AgCenter field day set for Thursday

The LSU AgCenter’s Dean Lee Research and Extension field day at 8:30 a.m. Thursday will feature presentations on cotton, corn, cattle, soybeans and weed management.

Field tours will include presentations on cotton variety adaptation, weed management in row crops, updates on the corn and cotton crops, nematode management, bull testing, cattle weaning strategies, cattle hair coat traits, insect control for cotton and soybeans, optimizing soybean yields and soybean disease management.

For more information, contact Ron Levy or Daniel Stephenson at (318) 427-4424.

Guidelines for worker’s comp injuries

Medical treatment guidelines are in effect for the treatment of worker’s compensation injuries in Louisiana.

State legislation passed in 2009 established the evidence-based guidelines for the standard of care and practices for the medical treatment of injured workers. The state says the guidelines will improve medical quality, get workers back to work faster, lower employers’ medical costs and contain and lower litigation costs because more medical decisions will be made by doctors rather than in the courts.

The guidelines cover medical treatment for the spine, upper and lower extremities, neurological and neuromuscular disorders and pain. Guidelines are available on the Louisiana Workforce Commission website at http://www.laworks.net.

EHQ opens space in Perkins Rowe

Entrepreneur Headquarters has opened in Perkins Rowe at Bluebonnet Boulevard and Perkins Road.

It is one of the latest iterations of co-working arrangements where tenants can be as grounded or as free-floating as their mood allows. The 3,000-square-foot glass and wood office space has five private offices and 14 private desks. EHQ, as the space is generally known, also has a community worktable available to accommodate casual users.

Rates range from $750 a month for an office to $500 a month for a desk or $25 a day for use of the community table workspace. Users get access to high-speed Internet, free coffee, free parking in the Neuromedical Center garage, utilities, training workshops and other perks.

EHQ is about 60 percent occupied, said Jared Loftus, one of the founders. Another location downtown is expected to open in the coming months.

For more information, go to http://thinkehq.com/

Bank completes acquisition

Lafayette-based Home Bancorp Inc., the holding company of Home Bank, has completed its acquisition of GS Financial Corp., the holding company of Guaranty Savings Bank of Metairie.

The company plans to convert the branch and operating systems of the former Guaranty Savings Bank locations to those of Home Bank in September.

The combined company has total assets of $950 million; $625 million in loans; and $725 million in deposits.

St. James Parish career center opens

The St. James Parish Business and Career Solutions Center has opened at the Courthouse Annex at 2631 Hwy. 20 West in Vacherie.

The center connects parish residents with employment opportunities. Career coaches are available to assist residents with resume writing, job leads and career direction. The phone number is (225) 265-4116.

Business should guard against piracy

Small businesses that offer Internet access to their customers should take steps now to avoid allegations of online piracy, according to the Louisiana office of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Record labels, movie studios and other industry groups struck a deal this month under which participating Internet providers will issue warnings to customers whose accounts are allegedly used to steal content. NFIB is not a party to the agreement.

“Small businesses that offer Internet access, such as a coffee shop or a hotel or even a car mechanic with a waiting area, should be aware of the industry’s crackdown on piracy and take steps to ensure their customers aren’t using the service to steal content,” said Renee Baker, state director of NFIB/Louisiana.

Customers whose accounts are allegedly used for piracy will receive at least five alerts from their Internet provider.

Upon sending the fifth notice, the Internet provider may implement certain “mitigation measures” to stop the alleged piracy, including reducing Internet speeds or redirecting traffic to a special landing page until the customer contacts the Internet provider to discuss the issue.

“Internet service providers wouldn’t have to pull the plug on a customer after the fifth notice, but that’s a possibility, and that’s where businesses have to watch out,” said Beth Milito, senior executive counsel for NFIB.

Businesses can challenge a notice by paying a $35 filing fee and requesting an independent review, or they may challenge any action in court.

One easy way to discourage abuse is businesses that offer Wi-Fi can prevent people who aren’t customers from using their Internet connection by requiring a password, Milito said. Businesses also can block access to certain websites and types of websites, Milito said.

Entrepreneur training for veterans

The LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute will hold its Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities Program Feb. 25-March 4 at LSU. The event is free for veterans. Applications are being accepted.

The program offers training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who were disabled as a result of their service supporting operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

LSU is one of a consortium of seven schools around the country offering the program, which began at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

More information can be found at http://www.ebv.lsu.edu.

Program set on housing for elderly

Three classes that are part of a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist designation program will be held Aug. 22-24 at the Capital Region Builders Association at 10518 Kentshire Court.

The program was developed by NAHB Remodelers in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders, AARP, NAHB Research Center and NAHB 50+ Housing Council.

The program is designed to provide comprehensive, practical and market information about working with older and maturing adults to remodel their houses so they can stay in their homes.

Michael LeCorgne, who has been in the residential industry for more than 25 years, will be the instructor for “Marketing and Communication Strategies” on Aug. 22; “Design/Build for the 50+ Housing Market” on Aug. 23; and “Business Management” on Aug. 24.

The deadline to register is Aug. 11. The cost is $285 per class and Louisiana Home Builders Association members get a discount.

For more information call Denise Emmons at (225) 769-7696 or visit the calendar of events at http://www.capitalregionba.com.