Business Briefs for April 14

Organizations set grad student event

The Baton Rouge chapter of the American Society for Training and Development is partnering with the LSU School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development – Graduate Student Association to host a networking event at 3 p.m. Tuesday
in LSU’s Peabody Hall, Room 225.

The event is for LSU HRD/HRE graduate students interested in connecting with training professionals and creating research partnerships with local organizations.

Register at

Series examines military policies

The LSU Law Center will host the U.S. Army War College Eisenhower Series College Program at 12:40-1:40 p.m. Wednesday in the McKernan Auditorium at the law center at 1 East Campus Drive at the corner of East Campus Drive and Dalrymple.

The event is free and open to the public.

The program series is designed to encourage dialogue on national security and other public policy issues between students of the Army’s senior educational institution and the public at colleges and universities.

Topics to be discussed include “Guantanamo Bay: Is There a Better Way?”, “Legal Aspects of Cyber War and the Cyber Domain” and “U.S. Policy on Drone Strikes.”

Administrative group holding seminar

The Baton Rouge chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will host its annual educational seminar during Administrative Professionals Week on April 26 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in The Lake House Center at 12323 Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge.

Speakers are Mary Bellanger, regional vice president of Primerica; Chuck Jarreau, account representative with Louisiana Office Supply; Craig Pourciau, consultant with SSA; and John Sherk, director of strategy with Team Real World.

The cost is $60 and includes lunch. Registration is open to the public and seating is limited.

Contact Donna Davidson at (225) 235-6894 or email

Event targets over-50 entrepreneurs

A training session for people over the age of 50 who want to start or grow their own business will be held 8:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday at the Baton Rouge River Center in downtown Baton Rouge.

The event is being sponsored by Louisiana AARP the U.S. Small Business Administration and Mayor-President Kip Holden.

For additional information, contact Business Development Coordinator Stacie M. Williams at (225) 389-3039, ext. 126.

AARP and SBA are also producing two webinars this month to help current and potential entrepreneurs.

For more information and to register, visit Other resources are available for entrepreneurs over the age of 50 at

Lantern Award nominees sought

The Louisiana Economic Development department is seeking nominations for its 2013 Lantern Awards.

The awards are presented annually to outstanding manufacturers from each of Louisiana’s eight regional planning and development districts. The deadline to submit nominations is May 1.

Nomination packets can be obtained at the Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Districts’ website at Nomination packets should be returned to the corresponding planning district office.

Awards will be presented June 18 during a reception at the Governor’s Mansion. Award winners are chosen based on their excellence in manufacturing and their community involvement during the three years prior to the nomination.

The Lantern Awards are a partnership between LED, the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association and the Louisiana Quality Foundation.

LSU plans fraud, forensics conference

The LSU Department of Accounting will hold the 2013 Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference July 29-30 at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge at 4728 Constitution Ave.

Authors Joseph Petrucelli and William K. Black and several accounting and fraud experts will be featured throughout the event.

Pertrucelli, author of “Detecting Fraud in Organizations,” will discuss 10 forensically accepted accounting principle assumptions. Black, author of “The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One,” will explore important issues dealing with mortgage fraud.

The conference is designed for certified public accountants, certified fraud examiners, certified internal auditors, forensic accountants, governmental accountants and other accounting and auditing professionals or educators.

Participants can earn up to 16 hours of continuing professional education.

The registration fee is $300 for both days or $150 for one day.

For more information, or to register, contact or visit

Lead training event set for contractors

A lead-certified renovator training class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center on the LSU campus.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced its plans earlier this year to increase lead safety and awareness.

“The lead renovation, repair and painting rule requires contractors who disturb paint in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities to be lead-certified professionals,” according to Claudette Reichel, LSU AgCenter housing specialist.

The course will provide participants with a science-based working knowledge of lead hazards and procedures to ensure safety, she said.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be eligible to take the RRP certification test, administered through the National Center for Healthy Housing. It also qualifies for eight continuing education units for Louisiana residential contractors.

Registration, course fees and further information about the class and the RRP rule are available by going to and clicking on the seminars and events page.

Promix DJ Academy opens on Little John

The Promix DJ Academy has opened at 203 Little John Drive in Baton Rouge.

Owners are Clifton and Maria Melerine.

The academy has handicap accessible DJ stations and a record collection available for students, with a music production and remix facility. It offers introductory courses up to advanced courses designed for professional DJs.

The academy is open noon-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The phone is (225) 444-5113 and website is

Disaster website receives funding

The LSU AgCenter has received a $107,000 grant to cover the cost of maintaining a website that connects Cooperative Extension Service personnel in each state when information is needed after a disaster for 2013.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Ag Defense Initiative recently awarded the 2013 funding grant.
Grants typically are around $100,000.

LSU AgCenter disaster specialist Pat Skinner has been tasked since 1998 with the Extension Disaster Education Network website, or EDEN. It is used by extension agents across the country to share information and resources before, during and after a disaster, including hurricanes, drought, West Nile virus, floods and swine flu.

“EDEN was organized as a regional network to help deal with the aftermath of the 1993 floods on the Upper Mississippi River,” Skinner said.

“The website has information and links to more information to use during disaster situations,” she said. “EDEN does not deploy to disaster sites, but we make communication easier.”

“When a disaster strikes, we will generally convene a conference call or do some type of outreach to extension personnel in the affected states,” she said.

Conference planned by paralegal group

The National Federation of Paralegal Association’s Joint Conference will be held Friday-Sunday at the Marriott Hotel at 859 Convention Center Blvd. in New Orleans.

The conference, hosted by the New Orleans Paralegal Association, offers paralegals the opportunity to network and share ideas with their national colleagues regarding the leadership, certification and regulation of the paralegal profession.

NOPA’s 2013 goals are to improve relations between paralegals and the Louisiana State Bar Association and to form alliances with para-
legal associations across the state, President Becky Rolland said.

Topics for the Regulation Conference on Friday include an overview of Louisiana Legislation; an update regarding paralegal regulation; how paralegals can form relationships with bar associations; how lobbyists can help paralegals achieve their goals; and paralegal ethics.

The Leadership Conference on Saturday is available only to NFPA members and includes topics on developing leadership style and potential; the personalities of the board of directors; building the leader/follower relationship; using
social media to engage and retain membership; volunteer training, recruitment and retention.

A Certification Conference from Saturday to noon Sunday is available only to NFPA members and features information and resources regarding the Paralegal Advanced Certification Exam and the Paralegal Core Competency Exam. A panel discussion will be held on “Partnering with Paralegal Schools.”

The conference is free to NFPA members. Nonmembers can attend the regulation portion of the conference for $75 or join NOPA for $35 through Monday. Lunch is optional at $20 per person per day.

For more information about the conference or membership in NOPA, go to or