Business Briefs for Feb. 24

Engineering firm opens new office

Ford Bacon & Davis LLC will open its third office in Baton Rouge on March 1 at 11777 Industriplex Blvd. The office will accommodate approximately 140 additional personnel and the firm plans to initially transfer one large client task force and possibly some engineering functions there.

Ford Bacon & Davis is a privately held, full-service engineering, procurement, project management and construction management company with offices located in Baton Rouge, West Monroe, New Orleans and Greenville, S.C.

Library to host salary negotiation class

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library will host a “Salary Negotiation 101” seminar, where participants will learn the rules governing salary negotiations and techniques on how to ask for more money and benefits.

Anne Nowak, certified career coach and program director of the Career Center of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, will conduct this class.

The seminar is presented by the library system’s Career Center and will be held at the Bluebonnet Regional Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required, call (225) 381-8434 or email anowak@ebrpl.com.

Battery store
opens on Siegen

Batteries Plus Bulbs has opened a store at 6555 Siegen Lane. It will be operated by Tim LeBlanc and his wife, Kathi. LeBlanc served more than 17 years as a franchise district manager for
H&R Block, overseeing 32 locations.

Batteries Plus Bulbs stores offer batteries for thousands of devices, ranging from watches, cars, digital cameras, laptops and cell/smartphones to hard-to-find batteries for old toys and novelty or obscure electronic devices.

The Baton Rouge store also offers an on-site tech center to assemble, test, condition and design custom battery packs for rechargeable household and business-to-business products.

Batteries Plus Bulbs, which opened its first store in 1988, operates more than 540 locations across 46 states and Puerto Rico.

Forestry Forum to be held in Alexandria

The LSU AgCenter will host the Central Louisiana Forestry Forum at 8 a.m. on March 12 at the evacuation center near the LSU at Alexandria campus.

A number of issues facing timber producers will be discussed, including tax law changes, fuel options for light trucks, the effects of weather patterns on timber, mineral leasing information, pipeline safety and the status of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry wildfire protection. Buck Vandersteen, Louisiana Forestry Association director, will talk about current forestry issues.

The registration fee is $25 per person for preregistration by March 7 and $40 after that date. Checks issued to the LSU AgCenter can be sent to Robbie Hutchins, LSU AgCenter forestry agent, 300 Grady Britt Dr., Alexandria, LA 71302

For more information, contact Hutchins at (318) 767-3968 or email at rhutchins@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Seafood academy
set for this spring

The Louisiana Sea Grant College Program and the LSU AgCenter will host the Louisiana Direct Seafood Academy in February, March and April to improve the economic sustainability of the state’s seafood industry. The series of training programs focuses on marketing techniques, improving product quality, safety and garnering new business. Classes and dock days will be held in Houma, Dulac, Delcambre, Venice and other locations to be announced. More information is available through the appropriate regional Marine Extension agent:

Family business seminar set

The Tulane Family Business Center will host a workshop on March 8 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lavin Bernick Center for University Life’s Kendall Cram Lecture Hall on Tulane University’s uptown campus.

The program will feature W. Kent Lutz, founder of the Lutz Institute, which advises and consults with family businesses on matters of succession planning, governance, family councils, family meetings, family charters, conflict resolution, estate and wealth management, leadership development, communications, compensation, strategic and business planning, marketing, next generation development and financial planning.

SBA offers
executive training

The U.S. Small Business Administration launched its 2013 Emerging Leaders executive-level training initiative in New Orleans to train small business owners in underserved communities.

The seven-month executive leader curriculum includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and financial communities. Local recruitment for the 2013 training cycle started Feb. 1 through SBA district offices, and classes are scheduled to begin in April.

Harvey Gulf
to build two ships

New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC will build two U.S Flag, Jones-act compliant offshore construction vessels, one 328 feet long and the other 360 feet long.

Both vessels will be able to have more than 100 people on board and will be suitable for both domestic and international deepwater operations.