Scientists receive grants for oil leak

Five Louisiana university scientists are among 17 recipients of a total $1.5 million in grants that the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative awarded to support the acquisition of samples from the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico during the period July 1-Sept. 30. They are Lane D. Foil and David C. Weindorf, both of the LSU AgCenter; John H. Pardue, of LSU; and Suzanne Fredericq and Joseph Neigel, both of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Behavioral health services opens

Lane Regional Medical Center announced the opening of Lane Behavioral Health Services at 6180 Main St., Suite A, in Zachary.

Lane Behavioral Health Services is an intensive outpatient program designed to help individuals through times of stress, fear, depression, anxiety and behavioral or emotional crises.

The phone number is (225) 658-6640, and hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

LED unveils online business training

The Louisiana Economic Development department has launched an online training portal for Small and Emerging Business Development-certified businesses.

Http:// is designed to provide small businesses access to more than 40 course options, including marketing, strategic planning, computer skills, accounting, budget management, customer service and business etiquette.

Course content is divided into three business levels: startup, midgrowth and high growth.

Participants can view instructional videos, download course materials and participate in workshops at their convenience 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

All courses are created by SkillSoft, a provider of on-demand training. A business must be certified through the SEBD program to use the free online training services. LED plans to add customized content about the state’s incentives, workforce training and more content as demand increases.

Group to set up site for entrepreneurs

Louisiana’s new Regional Innovation Organization will team up with volunteers from the Louisiana Drupal Users Group to build a new website to help create a stronger, more vibrant entrepreneurial community in south Louisiana.

The website aims to serve as the hub for entrepreneurs and groups in the region to announce events and collaborate on new ideas.

The site will be hosted by Radweb Technologies.

The RIO was launched in February to advance the innovation assets and capabilities within the Capital Region.

The Louisiana Drupal Users Group supports and promotes the use of Drupal in the state. Drupal is a free software package that allows anyone to publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website.

Firm forms division for smart technology

Advanced Data Concepts in Broussard has formed a division to help businesses in the Acadiana area focus on smart technology, based on data backups, disaster recovery and business continuity.

The new division complements current services such as computer programming, wireless network setup, anti-virus, computer/server sales and management and website development.

Managing partner is Ken Babin. The phone number is (337) 849-6957 or email

Foundation accepts grant requests

The Foundation for Louisiana is accepting grant requests to fund projects that increase economic opportunity for “marginalized” Louisiana communities.

The foundation’s Economic Opportunity Program will provide grants to support projects that increase production of and access to affordable housing and strengthen the capacity of small, minority- and women-owned business throughout the state.

Foundation for Louisiana is the successor to the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. Its public policy and advocacy program funds activities aimed at removing institutional barriers to economic opportunity and ensuring that needs of underrepresented populations are addressed in the development of public policy.

Organizations interested in applying should complete the initial step of submitting a two-page letter of interest describing the proposed project no later than Aug. 15.

Details regarding the full application process are available at

Nonprofits can apply for literacy grants

The Verizon Foundation is inviting nonprofits in Louisiana to apply for a total of $50,000 in grants to support literacy programs.

Organizations can submit proposals for projects that enhance GED and/or adult literacy programs; support pre-K and/or K-12 literacy programs; use resources from the Thinkfinity Literacy Network for programs for families and adult learners; improve literacy skills for a particular group or individuals; or target under-resourced communities.

A grant applicant must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Louisiana. Applications must be submitted through using the code LALiteracy. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 1. Verizon will notify recipients of grant decisions by early October.