Business Briefs for March 10

Alexander’s opening market this month

Alexander’s Highland Market at Highland Road and Perkins Road is set to open at the end of March.

The full-service, 37,000- square-foot supermarket will offer Louisiana products, seafood and produce, with a focus on organics and naturals. It also will have an in-store pharmacy, café bakery, deli, floral department and wine department, plus Wi-Fi.

The store is operated by the Alexander family, which traces its grocery business to Richard Alexander who opened the first Alexander’s Grocery in Ascension Parish in 1921. His grandson, Murray, took over the operations and renamed the St. Amant store Murray’s Supermarket in 1977. A fourth generation owns and runs that store as well as the Alexander’s Highland Market.

The market is a member of Associated Grocers Inc., which is headquartered in Baton Rouge and serves over 200 independent retail outlets in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

BBB holding trade show, marketplace

The Better Business Bureau is sponsoring a Mega Marketplace in April and a business-to-business trade show in May.

The marketplace will be held 8-10 a.m. April 24 at the Holiday Inn South–Baton Rouge.

The event allows participants to introduce themselves to about 60 businesses in three hours by rotating from table to table.

Following the event, participants receive the final list of attendees.

The cost is $30 per person for BBB-accredited businesses and $40 per person for non-accredited businesses.

The B2B Trade Show will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 23 at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino + Hotel Atrium at 103 France St. in Baton Rouge. A business after hours will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Booths cost $395 for BBB-accredited businesses with a minimum C rating and $495 for non-accredited businesses.

For more information about either event, contact BJ Militello at (225) 346-8343 or bjm@batonrouge.bbb.org.

Grace & Hebert gets EBR school contract

Grace & Hebert Architects has been selected by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System to design a high school to replace the existing Lee High School. DLR Group is serving as design consultant to GHA.

The one-story Lee High School will be demolished this year and rebuilt as a two-story school featuring modern classrooms, updated technology and flexible, collaborative areas for students to study and socialize. It will be designed to accommodate 1,200 students.

In addition to core academic areas, the new school will include a cafeteria, media center, administrative offices, new competition gymnasium, practice gymnasium, auditorium and support spaces.

The estimated cost of the new high school is $58.5 million. It is scheduled to open in the 2015-16 school year.

Hazards workshop set for businesses

A free workshop series has been developed for small-business owners, nonprofits and those who prepare for and respond to natural and man-made hazards.

Workshops will be held in south Louisiana this month. Registration for each is available at http://centerforbusinessprep.org/news.

The remaining locations and dates are:

PORT ALLEN: 8 a.m. to noon March 12; Port Allen Conference Center, 749 North Jefferson Ave.

DERIDDER: 8 a.m. to noon March 19; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Training Center, 412 Bolivar Bishop Drive.

OPELOUSAS: 8 a.m. to noon March 20; Chamber of Commerce, 109 West Vine St.

NEW IBERIA: 8 a.m. to noon March 21; Veterans Hall, 500 Marie St.

The workshop was developed by LSU’s Stephenson Disaster Management Institute under a grant awarded by the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Funds were provided by FEMA. Participants will receive training and printed materials that cover all aspects of hazard mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Seafood Academy helps fishermen

The Louisiana Direct Seafood Academy will be held in across coastal Louisiana this month and April, with a series of programs focusing on marketing techniques, improving product quality, safety and getting new business.

Sponsors are Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter.

The events include training meetings with classroom sessions and dock days for hands-on demonstrations.

The dates and locations are:

MARCH 19: A dock day at the North Pier Dock in Delcambre. For more information, contact Thomas Hymel, thymel@agcenter.lsu.edu or (337) 276-5527, or Mark Shirley, mshirley@agcenter.lsu.edu or (337) 898-4335, or Thu Bui, tbui@agcenter.lsu.edu or (337) 828-4100, ext. 300.

