Great Decisions lecture series begins

New Orleans — Jean Claude Brunet, the consul general of France in New Orleans, and Dominik Knoll, chief executive officer of the World Trade Center of New Orleans, will speak on “The Future of the Euro” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Tulane’s Goldring Woldenberg Hall I, Room 130.

The free event is the first of the Great Decisions 2013 series, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of New Orleans and the Center for Public Service at Tulane University.

Great Decisions, a discussion series with optional accompanying articles produced by the Foreign Policy Association, is presented by World Affairs Councils around the country. Each year, eight topics are chosen and in-depth articles on each subject are prepared for the FPA by subject-matter experts. These articles are compiled into a Great Decisions book.

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SBA offers training for entrepreneurs

New Orleans — The U.S. Small Business Administration launched its 2013 Emerging Leaders executive-level training initiative, formerly known as e200, in 27 cities and communities across the country, including New Orleans.

The seven-month executive leader curriculum includes about 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small-business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial communities.

Local recruitment for the 2013 training cycle started Feb. 1 through SBA district offices, and classes are scheduled to begin in April.

N.O. volunteers help for tornado victims

New Orleans — Local Red Cross volunteers from the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross are responding to a tornado in Hattiesburg, Miss., which left several families homeless.

The American Red Cross is responding to damage in multiple counties around the Hattiesburg area resulting from last weekend’s severe weather.

The local volunteers will assess damage, act as caseworkers and provide meals and snacks to those who lost their homes.

Volunteers Jim Landry, Thomas Butler and Joyce Bruce went to Hattiesburg in a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle filled with supplies.

The team’s immediate mission is to help feed residents and pass out emergency supplies in the heart of the disaster area. They are expected to return in about two weeks.

Women’s groups hostlawmakers breakfast

New Orleans — The New Orleans Chapter of The Links, Inc., the Pontchartrain Chapter of The Links, Inc. and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Greater New Orleans Chapter, will host a legislative breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive.

New Orleans-area senators and representatives have been invited to discuss education, health and economic development. The forum is free and open to the public.

JEDCO challenges local entrepreneurs

Avondale — The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO), in conjunction with Cordina New Orleans Cocktails, is launching the first-ever Jefferson Parish entrepreneur challenge during The Idea Village’s New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

The Cordina Challenge is a pitch competition for entrepreneurs living and working in Jefferson. The deadline to apply is Tuesday.

Applicants must live or work in Jefferson Parish, must generate between $0 and $1 million, must have one to 10 employees, must be a for-profit company and must have a unique idea with the potential to grow and create a positive impact on Jefferson Parish.

The JEDCO website — — provides application information.

Applicants will be narrowed down through a review process, and finalists will compete in front of a live audience and panel of judges March 19 in Drago’s Empire Room.

The winning company will receive a prize package of direct capital and in-kind services to be used to help grow their company in Jefferson.

March 1 deadline for occupational licenses

Belle Chasse — Payment for Plaquemines Parish occupational licenses are due March 1.

After that deadline, a $25 penalty will be imposed for each day in violation. Businesses operating without an occupational license will be fined up to $500 per day they are in violation.

Payment can be made at the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office, 302 Main St. in Belle Chasse. Methods of payment include cash, check or money order.

For additional information, contact the Tax Office at (504) 297-5425.

St. Mary’s to civil rightshost exhibit

New Orleans — St. Mary’s Academy will host the national traveling exhibition Freedom Riders, Monday through Friday.

The exhibit looks at six months in 1961 when more than 400 Americans risked their lives to challenge segregated facilities in the South. It combines photography and news coverage of the 1961 Freedom Rides and examines the movement from many perspectives.

The exhibition is a companion to the May 2011 broadcast of Freedom Riders, directed by Stanley Nelson, part of the PBS flagship history series “American Experience.”

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the New Orleans bureau