Mon October 13, 2014

'Wheresie' founders aim to stop children from being left behind in vehicles

Intuitive Technologies CEO Daniel Simpson, a native of Couchatta, La., is using Kickstarter to debut the "Wheresie" tech product.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Two Shreveport entrepreneurs are in the final week of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in an effort to take a child safety device to market. On average, three dozen children die in hot cars each year, according to child safety organization

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Mon September 22, 2014

Italian food and frames among seven businesses to pop up in Shreveport

Megan Davis Taylor Fine Art turns pictures of family pets into paintings. Her store will be in the Pop UP running Sept. 22 through Oct. 3.
Credit Downtown Development Authority Facebook

Seven new businesses open today in downtown Shreveport as part of the second Pop UP Project, organized by Shreveport’s Downtown Development Authority to spark interest in downtown retail development. The emerging businesses receive free rent for two weeks as way for them to try out their venture in a brick and mortar storefront.

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Fri September 19, 2014

Nacogdoches retail shop aids foster families

Credit KTRE

A charity that provides new clothing and school supplies to children in the foster care system opened a storefront location Friday, Sept. 19, in downtown Nacogdoches.

Impact Nac began four years ago in Julia Jones’ garage. She soon acquired a storage unit to outfit about 200 children a month. She says the Impact Nac store will take all donations. Items that can be used by the children will be held back.

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Mon September 15, 2014

Shreveport-based Pandabit collects e-waste for fundraising

Credit Pandabit - Facebook

A Shreveport-based electronics recycling business has created a fundraising model for organizations to make money from e-waste deposited in recycling receptacles.

Pandabit CEO John-Scott Thompson says his “feed the panda” campaigns are catching on. He has five employees who are running two campaigns a week. Thompson splits proceeds with an organization 50-50.

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Thu September 11, 2014

Shreveport-based nonprofits create company to track charity activities in region

Susan Campbell will direct Community Resource Management LLC.
Credit Community Foundation

Two northwest Louisiana nonprofits have created a spin-off enterprise that will enable them to merge the data they keep on charity organizations.

The Community Foundation of North Louisiana and the United Way of Northwest Louisiana have created Community Resource Management LLC.

The firm will be headed up by Susan Campbell who will manage a sophisticated database on nonprofits that was created by the Urban Institute several years ago.

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