Business Briefs for Aug. 31, 2014

SCORE sponsoring business workshop

A workshop on starting a business is being held by SCORE from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m Sept. 2 at the EBRP Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Topics include myths and realities of entrepreneurship; critical success factors; know your options; components of business ownership; making it legal; funding and cash management; and business plan basics.

The Impeccable Pig opens in Perkins Rowe

The Impeccable Pig, a family owned and operated chain of women’s boutiques, has opened on Perkins Rowe Street in the Perkins Rowe development located at Perkins Road and Bluebonnet Boulevard.

The chain offers clothing, handbags and jewelry for teens and young women.

“Baton Rouge marks our 13th location and our first in Louisiana,” said Jennifer Correa, who owns and operates the business with her mother, Laura Robbins.

The Impeccable Pig began in 2002 in Dallas as a home d├ęcor shop before transitioning to women’s clothing. Its website is theimpeccablepig.com.

Register at batonrougearea.score.org.

Tools designed to help with foreign contacts

The World Trade Center of New Orleans and the Louisiana Consular Corps have produced two informational tools designed to help local and international businesses explore business relationships and access Louisiana-based career and honorary consuls who can assist with business development efforts.

A country-by-country economic data booklet has been prepared for distribution to governmental and economic groups in Louisiana, including state legislators, key state and local government departments, economic development agencies, business media, chambers of commerce and universities.

“This data helps bring clarity to the significant economic impact foreign countries have on Louisiana’s economic vitality, and provides a point of contact for each of the 55 nations represented in Louisiana by career and honorary consuls,” said Dominik Knoll, chief executive officer of the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

An electronic version of the booklet, Economic Ties Between Louisiana and the World, can be accessed at http://www.wtcno.org.

Data available in the booklet includes country-specific exports from Louisiana, in-state jobs created through commercial interaction, the number of tax-free shopping transactions and number of visitors to Louisiana from each country.

The second initiative is the launch of a new website for the Louisiana Consular Corps at www.LouisianaConsularCorps.com. The site is designed to make the work of Louisiana-based consular representatives more accessible to the public.

Keep La. Beautiful seeks award nominees

Keep Louisiana Beautiful is accepting nominations for annual awards presented by the statewide nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to litter prevention, waste reduction and recycling.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 17. Louisiana residents can nominate exemplary groups and individuals as well as innovative programs whose efforts help to keep Louisiana beautiful. Award categories are most innovative program; youth leadership award; outstanding Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliate; outstanding Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliate director; corporate leadership award; and the Alice Foster Award recognizing a volunteer for exceptional leadership in litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling and beautification.

Details about the awards and entry submission guidelines are provided at www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org. Entries should be emailed to skelley@keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

Recipients will be recognized Oct. 3 during the organization’s annual awards luncheon.

Insurance career academy established

A 10-week program focused on kick-starting a career in insurance is being held by Delgado Community College and the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana.

A required information session will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in Building 8, Room 101, at Delgado’s City Park Campus at 615 City Park Ave. Seating is limited and interested applicants are encouraged to RSVP to noncredit@dcc.edu.

Applications for the academy are available at www.dcc.edu/LIA and will be accepted through Sept. 11. Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana and national insurance companies will be subsidizing the cost of the first program, reducing out-of-pocket tuition for students to $350.

Classes start Sept. 30 and will be held three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at Delgado’s City Park Campus. All classes will be taught by actively practicing insurance professionals. Topics include insurance essentials, such as customer service and homeowners, commercial property and commercial liability insurance.

Students successfully completing the program will attain two industry-based certifications: Accredited Customer Service Representative-Personal Lines and Accredited Customer Service Representative-Commercial Lines. Job placement assistance with insurance agencies statewide will also be available.

The Louisiana Insurance Academy arose from conversations between local insurance firm Gillis, Ellis and Baker Inc. and Delgado regarding the growing demand and opportunities for jobs in the insurance industry.

La. Bar Association schedules two courses

The Louisiana State Bar Association will be holding two seminars Sept. 12 at The Westin Canal Place Hotel at 100 Iberville St., New Orleans.

“Motion Commotion & Appellate Review: Tips From the Bench & Bar” will cover key aspects of filing motions, writ practice, writing effective briefs, making the most of oral argument and common mistakes to avoid. The program has been approved for a maximum of 6.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics.

“Estate Planning: New Tools and New Directions” covers planning issues that are becoming more common, such as non-traditional family relationships, protecting public assistance benefits and advance directives. The program includes the new cause of action to curb power of attorney abuse. The course was approved for a total of 6.25 hours of estate planning and administration specialization credit, including 1 hour of professionalism.

To register for either course online or for more information, go to http://www.lsba.org or contact Bridget Berins at (504) 619-0137.