Business Briefs for Aug. 25

SophistOccasions LLC, an eight-year-old event planning, social media and public relations company in Baton Rouge, has been acquired by employee Brandi Monjure.

Former owner Christi Domingue-Rangel will continue her political consulting business, Red, Right & Blue Consulting LLC, and is the connections coordinator for Broadmoor United Methodist Church.

Monjure has worked at SophistOccasions more than two years. The company will continue to focus on event planning and social media marketing, with an added emphasis on design work.

The phone number is (985) 502-9550 or email

Job fair for veterans, spouses being held

LAFAYETTE — A “Hiring Our Heroes” hiring fair for veterans and military spouses and workshop are being held Tuesday at the Cajundome Convention Center at 444 Cajundome Blvd. in Lafayette.

The 9 a.m. employment workshop focuses on résumé writing, job search tools and interviewing techniques for all job-seekers.

The job fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for active-duty military members, Guard and reserve members and military spouses. More than 60 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for all ranks and levels of experience. Companies range from America’s biggest employers to dozens of small companies from the region.

Participants should register for free at Walk-in job seekers are allowed, and veterans must provide proof of service.

The event is being held by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, the Louisiana Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion and other local partners.

World Trade Center gala scheduled for Oct. 11

NEW ORLEANS — The World Trade Center of New Orleans will hold its 2013 Louisiana International Trade Gala on Oct. 11 at the Freedom Pavilion of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

The black-tie event will celebrate Louisiana’s international business community and Louisiana’s role in global trade.

Sen. Mary Landrieu will be presented the center’s first Eugene J. Schreiber Award in recognition of Landrieu’s efforts to promote economic development and prosperity through international trade and diplomacy.

Tickets and table sponsorships will be available through the WTC. For information, contact Eliza Brierre at (504) 619-9834 or

Library Career Center plans business seminar

The Career Center of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library is holding a free seminar Wednesday titled “Start, Grow and Succeed in Your Own Business.”

The seminar will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bluebonnet Regional Library at 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Gary Anderson, business owner and senior business coach with the Kauffman Foundation, is the speaker.

Registration is required by calling Career Center program director Anne Nowak at (225) 381-8434 or emailing

Fidelis subsidiary forms inland marine division

COVINGTON — Fidelis Group Holdings LLC subsidiary Continental Underwriters Ltd., a national marine insurance coverage and service provider, has formed a new inland marine division.

Ed Helfers and Lisa Uzzo were named managing directors of the division, which will be based out of the Covington-based company’s New York office.

The new division will be underwritten through FGH’s established relationship with Houston Casualty Co., a subsidiary of HCC Insurance Holdings Inc.

IRS starts Affordable Care Act tax website

The Internal Revenue Service has launched an Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions website at to educate individuals and businesses on how the health care law might affect them.

The new home page has three sections, which explain the tax benefits and responsibilities for individuals and families, employers and other organizations, with links and information for each group. The site provides information about tax provisions that are in effect now and those that will go into effect in 2014 and beyond.

Topics include premium tax credits for individuals, new benefits and responsibilities for employers, and tax provisions for insurers, tax-exempt organizations and certain other business types.

The new site will include the latest news, frequently asked questions and links to additional resources.

IT executive forms All In organization, website

All In, an organization and website dedicated to promoting the Christian faith, has been launched by Michael Phillips, who has been an owner/partner and served as chief operations officer at Baton Rouge information technology firm Sparkhound.

Phillips said he was leaving the company to form the organization and newly launched website to challenge the status quo in the realm of faith and religion. The All In website,, features videos, teaching materials, merchandise and other content. It includes videos of celebrities like NBA’s Glen “Big Baby” Davis and the NFL’s Corey Webster talking about faith in their lives.

“It’s about faith, and we believe there is a shortage of genuine conversation where real faith is discussed and displayed,” Phillips said. “We’re not political or religious, and we don’t represent any denomination in particular. We want to invite people to participate in an honest conversation about faith, belief, God, and real life.”

School retiree system posts investment return

The Louisiana School Employees’ Retirement System reported an investment return of 14.01 percent for fiscal year July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.

The return contributed to an increase of more than $134 million to the value of LSERS plan assets, putting it in the 9th percentile when compared to pension plans with assets of $1 billion and greater, according to Bank of New York Mellon.

Over the past three years LSERS averaged a 13.24 percent annualized market rate of return.

LSERS paid more than $139 million in retirement benefits to about 13,000 retired non-instructional personnel of the Louisiana public school systems.

Legal clinics scheduled in Cut Off and Buras

The Louisiana Civil Justice Center will hold free community legal clinics in Cut off and Buras.

There will be legal counseling and assistance available for BP oil leak claims, including economic, subsistence, property and medical; foreclosure assistance and prevention; and other civil legal issues such as elder law, family law and consumer issues.

The clinics are scheduled:

Aug. 30: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Lafourche Parish Library-South Lafourche Branch, 16241 E. Main St. in Cut Off.

Sept. 27: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Plaquemines Parish Public Library-Buras Branch at 35572 La. 11 South in Buras.

The Louisiana Civil Justice Center is a nonprofit organization that offers the public legal advice, referrals, information and self-help resources.

Charter school group holding conference

The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools will hold its sixth annual conference, titled “Adjusting the Sails: Staying on Course for Success,” from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge.

The keynote speaker is Jeffery Duncan-Andrade. Sessions planned are designed for educators, policy makers, charter board members, parents and students.

Information and registration are available at or by calling (504) 274.3651.

Dispute resolution seminar set Oct. 18

The seventh annual dispute resolution seminar, titled “The Science and Psychology of Negotiation and Mediation,” will be held 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Hotel at 201 Lafayette St. in Baton Rouge.

The event is co-sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association and the ADR Section.

Member registration is $295 in advance; $320 after Oct. 11 and on-site. Non-section member registration is $320 in advance; $345 after Oct. 11 and on-site. For more information, call Bridget Berins at (504) 619-0137 or go to