Oct. 31 deadline approaching for Restore La. Small Business program

Gov. John Bel Edwards' Office of Community Development reminds small businesses that the deadline to apply for a loan through the Restore Louisiana Small Business Program is Oct. 31. The program offers interest-free, partially forgivable loans to businesses impacted by the 2016 floods. Loan amounts range from $10,000 to $150,000. Flood-impacted small businesses and nonprofits interested in a loan are encouraged to apply immediately through one of the participating lenders.

The Small Business Program is designed to help eligible businesses in the 51 parishes impacted by the March and August 2016 floods. If borrowers comply with all requirements, the loans are interest free, and 20 percent of the loan is forgiven when 80 percent of the principal is repaid. The loans can be used for working capital - rent, mortgage, utilities, non-owner employee wages and inventory, and movable equipment. However, construction-related expenses are not eligible. A list of eligibility criteria is available here. In addition, eligible borrowers are referred to a local office of the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Centers. The centers offer technical expertise with business recovery and continuity plans, financial projecting and planning, and disaster preparedness planning.

LSMSA recognizes summer achievements

Sofia Lavidalie, a sophomore from Gonzales, was a Tulane Science Scholar and took coursework in neuroscience. She also participated in a residential, multicultural journalism program sponsored in part by the Alabama Press Association at the University of Alabama.

Caleb Coleman, a sophomore from Geismar, completed his Boy Scout Eagle project, building a flag retirement box and attended the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree in West Virginia.

Eden Wiltz, a sophomore from Prairieville, worked with local senior citizens in repairing and renovating their homes.

Olivia LaCour, a senior from Saint Amant, served as an intern at Camp Invention in Gonzales and received a letter of recognition from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Emery Haynes, a sophomore from Prairieville, participated in the Advance Program for Young Scholars at Northwestern State University, completing a course in pre-calculus.

Grace Fields, a junior from Prairieville, attended the pre-college intensive summer research program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

RPCC to host Cancer Fundraiser 2017

On Saturday, October 28 10-2 p.m., there will be a Color Walk for Cancer. The event will feature a bounce house for children, music, a raffle and sale of food and drinks. All proceeds from this event will go directly to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. The event will be held at RPCC’s campus in the RPCC Student Center. The Color Walk for Cancer will begin at 1 p.m. Registration will be from noon to 1 p.m. and will cost $20. 925 W. Edenborne Parkway, Gonzales, La. RPCC’s Gamma Beta Phi Chapter, Rotaract Club and Beta Club is hosting. A representative from the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Screening Center will also be present. How to participate, donate or volunteer? Contact jeusea@rpcc.edu or hlagarde@rpcc.edu.

Gonzales Police Department Awarded a Grant

The Gonzales City Police Department wishes to announce they were awarded a Grant from Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for the remainder or 2017 and 2018, that will include Seatbelt Enforcement, Impaired Driving and Juvenile Under Age Drinking. The Gonzales Police Department officers will be out in force to enforce and protect the citizens. You can help by reminding yourself and loved ones to Buckle Up, NOT drink and Drive and NOT drink if under the age of 21.

Be Strong: Pelvic Floor Strengthening

On Thursday, November 2, at 2 p.m. in Gonzales, Mallory Giglio, Physical Therapist with Action Physical Therapy, will present Be Strong: Pelvic Floor Strengthening. In this workshop, you will learn how to build and maintain pelvic floor strength to treat and prevent situations such as incontinence. Be Strong: Pelvic Floor Strengthening is sponsored by St. Elizabeth Hospital in recognition of National Bladder Health Awareness which was created to increase discussions of bladder and bowel health and to urge individuals struggling with these conditions to seek treatment. For more information or to register, call St. Elizabeth Community Education at 621-2906.