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From The Associated Press and staff reports.

SBA plans conference
BATON ROUGE – Registration is now open for small business owners interested in attending the 10th annual “Connecting Businesses with Contracts” Conference to be held in Baton Rouge on April 16.
The annual event is hosted in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and the Louisiana Small Business Development Centers.
There is no fee to attend. Visit www.sba.gov/la to find the registration form and return it via fax to 337-482-5837 or e-mail prs6182@louisiana.edu.
For additional information, email jo.lawrence3@sba.gov or call 504-589-6688.

LHC Group’s quarterly earnings dip to $5 million
LAFAYETTE — Lafayette home health provider LHC Group reported fourth-quarter earnings dropped to $5 million, or 29 cents per share, compared with $7.4 million, or 43 cents per share, a year earlier.
LHC’s fourth-quarter revenue grew 2.1 percent to $165.3 million.
For the year, LHC reported earnings of $22.3 million, or $1.30 per share, compared with $27.4 million, or $1.53 per share, in 2012.
The company’s 2013 revenue rose to $653.8 million from $637.6 million a year earlier.
LHC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Keith G. Myers said the company was pleased with its results and performance.

Stage dedicates March to giving
HOUSTON — Stage is turning the month of March into “30 Days of Giving.” All Stage customers who visit the Morgan City store between March 1 to 30 will be invited to donate to Chez Hope Inc., a valued organization in their community, a news release from Stage stated.
As a special thank you, Stage is giving every donor a Community Counts Savings Pass that entitles shoppers to a 30 percent discount on regular, sale and clearance items, the news release stated.
The Savings Pass also provides, for the first time ever, 10 percent off Yes! items and most cosmetics and fragrances, the news release stated. Stage is accepting donations throughout the month of March and have made the Savings Pass valid throughout Stage’s Big Spring Sale, March 19 to 27.
Stage Stores will also be making an additional donation to each local organization on top of what their customers donated in-store.
Stage Stores operates 848 department stores located in 40 states. The company operates its stores under the five names of Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage.

Parish creates development districts
COVINGTON — The St. Tammany Parish Council has voted created two more economic development districts that parish officials say will help guide commercial development in strategic areas along the Interstate 12 corridor.
The council created districts in the vicinity of the I-12 interchanges at La. 434 north of Lacombe and La. 1088 northeast of Mandeville.
Parish Economic Development Director Don Shea told the council last month that such districts will give the parish more tools to guide development at and near major interchanges along I-12, which he has described as the parish’s “Main Street.”
The parish can establish specific design and land-use standards in those areas and implement special sales taxes to generate revenue that could be used in a variety of ways, including paying for infrastructure improvements such as roads, in the districts.
The districts would help draw quality corporate, business and industrial developments to the parish and enable St. Tammany to compete with other areas, Shea has said.
Several people spoke in favor of the creation of the districts on Thursday night.
Bonnie Eades, representing the Northshore Business Council, Northshore Legislative Alliance and the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, said the groups support creation of the districts. They will give the parish better control of growth along I-12 by setting standards that will assure high-quality business growth that’s visually attractive, she said.

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Franklin Banner-Tribune
P.O. Box 566, Franklin, LA 70538
Phone: 337-828-3706
Fax: 337-828-2874

Morgan City Daily Review
P.O. Box 948, Morgan City, LA 70381
Phone: 985-384-8370
Fax: 985-384-4255

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