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Announcements The Louisiana Retailers Education Foundation Awards 2017 Scholarships to Louisiana Students
The Louisiana Retailers Education Foundation awards college scholarships to deserving students that are either employees or children of employees of member companies of the Louisiana Retailers Association. The following students are the 2017 recipients:

• Alec Adams, Louisiana Retailers Association Scholarship: Houma, LA. Eligible through his father’s employment with Rouse's.

• Meghan Kreeger, Elizabeth Gossom Memorial Scholarship: Mandeville, LA. Eligible through her father's employment with Walgreen’s.

• Alli Douet, Louisiana Retailers Association Scholarship: St. Martinville, LA. Eligible through her father’s employment with Piggly Wiggly Rayne.

• Alexis Byars, Louisiana Retailers Association Scholarship: West Monroe, LA. Eligible through her father’s employment with Brookshire Grocery Company.

• Kayla Babin, Roy F. Amedee Scholarship: Belle Chasse, LA. Eligible through her father’s employment with Flower's Baking.

• Neal Babb, Louisiana Retailers Association Scholarship: Mandeville, LA. Eligible through his father's employment with Associated Wholesale Grocers.

• Abe Caplan, Louisiana Retailers Association Scholarship: Baton Rouge, LA. Eligible through his father's employment with Caplan's, Inc.

WIC Moratorium- Lifted as of 5/15/17
USDA has lifted the WIC vendor moratorium, effective May 15, 2017. LA WIC may now start accepting applications from stores that are not currently authorized WIC vendors and will begin processing these applications immediately. LA WIC will accept New Vendor applications from Louisiana Grocery Stores between May 15, 2017 and June 12, 2017. Please be advised that, due to the anticipated response, LA WIC will only accept and process applications that are submitted by the due date noted above. Any New Vendor applications submitted outside of this period will be rejected and New Vendor applications will not be accepted again until after October 1, 2017. Contact WIC at or 504-568-8229.

2016 Education Foundation Scholarship Golf Tournament
Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2016 Louisiana Retailers Education Foundation Scholarship Golf Tournament on October 10 at Carter Plantation. The Tournament is the sole annual fundraiser for the Education Foundation Scholarship Program.

A special thank you to the sponsors, volunteers and participants that made this event a success!

Title Sponsor: Ryan

Gold Sponsors: Altria and Heartland.

Silver Sponsors: Albertson’s, Associated Grocers and Associated Wholesale Grocers.

Bronze Sponsors: Admax, Learnsomething, McCormick/ Zatarain’s, The Advocate, Tyson Foods, United Coca Cola

Individual Golfer Sponsors: Blue Bell Creameries, Brookshire Brothers, Dennis Duszynski, and Gossom/ Soileau Family, Louisiana Nursery, Olinde’s Furniture and Progressive Brokerage.

VIP Hole Sponsors: Brookshire Grocery Company and McCormick/ Zatarain’s.

Hole Sponsors: Benefit Advisory Group, Gossom/Soileau Families, Louisiana Lottery, Louisiana Nursery, and Walgreen's.

Food & Beverage Donations: Albertson’s, Associated Grocers, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Champagne Beverage, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola, Community Coffee, Flower’s Baking Company of Baton Rouge, Geaux Creole, and Golden Flake.

Door Prizes and Gift Bags: Associated Grocers, The Bead Shop, Carco Awards, Carter Plantation, Community Coffee, Gossom Family, Heartland, Louisiana Nursery, Olinde’s Furniture, and Partnership.

Contact the LRA to register for the 2017 Tournament to be held on October 24, 2017 at The Bluffs.

A successful retailer knows that good customer service is vital to keeping loyal customers. Every retailer wants customers who not only come back time and time again, but enthusiastically tell others about their good experiences. So, where can you find employees that know how to provide good customer service? Contact the Louisiana Retailers Association for a list of work ready students that are currently studying to receive the National Retail Federation Customer Service certification and/or the Louisiana Retail Pro certification. Students are learning how to provide good customer service and other useful skills such as: handling fraudulent checks, business math basics, suggestive selling, preventing shoplifting, etc. If you are hiring seasonal employees or permanent part-time employees, please contact the LRA to create an employment opportunity for a local high school student.

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