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Princeton Review ranks LSU’s MBA program among nation’s best

LSU’s Flores MBA Program is among the nation’s best, according to The Princeton Review. 
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Capital Region again leads US in percentage of ‘seriously underwater’ mortgages

The Capital Region in the fourth quarter of last year continued to lead the nation’s large metro areas in the proportion of mortgages that were seriously underwater, new data shows. 

Interior design firm moving into former Lamps & Lighting space

Allyson Hicks Design Consulting is opening next week in the Highland Road location previously occupied by Lamps & Lighting, which closed in the fall.

Girl Scouts getting new headquarters near Cabela’s 

Girl Scouts Louisiana East, which governs troops across the region, is building a new headquarters in Gonzales, near Cabela’s.  Part of a national Girl Scouts...

US executives say hiring pressures, employee retention struggles easing 

Managers and executives are starting to feel like they have more authority as the pendulum of who has more leverage swings back toward employers, despite a still-tight labor market, The Wall Street Journal reports. 

BRAC partners on low-carbon tech event series, launch of online community

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber and the Baton Rouge Carbon Reduction Alliance have partnered with a bioeconomy media company to create an online community...

LSU athletic department revenue, spending reach new highs

LSU's athletic budget rebounded in a big way during the 2021-2022 academic year, Sportico reports.

Louisiana US House members back bill to end remote work for federal workers 

Louisiana's Republican U.S. House members are among those demanding America's federal workers return to the office in a bill that cleared the House late...

US initial jobless claims drop to lowest level since April

U.S. applications for jobless aid fell again last week to their lowest level since April, further evidence that the job market has withstood aggressive...

Wine and cocktail bar Dark 30 planned for downtown’s Third Street 

Dark 30, a new bar focused on wine and craft cocktails, is planned for Third Street in downtown Baton Rouge and might be open by early March.

Louisiana counts $21B in announced decarbonization projects since 2020

More than $21 billion in new and expanded industrial projects focused on decarbonization have been announced for Louisiana since 2020, state officials say. 

Bernhard Capital portfolio company Atlas to be acquired for $1.05B

Bernhard Capital Partners announced that its portfolio company Atlas Technical Consultants Inc. has agreed to be acquired by private investment firm GI Partners in an all-cash transaction valued at $1.05 billion.

Louisiana company mergers and acquisitions held steady in 2022

Louisiana saw 206 acquisition or merger transactions announced or closed in 2022 that involved a buyer, seller or target company from the state, New...

Only one week left to write in Best of 225 nominations

The first step in 225 magazine’s process of naming this year’s Best of 225 Awards has begun. 

Job market remains hot as openings reach 11 million in December 

U.S. job openings rose to 11 million in December, delivering a setback to the Federal Reserve's effort to cool a hot job market.
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Downtown Baton Rouge businesses hurting from state’s work-from-home policies

Louisiana government under former Gov. Mike Foster consolidated most state offices downtown, which helped spur the city core’s revitalization. 

Demand for LNG, offshore equipment sparks record orders for Baker Hughes  

Houston-based Baker Hughes Co. generated record orders in the fourth quarter of 2022, driven by multiple awards for LNG and offshore production equipment, Natural...

Fed expected to hike interest rates one more time 

The Federal Reserve is expected to hike interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point today, slowing the pace of its inflation fight...

GOP-led House committee targets pandemic relief dollars for review 

More than 1,000 people have pleaded guilty or have been convicted on federal charges of defrauding the myriad COVID-19 relief programs that Congress established in the early days of the pandemic.

Bernhard Capital exec expects ‘pockets of stress’ but bullish on state’s economy

Though a mild recession this year is still a common prediction among experts, Jeffrey Koonce with Baton Rouge-based Bernhard Capital Partners says he’s “bullish” on the long-term prospects for Louisiana’s economy.