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Finance relates to businesses in all sorts of ways, from the revenue we generate to the costs we incur to stay open. Employees are affected by these decisions, through items such as benefits and retirement planning. In this issue, we visit with local CPA Ross Valure for his advice on business finance.

In other business news, things are picking up over at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma with the awarding of multiple Naval vessels to be constructed over the next several years. This contract kicked off in October with the official keel laying ceremony of the USNS Navajo. Our area welcomed several dignitaries from the Navajo Nation for this honorable ceremony.

Our local soccer community is also rejoicing with the formal announcement of six full-sized soccer fields being created for Houma-Terrebonne Soccer Association. These fields are made possible by a land lease between Southland Mall and HTSA.

The Friends of Bayou Lafourche are making great strides in bringing attention back to the main waterway that runs through Lafourche Parish. By the removal of derelict vessels and the creation of a map system to highlight fun stops, FoBL hopes to shed a positive light on this amazing tributary.

Finally, we take a look at a new way students will be able to get a leg up on their education through a grant proposal by TFAE and funding through Chevron. High school students will be able to earn college credits by enrolling in a class at Fletcher and a class at Nicholls.

Opportunities within the Bayou Region continue to present themselves. We are always thankful and grateful to the businesses and organizations that help keep our area moving forward.

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