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Biotech startup’s fate to be decided

Six months after the federal government initiated a review of its main study and put a freeze on its finances, causing widespread layoffs, local business leaders expect the fate of the once-heralded biotech startup Renaissance RX to be resolved soon, according to internal emails between the company and state economic development officials. The emails, obtained by… Continue reading →

People in Business for April 26, 2015

Dr. Allison Parkman, FastLane - Urgent Care

Leslie Louviere Keen has been named director of community relations at Peoples Health in Metairie. She was assistant director of community relations. Dr. Patricia Molina, the Richard Ashman Ph.D professor and chair of physiology and director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence at the LSU Health New Orleans… Continue reading →

Business Honors for April 26, 2015

Dr. Hugh V. McKnight, Louisiana Dental Association

Ochsner Health System was awarded the Best Comprehensive Integration for 2014 award by the Intelligent Hospital Association. The award is given to a hospital or health system that effectively integrates technologies in a health care facility. Staff from nursing, pharmacy and information technology evaluated and chose a drug preparation and distribution system to… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for April 26, 2015

Steve DeRouen, ISC Corp.

Southern University at New Orleans and Pressure BioSciences Inc. in Massachusetts have entered a collaborative agreement to improve and extend the applications of the company’s patented pressure cycling technology for the detection of DNA in forensic samples. The program will be under the direction of Dr.… Continue reading →

Gertrude Geddes Willis Life’s policies turned over to Majestic Life

An insolvent New Orleans life insurance company cost an industry-backed guaranty fund $2.5 million and has a court-appointed receiver scrambling to recover $1 million from the sale of related funeral homes and other assets — mostly in New Orleans and Houma. In addition, the remaining life insurance policies that were held by Gertrude Geddes Willis Life Insurance… Continue reading →

Delgado starts construction on new maritime center

Delgado Community College is starting construction on a new maritime and industrial center in New Orleans. The Delgado Maritime and Industrial Training Center will provide maritime and industrial firefighting, radar, safety and U.S. Coast Guard training. The 18,750-square-foot building will replace the existing one. The $7 million project is funded by state bonds. Delgado Community College… Continue reading →

Lower 9th Ward Market wins top business pitch prize

Photo provided by Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation -- Entrepreneurs with ideas for a healthier New Orleans took the stage at the PitchNOLA: Living Well business pitch competition on Tuesday at the Propeller Incubator.

The Lower 9th Ward Market, the first food store to open in that area in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, grabbed $5,000 in a business pitch competition with its plans to expand inventory and purchase a second truck that will allow the grocer to pick up more fresh produce and make local deliveries. Owners Burnell and… Continue reading →

Pool Corp. in Covington reports record income in first quarter

Pool Corp. in Covington reported record net income of $8.4 million in the first quarter compared to $4.2 million for same time last year. Earnings per share was a record 19 versus 9 cents a year ago. Net sales increased 11 percent to a record $450.4 million compared to $406.3 million in the first quarter of… Continue reading →

Industry executive sees chemical expansion continuing

Advocate file photo -- Dan Borné, president of the Louisiana Chemical Association

Low natural gas prices have fueled rapid growth in Louisiana’s chemical production over the past six years and now points to large-scale expansion of that industry. Dan BornĂ©, longtime president of the Louisiana Chemical Association, told hundreds of Rotary Club members Wednesday that he hopes no potential roadblocks inhibit that massive expansion. “We’re still on the… Continue reading →

Third-largest Coca-Cola bottler taking over New Orleans, other Louisiana markets

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United Inc., the third-largest Coca-Cola bottling company in the U.S., is taking over territories in a major portion of Louisiana, including New Orleans, with oversight from Baton Rouge. Other markets are Alexandria, Monroe, New Iberia and Shreveport. The Birmingham, Alabama-based bottler already covered Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles. United also is taking… Continue reading →

Tulane’s Mississippi Coast campus moving to larger location

The Tulane University School of Continuing Studies Mississippi Coast Campus will move to a larger location in Biloxi in a $2 million project. The campus will move from inside the Edgewater Mall across the street to the old Books-A-Million center at 2650 Beach Blvd., Suite 44. Interior demolition on the location started Wednesday. The new campus… Continue reading →

Ochsner Hospital for Children selected for fund matching campaign

Ochsner Hospital for Children has been selected for the 2015 CN Miracle Match campaign, a charitable effort to rally communities behind children’s hospitals in North America. CN will match up to $300,000 in donations to Ochsner Hospital for Children this year. Ochsner Hospital for Children is only the second U.S. institution to be selected since… Continue reading →

Huntington Ingalls, Kinder Morgan decide against Avondale joint venture; now what for the shipyard?

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Avondale shipyards, once a bustling place is now largely a ghost town.

Driving to the Union Hall on Bridge City Avenue on Monday afternoon, Andrew Croom had not yet gotten word that Huntington Ingalls and Kinder Morgan had just decided against pursuing a joint venture that could have brought at least some work back to the once-bustling, now nearly deserted Avondale Shipyard. The news hardly came as a… Continue reading →

Refinery positions itself to handle more U.S. shale crude

Photo provided by Motiva -- Motiva refinery at Norco and/or Convent.

