Business Briefs for April 13

Public administration groups schedule event

The LSU Public Administration Institute and Public Administration Institute Student Association will hold PAISA Day from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23 in the rotunda of the Business Education Complex.

Guest speakers are Charles E. Cook Jr. and Ronald A. Faucheux. Cook is the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report. Faucheux is the president of the Clarus Research Group.

Additionally, Pi Alpha Alpha inductees and May graduates will be recognized at PAISA Day.

Insurance agency opens on Perkins Road

Coffey Insurance Agency LLC, an Allstate agency, has opened at 12668 Perkins Road.

Shawn Coffey owns and operates the agency, which offers auto, property, commercial, long-term care and life insurance, and annuities.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evenings and weekends are available by appointment.

The phone number is (225) 319-5259 and email is

Group to hold award, scholarship program

The Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists will hold its second annual Scholarship Luncheon to benefit future journalists from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Boudreaux’s, 2647 Government St.

The guest speaker will be Houston news reporter Isiah Carey of KRIV-TV “Fox 26,” a Baton Rouge native and former WAFB-TV reporter. The organization will honor journalists Yvonne Campbell, formerly of The Advocate; Mayor Kip Holden, formerly of radio station WXOK-AM 1460; Robert Rene, of WAFB-TV; and WBRZ-TV news anchorwoman Sylvia Weatherspoon.

Scholarships will be awarded to Southern University and LSU journalism students.

Tickets are $25 and sponsorships start at $500. For more information, go to or call (225) 229-1906.

Lafayette business pitch contest scheduled

INNOV8 Lafayette, an event for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, is holding The Vault pitch competition from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 29 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

Innovators will pitch business plans to teams of investors, resulting in potential funding opportunities.

There will be three separate categories: quick pitches for students and startups, nonprofits’ pitches and for-profit pitches.

Quick pitch winners will receive their portion of proceeds from attendance chip voting; each attendee will pay for a $10 crowdfunding admission chip to put toward the project of his choice. The nonprofit pitch winner could receive up to $50,000 in funding from the Lafayette Public Trust.

The for-profit pitch winner could earn a limitless deal once post-event vetting is completed.

The deadline for idea submissions is April 20, and registration will be conducted through the submit page on InventureWorks’ website.

The Vault is open to the public. Tickets can be prepurchased through the INNOV8 website or at the door for $10. Seating is limited.

Air Products completes $1 billion investment

Air Products and Chemicals Inc. has completed $1 billion in project investments in Louisiana over the past four years that have tripled the production capacity in its hydrogen pipeline network.

Air Products built four major hydrogen plants along the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to the greater New Orleans area, boosting the hydrogen supply to Louisiana’s refinery and petrochemical sectors.

Its network runs from Houston to Lake Charles to New Orleans.

The four new steam methane reformer plants were built in Baton Rouge, Garyville, Norco and Luling, and lift the company’s number of facilities in Louisiana to 19.

The project created 32 new direct jobs, with an average salary of $80,000 per year, plus benefits, the Louisiana Economic Development Department reported.

The construction phase began in 2009 and is concluding with the commissioning of the Norco hydrogen plant this spring.

SBA seeking annual award nominees

The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations by May 2 for its annual Tibbetts and Small Business Innovation Research Hall of Fame Awards.

Tibbetts Awards are presented to companies and individuals who promote the mission and goals of the SBIR program and the Small Business Technology Transfer program.

One prize goes to any businesses that have participated in the SBIR or STTR Phase I and II award programs.

Another award goes to individuals who have not received assistance but supported the SBIR and STTR programs.

The SBIR Hall of Fame recognizes previous SBIR awardees with a long period of extraordinary success in research, innovation and commercialization within the SBIR program.

Nominations can be submitted online at

DEQ to train those with discharge permits

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is offering training for permit holders on the use of the NetDMR online application for the submission of discharge monitoring reports.

The training is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at DEQ Headquarters, 602 N. Fifth St., Baton Rouge.

A discharge monitoring report is a self-reporting document that is generated by permittees that have a Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

The DMR contains information pertaining to water discharges into waters of the state.

DEQ’s training is conducted in a computer lab setting to allow hands-on experience using NetDMR.

Space is limited. Register by email at

More information on the NetDMR program is available at