Health care summit focuses on value

A summit focused on value-based health care will be held Dec. 1-2 in New Orleans.

The Ochsner Health Network Value Summit will explore best practices in delivering value-based care, multistakeholder collaborations to improve care delivery and the impact on specialty care.

Dr. David Carmouche, senior vice president and president of OHN, said stakeholders will discuss the strategies, insights and tools to position organizations for success in the changing health care environment.

"The OHN Value Summit brings together the best and the brightest to confront today's toughest health care challenges. Clinical and administrative health care leaders will be able to learn from each other in order to affect change in their own organizations," said Sarah McNulty, president of The Kinetix Group, a partner in the summit.

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Government contracts event scheduled

A free program on government contracting will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center at 9261 Florida Blvd. in Walker.

The class is titled “Pricing Matters: Developing Your Cost or Price Proposal.” It is hosted by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University, along with the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Livingston Economic Development Council.

Topics include two basic groups of contracts, types of specifications, bid/proposal elements, labor costs, reasonable profit, contract price and unallowable costs.

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Food incubator plans specialty food event

The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator will host a specialty food workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 in 212 Efferson Hall on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

Ron Tanner, of The Specialty Food Association, and Shawn McBride, of Foah International LLC, will talk about the size of the specialty food industry, the categories that are fueling growth and product trends. They also will provide information on specialty food consumers and advice on selling to distributors, supermarkets and food service companies and managing brokers.

Registration is $40 at and includes lunch.

Small business exposition scheduled

The Louisiana Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth will host the Fourth Annual Louisiana’s Got Talent small business exposition from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel.

The expo is free. Small businesses are able to showcase their talents and expertise and meet with procurement officers from some of New Orleans’ top companies. Some industry leaders will participate in SpeedNetworking sessions with exhibitors designed to allow prospective vendors or subcontractors to learn the specific needs, requirements and opportunities to work with businesses in the greater New Orleans area. A catered cocktail reception for networking will cap the event.

The event is co-sponsored by the New Orleans Business Alliance, Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program and the GoodWork Network.

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PJ's Coffee expands Mississippi franchising

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans is planning to have up to 30 franchise locations in Mississippi over the next two to three years, targeting Jackson, Oxford and Columbus.

The process has started with the awarding of three single-unit franchise licenses to Brooke Stampley to open throughout Hattiesburg, adding to the existing five locations in the state.

PJ's Coffee serves a variety of iced, frozen, hot, cold brew and nitro-infused coffees.

PJ's Coffee has more than 90 locations operating nationally and internationally, and is projected to reach its benchmark of having 100 locations open by the end of 2017.

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans was founded in 1978 by Phyllis Jordan. The coffeehouse was acquired by Ballard Brands in 2008, which was spearheaded by brothers Paul, Scott and Steve Ballard.

Company, association form partnership

Health care services firm Compliance Partners has formed a nationwide partnership to provide streamlined patient safety, quality, risk and compliance services and technology to members of the National Rural Health Association.

The association works to improve the viability of more than 21,000 health care facility members nationwide.

Officials said shared services provided through the partnership will allow hospitals and community health care centers to efficiently implement industry best practices, services and technology that have traditionally been available only to larger health care systems. With numerous facilities across the country sharing resources, costs are reduced without organizations losing the flexibility to respond to local conditions and needs, officials said.

eQHealth relocates BR headquarters

eQHealth has moved its corporate headquarters to a renovated space at 8440 Jefferson Highway, Suite 101.

Nearly 100 of eQHealth’s more than 400 employees work from the office location.

eQHealth Solutions has additional offices in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Texas and Vermont. Its website is

Financing completed for apartments

Gershman Mortgage has provided $6.6 million in permanent financing for Pelican Bay Apartments, a 152-unit affordable multifamily property at 2121 Lobdell Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

Pelican Bay Apartments was developed in three separate phases under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code, which generated the equity needed in the form of Low Income Housing Tax Credits. The program guarantees lower-income residents housing by restricting rents to what they can qualify for without being burdened by costs exceeding more than 30 percent of their income to rent and utilities.

A&M Constructors adds roofing division

A&M Contractors LLC at 17465 Lauren Drive in Prairieville has added a roofing division, serving residential and commercial customers.

Other services at A&M, with 20 years of experience, include carpentry, electrical, home remodeling, concrete, maintenance, flooring, appliances, decking and home raising.

Adam Mansur is the founder/owner, and Lance Songy is general manager.

Homebuyer nonprofits receive grants

Step Up Acadiana and Open Doors Louisiana, two nonprofits that provide first-time homebuyer and financial literacy training, will be awarded a total of $18,000 in Partnership Grant Program funds from Home Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas.

Step Up Acadiana will use its $10,000 grant for employee training. Open Doors Louisiana will use its $8,000 award for administrative and operational expenses.

The grants are offered via a lottery system once a year through FHLB Dallas member banks.

Tractor Supply Co. opens in Meraux

Tractor Supply Co. has opened a 19,000-square-foot store at 2505 Hannan Blvd. in Meraux.

Tractor Supply stores supply products primarily to recreational farmers, ranchers and rural residents, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. The company specializes in equine, livestock, pet and small animal products; hardware, truck, towing and tool products; seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; work/recreational clothing and footwear; and maintenance products for agricultural and rural use. The store also features customer access to a pet-grooming station.

The store employs 14 people. Store manager is Jen Euler.

The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation assisted in the site selection for the new store.