Business Briefs for Jan. 26

Nonna Randazzo’s opens in Mandeville

Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery, of Mandeville, has opened at 22022 Marshall Road.

The company also has locations in Covington and Chalmette.

Owners are Felix Forjet Jr. and Joel Randazzo Forjet.

Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery products include pastries, party and wedding cakes, Italian cookies, freshly baked bread and king cakes.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The website is http://www.nonnaskingcakes.com.

Entergy sets deadlines for grant program

The Entergy Charitable Foundation’s 2014 grant application deadlines for community nonprofit grants are Feb. 1 and Aug. 1.

Entergy Corp., including Entergy Gulf States Louisiana LLC and Entergy Louisiana LLC, is investing $3.2 million toward the foundation grant program to improve communities Entergy serves through investments in education, poverty solutions and environmental programs.

The foundation’s grant cycles were consolidated from three cycles to two.

Guidelines and an application from the Entergy Charitable Foundation are available at “Our Community” at www.entergy.com.

“Entergy is committed to improving our communities through partnerships with our local nonprofit partners,” said Phillip R. May, president and chief executive officer of Entergy Gulf States Louisiana and Entergy Louisiana.

Entergy’s Louisiana utility companies provide electric service to more than 1 million customers through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana LLC, and natural gas service to more than 90,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area through Entergy Gulf States Louisiana.

With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corp.

Conservation program deadline extended

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has extended the deadline for accepting applications for fiscal year 2014 enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program.

Producers must visit a local NRCS office and apply by Feb. 7.

Lands eligible for the Conservation Stewardship Program include cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an American Indian tribe.

A Conservation Stewardship Program self-screening checklist is available to help potential applicants determine if the program is suitable for their operation.

The checklist highlights basic information about eligibility requirements, contract obligations and potential payments. It is available from local NRCS offices and on the Conservation Stewardship Program Web page at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp/.

Birth Center of BR acquires Birth Help

Birth Center of Baton Rouge has acquired Birth Help, which has offered doula services, including resources, education and labor support, to pregnant women since 1991.

Birth Help is integrating with the Birth Center of Baton Rouge to offer a new concept, said Rene Johnson, owner of Birth Help.

Low-risk clients will visit the facility for all prenatal appointments, childbirth education, labor support and a personal birthing experience.

The Birth Center of Baton Rouge will be staffed by licensed midwives and nurses with Dr. Ryan Dickerson acting as the medical director.