Enrollment starts for contractor event

Enrollment has begun for the next Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute, which assists small and emerging construction companies with the basics of the industry and preparing for the business and law portion of the state’s licensing exam for contractors.

The six-week course will be offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays from Feb. 19 to March 28. The course will be offered via interactive distance-learning to multiple locations throughout Louisiana.

The program is sponsored by Louisiana Economic Development, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, and the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors.

Topics include the bid process, contract management, estimating, equipment management, scheduling, occupational safety, risk management, financial and business management, bonding and access to capital, certifications and available resources, and entrepreneurship training.

Enrollment is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a $200 fee for the course and materials. Registration is at www.OpportunityLouisiana.com/LCAI; click on “Next Steps” button.

Training series targets entrepreneurship

A free training series to promote entrepreneurship will begin Jan. 16 at the Southern University Innovation Center at 616 Harding Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

The Innovation Center and Louisiana Small Business Development Center series addresses three major areas of focus: innovation in business on Jan. 16, product innovation on Jan. 23, and innovation globally on Jan. 30. Times for each are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Information and registration are at www.lsbdc.org.

Event showcases heating technology

The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center demonstration home will showcase heating technologies during a winter open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at 2858 Gourrier Ave., across from Alex Box Stadium, on the LSU campus.

LaHouse will showcase a range of cost-effective examples of safe, energy-efficient heating systems; a safer fireplace and cooktop; durable, energy-saving building systems; cost-effective home energy improvements; heat-holding windows and doors; a variety of insulation alternatives; and other components, officials said.

Visitors will find free publications and experts to answer questions. A donation of $5 per adult is requested to help support educational programming and exhibits. More information about LaHouse is at www.LSUAgCenter.com/LaHouse.

Digital marketing conference planned

A conference focused on trends in digital marketing for business will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 in Southeastern Louisiana University’s Student Union at 303 Texas Ave. in Hammond.

Sponsors include the Southeastern Louisiana University Small Business Development Center, 5 Stones Media, SCORE and the Greater Hammond, Ponchatoula, Amite, Independence, West St. Tammany and East St. Tammany chambers of commerce.

Registration for the conference is $10 but free for Southeastern students. Registration and information are at www.MomentumHammond.com.