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Hillary Halstead-Scott and Brad Scott, Small Business Owners

Hillary Halstead-Scott and Brad Scott, Small Business Owners

“This is crushing liability.” “Louisiana makes it extremely hard to do business in the state because of the countless hours and dollars it takes to ensure accurate compliance with all of the taxing jurisdictions. It’s overwhelming, and both businesses and consumers alike suffer because of the fragmented nature of the Louisiana sales tax collection system.”...

Brandon Trosclair, Grocery Store Owner

Brandon Trosclair, Grocery Store Owner

Meet Brandon Trosclair. Brandon is a proud Louisianan and business owner who is standing up against the Biden administration and their illegal vaccine mandate on businesses.  Husband, father, and grocer, Brandon wears many hats in his community. Brandon is a second-generation grocer that employs nearly 500 people with 15 grocery stores across Louisiana and Mississippi. His...

Ursula Newell-Davis, Social Worker

Ursula Newell-Davis, Social Worker

“My motto is changing lives one client at a time.” “I’ve been a social worker for over 20 years. I’ve worked a lot, I’ve done a lot, now it’s my time to give back – now it’s my time to help these children of our future know that there’s someone that’s listening.” “A lot of...

Kathy Baldridge, President of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners

Kathy Baldridge, President of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners

Kathy Baldridge is a family Nurse Practitioner in Pineville, LA. She is also the President of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners. 95 percent of Louisiana is a health care shortage area, so patients in Louisiana do not have access to quality health care. Kathy explains how collaborative practice agreements are a hindrance to access...

Jarett & Kallie Landry, The Gym of New Iberia

Jarett & Kallie Landry, The Gym of New Iberia

Jarett and Kallie Landry are a husband and wife team who own The Gym of New Iberia, LLC. In this Faces of the Shutdown story, they tell us how the state’s decision to close the economy has impacted their business and also share their concerns about the threat of forced closures in the future.

Jose Villeda, JLV Construction

Jose Villeda, JLV Construction

Jose Villeda came to America in search of opportunity. He moved to New Orleans, began working, and eventually built his own business, JLV Construction, from the ground up. In this Faces of the Shutdown story, Jose discusses how the state economic shutdown has impacted him and his business, from financial concerns to employees choosing unemployment benefits...

David Cohen and Chris Hayes, Louisiana’s Tattoo Industry

David Cohen and Chris Hayes, Louisiana’s Tattoo Industry

As part of our “Faces of the Shutdown” series, we interviewed tattoo artists David Cohen and Chris Hayes. Louisiana’s tattoo industry has been forgotten. After being left out of Phase 1 and told tattoo shops will remain closed until further notice, artists and entrepreneurs across our state are in limbo. In this Faces of the Shutdown...

Joe Ashlar, New Orleans Musician

Joe Ashlar, New Orleans Musician

As part of our “Faces of the Shutdown” series, we interviewed Joe Ashlar, a New Orleans musician. Joe Ashlar played an important role in revitalizing New Orleans’ music scene following Hurricane Katrina, and he’s loved living and playing there ever since. Since COVID-19 began, he and other New Orleans musicians have innovated to continue making a living,...

Devin De Wulf, Krewe of Red Beans

Devin De Wulf, Krewe of Red Beans

As part of our “Faces of the Shutdown” series, we interviewed Devin De Wulf from the Krewe of Red Beans. Devin De Wulf knows that we can’t rely on government or other outside forces to create jobs and opportunity for those suffering during COVID-19. That’s why he and members of the Krewe of Red Beans have...

Karlos Knott, Bayou Teche Brewing

Karlos Knott, Bayou Teche Brewing

As part of the “Faces of the Shutdown” series, we interviewed Karlos Knott, owner of Bayou Teche Brewing. Bayou Teche Brewing is a well-known Louisiana brand, and in this story, Karlos Knott tells us how the beer producer is dealing with this uncertain situation and also how it stepped up to help fight COVID-19 and help Louisianans...

Sam and Jaymie Wright

Sam and Jaymie Wright

We recently traveled to Leesville and met with Jaymie and Sam Wright, a husband and wife team who spent years building two successful bars from the ground up. Jaymie and Sam are lifelong Leesville residents, and they are happily married with three children and are expecting their first grandchild soon. After founding Club Zydeco more than a decade...

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