MARCH 20: A training meeting in Venice at the public dock. For more information, contact Twyla Herrington at therrington@agcenter.lsu.edu or (504) 858-9826.

APRIL 9: A training meeting for Cameron and Calcasieu parishes, location not yet determined. For more information, contact Kevin Savoie, ksavoie@agcenter.lsu.edu or (337) 660-8519.

The Louisiana Seafood Academy is held annually before the spring shrimp harvest to provide commercial fishermen an opportunity to learn about new technology and industry research at no charge.

The events will include demonstrations from the U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board, Nature Conservatory and local providers.

Topics at the training events will vary based on local needs but will address brine freezing techniques, micro-branding opportunities, eco-tourism business options, Coast Guard safety information, using the Internet and social media, and other current topics.

Wildlife field day planned near Clinton

The LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station near Clinton will hold a wildlife field day on Saturday.

The event will focus on the management of white-tailed deer and feral hog populations, according to Don Reed, LSU AgCenter forestry specialist at the station.

Topics also include deer hunting regulations, along with consequences resulting from reported epizootic hemorrhagic disease outbreaks during this past season. EHD is an acute, infectious and often fatal disease of some wild ruminants.

Two field demonstrations will focus on techniques for controlling feral hogs using snaring devices triggered by leg-hold traps along with the use of conventional snares and cage traps.

“LSU AgCenter butchers will demonstrate proper techniques for processing feral swine carcasses,” Reed said.

The program will end at noon with a lunch provided in the registration fee. Preregistration is $30 by Monday and $40 afterward.

For more information, contact Reed at (225) 683-5848.

Directions to the station from Baton Rouge: Take La. 67 (Plank Road) 25 miles north toward Clinton, turn right on Idlewild Road, then two miles to the station entrance on the left.

Women’s business conference set

A “Women Mean Business” conference will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in Southeastern Louisiana University’s Twelve Oaks Reception Hall on Texas Avenue in Hammond.

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at SLU and Tangipahoa Professional Women will host the conference.

The event will provide strategies to help women of all ages survive and thrive individually and professionally,” said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the LSBDC.

It will have various speakers and also feature a panel of experts addressing top
wellness issues for women in 2013. There also will be a “Women Mean Fashion” event showcasing spring and summer looks.

Cost is $50, with discounts given to members of TPW. Southeastern students can attend free.

To register or for more information about table sponsorships, visit http://www.TangiPW.org or contact the LSBDC at (985) 549-3831 or lsbdc.slu@lsbdc.org.

Energy forum connects suppliers

The Sixth Petrochemical and Energy Industry Procurement Connections Forum will be held March 19 in New Orleans.

Sponsors include BP, Chevron, Citgo, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, Shell, Phillips66 and Marathon Petroleum Corp., along with prime contractors Baker Hughes, Dresser-Rand, EQT Corp., Halliburton and Turner Industries.

The event uses a matchmaking model to connect industry buyers, category managers and other corporate decision makers to minority- and women-owned firms and small businesses in key categories.

Small businesses and minority-owned and women-owned businesses can apply at http://possiblemissions.com.

Conservation grant applicants sought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for up to $25 million in grants to help develop and demonstrate ideas to improve conservation on private lands.

Conservation Innovation Grants are available for state and local governments, federally recognized Indian Tribes, non-governmental and educational organizations, private businesses and individuals.

Applications are due March 22.

Of particular interest are applications for innovative demonstration partnerships on energy conservation, nutrient management, soil health, wildlife habitat and adaptive management.

The grants are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and are awarded through a competitive process.

At least 50 percent of the total cost of CIG projects must come from non-federal matching funds, including cash and in-kind contributions provided by the grant recipient.

For more information, visit http://go.usa.gov/4Kvx.

To apply, visit http://www.grants.gov or contact Gregorio Cruz, National CIG Program Manager, at 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 0103-S, Washington, D.C. 20205 or by phone at (703) 235-8065 or by email at gregorio.cruz@wdc.usda.gov.