Business Briefs for Aug. 17, 2014

Workforce incentive fund forum scheduled

A forum on Louisiana’s new workforce incentive fund will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 at the LABI Conference Center, 3113 Valley Creek Drive, in Baton Rouge.

The event is being hosted by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Committee of 100 and Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association.

During the 2014 session, the Legislature unanimously voted to invest $40 million in a workforce incentive fund called the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy fund, or WISE.

“A sense of urgency is needed to fill the 69,000 STEM-related jobs Louisiana will gain between now and 2018,” LABI President Stephen Waguespack said.

The fund will allocate money to state colleges and universities that partner with private industry to produce graduates with high-demand degrees and certificates, and link their coursework to industry’s employment needs. The program also will fund state research institutions to spur commercial innovations.

The forum will feature panelists representing the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, Workforce Commission, business and industry, and higher education.

The event is open to the public. Information and registration are available at labi.org/events or by calling Melody Woodworth (225) 382-3750 or emailing woodworth@C100LA.org.

J2 Subsea opens facility in New Iberia

J2 Subsea, an Acteon company, has opened a new facility in New Iberia to make its remotely operated vehicle tools more readily available for subsea operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

The facility includes servicing and support and a hydraulic workshop for tool preparation, providing torque tools, analysers, Webtool cutters, intensifiers, grinders, work packs, jetters and cleaners to ROV and diving companies in North America.

The facility will receive support from the company’s headquarters in Aberdeen, U.K., and is the first stage of a global expansion plan.

J2 Subsea provides hydraulics and Acteon sister company Seatronics supplies electronics.

J2 Subsea also will be introducing the WeSubsea range of dredgers for rental in the Gulf of Mexico.

Keep La. Beautiful applications sought

Keep Louisiana Beautiful, a nonprofit dedicated to litter prevention and waste reduction in the state, is accepting applications for its 2014-15 Healthy Communities Grants Program.

The deadline is Aug. 27.

Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to help fund local litter prevention, enforcement and education projects.

Last year, KLB awarded $230,000 in grants to 34 different organizations, including 19 affiliates, and a combination of 15 community and educational organizations around the state.

The program is designed to help 501(c)(3) organizations, governmental agencies, KLB affiliates, schools and school districts, and youth groups implement projects with a specific focus on litter abatement through community education, recycling and enforcement.

Information, criteria and applications are online at keeplouisianabeautiful.org. Grant applications are to be submitted via email to skelley@keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

Seminar set on starting, managing a business

A seminar titled “Starting and Managing Your Business” is being held by SCORE from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Bon Carré Executive Conference Center, 7249 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Topics include introduction to the business plan; business taxes; legal aspects of your business; technology for business; advertising and marketing; insurance and banking requirements; and sales.

The cost is $50 per person in advance and $60 at the door if seats are available. The cost for an associate is $40. Register at batonrougearea.score.org.

Gage starts disaster recovery program

Baton Rouge communications company Gage has launched a cloud-based disaster recovery program.

The off-site, cloud-based system allows businesses to better protect customer data in event of natural disasters, power outages, employee errors or emergency situations as opposed to data backup that relies on tape or external hard drives that are vulnerable to disasters.

2Paul’s barbecue opens Broussard restaurant

2Paul’s Radically Urban Barbeque has opened at 4016 U.S. 90 East in Broussard.

Founded in 2008, 2Paul’s is owned and operated by Marilynn Fournet Adams and Gary Paul Roy.

Its flagship restaurant is at 2668 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Both locations’ services include off-site catering, delivery, private event room rental and menu specials.

The restaurant’s website is 2paulsbbq.com.

Whole Foods plans Lafayette vendor event

A local vendor seminar for Whole Foods Market is being held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, 211 E. Devalcourt St., Lafayette.

The free event is open to all Louisiana growers, food artisans and body care suppliers.

The free program will cover information on Whole Foods Market’s quality standards, food safety, retail-ready packaging, regulatory requirements and the process to becoming a supplier. For reservations, email louisianalocal@wholefoods.com.

The company is opening its first store in Lafayette at 4247 Ambassador Caffery Parkway on Sept. 24.