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Shoppers urged to think small for Saturday

Source: theadvocate.com - Nov 23, 2016

While many shoppers will be heading to malls, big-box stores or visiting online retailers this weekend for the start of holiday gift buying season, the National Federation of Independent Business... Read more >

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Small Business Saturday 2016: Events, deals and offers in New Orleans

Source: nola.com - Nov 23, 2016

Want to get a head start on holiday shopping, but not up to battling the Black Friday crowds? Merchants across New Orleans will be opening their doors for Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26), part... Read more >

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21 Simple Ideas for a Successful Small Business Saturday

Source: entrepreneur.com - Nov 23, 2016

It’s hard for small businesses to compete with the big guys. But that’s why there’s Small Business Saturday. American Express founded Small Business Saturday in 2010, giving small businesses... Read more >

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How advisors are preparing clients for Trump's tax plans

Source: Financial planners "simple" advice (and it really is): "defer income and accelerate deductions" because taxes are very likely to come down during the Trump presidency. Read more: http - Nov 22, 2016

Tax reform will be a top priority for the Trump administration. Though nobody knows exactly how presidential and congressional proposals will play out, financial advisors are recommending clients... Read more >

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DMV will reverse no cash policy for most transactions

Source: thenewsstar.com - Nov 21, 2016

Louisiana's Department of Motor Vehicles will reverse its no cash policy on most transactions as soon as Dec. 1 after pressure from lawmakers, Commissioner Karen St. Germain confirmed to USA Today... Read more >

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Selfie challenge launched to promote shopping local on Small Business Saturday

Source: katc.com - Nov 21, 2016

MONROE, La. - The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) launched its annual Small Business Saturday "Selfie Challenge" initiative to promote Louisiana small businesses. Saturday,... Read more >

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6 End-of-Year Retirement Planning Tips That Will Save You Money

Source: money.usnews.com - Nov 21, 2016

Meeting retirement account deadlines can help you qualify for tax breaks or avoid tax penalties. Some retirement accounts have year-end deadlines for contributions and required distributions, while... Read more >

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Louisiana firms awarded $380 million in tax credits

Source: theadvocate.com - Nov 18, 2016

Four New Orleans entities that aid development in low-income communities have been awarded $340 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits and one Baton Rouge firm received $40 million. The tax... Read more >

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Louisiana graduation rate hits all-time high, other improvements revealed in 2015-2016 performance scores

Source: wafb.com - Nov 17, 2016

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana education officials have released school and district scores for the 2015-2016 school year, with the reports showing performance levels continuing to increase at... Read more >

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Brady Says US Tax Reform Will Be Revenue-Neutral

Source: tax-news.com - Nov 17, 2016

House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady has indicated that the US tax reform that he expects to propose early in 2017 will "break even," on a dynamic scoring basis,... Read more >

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Tax credits have led to better child care, federal funds for Louisiana, advocates say

Source: theadvocate.com - Nov 16, 2016

While state tax credits are under scrutiny amid budget problems, child care advocates said Tuesday the subsidies have resulted in better care, more qualified teachers and federal dollars. "The... Read more >

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Entergy gives $1 million to support Louisiana workforce training

Source: nola.com - Nov 16, 2016

Entergy is giving $1 million in grants to Louisiana workforce development programs, including money for job training at Delgado Community College as well as re-entry support for the formerly... Read more >

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Ochsner's free medical assistant training program expands to River Parishes

Source: nola.com - Nov 16, 2016

Jobs for medical assistants are plentiful, and the expansion of a free training program to the River Parishes will bring them within reach of job seekers. The Louisiana Workforce Commission and... Read more >

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State GOP leaders shifting position on online sales tax

Source: clarionledger.com - Nov 16, 2016

STARKVILLE — In his Fiscal Year 2018 Executive Budget Recommendation, Gov. Phil Bryant joined what has become a growing chorus of conservative Republicans who are willing to talk seriously about... Read more >

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IRS Forms 1099 Are Critical, And Due Early In 2017

Source: forbes.com - Nov 15, 2016

IRS Form 1099 season is almost here. No form is more critical to your tax return. Each Form 1099 is matched to your Social Security number, so the IRS can easily spew out a tax bill if you fail to... Read more >

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