Business Briefs for Sept. 1

All Wood Furniture opens BR store

All Wood Furniture has opened a 15,000-square-foot store at 10269 Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.

The 20-year-old company, which operates two stores in Lafayette, specializes in custom-built hardwood furniture such as tables, armoires, bookcases and beds.

Owner David Duhon said plans for the Baton Rouge store were delayed in November by a fire that damaged the All Wood Furniture manufacturing facility in Carencro.

“We’ve had some customers travel from Baton Rouge and even from New Orleans and nearby areas. Now, we’ll be more convenient to them and introduce our business to others who may not have known about us before.”

The All Wood Furniture website is

Financial Planning Education Day set

A “Financial Planning Education Day” will be held 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in The Rotunda of the Business Education Complex at LSU.

The event is sponsored by the Financial Planning Association of Baton Rouge and the Department of Finance at the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business.

Keynote speaker is Tina Thomas, an author and speaker specializing in the field of self-development who has written two books and been featured as a personality expert on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.

Other speakers include Jeff Tanguis, Hancock Horizon Funds; Ben Keating, Wellington Management; John Gin, financial adviser; Randy Waesche, Resource Management LLC; and Tim Galbraith, Transamerica.

Financial planning professionals can earn five hours of continuing education credit. The cost is $49 in advance and $69 the day of the event. Lunch is included.

Reservations can be made by emailing

Hungry Howie’s Pizza opens in Lafayette

A Hungry Howie’s Pizza store has opened at 2419 Congress St., near the campus of the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.

The franchisee is Ray Williams Jr., who owns two Hungry Howie’s Pizza stores in Baton Rouge.

The chain has nearly 600 locations in the United States.

Conference scheduled on childhood obesity

The sixth annual childhood obesity and public health conference will be held at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 30.

Topics include obesity prevention and treatment from an international perspective; obesity treatment in health care settings; an overview and conclusions of a pediatric obesity symposium; the role of breastfeeding in preventing childhood obesity; maternal weight gain and childhood obesity; Louisiana initiatives for obesity prevention and treatment within public health; chronic disease prevention and control unit-bureau of primary care and rural health; and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana.

Information about the conference and registration can be found at

Energy diversity group planning conference

The American Energy Diversity Group is hosting its 2013 Conference on Energy Oct. 4-5 at the Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel in Lake Charles.

The theme is “Energy’s Commitment to Ethnic Diversity,” with an objective of bringing energy executives, governmental regulatory agencies and service providers together to address concerns about disenfranchised communities and to remove barriers that limit energy jobs and business opportunities among ethnic minorities.

Topics include diversity in the workplace; pros and cons of Keystone XL Pipelines; the impact of onshore and offshore oil spills; safety storage and removal of hazardous and nuclear waste; proper closure of unproductive abandoned well sites; and holding Washington elected officials accountable.

For more information or to register, go to americanenergy

AT&T expands 4G LTE network to Livingston

AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE network to parts of Livingston Parish.

The technology provides faster speeds and reliability for mobile Internet service and access to LTE-compatible devices, including smartphones and tablets.

BodyBrite center opens on Perkins Road

BodyBrite, a nonsurgical hair removal and skin rejuvenation center, has opened at 7248 Perkins Road, Suite G, in Baton Rouge.

The center, which uses intense pulse light therapy, was opened by franchisees Rebecca Kurtz and Stephanie Hopkins.

BodyBrite USA has more than 200 centers in Europe, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Central America and is expanding its U.S. franchise growth, with 10 locations open and 30 in development.

The phone number is (225) 769-0081 and email is The website is