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Louisiana Business: Hurricanes, Landrieu, Small Business, Tax Holiday, Energy Industry

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today's Louisiana Business news Be ready for the next hurricane. Senator Landrieu focuses upon small business. Tax Holiday is here. Energy business growth potential looks good.

Nothing could significantly impair a business or a home more than not being prepared during a natural disaster.  Katrina crippled many businesses which are only now trying to get back on their feet.

September is National Preparedness Month.  Louisiana citizens are familiar with the many types of weather disasters common to our state including hurricanes, tornados, various types of storms and flooding. 

 “After seeing the severe impact of Hurricane Irene, now is a good time for consumers to review their personal emergency plan to make sure they are ready to respond quickly to any type of disaster that may arise,” said Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon.  “Preparation is the key to keeping people calm and rational when disaster strikes.”  Donelon also suggests that families hold drills on their emergency plans several times a year. 

The Internet offers several resources on preparedness and planning, including and Another source for great tips on preparing for disasters is the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Emergency Preparedness’ “Get a Game Plan” Web site found at  Visit or call 1-800-427-2419 for more information about flood risk and the benefits of purchasing a flood insurance policy.

Social Media

The Pew Internet Project has just released some findings from a survey it conducted over a one month period that give us a look into the shifting demographics of the world of social media.

Social media use within the older demographic is on the rise.

Landrieu and small business

U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship made the following remarks after the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced their partnership to improve the small business sector and expand economic development in the Delta Region. 

“More than 26 percent of families in the Louisiana Delta Region are living in poverty according to the 2000 Census,” Senator Landrieu said.  “This partnership will be improving outreach in one of the poorest clusters of parishes in the country. 

“I applaud SBA’s willingness to partner with the Delta Regional Authority.  This agreement should improve upon the deployment and coordination resources for small businesses in the Delta Region.  I look forward to working with both DRA and SBA on programs to assist small businesses and promote economic development opportunities in Louisiana Delta Parishes.”

In April of this year, Senator Landrieu sent a letter requesting the SBA to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Delta Regional Authority.  The DRA covers 252 counties/parishes in parts of eight states (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee) including the Louisiana Delta Parishes.  The MOU would better coordinate SBA programs in these rural areas, particularly as it relates to supporting community and regional efforts as well as in identifying strategic initiatives/partnerships. 

The partnership between SBA and DRA comes following two signed Memorandums of Understanding between the SBA and the Department of Agriculture on April 22, 2010 to better coordinate programs to assist small businesses in underserved rural areas, and the SBA and the Appalachian Regional Commission on November 12, 2010 with short term goals to assist immediate capacity needs and long-term goals to build new funding strategies for a variety of projects for the region. 

To see a copy of Senator Landrieu’s letter requesting a MOU between SBA and DRA, please click here

Dell is the leading provider of healthcare IT services globally according to a recent Gartner industry report1. The ranking, which is based on 2010 revenue, marks the second consecutive year Dell has achieved the No. 1 ranking for healthcare services. Dell also ranked No. 1 globally for the provision of hardware maintenance and support to education customers.

 Dell acquired InSite One, further enhancing Dell’s Unified Clinical Archiving solution, and SecureWorks, which provides information security services. Earlier this year, Dell added to its suite of end-to-end solutions for the healthcare community, announcing cloud-based services that are designed to help hospitals and physician practices simplify secure data access, increase mobility, and further drive efficiencies.

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