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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Fri September 12, 2014

Vintage Greyhound buses roll into Shreveport

A 1937 Greyhound Yellow Coach meets the Cincinnati skyline, as part of the company's Centennial Tour.
Credit Greyhound Twitter

Classic Greyhound motor coaches will be on display Saturday in Shreveport as part of a nationwide tour Greyhound is doing to mark its century-old existence.

Greyhound gutted one of its buses and created a mobile museum to showcase its history. Greyhound’s senior marketing manager Nicole Recker says the vintage fleet – like a 1937 Yellow Coach – is usually only seen in the movies.

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Mon May 5, 2014

American Begonia Society's annual meeting set for Shreveport

The American Begonia Society will host its southwest regional annual meeting in Shreveport this month, the first time it’s been held in Louisiana.

The three-day event will include garden tours, seminars, and a begonia show and sale, according to event coordinator Freda Holley of Ruston, La.

Holley began growing begonias more than 40 years ago, and now has about 300 of them in her yard. With more than 1,400 species, she says, the semi-tropical begonia is grown worldwide.

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Wed April 16, 2014

Yu Museum in Shreveport moves ahead, campaign underway to fund seven exhibits

Real estate developer James Yu holds up new blueprints for the Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation in downtown Shreveport.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A dramatic transformation of a 1950s former YWCA building in downtown Shreveport is moving forward. The 36,500 square-foot building, vacant since 2010, was left in rough shape. It will house the Marlene Yu Museum and be the headquarters for the Rainforest Art Foundation.

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Thu April 10, 2014

20/20 Challenge: Shreveport teen aims to cultivate young entrepreneurs

Shreveport entrepreneur Justin Martin, 18, has developed the 20/20 Challenge targeting teens with business ideas.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

An 18-year-old Shreveport software developer is launching a summer business program for teenage entrepreneurs who want to learn how to start and grow a business.

Justin Martin says he’ll pair each student with a mentor who will assist the teens as they progress through various stages of business development. Martin says this new program, called the 20/20 Challenge, is to get teens to act on ideas that have been percolating in their head.

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