fans, according to Greg Hanks, owner of Mississippi-based AVC Conventions.

“You could call it like a nerd market,” Hanks said. “They’re more about movies, television and comic books. It runs the gamut of culture that relates to popular things.”

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10:06am

Thu January 8, 2015
Business

Shreveport-based blood bank establishes its first endowment

LifeShare Blood Centers development director Daphne Young announced the creation of its legacy fund Wednesday in honor of the late Vivian Dell Holder.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Shreveport-based LifeShare Blood Centers announced the creation of its first endowment Wednesday made possible by a loyal blood donor who quietly bequeathed a life insurance policy to the blood bank. The endowment, currently $10,000, will serve like a savings account that will grow in perpetuity, according to LifeShare CEO Margaret Wallace.

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8:44am

Thu December 11, 2014
Business

Downtown Shreveport leaders herald 50 new apartments in ongoing rehab effort

Originally the Feibelman's Department Store, then a Sears department store, the refurbished 1923 building has been renamed The Lofts @ 624. The 96,000 square-foot building has seven stories and a basement.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A trio of early 1900s buildings in downtown Shreveport – including one on the city’s demolition list – are being brought back to life.

Pre-leasing is underway for more than 50 apartments on Texas Street. At a press conference Wednesday, city leaders announced the names of businesses that will open in the development, including a coffee shop, nightclub, sushi bar, and vintage clothier.

New Orleans developer Roland von Kurnatowski has been working to rehab the buildings for almost two years.

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9:40am

Wed November 26, 2014
Business

Making salty water potable is complex, but Many, La., firm is trying to solve it

Water Desalination Report editor Tom Pankratz is eager to learn what competitors will come up with in the Desal Prize.
Credit GWI Desalination Report

A worldwide competition to invent an affordable water desalination system that would support a farm family in the developing world is down to eight semifinalists, including the company Suns River of Many, Louisiana. 

The editor of the weekly Water Desalination Report, Tom Pankratz, says the key question in the Desal Prize created by the U.S. Agency for International Development is whether it will spark innovation.

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8:57am

Tue November 4, 2014
Business

Small farming dreams abound in Central Louisiana

Credit backdoorjobs.com

Dozens of aspiring small farmers in Central Louisiana are taking a six-week course on how to work their land and make it into a business.

For the first time, the Alexandria-based Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance or CLEDA is offering a course called “Exploring Your Small Farm Dream.”

Gary Perkins runs CLEDA’s business acceleration system. He says CLEDA partnered with LSU AgCenter to offer an overview on how to start a small farming operation.

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