Business briefs for Sept. 22

Tulane Business Forum scheduled Friday

NEW ORLEANS — The annual Tulane Business Forum will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Friday at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

The theme of the forum is “Home Grown: Leveraging the Louisiana Business Experience on a National Scale.”

Business leaders will share their perspectives on recent trends and accomplishments, as well as progress and expansion in the areas of trade and transportation, finance, entrepreneurship and tourism.

Speakers will be discussing today’s banking industry; the Port of New Orleans’ modernization and business diversification and preparation for the Panama Canal expansion; cruise industry growth; and area tourism.

Registration is $160 for the general public and $130 for Tulane alumni. Register at Accountants can earn five Continuing Professional Education credits and engineers can earn five Professional Development Hour credits.

NOLATech Week sets up website, taking events

NOLATech Week organizers have launched the Oct. 7-12 event’s website at

The event is designed to bring together businesses and individuals at the forefront of innovation, technology and culture in the city and showcase how the community is using the city’s economic growth for innovation across various areas of business.

Events will take place during the week around New Orleans. Those who want to attend NOLATech Week or create a “featured event” to be added to the NOLATech Week calendar should visit for details and contact information.

The schedule includes larger Marquee Events, and others registered so far are focused on technology and healthcare, science, government, entertainment and nonprofits. Events will include panels, discussions, speakers, meetups, demonstrations, social gatherings and other plans.

Event partners include New Orleans CityBusiness, Greater New Orleans Inc., the Idea Village, BioDistrict New Orleans, Launch Pad, 4.0 Schools, Propeller, New Orleans Video Access Center and the city of New Orleans.

Registration is at General questions about the event can be emailed to Sponsorship opportunities are available by emailing

DEQ holding air permit seminars around state

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is hosting a free seminar titled “Air Permits 101: Understanding the Basics” in four different locations around the state.

The seminar provides a basic understanding of air permitting including the types, associated regulations and the permitting process.

Locations are:

BATON ROUGE: Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to noon; DEQ heaadquarters, Galvez Building, Oliver Pollock Room, 602 North 5th St., Baton Rouge.

ALEXANDRIA AREA: Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to noon; Tudor Community Center, 341 Bragg St., Pineville.

LAKE CHARLES: Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to noon; LSU AgCenter, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles.

NEW ORLEANS AREA: Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to noon; Eastbank Regional Library, Jefferson Room, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Register online at More information is available by calling (225) 219-3954 or going to the Enviroschool website at

Landscape field day scheduled in Hammond

HAMMOND The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will hold its annual free landscape horticulture field day for nursery, landscape and garden center professionals 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 10 at 21549 Old Covington Highway, which is La. 1067, about six miles east of Hammond.

The event will include an overview of ornamental plant variety evaluations; updates on insect, disease and weed concerns, featuring studies using plant growth regulators to manage shrub growth and reduce pruning; a look at a new research field for long-term woody plant evaluations; tour of the expanding new Piney Woods Garden; and information on the newest Louisiana super plants.

For more information about the landscape horticulture field day and reservations, contact the Hammond Research Station at (985) 543-4125.

Brownfields grant writing seminar set

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is hosting a free EPA Brownfields Grant Proposal Writing Strategy Workshop from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pensacola Room of DEQ headquarters at 602 N. Fifth St. in Baton Rouge.

The workshop is designed to help communities and their grant writers interested in applying for an EPA Brownfields Assessment or Cleanup grant. Participants will learn about detailing response strategies, using the TAB-EZ online grant writing tool and the grant planning process.

Brownfields are real property that may be contaminated or have the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants where those issues have to be resolved to put the properties back into use.

To register, email the location and/or date and time of the workshop and the name, organization, address, phone and email for each registrant to For more information on the workshop, go to For more information on Louisiana’s Brownfields Program, email

Providence receives innovation grant

Providence has received a federal grant to develop new air quality monitoring technology to measure flare combustion efficiency using infrared imaging technology.

The Baton Rouge company was among 24 companies out of more than 300 applicants to receive a Small Business Innovation Research Phase I grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In Phase I, Providence will develop and test a specialized infrared imager to determine concentrations of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons in flare plumes. Unlike stack emissions, there are no practical methods available to measure emission rate or control efficiency.

With thousands of flares in operation at industrial facilities across the U.S. in need of monitoring, the potential environmental benefits are significant, the company said. Among them are a reduction in volatile organic compounds and air toxic emissions by the tens of thousands of tons per year. The new technology also could significantly advance achievement of air quality planning goals, regulatory compliance and associated decision making.

Providence has been involved in the research and development of infrared imaging technology since 2006. These efforts have resulted in one patent and four additional patents pending, as well as the marketing of a variety of infrared imaging solutions and technologies for remote leak detection.

Providence is a family of companies regionally, nationally and internationally well-known as an engineering and environmental consulting firm offering comprehensive services. Its 200 employees work on projects in multiple offices worldwide.

Sales group taking award nominations

Sales and Marketing Executives of Greater Baton Rouge is accepting nominations for the 2013 Excellence in Sales & Marketing Awards.

The deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 4.

Outstanding sales nominees must show a significant percentage of growth, revenue from sales and profitability throughout 2012-2013, contributed great vision and innovative concepts to their company and have promoted the principles of the free enterprise system.

Winners will be honored at the 2013 Excellence in Sales & Marketing Awards Banquet on Nov. 21. Honorees must be present to accept their award.

Anyone can nominate an individual. Neither nominators nor nominees are required to be a member of SME-GBR.

Send nominations to Nancy Carter, Executive Director by mail to SME, P.O. Box 84401, Baton Rouge, LA 70884; by fax to (225) 673-2449; email to; or go online to

The awards banquet is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge. It is free for SME members, $50 for guests or $450 for a table of 10.

Express Employment opens office in BR

Express Employment Professionals has opened a downtown Baton Rouge office at 855 North Blvd.

Express Employment Professionals & Specialized Recruiting Group provides human resources services and job placements for businesses and candidates.

“We expanded our presence into Baton Rouge because of all the need for recruiting hard to find skills, the growth of the Baton Rouge Market, and more popularity with the concept of companies contracting more employees,” said Melissa Elliott, owner and franchisee, who opened Northshore & Hammond Express Franchise in 2001 and in 2009 started a new division called Specialized Recruiting Group, which is also affiliated with Express nationally.

Other owners of the Baton Rouge officer are Paul Tosso, a professional recruiter, and Joshua Huguet, general manager.

The phone number is (225) 448-0130 and website is