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February, 2006

Post-Katrina Struggles Continue
A new study shows that small businesses in Louisiana are still searching for enough customers and employees.

January, 2006

Even with Insurance, Gulf Coast Businesses Still Struggle
Small businesses ravaged by Hurricane Katrina cite claims delays that have forced them to foot the bill for their own rebuilding efforts.

December, 2005

Congresswoman Calling for SBA Chief's Resignation
Rep. Nydia Velazquez says the Small Business Administration, under Hector Barreto's leadership, has failed entrepreneurs impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
Rebuilding the Gulf Coast Brick by Brick
New federal program offers hurricane victims training in construction skills.

November, 2005

Leading Economic Indicators Show Improvement
The Conference Board's monthly index posted gains in nearly all categories, hinting at a brighter economic outlook for the next three to six months.
Democrats: Small-Business Outlook Worst in Eight Years
Members of the House Small Business Committee cited higher overall costs and the recent hurricanes as factors.
SBA Administrator Defends Hurricane Aid
Before a Senate committee, Hector Barreto said the sheer volume of applications has delayed loans to individuals and small businesses.
Gulf Coast Businesses Picking Up the Pieces -- Slowly
Still facing worker shortages and loan delays, thousands of small businesses may be forced to close down or move out.

October, 2005

Business Donations for Hurricane Relief Reach $1 Billion
Amount marks the largest disaster response by American businesses ever.
Owners Warned About Disaster Loan Scams
Feeding on frustration over delays, fake federal loan agents are offering to help storm victims, for a fee.
Consumers Can't Shake Bad Mood
Killer storms, high energy prices and a weak job market might dampen holiday shopping season.
Fed Contracts Short of Small Business Targets
House Democrats say fewer prime contracts went to small companies last year, raising concerns that many will be squeezed out of Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts.
Leading Indicators Fall in September
As storms take their toll on the economy, signs of resilience emerge.
Producer Prices Jump in September
Record-high energy costs kept aloft by Katrina are driving up raw material and consumer prices.
SBA Eases Disaster Loan Requirements
The changes come after complaints of costly delays from Gulf Coast small business owners over a month since Hurricane Katrina.
Prices Shot Up In September
Storms and energy costs speed inflation to a pace unseen in a quarter century, as consumer sales and confidence sag.
Feds Slow With Disaster Loans, Business Owners Say
Congressional hearing told small business recovery efforts after Katrina are moving at a snail's pace.
Jobs Down Less Than Expected After Storms
Leisure and retail sector losses from Katrina are offset by gains elswhere.
Hiring Down at Small Businesses
Katrina and Rita combine to put a damper on growth last month, according to payroll data.

September, 2005

Jobless Claims Down as Growth Remains Steady
GDP flattens out to a nine-quarter average as the economic shock of Katrina shows signs of fading.
Consumer Mood Shattered
As storms, gas prices and fewer jobs come to bear on consumer sentiment, small businesses stay upbeat.
CEOs Bullish Despite Katrina
With the exception of capital expenditures, CEOs see positive growth on the horizon.
Post-Katrina Recovery Must Be Carefully Planned
Chubb offers a checklist to help business owners pick up the pieces after disasters strike.
Businesses Prepare for Another Big Storm
With much of the Gulf Coast still reeling from Katrina, Florida owners decide it's better to be safe than sorry.
Senate Offers Aid to Gulf Coast Businesses
Under the bill, at least 30% of all federal contracts and 40% of subcontracting dollars used in recovery efforts will go to local companies.
Consumer Confidence Plunges In September
Soaring energy costs pushed higher by Katrina worries consumers.
Construction Costs Headed Upward
Katrina worsens longstanding materials shortages.
Resilient ISP Kept New Orleans Connected
As chaos erupted outside, a downtown Web company refused to let the city go offline.
Flooded, Abandoned Properties Draw Speculators
New Orleans homeowners lash out at 'carpetbaggers' looking for a deal.
SBA, Others Gear Up For Relief Effort
Small business groups in the Gulf Coast are preparing for a surge in emergency loan applications.
Caught in the Storm's Path
The owner of a Gulfport laundry business sizes up the damages.
Katrina Strains Businesses Outside Her Path
Montgomery, Ala.'s businesses bear the cost of hosting Katrina's victims.

August, 2005

Attempts to Help Amid the Chaos
Small business agency reaches out to companies in the region, with little success.
Feds To Help Businesses Hit By Hurricane
In storm's wake, loans and tax breaks await small business owners looking to rebuild.

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