“It is really good news that the President is returning SBA Administrator Karen Mills to a Cabinet level position. I have been urging this move even before the President took his oath of office, and I am pleased the President fulfilled my recommendation to include a voice for America’s job creators in his Cabinet. I am confident Administrator Mills will be a strong voice in the Cabinet during this recovery, and I will count on the Administrator to keep small business issues at the forefront of the conversation.
“During my time serving on the Small Business Committee, I have seen how critical the SBA is in providing disaster loans during times of crisis and helping get capital into the hands of small business owners. I need to see the details of the President’s plan and review any plan put before Congress, however I am open to streamlining the government, particularly if it will achieve savings and greater efficiency. Rest assured, I will continue to work to ensure any plan would enhance the SBA’s ability to help entrepreneurs and support small businesses.”
Senator Landrieu sent a letter to President-elect Obama in December 2008 asking for the elevation, and Chair Landrieu and Ranking Member Snowe sent a joint letter in January 2009.
To see Chair Landrieu’s December 2008 letter, click here.
To see Chair Landrieu and Ranking Member Snowe’s January 2009 letter, click here.
International School of Louisiana
The International School of Louisiana (ISL) is expanding to Jefferson Parish and will be accepting applications from Jefferson Parish residents starting Feb. 1, 2012.
ISL received approval from the Jefferson Parish School Board in December to open a new foreign language immersion elementary school. Applications will be accepted Wednesday, February 1 through Friday, March 30, 2012 for the 2012-2013 school year.
International School of Louisiana (ISL) Head of School, Sean Wilson, said, “As the only public multi-language immersion school in the region, we generally have more applications than spaces,” said Mr. Wilson. “There is an increased demand for language learning throughout the country and we are looking forward to expanding our global and diverse educational program to Jefferson Parish.”
Reorganizing Federal government
As a follow up to last year’s State of the Union, today, President Obama called on Congress to reinstate Presidential authority to reorganize and consolidate the federal government, which will ensure swift action on his proposals to streamline government to make it work better for the American people while eliminating duplication, waste and inefficiencies.
The Obama administration states that “unlike the authority granted in the past, the President’s proposal would initiate new accountability by mandating that any plan must reduce the number of government agencies or save taxpayer dollars. It would also ensure expedient review by Congress.”
The President laid out his first proposed use of that authority consolidating six agencies into one more efficient agency to promote competitiveness, exports and American business. Currently, there are six major departments and agencies that focus primarily on business and trade in the federal government. The six are: U.S. Department of Commerce’s core business and trade functions, the Small Business Administration, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
– Reid Stone and Shaun Walker, founders of the New Orleans marketing strategy and design agency HERO|farm, have been named to YFS Magazine’s Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs of 2011, a list featuring the twenty most popular success stories of the year as chosen by their readers and staff.
HERO|farm is a post-Katrina startup founded by locals Reid Stone and Shaun Walker, who were inspired to do good in New Orleans when their city needed them most. The company, selected 2011 Business of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators - New Orleans chapter, is a marketing strategy and design agency that specializes in outreach for small-to-mid sized businesses.
The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Technology Council and Delgado Community College are kicking off “Tech-Knowledge” which is focused on educating businesses about new technology and business practices.
24 Educational Classes--Technology
Technology professionals will represent their companies in 24 individual 50-minute sessions at an upcoming tech-education course session. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and finish up around 4:00 p.m. with an hour lunch break.
The classes will be focused on 6 main areas or topics beneficial to improving your business. The topics are: Mobile & Wireless Solutions, Network Management & IT Security, Social Media & Entrepreneurial Services, Business Solutions, and Virtualization & Cloud Computing.
Find a more detailed class listing at www.jeffersonchamber.org/techknowledge
Date: January 19, 2012
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration: There is no cost to attend. Pre-Registration highly recommended. See below.
Contact: Matt Preuett (504) 835-3880
Latest Unemployment Insurance claims files from the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Initial UI claims for the week ending Jan. 7, 2012, increased to 4,372 from 3,219 for the week ending Dec. 31, 2011. The over-the-week increase in initial claims can be attributed to the first week of a new quarter for new and renewed UI claims, and a shorter work week due to the Christmas and New Year holidays for the week ending Dec. 31, 2011. Continued UI weeks claimed for the week ending Jan. 7, 2012, increased to 44,904 from the previous week's total of 43,247. The over-the-week increase in continued claims can be attributed to a shorter work week due to the Christmas and New Year holidays for the week ending Dec. 31, 2011.
UI Weekly Claims Data are featured on the LWC website http://www.laworks.net.
Louisiana Coastal Master Plan
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) has released the first public draft of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan for Louisiana.
The 2012 Master Plan is the state’s strategic vision for the protection and restoration of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The plan proposes a series of projects to address flooding, hurricane protection, wetland restoration, saltwater intrusion and other important areas of concern to the future of the Louisiana coast. The Master Plan is intended to build on the many plans and projects that have come before, taking the needs of the entire coast into account.
CPRA is mandated by the Louisiana legislature to produce a Coastal Master Plan every five years. The 2012 Master Plan follows up the Coastal Master Plan released in 2007. The 2012 Master Plan requires legislative approval before the final document becomes official.
National parks in Louisiana
The National Park Service will help local communities implement more than 200 natural resource and recreational projects under the agency’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA), Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today.
Communities from all 50 states, the
This year, in
- Center for Cultural and Ecotourism on the Bayou Teche Paddling Trail
- City of
, Planning and Urban Development on the Lower Ninth Ward Waterfront Trail Monroe
- Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association on Trail to a Healthy Community (THC)
To read more about these projects, visit:
To see how RTCA is assisting communities nationwide, visit: http://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/rtca/whatwedo/projects_by_state.html