Sales, marketing group seeks award nominees

Sales and Marketing Executives of Greater Baton Rouge is seeking nominations for the 2014 Excellence in Sales & Marketing Awards.

Nominations must be submitted before 5 p.m. Oct. 3. An awards banquet will be held Nov. 20 at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge at 777 L’Auberge Ave., in Baton Rouge.

Anyone can nominate an individual for an award. Neither nominators nor nominees are required to be a member of SME-GBR. Nominees must be pursuing a career in the greater Baton Rouge metropolitan area.

Nominees should have given great vision and innovative concepts to their company to set it apart from its competitors within the past two years; shown a significant percentage of growth, revenue from sales and profitability throughout 2013-2014; be held in high esteem by the community served; and have promoted the principles of the free enterprise system. Honorees must be present to accept their award.

Nominations should be mailed to Nancy Carter, executive director, at P.O. Box 84401, Baton Rouge, LA 70884; faxed to her at (225) 673-2449; or emailed to Nominees also can be submitted online at

Technology author speaking at library

Author Clive Thompson, a longtime contributing writer for The New York Times magazine and a columnist for Wired, will be a guest speaker at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Main East Baton Rouge Parish Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

He is the author of “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better.”

His reporting focuses on how digital tools — everything from email to digital photography to instant messaging — are changing society and how people are using them.

SCORE workshop set on disaster planning

SCORE is holding a free workshop about business continuity planning from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Louisiana Technology Park, 7117 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The workshop is titled “From the Outhouse to the Penthouse: Continuing Business Operations When Disaster Strikes.”

Participants will learn to identify key roles and systems and about devising methods for restoring those roles and systems in the event of a failure of any kind.

Topics include asset and risk assessment; developing a business continuity matrix; asset contingency and restoration planning; risk mitigation; communicating the plan; and the living, breathing business continuity plan.

To register, go to

Group holding training development seminar

The Baton Rouge chapter of the Association for Talent Development will hold a seminar titled “Why Training Doesn’t Work” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Lake House Reception Center, 12323 Old Hammond Highway, in Baton Rouge.

The speakers are Bruce Waguespack, vice chancellor of workforce development for River Parishes Community College, and Mike Bourgeois, vice president supply chain for Community Coffee Co. LLC.

The session will explore why training alone doesn’t work and will help training and development professionals identify strategies to partner with management, optimize training and performance to achieve company objectives, and design training that contributes to organizational performance.

Participants will receive tips, best practices, and practitioners’ perspectives of training that works.

The program has been approved for 6 HR general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

For more information or and registration, go to, or contact Kim Shuffield at

Louisiana Looking Up scheduled Oct. 2

The 11th annual Louisiana Looking Up, which will focus on entrepreneurship in the state, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business Education Complex.

A reception will follow from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The LSU Flores MBA Alumni Association and the business college are hosting the event, which will include a mix of entrepreneurship, education and nonprofit information.

John Davies, president and chief executive officer of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation is the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Sarah Broome, of Thrive BR; Darrin Gross, of Capital Area United Way; Stafford Kendall, of Covalent Logic; and Chris Wadsworth, of Triumph Kitchen.

Admission is $100 but discounted at $50 for LSU Flores MBA Alumni Association members and $25 for LSU Flores MBA Program students. Proceeds will support the LSU Flores MBA Program, allowing the association to assist students who wish to study abroad.

For more information or to register, go to

Charter school group unveiling handbook

The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and Louisiana Appleseed will unveil their joint publication, Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook, with a free, continuing legal education course from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 26 in the Pan Am Life Conference Center, 701 Poydras St., New Orleans.

The informational guide is targeted to charter board members, but attorneys who attend the CLE will receive two credit hours toward their professional development requirement.

The Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook was prepared in collaboration by Louisiana Appleseed; LAPCS; Alvin Miester, of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein and Hilbert LLC; Adams and Reese LLP; New Schools for New Orleans; Jones Walker; Akin Gump; and Board on Track.

Register by contacting Christy Kane at (504) 561-7312 or

Company gets patent for dual fuel vessel

Vard Marine, formerly STX Marine, has been awarded a U.S. patent for its design and engineering of a dual fuel vessel, with the first six to be built by Gulf Coast Shipyard Group for Harvey Gulf International Marine.

The U.S.-flagged vessels will be capable of operating exclusively on liquefied natural gas or diesel fuel oil.

Vard Marine is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with branch offices in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Houston.