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Thu August 28, 2014

IBM, other tech firms search high and low for native Louisianan techies

A handful of tech firms in the process of hiring hundreds of high-tech workers held an interview event Wednesday in Shreveport.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A handful of companies that are hiring hundreds of tech workers were handpicked to participate in a hiring event Wednesday at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Officials with Louisiana Economic Development’s workforce development program called FastStart put on a digital jobs interview event for companies like IBM, CGI and CenturyLink.

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Mon August 25, 2014

USDA to host its Rural Connections event in Alexandria

Credit U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

The USDA is hosting a training seminar Tuesday in Alexandria that aims to help small businesses land contracts with the federal government.

The Rural Small Business Connections training event is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, according to director Carmen Jones.

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Wed August 20, 2014

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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Thu August 14, 2014

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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Wed August 13, 2014

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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