Business Briefs for July 13, 2014

Marketing seminar set on email, social media

SCORE is holding a seminar titled “The Power of Email Marketing: Featuring Social Media Engagement” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 15 in the EBR Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The seminar addresses best practices and considerations for the small businesses or nonprofits trying to make their email newsletters more effective.

Topics include different types of newsletters, what to write about, how to use images, subject line best practices, when to send newsletters, understanding how connected email and social media are and additional tools that might be useful.

Register online at www.batonrougearea.score.org/ localworkshops.

Courses to help companies with exports

An Export 101 and 201 course on developing or expanding an export business is being offered to Louisiana companies July 15 and July 16 in Baton Rouge.

Sessions start at 8:30 a.m. and are being held at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, 3113 Valley Creek Drive.

The seminar is aimed at companies new to exporting or experienced exporters with employees needing export training.

The courses are presented by the Louisiana Export Training Program series covering export financing, logistics, key export compliance topics related to international contracts, export management and packaging and labeling.

The courses are supported by the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, New Orleans U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Small Business Development Center and the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

The seminars are targeted, but not limited, to companies located in the Gustav and Ike disaster-declared parishes of Ascension, Assumption, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Bernard, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Terrebonne and Vermilion.

For more information or to register, contact Marisol Canedo, program director, at (504) 722-7894 or email mcanedo50@gmail.com.

LSU AgCenter plans sugar cane field day

The LSU AgCenter’s 32nd annual sugar cane field day will be held July 16 at the Sugar Research Station near St. Gabriel on La. 30, about 11 miles south of LSU Tiger Stadium or 9 miles north of Gonzales.

Registration starts at 8 a.m., and field tours begin at 9 a.m.

Topics include energy crops and commercial sugar cane varieties, sugar cane variety development, disease management, sugar cane insects, weed control and agricultural burning.

More information is available by calling the station at (225) 642-0224.

Task force evaluating crop fertilizer use

The LSU AgCenter has formed a task force to study the effectiveness of fertilizers on major row crops and forages grown in Louisiana.

Crop varieties change frequently, which sometimes causes farmers to adjust how they apply fertilizers. The task force will help ensure recommendations on fertilizer use are up to date.

The group is made up of 10 members, including AgCenter agronomists and specialists for different crops.

The task force hopes to produce a booklet listing nutrient deficiencies in various crops along with appropriate fertilizer rates.

Clean fuels workshop, luncheon scheduled

A free clean fuels workshop and luncheon will be held July 18 by Louisiana Clean Fuels at the Capitol Park Welcome Center at 702 N. River Road, Baton Rouge.

Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. The event ends at 1:30 p.m.

Topics include clean fuels and legislative updates; truck stop electrification case studies; how to find money, save money and clean the air; and how to work with Clean Cities Coalitions.

The event is targeted to public and private fleet managers, public works departments, clean fuel stakeholders and elected officials.

Register at www. louisianacleanfuels.org/ meet-reg1.php?id=7.

Workshop to address Brownfield revamp

A free Brownfield workshop on dealing with abandoned buildings or potentially contaminated property will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. July 17 in the Regional Transportation Management Center main conference room, 10 Veterans Blvd., New Orleans.

The workshop is designed to help communities gain a better understanding of what a Brownfield is and learn how Brownfield revitalization will contribute to communities’ economic development. State and national leaders in the program will discuss resources available.

The workshop is targeted to local and regional government officials, not-for-profit economic and community development organizations and anyone interested in learning about brownfields or about financial resources for local redevelopment.

The workshop is co-hosted by the Regional Planning Commission, the South Central Planning and Development Commission, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the Louisiana Brownfields Association and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program at Kansas State University.

Attendance is limited and registration is required at www.ksutab.org/education/workshops.

Rural Hospital Coalition relocates

The Rural Hospital Coalition has relocated its offices to 450 Laurel St., 18th floor, in Baton Rouge.

It was in Pride.

The coalition works to preserve rural hospitals in Louisiana by insuring the continued implementation of legislation that supports continued access to health care to rural citizens through rural hospitals.