Business Briefs for May 25, 2014

Behavioral Intervention Group opens on Siegen

Behavioral Intervention Group has opened a new facility at 8180 Siegen Lane.

The 17,500-square-foot facility has eight classrooms, with the capacity to accommodate up to 100 children.

BIG is made up up of a team of therapists focused on providing the skills, teaching environments and learning opportunities to improve the quality of life for children with autism and other developmental disorders.

“We’re really excited about the BIG move to a newer and larger facility,” said co-owner Cassie Bradford.

The facility includes a student lounge with access to activities that encourage social interaction, an indoor playroom for activities geared toward younger children and a private potty-training therapy room. A large outdoor sensory playground is also in the works and is slated for completion in fall 2014.

The phone number is (225) 727-8002 or and website is www.big-br.com.

Primary Care opens Perkins Road clinic

Primary Care Plus has opened a clinic at 7049 Perkins Road at the corner of Kenilworth Parkway and Perkins Road.

Primary Care Plus specializes in primary and specialty care services for patients age 65 and over.

The phone number is (225) 926-7200.

In addition to two clinics in Baton Rouge and one in Gretna, Primary Care Plus plans to open additional new clinics in the Greater New Orleans and northshore areas by the end of 2014.

Deadline approaching for disaster loans

Homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations in several areas of Louisiana and Mississippi have until June 13 to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by severe weather and flooding March 28-29.

Low-interest disaster loans are available in East and West Feliciana and Concordia parishes and in Adams, Amite, Franklin and Wilkinson counties.

Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses and nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.

Interest rates are as low as 2.250 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA at (800) 659-2955; (800) 877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing; or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Teachers’ Retirement System touts ranking

The Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana’s investment performance ranked in the top 12th percentile of public pension funds with assets exceeding $1 billion for the 10-year period ending March 31, according to the Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service.

“This ranking shows that over a sustained period of time, TRSL performs better than most large institutional investors in the U.S.,” said Philip Griffith, the system’s chief investment officer.

Griffith also reported that TRSL added more than $3 billion to the system’s trust over the past two fiscal years, bringing its total assets to $16.4 billion. TRSL’s investment return is 14.3 percent net of fees as of April 30.

PosiGen Solar expands into Northeast markets

Metairie solar company PosiGen Solar Solutions has opened a store and installation operation in Albany, New York, expanding its reach into markets in the Northeast.

The company also recently opened facilities and services in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The company offers solar leasing and energy-efficiency programs for solar photovoltaic energy systems.

PosiGen said it is launching a new business model in New York that makes solar affordable to all income levels.

“Our success in New Orleans demonstrates the popularity and affordability of our solar and energy-efficiency programs, and it shows that the business climate here is great for entrepreneurs,” said Tom Neyhart, president of PosiGen Solar Solutions. “We also believe that our expansion into the Northeast will enhance Louisiana’s reputation as a great place to start and grow a business “

Savings, loan changes name to Heritage Bank

St. Tammany Homestead Savings and Loan Association, which has offices in Covington and Slidell, has changed its name to Heritage Bank.

David Crumhorn, president, said no personnel changes have been made at the 90-year-old financial institution, but some new services are being added.

Current and planned services include mobile banking; free checking; competitive rates; online cash management for small businesses; loan services handled locally; one-closing home construction loans; and the use of Heritage Bank ATM cards at the most convenient ATMs, with applicable fees refunded.

Jefferson Chamber sets awards luncheon

Lauren LeBlanc, of New Orleans brand Fleurty Girl, will be the keynote speaker for the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leadership Awards Luncheon on May 29 at Metairie Country Club at 580 Woodvine Ave.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon and program at noon.

The awards event honors the accomplishments of small and large businesses and the impact they have made on the Jefferson Parish business community.

Tickets are available at www.jeffersonchamber.org or by calling (504) 835-3880. Chamber member tickets are $35; future member tickets $45; and reserved tables for eight guests $300.