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Employees want more from their companies as offices reopen

Offices that shuttered during the pandemic are reopening as vaccines roll out across the country. But many employees aren't interested in returning to the...

Survey: Small businesses struggling to hire qualified workers

The NFIB’s small business optimism index rose 2.4 points in March to 98.2, marking the first return to average levels since last November.  However, the...

Local businesses happy to lose restrictions but struggling to staff up

While restaurant and business owners are welcoming the crowds returning to their establishments in the days since Gov. John Bel Edwards relaxed the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, many say they’re having a hard time rehiring enough staff to keep up.

What the new CDC cleaning guidance means for your business 

If you've spent the past year excessively wiping down counters and disinfecting surfaces, you may be able to relax a bit more. The Centers for...

Four reasons to apply for a PPP loan ASAP

Congress may have extended the Paycheck Protection Program through May, but with only $68 billion left in its coffers, the PPP may sunset well...

Louisiana sees drop in weekly initial unemployment claims

Last week, there were 582 fewer initial unemployment claims filed in Louisiana compared to the week before, according to recent figures from the Louisiana...

Mass vaccination site to open at Bon Carré

Baton Rouge-area residents will be able to get COVID-19 vaccine shots at a drive-thru mass vaccination site being set up by the Federal Emergency...

US weekly jobless claims rise as virus continues to force layoffs

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to 744,000, signaling that many employers are still cutting jobs even as more...

Small business owners feel pressure of personal debt guarantees

The vise is tightening on owners of restaurants, fitness centers and other small U.S. businesses trying to hold on until the economy fully reopens.  Unlike...

Louisiana Survey: One-third of adults don’t want vaccine

Louisiana residents have mixed opinions on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and one-third of adults do not want to receive the COVID-19...

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