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Wed
11
Feb

Quiet Noise

By Stephen Waguespack
 
You don’t always have to be loud to make a lot of noise. Last week, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) kicked off our 40th Anniversary with our 2015 annual meeting in Baton Rouge. Joining us to focus on our meeting’s theme of “Sustainable Growth in a Global Economy” were over 1,000 Louisiana business and political leaders.
 
Wed
04
Feb

Louisiana Crossroads

 
Louisiana is on the road to progress, but has suddenly come to a crossroads. The state’s budget challenges are a hot topic these days, yet many of the root causes have not been fully explored. Instead of targeting items such as runway entitlement costs that continue to drain more and more dollars out of our schools or passing reforms to give educators the autonomy they deserve to compete aggressively for students and research, most of the solutions
being considered seem to focus on more tax dollars to mask the unsustainable and escalating costs our government faces.
 

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Wed
04
Feb

DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

 
By John Blanchard
Old February has got us. It is one to despise with its weather which can’t be predicted in our southland, there are no sports, nothing new on television, the outdoor pleasures of hunting are gone for another season, ‘tis too cold to fish, March winds are in  the future and folks above the Mason Dixon line are having hell with the weather (we don’t feel sorry for them). We call it an inbetween period and wish for every month to be like April and October. No “dice” or is it “no cigar”?
 
 

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Wed
28
Jan

Improving Life’s Accomplishment

As we grow older, we begin to think about what we have accomplished during our time here on earth. As Christ’s followers, we know that our time on earth is limited, and it is just a very small segment of our life. Yet, the time that we have here on earth and what we do with it is very, very important. How can we make the most of our earthly journey? We must not focus on self. We must not be self-centered. Instead, we must focus on Christ and His plan for us. Our primary goal should be to do what Christ would have us to do. Our motto should be, not my will but Christ’s will be done in my life. We must deny self, take up our cross, and follow Christ day by day.

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Wed
28
Jan

Peel Back the Onion

by Stephen Waguespack

Unless Congress acts, this will be the year the threats of Obamacare become reality for American employers. This is especially true for small business. Five years after becoming law, the Affordable Care Act continues to confound and confuse by defying common sense. Navigating its complex rules and regulations is like peeling an onion, stinging the eyes of business owners as every burdensome layer is revealed.

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Wed
21
Jan

Happy anniversary LABI.

By Stephen Waguespack
 
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), an organization I have been privileged to lead as president since 2013. For decades LABI has been Louisiana’s leading business advocacy organization. Today, we proudly represent over 2,300 businesses across the state, working tirelessly to foster a climate for economic growth bychampioning the principles of  the free enterprise system.
 

 

Wed
14
Jan

GUESTEDITORIAL

Conventional wisdom cantake many forms.It can give you a blueprint forsuccess or serve as an excuse forfailure. It is regularly cited butoften ignored. It becomes thenorm by proving itself over timebut can be shattered in an instant.

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Wed
07
Jan

New Contribution Limits Make 401(k) Plans Even More Attractive

If you are interested in saving for retirement, here’s some good news: For 2015, the IRS has raised the maximum contribution limits for 401(k) plans from $17,500 to $18,000. And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an extra $6,000, up from $5,500 in 
 
Tue
30
Dec

GUEST EDITORIAL

Merry Christmas to everyone. 'Tis the season to take a breath from our daily grind and focus on what matters most to each of us. The beauty of celebrating this time of year in the greatest country on earth is that we all enjoy the individual freedom to make that personal decision about our values.
 
Tue
30
Dec

Consider These New Year’s Financial Resolutions

Now that 2015 is upon us, you may be thinking about making some New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you’ll decide to take up a musical instrument, or hit the gym  ore often, or even learn a new language. All these are
worthy goals, of course — but you could also gain some key benefits by working to achieve some financial resolutions
 

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