Local merchants urge shoppers to take advantage of Small Business Saturday
Posted on 11/23/2018 3:00:00 AM.

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, a celebration of local business sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. State director of the National Federation of Independent Business, Dawn Starns, says if you spend local, that money tends to stay local.

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Louisiana Sees Increase in Disability-Access Complaints
Posted on 9/28/2018 10:12:00 AM.

According to Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, there’s been a 36-percent increase in the filing of disability-access complaints in Louisiana from 2011 to 2016. Executive Director Lana Venable says many of these are frivolous lawsuits directed at small businesses.

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Small Business Optimism Reaches New High in August
Posted on 9/11/2018 12:32:00 PM.

The month of August saw small business optimism hit an all-time high according to the latest survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. It’s a new record for the 45 year history of the survey, topping the previous record set in July 1983. NFIB State Director Dawn Starns says much of the credit for the high marks goes to improved economic policy.

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Small Business Optimism at its second highest level in 45-years
Posted on 6/12/2018 10:55:00 AM.

Small business optimism has reached its highest level in 34 years. That's according to the National Federation of Independent Business, who surveys its members regularly.

NFIB state director Dawn Starns credits the federal tax reform legislation approved last December.
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NFIB Small Business Index optimism at record high
Posted on 1/9/2018 11:45:00 AM.

NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism is at an all-time high as we enter 2018. The yearly index is a barometer for the general mood of small business owners across the US. A sharp rise in optimism was logged after the 2016 election, and Louisiana NFIB Director Dawn Starns says a lot of that has to do with the Trump administration’s promise of regulatory rollback and tax cuts…

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Small business optimism up since the Presidential Election
Posted on 12/14/2016 1:47:00 AM.

Small business optimism has skyrocketed since the election of Donald Trump, according the National Federation of Independent Business’ monthly Index of Small Business Optimism. NFIB state director Dawn Starns says business owners said they are now excited about the future.

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Small business optimism showing no real enthusiasm
Posted on 8/9/2016 11:16:00 AM.

The National Federation of Independent Business says Small Business Optimism only rose by one-tenth of a point for July, showing no significant enthusiasm for expansion. NFIB State Director Dawn Starns links this feeling to the uncertainty small business owners now face with all the recent tax changes Louisiana has seen during the legislative session.

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New LED Secretary begins statewide tour today
Posted on 1/25/2016 3:03:00 AM.
New Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson begins meeting today with local economic development groups to emphasize small business success in the state. Pierson says Governor John Bel Edwards has made small business growth a priority.  
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Gubernatorial candidates speak to small business leaders
Posted on 3/31/2015 7:28:00 PM.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards, blames republican candidate Scott Angelle for helping to create the state's 1.6 billion dollar budget deficit. Angelle is currently a Public Service Commissioner, but he previously served in Bobby Jindal's administration. Edwards made the swipe at Angelle during a governor's forum in Baton Rouge.
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Small business owners opposed to rise in minimum wage
Posted on 3/6/2014 2:28:00 AM.
Small business owners in Louisiana say they oppose any legislation that would raise the minimum wage.  The 2014 legislative session is to start Monday and there are bills filed that would raise the state's minimum wage to 10 dollars an hour. Louisiana director of NFIB Dawn Starns says they surveyed their members and  90 percent of them said "no" to raising the minimum wage.
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