Farm Bill training sessions planned

Two training sessions on the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program enacted by the 2014 Farm Bill will be held in the Baton Rouge area this week by the Louisiana Farm Service Agency and Southern University AgCenter.

The training sessions are at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Chaneyville Community Center, 13211 Jackson Road, Zachary, and 9 a.m. Friday at the Southern University Ag Center, Ashford O. William Hall, Baton Rouge.

To register for the Zachary session, contact Terrence Marshall at or (225) 389-3056.

To register for the Baton Rouge session, contact Zanetta Augustine at or (225) 771-2242.

Hiring first workers topic of workshop

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University will present a free workshop to help new businesses learn how to hire their first employees.

The event will be held Feb. 10 at the St. Tammany Administrative Complex at 21454 Koop Drive from noon to 1:30 p.m., with networking starting at 11:30 a.m. It is sponsored by the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation.

Topics include advertising for the job, interviewing potential candidates, hiring the right person and collecting the required paperwork.

For more information or to register, contact LSBDC Southeastern at (985) 549-3831 or Online registration is available at

Trade zone seminar planned in Hammond

A free lunch seminar on foreign trade zones will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, 1514 Martens Drive, Hammond.

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University is hosting the event, co-sponsored by Tangipahoa Economic Development.

Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. The seminar will demonstrate how combining the benefits of a Foreign Trade Zone and the transportation advantages available along the banks of the Mississippi River can benefit an organization. Register online at

SJB adds subsurface utility engineering

SJB Group LLC in Baton Rouge is expanding its land surveying service to include subsurface utility engineering.

SJB Group said its survey crews have worked alongside and subcontracted to SUE providers for several years.

The company added SUE services for getting underground utility information to help grow its surveying division.

SJB Group is a civil engineering company, providing engineering and construction services consulting as well as land surveying services to commercial, industrial, institutional and governmental clients in the Southeast. It also has an office in Lake Charles.

Humana opens guidance center

Medicare health benefits provider Humana has opened a Humana Guidance Center at 10330 Airline Highway, Suite B1 and B2, Baton Rouge.

The 4,100-square-foot center will have customer service representatives providing guidance and services to Humana Baton Rouge-area Medicare members and prospective Medicare, individual, vision and other health benefits members.

The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Humana also has a center in Metairie among its locations in 24 cities.