Monday, February 21, 2005

A Climate of Change…

An article in T-P recently told of Maura Donahue preparing to take office at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In June, Maura will become the first woman, the first Louisianian and the first small-business operator to chair the U.S. Chamber. She is president of DonahueFavret Holding Corp. and vice president of the Mandeville-based DonahueFavret Contractors Inc., a company her husband, Jack, founded in 1979.

Maura is said to be in training for a yearlong journey as head of an organization she termed the "voice of the business community." She currently serves on the boards of GNO Inc., the St. Tammany Parish Economic Development Foundation and Resource Bank. Donahue also has served on the board of Louisiana's Republican State Central Committee and was chairwoman of the board of the St. Tammany Parish Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber represents 3 million businesses, including Fortune 500 firms and one-person operations. Most in that community, about 96 percent, are small businesses, with 100 or fewer employees. Donahue said she will focus much of her one-year term assisting them. "The agenda for all business is in sync with small businesses," she said.

She plans to tackle three main issues during her term: health care, legal changes and tax policies. As a small-business operator, she said it's a no-brainer that health care is at the top of the list. "We are in crisis mode," she said. Donahue said her company, like others, has seen double-digit increases in health care costs for its 60 employees and is eager to find ways to bring those costs down.

Maura also plans to use her new position to "talk about Louisiana and the changes Louisiana is going through." We are proud to have her as our spokesperson.

Give us your view on the changes Louisiana is going through. And, while you’re at it, tell us how you think Governor Blanco is doing.


jbv's Competitive Edge 


Blogger oyster said...

Louisiana's making progress, and is slowly shedding its reputation for corrupt government.

Blanco? I had quite low expectations for her after her election. She has totally surprised me with her energy, her strength and her ability to "sell" the state. Over all, very impressive.

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