Business Briefs for April 6

BR chamber plans for ‘Around the Table’

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber has set May 1 for an “Around the Table” event that will place 225 participants in 20 different homes in a new dinner party project designed to help connect newcomers with locals and encourage conversations.

The event is open to the public, but space is limited and ticket sales will close on April 11.

“With the unprecedented growth we’re experiencing in our region, it is important that we make efforts to ensure locals and newcomers are engaged and making personal connections that make this area feel like home,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. “We are very excited that so many business and community leaders have agreed to open their homes to help foster these connections in our area.”

Each home will host a mix of locals and newcomers with each location focusing on a pre-assigned topic such as “Finding new solutions to old problems.” Participants will be selected at random for each location and will not know the host of their dinner until the week of the event.

Tickets can be purchased at

P&N Tech becomes Microsoft reseller

P&N Tech, the technology division of Postlethwaite & Netterville APAC, has become a Microsoft Authorized Education Reseller.

The program is designed to train participating resellers on Microsoft’s Academic licensing and authorize them to purchase and resell Microsoft Academic licenses.

Seminar on federal jobs scheduled

A free seminar on careers and job opportunities with federal government agencies in south Louisiana will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bluebonnet Regional Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The event is sponsored by the Career Center, a service of the EBRP Library. The seminar is an informational event, not a job fair.

Bill Tyler, retired administrative officer at the Southern Regional Research Center, a federal agency based in New Orleans, will also discuss application procedures, benefits and job outlook.

Registration is required by calling (225) 381-8434 or emailing

GoAthlete sports event service set up in BR

GoAthlete, a sports event planning service, has been set up in Baton Rouge.

GoAthlete was founded by Baton Rouge natives Denver Benton, Dakota Roemer and sports enthusiasts that include former LSU basketball player Collis Temple III, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer and strategic consultant for Major League Baseball Len Sanderson.

“GoAthlete plans to revolutionize the way sporting event planning happens by giving the event planner control over hotel booking engines as well as tools to strengthen their brand,” Benton said.

With GoAthlete, the people who create the tournament, race or playoff can reap the benefits of the travel associated with the event as well as learn how to strengthen their brand through social media and other marketing services. He said GoAthlete removes the third-party online booking agent that has no vested interest in the event and builds a customizable online hotel booking engine over which the event planner has control.

A complementary and customizable social media guide that aids in educating staff and that builds an online community is part of the package. Professional athlete spokespersons, Wi-Fi availability at the main venue and other promotional strategies are offered a la carte from GoAthlete.

Manufacturing awards nominees sought

The Louisiana economic development department is accepting nominations until May 12 for the 2014 Lantern Awards.

The awards are presented annually to outstanding manufacturers from each of Louisiana’s eight regional planning and development districts.

Award winners are chosen based on their excellence in manufacturing and their community involvement during the three years prior to the nomination. Anyone may nominate a manufacturer for the award.

Nomination packets are available at the Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Districts’ website, Nomination packets should be returned to the corresponding planning district office.

Awards will be presented June 24 during a reception held at the Governor’s Mansion.

The Lantern Awards are a partnership among LED, the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association and the Louisiana Quality Foundation.

Coast Roast Coffee opens in Ponchatoula

Coast Roast Coffee, a Long Beach, Miss., roasting company has taken over operations at Coffee Culture at 1625 U.S. 51 Business in Ponchatoula.

Coffee Culture has been serving Coast Roast Coffee since the shop opened three years ago. The shop will now roast its own coffee. Customers also will be able to see Coast Roast Coffee’s sample roasting on antique coffee roasting equipment and coffee tasting or “cupping,” which has moved from its base in Long Beach to Ponchatoula.

The shop will be adding seasonal flavors, such as a chocolate peanut butter Easter egg frozen mocha, to its menu of iced and frozen coffee drinks.

This marks the second coffee shop owned by the Long Beach roasting company. Its first coffee shop, Bankhouse Coffee in Long Beach, has been open for 14 years. Coast Roast supplies fresh roasted coffee to many coffee shops in the New Orleans metro area and across the Northshore.

Civil law lecture scheduled at LSU

The Center for Civil Law Studies of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center will present the 37th John H. Tucker Jr. Lecture in Civil Law at 6 p.m. Thursday in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Law Center.

Judge Nicholas Kasirer of the Court of Appeal of Quebec will present “That Montreal Sound: The Influence of French Legal Ideas and the French Language on the Civil Law Expressed in English.”

Kasirer will evaluate the variable character of the phenomenon on the civil law in English within the French legal tradition.

The lecture is part of a two-day international conference organized by the CCLS for Thursday and Friday.

The CCLS promotes a better understanding of civil law jurisdictions in Louisiana and continental Europe and Latin America.

To register, email or call (225) 578-7831.