Business briefs for Sept. 8

Industry group holding annual awards banquet

The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance is holding its annual Craft Workforce Development Awards on Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 4728 Constitution Ave. in Baton Rouge.

The event starts with a 5 p.m. cocktail reception, followed at 6 by dinner and the awards program. The theme is “Champions of Workforce Development.”

Guest speakers are Dennis Noland and Debra K. Johnson, of Alpha Resources, presenting the “Southeast Labor Forecast” and Jorge Tarajano, president of PALA Group Inc. and chairman of the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council’s Craft Workforce Development Task Force.

Registration is at or by calling Sue Dodson at (225) 769-0596, ext. 13, or emailing

Conference assesses deal market, funding

A two-day conference of networking and educational events for business professionals interested in deal making, corporate growth and access to capital is being held Oct. 10-11 by the Association for Corporate Growth Louisiana in the Roosevelt Hotel at 123 Baronne St. in New Orleans.

Topics for the Taste of New Orleans! event include the state of the Louisiana deal market; whether private equity investment creates jobs; working with private equity to create value; who has the capital and where to find it; and the entrepreneur explosion in Louisiana.

Tickets are $150 for ACG members and $200 for nonmembers. Registration is available at

Architectural Testing opens N.O. office

Architectural Testing Inc. has opened a regional office in New Orleans to improve its efficiency for field testing clients in the Gulf region.

Services offered will focus on field quality control testing as well as inspection services. The office also will support ATI’s Building Enclosure Commissioning projects. Project manager for the office is Tony Brown.

Founded in 1975, ATI serves clients through 14 laboratories and eight regional offices located in 13 states. Its website is

Beef cattle producers day set in Opelousas

The Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers field day has been set for 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Dominique’s Stockyard at 2800 W. Landry St. in Opelousas.

“Chances are good that everyone can learn something at this event, regardless of whether they are an experienced cattle owner or someone just getting into the business,” said Vince Deshotel, LSU AgCenter county agent in St. Landry Parish.

Topics include using carcass ultrasound technology for the beef herd; bull fertility testing; trichomoniasis; new uses of artificial insemination; successful ryegrass planting; pasture weed identification and control; and Dominique’s marketing and services.

The event is being sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and the Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council.

Export events set in St. Tammany, Terrebonne

Free courses on developing or expanding an export business are being offered in St. Tamany and Terrebonne parishes to Louisiana companies.

A Sept. 24-26 session will be at the St. Tammany Center at Southeastern Louisiana University, Building B, Room 327, at 21454 Koop Drive in Mandeville.

The location is still to be determined for a Nov. 5-7 event in Terrebonne.

Sessions on the first two days of each event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The third-day session of each event ends at 1 p.m.

The courses are designed for companies new to exporting or experienced exporters with employees needing export training.

The courses are supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce, New Orleans U.S. Export Assistance Center, Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, Louisiana Small Business Development Center, St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, Southeastern Louisiana University, Terrebonne Economic Development Authority and Washington Economic Development Foundation.

The courses are organized by Leake and Anderson LLP through a federal grant.

The training sessions’ primary focus is on, but not limited to, companies located in the Hurricane Gustav and Ike disaster-declared parishes of Ascension, Assumption, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Bernard, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Terrebonne or Vermilion.

Topics related to developing an international business strategy include conducting market research; understanding foreign regulations and customs requirements; export financing and getting paid; export logistics; leveraging free trade agreements; connecting with agents; distributors; joint venture partners; and buyers.

For more information or to register for the export training session, call Marisol Canedo, program director, at (504) 722-7894 or email