Lake After Hours opens on Coursey

Lake After Hours has opened at 13702 Coursey Blvd.

The clinic is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week.

It treats ear and eye infections, fever, minor cuts needing stitches, possible broken bones or simple fractures, severe sore throat, sprains or strains and vomiting/diarrhea.

Lake After Hours is affiliated with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and has locations in Baton Rouge, Hammond, Central, Denham Springs, Brusly and Zachary.

Teaching Research Institute gets award

The Teaching Research Institute, a client of the LSU Louisiana Business and Technology Center, recently received a Small Business Innovative Research Phase II award of $850,000.

TRI is an educational consulting firm that works with schools to implement behavior-based teaching strategies to improve behavior and academic changes in students.

Lynn Singletary, TRI’s founder and chief executive officer, said the funds will be used to conduct research and further develop the company’s Social Shape Up System. The SSUS is a classroom management system that teaches teachers how to shape appropriate student social behavior and prevent behavior problems from occurring.

Apply for economic development grants

Applications are being accepted by USDA Rural Development for grants to support economic development strategies, financial assistance and promote job creation.

Applications for Small, Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grant Opportunity grants are due by Aug 15. Instructions may be obtained from the June 29 Federal Register, page 38110, at

Through Aug. 29, USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for Value-Added Producer Grants for independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives and agricultural producer groups. Grants may be used for feasibility studies or business plans, working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy projects. The service area includes Cameron, Jefferson, Plaquemine, St. Martin, Iberville, West Baton Rouge, Assumption, St. James, St. John, St. Charles, Calcasieu, Acadia, Lafayette, Iberia, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Bernard, Jefferson, St. Tammany, Vermilion and Rapides parishes.

Contact the Louisiana office at (318) 473-7920 for more information.

LUBA returns money to customers

LUBA Workers’ Comp announced that it returned about $460,000 to qualified policyholders in the Baton Rouge area and a total of $1.9 million statewide.

LUBA is structured to return surpluses based on policyholders’ individual safety performance.

Ferrara to supply FDNY with ladders

Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc. has been awarded a contract for 21 additional 100-foot, rear-mount aerial ladders by the fire department of New York City. When completed, 41 Ferrara aerials will be in service at FDNY.

Sugar Cane Field Day set at LSU

The LSU AgCenter’s 29th Annual Sugar Cane Field Day will be held Wednesday at the Sugar Research Station near St. Gabriel.

Topics will include new sugar cane varieties and energy canes, soil fertility, insect and disease management updates and weed control issues.

The Sugar Research Station is on La. 30, 11 miles south of Tiger Stadium, or nine miles north of Gonzales.

More information is available by calling the station at (225) 642-0224.

Revenue dept. to hold free tax seminar

The Louisiana Department of Revenue is offering a free seminar to help business operators understand sales tax and other business issues.

The seminar is at 10 a.m. Friday at LDR’s Baton Rouge office at 617 North 3rd St.

For details or to register, call (225) 219-5511.

AT&T announces cell sites, upgrades

AT&T announced new cell sites and mobile broadband capacity upgrades, including new launches of its mobile broadband network in cities and towns across Louisiana.

Some of the communities with access to AT&T mobile broadband include Ville Platte, Minden, North Bend, Centerville, Abbeville, Broussard, Kaplan, Maurice, Mansfield, Mamou, Chataignier, Tallulah and Carencro west.

New rural voice service extends coverage in Dry Prong; La. 167 between Dry Prong and Winnfield; La. 339 between Charon and Youngsville; La. 10 West near Fort Polk; and Crew Lake.

Initiative seeks nominations

Keep Louisiana Beautiful seeks nominations of exemplary groups and individuals whose efforts help keep Louisiana beautiful.

Categories are most innovative program; youth leadership award; outstanding Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliate (population over 10,000); Outstanding Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliate (population under 10,000); Outstanding Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliate director; Corporate Leadership Award; and the Alice Foster Award.

A complete list of awards and entry submission guidelines are provided at The deadline for entries is Aug. 15 at

Lafayette, Opelousas health centers unite

Lafayette General Medical Center and Opelousas General Health System announced a clinical affiliation designed to treat more patients in Opelousas and St. Landry Parish.The affiliation will initially focus on cardiology and neuroscience services.Both hospital cardiovascular programs are under the medical direction of Cardiovascular Institute of the South cardiologists.

Some tax preparers didn’t follow rule

The Internal Revenue Service announced it will send letters to about 100,000 tax return preparers who prepared returns in 2011 but failed to follow new requirements.

All paid tax return preparers must obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number and, when required to do so, sign the names and include their PTINs on the returns and refund claims they prepare for compensation.

The IRS said 720,000 preparers complied with the requirement.

Workshop set on 501(c)3 applications

A workshop titled “Write Your own 501(c)3 Application” will be held 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. July 28 at the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators at 5550 Florida Blvd.

The seminar is designed to teach nonprofit organizations with budgets less than $50,000 how to write their own 501(c)3 application for IRS tax-exempt status.

Participants learn the difference between a Louisiana nonprofit and a federally recognized tax-exempt organization. The difference between articles of incorporation and bylaws, how to use the IRS website for charities, how to avoid losing tax-exempt status once approved.

For more information, go to

Airport hotel under new management

Integral Hospitality Solutions is managing recently renovated Hilton Garden Inn Baton Rouge Airport at 3330 Harding Blvd.

The 131-room hotel is owned by Fairwood Capital LLC.

DEQ to have green business expo

The Department of Environmental Quality will hold its 2011 Green Business Expo 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the DEQ Galvez Building Conference Center at 602 N. Fifth St.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and is $60.

The expo will feature nine speakers who will discuss their green businesses.

Exhibitors have until July 26 to register at a cost of $275 before fees increase.

For more information on the expo, go to

Business course set Aug. 23-24

An “Economic Development Business Retention and Expansion Course” is being sponsored by the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association Aug. 23-24 at the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives at 10725 Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.

Topics include the importance of and benefits of business retention and expansion in local economic development, the characteristics of an effective program and what assistance the state provides in local business retention and expansion.

The cost to attend is $395 for LIDEA members and $545 for nonmembers.

Registration is available online at or contact Christy Marino at (225) 448-5404 or

Tourism summit to be held next month

Ways to enhance tourism resources and create new ones in rural areas in Louisiana and Mississippi will be featured at the 2011 Miss-Lou Regional Tourism Summit Aug. 9-11 at the Jason Lingo Center in Oak Grove.

The targeted region consists of 16 Louisiana parishes and 17 Mississippi counties located along the Mississippi River or near the states’ border.

The summit will focus on regionalism. Speakers will address how to cluster and brand a region using culinary, agricultural and nature-based assets. Tours will include visits to Poverty Point in Epps, the Cotton Museum in Lake Providence and the Lamb Weston sweet potato processing plant in Delhi.

Registration is available at

Health-care conference set

The Louisiana Primary Care Association will hold its 28th Annual Continuing Education Conference Sept. 29-30 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.

The theme is “Building a Medical Home Brick by Brick: Strategies for Centers Transforming Themselves into a Medical Home.”

For more information, go online to