Motiva Enterprises’ plan to run its Norco and Convent refineries as a single operation by linking them via a major pipeline may signal that the company, like a number of other refiners, is positioning itself to handle more of the “super light” crude gushing from U.S. shale formations. “One of the challenges with North American refinery operations …… Continue reading →

Business Honors for April 19, 2015

Pamela Bounds, Berente Companies

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber presented its Volunteer of the Year Award to Pamela Bounds, of Berente Companies; Community Champion Award posthumously to Ben Miller Jr.; and Project of the Year Award to Pod Pack International. Bounds also was appointed as a BRAC ambassador and is a member of the… Continue reading →

Paddlewheelers to include pre-, post-cruise packages in New Orleans

American Cruise Lines, which operates paddlewheelers Queen of the Mississippi and the American Eagle on the Mississippi River, plans to offer pre- and post-cruise extension packages beginning this summer. Highlights will include the culture, history and entertainment in U.S. ports the company serves, including New Orleans. The packages include hotel accommodations; ship, hotel and airport transfers;… Continue reading →

Businessman Arnold Baker appointed to Port of New Orleans board

Arnold B. Baker, owner and founder of New Orleans-based Baker Ready Mix and Building Materials, has been appointed to the Port of New Orleans board of commissioners by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Baker will serve a five-year term, succeeding Daniel F. Packer, as one of four Orleans Parish representatives on the seven-member regional board that governs port operations… Continue reading →

LLOG begins production from deepwater hub

Covington-based LLOG Exploration Co. and joint-venture partner Blackstone Energy Group have begun production from a massive, floating production system in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Delta House floating production system lies about 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. The hub and platform can handle peak daily production of 100,000 barrels of oil and 240 million cubic feet… Continue reading →

Executive Women’s Day scheduled during Zurich Classic

An Executive Women’s Day will be held April 20 as part of tournament week at the Zurich Classic. More than 100 businesswomen are expected to attend the all-day event that begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Zurich hospitality tent at the 18th Hole at TPC Louisiana, 11001 Lapalco Blvd., in Avondale. The event focuses on professional… Continue reading →

Louisiana small business award winners announced

Seven statewide small business award winners were announced Wednesday by Michael Ricks, Louisiana state director for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Todd E. Matherne, of Renaissance Publishing in Metairie, was named Small Business Person of the Year. Mark S. Boucree, of Capital One in New Orleans, was named Financial Services Champion; Courtney T. Davis, of Bart’s… Continue reading →

Shane Mutter named CEO of Doerr Furniture

Shane Mutter, Doerr Furniture

Shane Mutter has been named president and chief executive officer of Doerr Furniture, a fourth-generation, family operated residential furniture store. “We are extremely pleased to add a fourth-generation family member to lead our family company,” said Julian Mutter, the company’s third-generation president, who now serves as president emeritus. “Shane is an excellent fit with Doerr Furniture… Continue reading →

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza to open first Louisiana location in New Orleans on Friday, offer free pizza

. Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza will open its first Louisiana location Thursday in The Paramount at South Market District in New Orleans. The pizza chain allows customers to choose their own ingredients on made-from-scratch pizzas that are cooked and ready to eat in three minutes. To mark the opening, the restaurant will offer free pizzas from… Continue reading →

Grad Square wins entrepreneur challenge

Grad Square won the third annual “Chaffe Entrepreneur Challenge,” conducted in collaboration with The Idea Village. The New Orleans startup company is a central platform where employers can find graduates from universities. Grad Square also provides universities with a data-driven picture of their students’ career prospects after they graduate, while furnishing a product that makes it easy… Continue reading →

NOLA Brewing founder planning vodka, gin, whiskey distillery

Associated Press file photo -- Kirk Coco, founder and president of NOLA Brewing Co.

The president and founder of microbrewery NOLA Brewing Co. plans to launch a craft distillery this year, initially making vodka, gin and white whiskey. The distillery has been incorporated as New Orleans Libations and Alcohol Distilling Co. LLC. NOLA Distilling will begin operations as soon as permitting has been finalized, which could be as early as… Continue reading →

Louisiana stocks battered by low oil prices

The Pelican State Portfolio, a group of Louisiana stocks tracked by The Advocate, continued to be outperformed by the stock market during the first three months of 2015, as low crude oil prices continued to take a toll on businesses in the energy industry. The 24 stocks in the Pelican State Portfolio — all public companies based… Continue reading →

Business Honors for April 12, 2015

Bob Jacobs, YMCA of the Capital Area

Bob Jacobs, president and chief executive officer of YMCA of the Capital Area, was presented the John W. Barton Sr. Excellence in Non-Profit Management Award during the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s annual meeting. Patty McMurray, a partner at Adams and Reese, received the D. Jensen Holliday Award… Continue reading →