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The Business Community Answering the Call for PPE

PPE pick-up location at Lyons Specialty Co. in Port Allen.

Items provided to the PPE Marketplace come from a variety of businesses. Some had to ramp up production of items they already make, while others shifted operations entirely to meet new community needs. We had the chance to chat with representatives from two of the businesses providing items to the Marketplace.

Louisiana Sales Tax Relief Extended

The Louisiana Department of Revenue on May 22, 2020 released new provisions related to sales tax relief for the months of February, March and April. Filers now have until June 30 to submit sales tax returns and payments.

Summer camp: the foundation upon which our economy reopens?

As Baton Rouge Area residents begin the effort to reopen the economy, parents and guardians across the region are wondering two things: 1) where will my kids go when I go back to work, and 2) am I comfortable putting them in someone else’s care?

Live Capitalized: Rediscovering Old Favorites

Now that we’re in Phase One of reopening, some of our Capital Region favorites are back up and running and ready to serve you! Let’s rediscover some old favorites.

BRAC’s D. Jensen Holliday Award Honoree: Cheri Ausberry

Cheri Ausberry

BRAC’s D. Jensen Holliday Award was bestowed on Cheri Ausberry this year, customer service manager for Entergy Louisiana. The D. Jensen Holliday Award is presented to a member of the BRAC board of directors for his or her extraordinary leadership and exemplary service to BRAC.

Reopening Information from Regional Parishes

As the lead economic developer for the Capital Region, BRAC has been collecting relevant parish-level information on local guidelines and information helpful to the community as businesses and local governments begin reopening.

Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has played a critical role in keeping businesses afloat during the Stay at Home order prompted by COVID-19. More than 57,000 Louisiana businesses had taken a PPP loan as of May 8, joining the millions of business owners across the country hoping the loan’s terms will be favorable in the long run.

Cheers to Getting Back to Business

BRAC joined a coalition of 33 partners today to celebrate the importance of getting back to work and being safe in our workplaces. The Back to Business BR campaign will air in print, on billboards, on TV and radio over the coming weeks, encouraging the community and the public that our economy and our businesses need a jolt of activity now more than ever.

Louisiana COVID-19 Survey Results

On April 30, the COVID-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preferences Across States released the results of their 50-state survey, with responses broken down by state. The results from Louisiana show that residents are more supportive of restrictive actions taken by state government than the national average.

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