Small businesses see hopeful start to holiday shopping season

Consumers spent an estimated $23.3 billion during Small Business Saturday, compared to $19.8 billion last year, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.
Baton Rouge McCollister

‘Business Report’ founder Rolfe McCollister retires after 40 years; Julio Melara acquiring Baton Rouge...

Rolfe McCollister Jr., who launched Baton Rouge Business Report in 1982, is retiring from the 40-year-old company. Julio Melara, who joined the company 25 years ago, is acquiring Louisiana Business Inc.

Thinking about giving to a nonprofit? Consider an unrestricted donation

Financial gifts that can be used for any expense generally are the most valuable to organizations that depend on philanthropy, a Baton Rouge-based nonprofit consultant says.

Renting a car in Baton Rouge for Thanksgiving weekend? It won’t come cheap

Baton Rouge is the 12th-most expensive city in the nation to rent a car for the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, the personal finance website FinanceBuzz finds.

BTR’s Thanksgiving numbers top last year’s but still down from 2019

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport officials expect to serve about 50% more people this Thanksgiving week than during last year’s while still falling short of 2019, the last pre-pandemic year, by about 20%-30%, says Jim Caldwell, marketing and air service development manager at the airport. 

Baton Rouge remains among nation’s lowest metros for housing inventory

Lack of inventory still appears to be affecting home sales. Baton Rouge was the metro area with the biggest year-over-year decline in active housing supply in September,

BREC wants its parks to be “sponges” for stormwater

BREC is working to ensure its facilities capture as much stormwater as possible, a parks system official says. The system’s work can help demonstrate how “green” infrastructure can work with “gray” infrastructure such as drainage pipes to reduce flood risk.

State fire marshal employee misused more than $800,000, audit finds

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal allegedly misused more than $800,000 between August 2020 and April 29, 2021, according to a report from the Louisiana legislative auditor. 

Sponsors

JR Ball: Louisiana needs an education

Until Louisiana gets serious about education and fighting poverty it will remain ranked as one of this country's worse states.

Riegel: How many consultants does it take to run CATS?

How many consultants does it take to run CATS? The shocking answering is at least 10, including three for marketing and communications.

Publisher: Why is Niranjan Baisakh still employed at LSU?

Given recent events and the ongoing Title IX scandal at LSU, one has to wonder why an AgCenter professor is still employed by the university?

NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL

Insider stories from the magazine