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Open for business

Open for business

Louisiana is open for business. That's the resounding battle cry that I heard on a recent trip to the state.
Tess Brunet & Patrick Hodgkins

Tess Brunet & Patrick Hodgkins

"We've created the record store that we would want to go to."

How do I go beyond the trite and cliché when trying to motivate my sales team?

Experienced executives and experts share their advice and fixes for your challenges in business.
Trying for a turnaround

Trying for a turnaround

After months of battling quality control problems that have affected the taste and shelf life of Kleinpeter Farms Dairy milk, CEO Jeff Kleinpeter says the company continues to work hard to restore the quality of its products and is inviting customers back to “try the taste you have grown to love.”
Not a sweet deal

Not a sweet deal

Louisiana lost more than $71 million in taxpayer money on a failed sugarcane mill in Jefferson Davis Parish that was sold for scrap late last year.
Agenda

Agenda

More than 20,000 kids across Louisiana displayed their budding entrepreneurial skills and philanthropic commitment at the state’s fourth annual Lemonade Day in May.
Exploring gravitational waves and space-time ripples in Livingston Parish for $30 million a year

Exploring gravitational waves and space-time ripples in Livingston Parish for $30 million a year

In the quiet woodlands of Livingston Parish, scientists are 
probing deep into outer space.

On being a leader

The Capital Region's Top 100 private companies didn't automatically start out on top.
Millennials want an office that feels like home

Millennials want an office that feels like home

While many companies allow employees to work from home, others are feeling the pressure to bring more home to the office to meet the needs of the millennial generation.

Who's on the board

Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. Pelican Chapter
Queens for a day

Queens for a day

A pro athlete from Baton Rouge pampers local single mothers.
The Louisiana Miracle (Some Assembly Required)

The Louisiana Miracle (Some Assembly Required)

You'd have to have been hiding under a rock for the past two years not to have heard the news by now: Louisiana is entering an industrial boom, or, if you prefer, a manufacturing renaissance.

Learning to thrive

What makes a successful business thrive?
Evolution of an idea

Evolution of an idea

BioHaven Floating Breakwater
Talking Points: David LaCerte

Talking Points: David LaCerte

Secretary, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
Uber oops

Uber oops

If you want to get attention in south Louisiana, associating your business with LSU football is a pretty good way to do it.
Michael DePaul

Michael DePaul

Chief operating officer, LUBA Workers' Comp
The all-star class

The all-star class

Having exceeded its goal of raising $50 million for the project, LSU is preparing to erect a high-tech engineering complex capable of meeting the skyrocketing demand for engineers and construction managers at what is now the fifth fastest growing engineering school in the country.
Shaq Inc.

Shaq Inc.

With his professional hoops days behind him, former LSU Tiger Shaquille O'Neal has built a multimillion-dollar business empire.
A Day in the Life of a Top 100 Private Company

A Day in the Life of a Top 100 Private Company

Tony's Seafood/Louisiana Fish Fry
Exploring the third dimension

Exploring the third dimension

3-D printing catches on in Capital Region business.
Still in the family

Still in the family

Six decades in, Jay's Bar-B-Q remains a culinary fixture in the community.
Secrets of swag

Secrets of swag

From plastic cups to lavish getaways, the how-tos of corporate gifts.
Ready to launch

Ready to launch

The keys to planning a successful grand opening.
The dreaded performance review

The dreaded performance review

Don't sweat it. Here's how to give—and receive—evaluations.

On the brink

Who nearly made the list of the Capital Region's Top 100 Private Companies? Here are the 10 firms that came closest.
Money for science

Money for science

Plans for the $25 million LSU Center for Advanced Microstructures & Devices to put LSU on the forefront of semiconductor chip manufacturing never panned out. So what's it doing now?

Mix and mingle

Business is often about who you know. Here's how to harness the power of networking.
Lord of the rings

Lord of the rings

Mary Lee's Vic Dunlap deploys a hands-on franchise model.
The perfect home office

The perfect home office

As telecommuting becomes the norm, professionals seek expertise for designing a functional workspace.
Watch 'em rise

Watch 'em rise

Three generations of Dedmans have expanded a restaurant concept from carhop to catering. Up next: wholesaling Frank's signature biscuits.
Encore entrepreneurs

Encore entrepreneurs

With retirement out of reach, a growing number of baby boomers take on business ownership through franchises.
Nouveau tradition

Nouveau tradition

At 57, City Club strikes a balance between its past and its future.
CFX unmasked

CFX unmasked

A Baton Rouge special effects and silicone props firm turns art into an HBO deal.
The barber

The barber

For five decades, Jimmy Fontenot has trimmed hair and traded barbs with four governors, a music legend and a whole lot of regular Joes.

15 things we do at work that say, 'I don't care'

We care deeply about our clients, employees and co-workers. Of course we do. But if we're like most people in the workplace, we may occasionally do (or not do) things that send the wrong signal.