Workers’ comp firm gets A.M. Best rating

Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corp. has retained its A.M. Best financial strength rating of A-excellent and issuer credit rating of a+.

This the 14th consecutive year LWCC has earned an A rating from A.M. Best.“The A rating is a reflection of our ability to make and keep promises to Louisiana’s businesses and their employees far into the future,” said president and CEO Kristin Wall. 

P&N Tech releases ‘Pounce’ software

P&N Tech, the information technology subsidiary of accounting firm Postlethwaite & Netterville, has released a business development software application called Pounce.

The Baton Rouge-based accounting firm describes Pounce as a web-based system for service providers in the accounting, business consulting, legal and architect/engineer/contractor industries.

The software helps users manage marketing material and résumés and create sales packets, among other things. Postlethwaite & Netterville has been using the software firm-wide since January and made it available to other accounting and business consulting firms in May.


Nominations sought for farm committees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has started the nomination period for farmers and ranchers who will serve on Farm Service Agency county committees.

Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1.

The FSA is holding an East and West Feliciana and East Baton Rouge Parish informational meeting on the election process at 11 a.m. July 14 at the St. Francisville Farmers’ Market at Fair Barn on Wilcox Street in St. Francisville.

“Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said agency administrator Val Dolcini.

The agency will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 7 for return by Dec. 5. Newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1.

To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency-administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are nominated.

Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations also can make nominations. Eligible nominees must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. Forms and information are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.


Raising Cane’s opens Metairie restaurant

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has opened a restaurant at 212 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie, its 23rd restaurant in the New Orleans area.

The restaurant will employ 60 workers. General Manager is Ginny Bowen.

Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton Rouge, Raising Cane’s has 63 restaurants in its home state and the 273 nationwide in 21 states, with multiple restaurants under construction.


Primary care clinic opens in Baker

South Louisiana Primary Care has opened at 12902 Plank Road in Baker.

Nurse practitioners Rebecca Davis, of Denham Springs, and Dustin Logue, of Zachary, recently partnered to open the clinic.

Davis, who is certified in family and adult gerontology, was a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Ochsner.

Logue, a certified adult nurse practitioner, spent six years as a nurse practitioner with Cardiovascular Institute of the South and one year at Zachary Internal Medicine Clinic.

The phone number for South Louisiana Primary Care is (225) 218-4816.


Starting business workshop scheduled

A free workshop titled “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday by the SCORE Baton Rouge chapter at the main library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

Topics include myths and realities of entrepreneurship; critical success factors; knowing options; components of business ownership; making it legal; funding and cash management; and business plan basics.

Register at scorebr@scorebr.org.


Popology opens in Hammond Aire Plaza

Gourmet popcorn shop Popology is now located in the Hammond Aire Plaza across from Burlington Coat Factory in SuiteF2A at 9634 Airline Highway.

Popology was founded in 2013. The phone number is (225) 757-5159.


dd’s Discount opens in Lapalco Village

dd’s Discounts, a division of Ross Stores Inc., has opened a store in the Lapalco Village Shopping Center at 5969 Lapalco Blvd. in Marrero.

The 21,000-square-foot store is dd’s third in Louisiana. The chain operates 183 locations in 15 states.

The store features moderately-priced in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (504) 328-8172. The website is www.rossstores.com.


Tulane Physical Therapy clinic opens in Metairie

Tulane Health System has opened Tulane Physical Therapy at 3750 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie.

Tulane Health System opened the 3,600-square-foot clinic in partnership with PT Solutions.

The clinic treats adults and children suffering pain or dysfunction from injury, stress, bad posture or after surgery. The clinic is outfitted with exercise machines, dry needling, an Xbox Kinect and other equipment.

“Many of Tulane’s patients call Metairie home, and we want to offer them the convenience of receiving expert physical therapy care right in their own neighborhood,” said Kevin Duffy, director of physical therapy at PT Solutions.

“We hope this will be the first of several similar facilities to provide convenient access to the world-class health care our communities need and deserve,” said Dr. William Lunn, president and CEO of Tulane Health System.

The clinic’s phone number is (504) 900-1411.


NY ad agency opens in New Orleans’ CBD

PURE ad agency has opened in New Orleans’ central business district at 336 Lafayette St., Suite 101.

Tarik Sedky, president and founder, said the firm’s New York office at 1369 Broadway will remain open. The firm’s client list includes DuPont, Georgia Pacific, AeroTek and Grady Hospital.

The agency operates under a model called “distributed delivery,” which uses a core group of full-time agency employees who access and manage a network of more than 100 designers, strategists, copywriters and other marketing professionals.

Included in the core group is Eddie Snyder, who was vice president and executive creative director at Peter Mayer. The group also includes Director of Operations and Project Management Jacqui Gibson-Clark and Account Manager Michael Newcomer.