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Connecting with Local Lenders for PPP Application
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) emerged early in the pandemic as a top source for business recovery funds. Created and led by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), the program offers 100% forgivable loans to eligible businesses as long as the funds are used on eligible expenses, such as payroll, mortgage, rent, utilities, and other vital needs.
January New Investors
BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.
The Economic Imperative of a Clean City: BRAC’s Litter Conversation EBR’s Mayor-President
On January 19, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber hosted a webinar featuring Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome and her leadership team to discuss the litter issues plaguing Baton Rouge.
The Proposed Federal Minimum Wage Hike: Bad for Economic Recovery
Much is being made of the inclusion of a federal minimum wage hike in President Biden’s proposal for a new COVID-19 relief bill. Leaving aside the arguments about whether a crisis recovery bill is the right place for such a long-lasting policy change, its inclusion in the pandemic relief proposal certainly provides some meaningful context to help with analysis of the idea.
December New Investors
BRAC welcomes its newest investors and thanks them for their support driving economic development in the region.
Cost-of-Living Gets a Bigger Boost in a Remote-Work World
Cost-of-living, one of the primary quality of life factors people and companies consider in making living and locating decisions, has become even more important this year. Remote work has boomed with the COVID-19 pandemic, with a seemingly endless set of news stories about the newly untethered tech sector and other workers moving out of large cities to smaller cities in search of a better quality of life.
December 5 Election Recap
East Baton Rouge will have a new Metro Council starting in January, with election season finally ending on Saturday night.