Business Briefs for July 28

James Young, Energy Service Partners
James Young, Energy Service Partners

Google executive set for LSU MBA event

Halimah DeLaine Prado, director of legal at Google, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Louisiana Looking Up on Sept. 12 at the LSU Business Education Complex.

The event is sponsored by LSU Flores MBA Alumni Association, in conjunction with the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business. It will be at 1:30 p.m., followed by a 4:30-5 p.m. reception.

Other speakers are Charles Caldwell III and William McGehee, co-founders of the Tin Roof brewery; Renae Conley, executive vice president of Entergy; Jay Jackson, CEO of Stuller; and Shawn Usher, CEO of Sparkhound.

Admission for individuals is $100, $50 for LSU Flores MBA Alumni Association members and $25 for LSU Flores MBA Program students.

For more information and to register, visit

Sponsorships are available. For information, email Craig Juengling at or Sheila Pounders at

Museum art store holding re-opening

The LSU Museum of Art Store has undergone remodeling and will hold a grand re-opening event 5-9 p.m. Thursday.

The store is located on the ground level of the Shaw Center for the Arts at 100 Lafayette St. in downtown Baton Rouge.

Louisiana artists will also be on hand to discuss their work: Shawn Cook, Bluebird Design; Misty Taylor, NOLA Metals; and Lizi Beard-Ward, original art and digital imagery.

LSU Museum of Art Store renovations include painting, new interior displays, improved in-store flow and updated exterior signs. Changes to the interior will also allow the store to bring in additional merchandise, including new pieces from Gulf Coast artist Walter Anderson, which coincide with the museum’s current exhibition “Everything I See Is New And Strange.”

Oilfield service firm opens in Lafayette

Energy Service Partners, an oilfield service company, has opened in Lafayette.

The president and founder is James Young.

The company will provide wireline pressure control equipment and services to oil and gas operators and wireline companies globally.

Its website is

Harambee Kulcha relocates shop

Harambee Kulcha Shop has relocated to a larger store at 8894 Airline Highway, H, in Baton Rouge.

The shop, owned by Mary Dunnigan, sells fresh-dipped incense, perfume-grade body oils, aroma/burning oils, natural/edible lotions, African soaps, shea butter, jewelry and clothing.

The shop was located for 15 years in The Flea Market and was open only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Harambee is now open daily.

The phone number is (225) 216-0041 and email is

Economic developer course set at LSU

LSU Executive Education will offer a business retention and expansion course for economic development Aug. 13-14, at the Business Education Complex on the campus of LSU.

This is a core course in the Certified Louisiana Economic Developer certification series.

Participants will learn how to assess a community’s business environment; what the current business climate issues in Louisiana are; the emerging trends and best practices in business retention and expansion on a national and international level; how to conduct BRE surveys and company visits; how to deal with a plant closure; BRE issues in core Louisiana industries; and how to budget and staff a BRE program.

For more information and online registration, visit

Natural resources seminar scheduled

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources will hold its annual education and training seminar — Louisiana Oil & Gas: From SONRIS to Sunset — Aug. 28-30 at the Roosevelt Hotel at 123 Baronne St. in New Orleans.

Continuing education credit opportunities will be available for attorneys in Texas and Louisiana, as well as for engineers and land men. Sessions on mineral royalty and production reporting will be offered, and informational classes will be held by the departments of Wildlife and Fisheries and Environmental Quality.

The conference also provides instructions on the access and use of the state’s online oil and gas records and forms database, known as DNR SONRIS, at

Registration for the seminar is $400 per participant and includes meals, courses, speakers and activities. Pre-conference tours of New Orleans are offered on Aug. 27.

Online registration is available at Walk-in registration will be available during the conference.

For more information, contact DNR Office of Mineral Resources’ Becky Roberts at or call (225) 342-4545.

MidSouth Bank expands in Houston

Lafayette-based MidSouth Bank has added a new location in Magnolia, Texas, to serve its growing customer base in the northwest part of Houston. The branch is MidSouth Bank’s fourth banking center in the Greater Houston market and its 60th in the bank’s Louisiana-Texas franchise.

The branch is headed by Banking Center Manager Amber Newport, who was commercial loan assistant in the Tyler, Texas, market.