Business Briefs for May 11

Economic marketing course set at LSU

LSU Executive Education is offering its economic development marketing and attraction course May 20-21 at the Business Education Complex on LSU’s campus.

It is the core course in the Certified Louisiana Economic Developer certification and uses case studies and sample plans to highlight best practices in economic development marketing.

Content includes an overview of economic development marketing, how to establish rationale for target audiences, site selection, winning strategies in economic development marketing, online and digital marketing and branding in economic development.

Registration for the course and more information about the certification program can be found online at executive.lsu.edu.

Hargrove Engineers opens new location

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors has moved into a new Baton Rouge office at 4150 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. Hargrove, based in Mobile, Ala., has had an office in Baton Rouge since 2010. The company has 77 employees in Baton Rouge.

Hargrove, which has been ranked as one of the 10 fastest-growing engineering firms in the U.S. for the past seven years by Inc. magazine, has more than 900 employees nationwide.

Arcco Power becomes Generac distributor

Arcco Power Systems in Baton Rouge has signed an agreement with Generac Power Systems as an exclusive distributor for Generac Industrial Power throughout Louisiana.

Generac’s product line ranges from single generators up to 2 megawatts and paralleled power systems up to 100 megawatts.

Grounds Guys opens in Denham Springs

The Grounds Guys of Denham Springs, a lawn and landscape franchise, has been started by Spencer Williams.

It specializes in commercial and estate residential landscape management services. The phone number is (225) 907-0112 and its website is denham-springs.groundsguys.com.

The Grounds Guys is a concept of The Dwyer Group, an international franchise company with more than 1,400 locations globally.

Seniors franchise to serve area

A Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services franchise has been opened at 3036 Brakley Drive, Suite A, serving the Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Denham Springs and Prairieville area.

It is a peer-to-peer business model that hires seniors to provide nonmedical services to other seniors, including light housekeeping, meal preparation, handyman services, transportation and companionship.

Garry and Melanie Furlough opened the business. He is an Air Force veteran and recently retired U.S. Postal Service worker. She is a certified gerontologist employed by Siemens Medical Solutions.

The phone number is (225) 778-7699 and website is seniorshelpingseniors.com.

Seniors Helping Seniors, founded in 1998, is headquartered in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, and has more than 250 franchises in 42 states.

Nominations accepted for BBB Torch Awards

The Better Business Bureau is seeking nominations for its 2014 Douglas Manship Sr. Torch Awards for Ethics in Business.

The deadline is May 31.

The awards recognize outstanding Baton Rouge-area businesses. Nominations are open for all for-profit businesses in the BBB’s service area of Ascension, Assumption, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes.

Nominees must be in business for at least three years and will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges against certain criteria. Awards will be presented to four businesses, representing categories based on business size. The winners will be honored at the 2014 Torch Awards Banquet on Oct. 14.

The criteria and an entry form can be found at batonrouge.bbb.org.

Lakeview opens behavioral center

Lakeview Regional Medical Center has completed its Behavioral Health Center on the hospital campus at 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington.

Dr. A. Majid Khan will serve as the medical director. He was a unit director at Greenbrier Hospital in Covington.

The 24-bed center specializes in the care and well-being of older adults, with inpatient psychiatric treatment focusing on the emotional and medical needs of each individual.

Adams and Reese forms practice area

The law firm of Adams and Reese has formed a new practice area in privacy, data security and information governance.

The practice brings together lawyers from several practices and industries to assist clients in their compliance with state, federal and international laws and standards regulating the collection, use, sharing and protection of information.

Adams and Reese has more than 330 lawyers and advisers in 16 offices in 15 markets throughout the southern United States and Washington, D.C.