Business Briefs for Feb. 9

BR chamber holding newcomer events

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber will continue to host the Capital Region 101 series in 2014 for newcomers to the Baton Rouge area.

The half-day event, held at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Branch Library, includes presentations by regional leaders, a tour of the surrounding areas, an opportunity to ask questions to long-time residents and networking opportunities with other new residents.

An event will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 19, with others scheduled for 9 a.m. May 10 and 9 a.m. Oct. 4.

Registration is open for the first event at www.brac.org/events. Registration will be available about six weeks before the remaining events.

Primary Care Plus relocates on O’Neal

Primary Care Plus has moved to 2645 O’Neal Lane, less than one mile down the road from its original location, and plans to open a second location on Perkins Road and Kenilworth in the spring.

Primary Care Plus has primary care physicians and a variety of specialty care services under one roof.

The new location on O’Neal includes separate suites for primary care, specialty care and administrative services.

Nominations sought for LSU 100 businesses

Nominations for the Fourth annual LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses will close Feb. 15.

The LSU 100 is hosted by the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute.

Nominees must have been in business for five years or more; have verifiable revenue of $100,000 for 2010, have a former LSU student as owner of at least 50 percent of the company or as chief executive officer, president or managing partner, and operate in a manner consistent with the mission of LSU and SEI.

The 2014 LSU 100 ceremony will be held Oct. 24 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For more information, visit www.lsu100.com or call (225) 578-0313.

Teachers’ investment posts 2013 increase

The Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana ended 2013 with a 17.9 percent investment return, bringing the system’s market value of assets to $16.1 billion.

Over the longer term, the system ranks among the best-performing public pension plans with assets over $1 billion.

TRSL is in the top 22nd percentile over the past 15 years, according to Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service.

Nicholls State slates export business classes

Export 201 and 301 courses on developing or expanding an export business are being offered to Louisiana companies this month in Thibodaux.

The Export 201 course is Feb. 26 and Export 301 course is Feb. 27.

Both are being held at Nicholls State University in the Century Club Room, John L. Guidry Stadium, 331 Madewood Drive.

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

Topics cover export financing, logistics, key export compliance topics related to international contracts, export management, and packaging and labeling.

The courses are supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, New Orleans U.S. Export Assistance Center, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Louisiana Small Business Development Center, Nicholls State University and the South Louisiana Economic Council.

For more information or to register, contact Marisol Canedo, program director, at (504) 722-7894 or e-mail mcanedo50@gmail.com.

SBA webinar set on crisis communications

A Small Business Administration webinar on creating a crisis communications plan using social media will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Increasingly, organizations are relying on social media to get ahead of and dispel misinformation that can lead to a tarnished reputation, and even failure of the company.

The discussion, titled “Social Media and Disaster Recovery,” will include effective uses of various social media channels; simple first steps toward building a crisis communications plan; and best practices based on recent disasters.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The webinar is co-hosted by the SBA and Agility Recovery.

Registration is limited and can be made at be https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/574641720.

Jefferson chamber holding annual gala

The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Gala March 21 on the turf of the New Orleans Saints indoor training facility at 5800 Airline Drive in Metairie.

The event will feature an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, dancing and live musical entertainment by The Band MoJEAUX and The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys.

An invitation-only VIP tailgate reception for event sponsors, Jefferson Champion Investors and board members will kick-off the evening at 6:30 p.m. The gala will be from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Individual gala tickets are $100. Corporate packages and sponsorship opportunities are also available at www.jeffersonchamber.org.

Forum to cover ag product distribution

A leadership forum is being held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 for producers, processors and distributors who provide agricultural products to the New Orleans area to discuss ways to improve the current system.

The meeting will be at the Audubon Tea Room at 6500 Magazine St. in New Orleans. It is being hosted by the Agribusiness Council of Louisiana, the LSU AgCenter and the Audubon Institute..

Panel discussions and speakers will cover topics ranging from agricultural leadership to technology in agriculture.

“We want to look for ways to pull the leaders in urban agriculture together to discuss ways to improve the regional food system, including production, processing and distribution of goods in the New Orleans area,” said Bobby Fletcher Jr., LSU AgCenter assistant director of urban programs.

For additional information, contact Fletcher at (225) 305-3235.

Dunkin’ Donuts opens Metairie relocation

Dunkin’ Donuts has opened a restaurant at 4300 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie.

The new relocated location is under new management and is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The restaurant has free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen television and a full-service drive-thru.

Its menu includes Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee, lattes, donuts and baked goods. The restaurant also serves items customized with flavors adapted to local taste preferences, such as a variety of hot and iced coffee, lattes and cappuccinos, and Bakery Sandwiches.

Dunkin’ Donuts has more than 7,600 restaurants in 40 states plus the District of Columbia, and more than 3,100 international restaurants in 33 additional countries.