Friday, 16 September 2011 18:21

Louisiana Business: Shreveport Classic; Lake Pontchartrain Foundation; Patent Law

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Shreverport classic

The 2011 Shreveport Classic will kick-off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La. This match-up pits the Prairie View A&M University Panthers  of Prairie View, Texas against the Jackson State University Tigers of Natchez, Mississippi, Tickets for the 2011 Shreveport Classic may be purchased at a number of outlets in Shreveport-Bossier, as well as the teams’ respective ticket offices and websites. For a full list of ticket outlets, visit To order tickets by phone, contact the Independence Bowl offices at (318) 221-0712. General seating tickets are $25 each.


The 2011 Shreveport Classic will take place during the opening weekend of the State Fair of Louisiana. The 2011 Shreveport Classic Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 28 at Shreveport Country Club.  Registration for the golf tournament is $100 for individuals and $400 for teams. Registration is currently open; entry fees may be paid at the team merchandise and tickets store at

 Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s 22nd Annual Beach Sweep presented by Toyota is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, September 17th from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon throughout the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.  This year’s theme is “Trash Free Lake.”


 Obama and Patent Law

Today, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, President Obama signed the America Invents Act, historic patent reform legislation designed to help American entrepreneurs and businesses bring their inventions to market sooner, creating new businesses and new jobs. In addition, the President announced additional steps that will help convert the ideas from America’s universities and research labs into new products, expanding our economy and creating 21st century jobs.

Landrieu and small business
United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today commented on the Senate Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations approved for the Small Business Administration (SBA). The committee- approved bill will give the SBA $955.3 million for Fiscal Year 2012.

“I think the small business community should feel good about the FY2012 funding approved yesterday in the Appropriations Committee for the SBA,” Senator Landrieu 
said. “Members on both sides of the aisle were able to come together and find the resources to fully fund the SBA’s two largest small business loan programs. We were able to protect the funding for contracting and counseling, and also to restore necessary operating funds to the 
SBA’s disaster loan program.

Blue Cross and Obesity

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is issuing a challenge—backed with several million dollars in grant funding—to communities across Louisiana to address the staggering rise in obesity rates. “The Blue Cross Foundation is committed to improving the health of our state, and this is a major public health concern,” said Mike Reitz, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. “Obesity contributes to a long list of chronic conditions—such as heart disease and diabetes—that diminish the quality of people’s lives in Louisiana while pushing healthcare costs higher.”

The company is partnering with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center—noted for its work to combat childhood obesity and recognized as the foremost academic nutritional research center in the world—to administer the grant program, called Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana.

The Foundation’s website at offers resources for applicants, including ways to reach out to potential partners in each local area.
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