NEW ORLEANS – A Biz New Orleans survey of area business owners has revealed extreme fatigue with the coronavirus pandemic overall and a lot of conflicting opinions about what’s taken place during the last five months and what needs to happen next. Some business owners reported successful pandemic “pivots.” Others...
BATON ROUGE – State Treasurer John M. Schroder announced that all qualifying small businesses now can receive a grant from the Main Street Recovery Program, even if they received prior federal assistance such as a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The Louisiana Legislature set aside $275 million from the CARES Act...
NEW YORK (AP) — Target reported recorded-setting sales growth online and at established stores over the past three months, more evidence that big box retailers have become essential points of supply during the pandemic. Online sales surged 195% and same-store sales spiked 10.9%, second-quarter growth that is unprecedented in the...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday that he will reject an emergency plan for the fall elections because it doesn’t expand mail-in balloting options for people quarantined because of the coronavirus pandemic or those at greater risk of serious harm from COVID-19. The decision by...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana should start issuing checks for $300 in weekly federal coronavirus unemployment aid next week, but as many as 87,000 people receiving state unemployment may not be eligible for the federal assistance, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday. The state expects to receive $375 million in federal...
NEW ORLEANS – The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has revived a decades-old conversation about who gets to use more than 80 acres of prime Uptown real estate that are currently home to the Golf Club at Audubon Park. In March, when COVID-19 safety concerns forced the golf course to close, the...
METAIRIE – The Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program is a new state law designed to reimburse eligible small businesses for up to $15,000 in expenses incurred due to COVID-19. Administered by the Louisiana Department of Treasury, the program aims to help small businesses recover from the economic impact of the...
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans turned to Walmart’s online business as well as its stores for supplies and home goods as the virus surged in new regions, resulting in soaring sales for the fiscal second quarter. Walmart’s online sales nearly doubled in the fiscal second quarter, helped by an expansion...
NEW ORLEANS – According to the World Health Organization, smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 because they may already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness. “If infected by COVID-19, smokers can significantly spread the virus in the...
BATON ROUGE – State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced his approval of rate decreases for private passenger auto policies for two major auto insurers in Louisiana. Progressive Insurance Group submitted a rate filing for a decrease of 2.3% on new business effective Aug. 21 and renewal business effective Sept....