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.
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.
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.
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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.
Helen Jancke of Berlin, Germany, receives her sales tax refund at the Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City.
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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.
The corn harvest in Louisiana is in full swing, and on the stalks are large ears of corn. Ronnie Levy, LSU AgCenter’s corn specialist, said Louisiana farmers are expecting a bumper crop. The state has about 700,000 acres of corn, a significant increase over recent years. But the difference this year, according to Levy, is the price of a bushel of corn is about half of what it was last year, since the harvest in the Midwest is expected to be equally abundant.