Business Briefs for Sept. 7, 2014

Workshop to help businesses grow lists

A workshop titled “60 Ways to Grow Your List” will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The event is co-sponsored with SCORE Baton Rouge.

The workshop, presented by Ellen McDowell, focuses on ideas and strategies to capture new contacts, grow email lists and take action to move a business forward. Topics include why someone should join a contact list and what’s in it for them and how to’s on asking people to join a list face-to-face; using social media to grow a list; growing a list on a website or blog; using print material to get people to sign up; using events to help grow a list; and using incentives and giveaways to grow a contact list.

Pre-registration is requested at http://goo.gl/VNkYel

The workshop is presented by Master Certified Constant Contact Solution Provider Ellen McDowell — Your Social Butterfly. As an Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact Ellen presents best practices for email and social media marketing.

Remodelers Council plans advice seminars

The Remodelers Council of Greater Baton Rouge is sponsoring several free seminars for consumers who are considering any type or size addition or remodel project.

Topics include where and how to start a remodeling project, what licenses and/or permits are required by contractors, why the lowest bid might actually end up being the most costly and how to design and make changes to a home so that they can remain in their home as they get older.

Seminars are scheduled:

SEPT. 16: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jones Creek Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road, Baton Rouge.

OCT. 14: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bluebonnet Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge.

NOV. 1: 10 a.m. to noon at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge.

From 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will also be a video presentation and discussion on aging in place and how seniors or those with some disabilities can remain in their home.

For information, call Denise Emmons at (225) 761-2800.

Lead training course slated for renovators

The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center is hosting a Lead Certified Renovator Training course at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at 2858 Gourrier Ave., in Baton Rouge.

The course will help contractors meet the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The rule requires contractors who disturb paint in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities to be lead-certified.

Course participants will be eligible to take the RRP certification test administered through EnviroEd, a national EPA-accredited RRP training provider. The class also qualifies for eight continuing education credits for Louisiana Residential Contractors.

Registration, course fees and more information about the class and the RRP rule are available at www.lsuagcenter.com/LaHouse on the “Seminars and Events” page

For more information or to register, go to www.lsuagcenter.com/lahouse or contact Claudette Reichel at (225) 578-7913.

Delta Region summit focuses on workforce

A summit on workforce development in the Delta Region is being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at Nicholls State University, 906 E. First St., Thibodaux.

Leaders of business and industry, community colleges and higher education, and local and state government will be participating in the summit. They will be discussing job creation, education and economic development for the Delta region and the challenges, needs and opportunities to strengthen the region’s workforce systems to produce trained and skilled workers.

The summit will use the report “Future of the South: Reimagining Workforce Development” as a framework for discussions. For more information or to register, go to www.regonline.com/deltaworkforceLA or www.dra.gov.