Business Briefs for Feb. 16

Eagle Eye Tax Solutions opens Gonzales office

Eagle Eye Tax Solutions has opened an office at 719 S. Burnside, Suite F, Gonzales.

The office will operate year-round providing individual and small business tax preparation, as well as small business bookkeeping services, president/CEO Shanta Bonius said.

During the tax season, the office is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Appointments can be arranged by calling (225) 450-2995. Walk-ins are allowed.

Production company relocates downtown

Take Red Avenue Studios, a multimedia production company, has relocated to a larger studio at 263 Third St., Suite 600, downtown Baton Rouge.

Partners are Kelli Rodriguez, James Peck and Beau Vorhoff.

Take Red Avenue Studios is involved in the TV series “Haunted“ and develops documentaries, commercial production, photography and promotional content for businesses.

Goodpack opens Zachary location

Goodpack, a logistics company, has opened a location at 1880 E. Flanacher Road, Zachary.

Goodpack, which is based in Singapore, provides packaging alternatives for bulk cargo to replace wooden boxes and metal drums. It has a fleet of more than 2.6 million steel intermediate bulk containers, each of which can hold 1.5 tons of goods. The ICBs are leased to a variety of industries, including the rubber and tire, food and chemical industries.

Goodpack ICBs are used in more than 70 countries and more than 5,000 locations worldwide. Its website is Goodpack.com.

Dunkin’ Donuts opens on Florida Boulevard

Dunkin’Donuts has opened a restaurant at 8121 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The restaurant employs 35. It serves coffee, lattes, donuts and baked goods, along with items that have customized flavors for local taste preferences, such as hot and iced coffee, lattes and cappucchinos and bakery sandwiches.

Hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. It has free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen television and drive-thru.

Dunkin’ Donuts operates more than 7,600 restaurants in 40 states and the District of Columbia and more than 3,100 restaurants in 33 other countries.

Organization plans media workshop

The Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists will present its Second annual Secrets to Accessing the Media workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 22 at The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Anchors, reporters, editors, producers, digital specialists and public relations professionals will share tips on writing a news release, getting stories or events in the news and conducting interviews.

The workshop is open to nonprofit organizations, churches, small business owners and others interested in the media.

The cost is $10 per person. A media guide with a contact list is available for $15.

Seating is limited and is first-come, first-serve. Participants can pay at the door or make reservations by sending the name of their organization and the number of people attending to brareaabj@gmail.com.

ACG business award nominations sought

The Association for Corporate Growth Louisiana is accepting nominations for its annual business awards until March 10.

Awards are presented annually to companies that have demonstrated significant achievements in the areas of corporate growth, corporate development or mergers and acquisitions.

The six award categories are outstanding corporate growth, emerging growth company, deal of the year, young deal maker of the year, deal maker of the year and lifetime achievement award.

Nominations should be sent to vbrown@chaffe-associates.com.

Franchise business exposition planned

A free business expo on franchises will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 on the University of New Orleans Jefferson Campus, 3330 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie.

The event is co-sponsored by the Jefferson Economic Development Council and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center – Greater New Orleans.

Nearly a dozen franchisors and related organizations will join FranNet Louisiana to present business opportunities in the automotive, commercial building maintenance, financial, floor coverings, graphics/signage, marketing, commercial and residential cleaning, and staffing sectors.

Mini-seminars in the afternoon will cover financing, legal issues, options for non-U.S. citizens and researching the right franchise.

Registration can be made at lafranchiseexpo.eventbrite.com or by contacting Ted Fireman at (504) 459.9404 or tfireman@frannet.com for more information.

Iron Tribe Fitness opens on St. Joseph

Iron Tribe Fitness has opened a 6,000-square-foot facility in the Warehouse District, 733 St. Joseph St., between Carondolet Street and Saint Charles Avenue.

ITF New Orleans is owned by Kerry and Kate Jenkins.

Kate Jenkins, a graduate of Loyola University, also owns a Bikram yoga studio in Birmingham, Ala. Kerry Jenkins played football for LSU and is a former National Football League player.

Iron Tribe Fitness started in a garage in 2009 in Birmingham, Ala., and opened its first brick-and-mortar location in 2010. The company has six corporate-owned gyms in Birmingham and 57 franchise locations.