Business Briefs for April 21

Insurance agency adopts new name

Fleur de Lis Financial, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., is changing its name to MassMutual Louisiana.

MassMutual Louisiana is at 4313 Bluebonnet Blvd., Suite B, in the Parc at Claycut Bayou office complex in Baton Rouge. It offers life insurance, disability income insurance and investments to clients throughout Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, Metairie/New Orleans, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Houma and Shreveport.

“Our new name allows us to further leverage MassMutual’s reputation for strength, stability and integrity throughout the state,” said general agent Donald G. Scully Jr.

Providence creates employee stock plan

Providence Holding Co. Inc. has established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, with the ESOP purchasing all the company’s stock.

The Baton Rouge-based engineering and environmental consulting firm has grown over the past 13 years to include nearly 200 employees in multiple offices and projects worldwide.

As a 100 percent employee-owned company, all full-time employees retain an ownership interest in a trust that holds their shares of company stock.

Rich Major said he and fellow Providence owners Todd Black and Yousheng Zeng made the decision to turn over ownership to employees who have helped build the company and would maintain the company culture and its commitment to clients.

The ESOP also benefits employee-owners by retaining and attracting self-motivated staff members, and empowering them with the key to the company’s future, Providence said in a news release.

The former owners of Providence will continue their involvement with the company through positions on the board of directors, the company said.

ADP opens offices in BR, Metairie

Miami-based ADP, which provides employment services to small- to mid-sized businesses, has opened offices in Baton Rouge and Metairie.

The offices are at 9100 Bluebonnet Centre Blvd. in Baton Rouge and 3838 North Causeway Blvd. in Metairie. The respective phone numbers are (225) 298-1400 and (504) 667-6709.

ADP TotalSource provides human resource management services to businesses through a co-employment arrangement through its Professional Employer Organization model. The client company directs employees’ day-to-day, job-related duties. At the same time, ADP TotalSource contractually assumes certain HR-related rights, responsibilities and risks as the “employer of record” on an employee’s W-2. Businesses also have access to benefits, such as retirement, health care and disability. It also helps businesses understand the impact of federal Health Care Reform on their business.

ADP TotalSource operates more than 50 offices in 26 states, with more than 270,000 worksite employees.

Cellairis store opens in Mall of Louisiana

Cellairis, a wireless accessory specialty retailer, has opened at the Mall of Louisiana at 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

Cellairis sells a broad range of wireless accessories, as well as offering specialty services such as phone repair. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon- 6 p.m. Sunday.

Cellairis Franchise Inc. is based in Alpharetta, Ga. Cellairis has more than 700 locations nationwide and formerly operated under the Wireless Accessories brand. Its website is www.cellairis.com.

City, state jobs being discussed at event

An informational session about state and city-parish government job openings and how to apply for them is being held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bluebonnet Library at 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

Registration is required by calling (225) 381-8434 or emailing anowak@ebrpl.com.

Seminar set on sales taxes, other issues

The Louisiana Department of Revenue is holding a free seminar to help business operators understand sales tax and other business issues.

The session is at 10 a.m. Friday at LDR’s Baton Rouge headquarters at 617 North Third St. in Baton Rouge.

For details or to register, call (225) 219 5511.

State job fair planned for Methanex plant

The state’s workforce development program is sponsoring a job fair for Methanex Corp. from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center at 9039 S. St. Landry Ave. in Gonzales.

Methanex is relocating a 1 million-metric-ton methanol plant from Chile to Geismar, with plans to open it by the end of 2014.

The job fair targets employees with skills and experience in administration; engineering and technical services; environment, health and safety; finance; human resources; information technology; maintenance; operations; and procurement.

The company plans to hire about 130 full-time employees at the Geismar site in the next several months.

Program to reduce hospital readmissions

The Capital Area Agency on Aging has received federal funding for a two-year project to reduce the rate of hospital readmissions of Medicare patients in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes.

Funding is provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to support a local partnership led by the CAAA and four local hospitals: North Oaks Regional Medical Center, St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Lakeview Regional Medical Center and Slidell Memorial Hospital.

The funding will allow the hospitals to start a patient coaching program for high-risk Medicare patients. Coaches work with patients throughout their hospitalization to provide tools, education and support that reduce the likelihood the patient will be readmitted after being discharged from the hospital. Capital Area Agency on Aging will continue to coach patients and link them with community services for the first 30 days after the patient returns home.

Numerous studies have shown that patients who receive support from a health coach are less likely to experience re-hospitalization.

IABC New Orleans schedules workshop

The Interntional Association of Business Communicators New Orleans is holding a half-day writing workshop on Thursday at the Tulane University School of Continuing Studies on the Elmwood Campus at 800 E. Commerce Road, Suite 100, in Harahan.

The event for business communication professionals will include networking and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop from 9 to 11:30, followed by lunch.

Participants will go through hands-on writing exercises, learn tactics and hear practical examples of writing.

For more information, visit: http://nola.iabc.com.

New Iberia to get faster AT&T service

AT&T plans to roll out 4G LTE service in New Iberia this summer.

The company said the latest wireless network technology provides faster mobile Internet speeds for streaming, downloading, uploading and gaming on smartphones, tablets and other devices.