Compressed natural gas seminar set

The 2011 Compressed Natural Gas Fleet Seminar and Workshop will be held 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 5 at Acadian Companies at 2916 N. University Ave. in Lafayette.

The event, hosted by the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and Acadian Companies, will provide businesses and individuals with an opportunity to learn how converting operational fleets and other vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas can benefit fuel efficiency and long-term cost savings.

The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, Apache Corp. and Lafayette Consolidated Government will make presentations on the progress of CNG fueling options in the Acadiana region. Presenters also will discuss the economics of converting vehicles to CNG, how consumers can convert fleets and where to fill them up. CNG vehicles will be on display and to test drive.

Toys R Us superstore opens on Siegen

Toys R Us Inc. has opened an R Superstore at 10780 N. Mall Drive in Siegen Lane Marketplace.

The 58,000-square-foot superstore combines full-size Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores under one roof.

The superstore is one of more than 37 the company has opened across the country since 2007.

Since 2006, it has converted more than 100 existing stores in the United States to include Toys R Us and Babies R Us.

La Capitol to build new branch

La Capitol Federal Credit Union has begun construction on a new branch on O’Neal Lane near Interstate 12.

The branch will the fourth La Capitol branch in Baton Rouge. The others are downtown, on Florida Boulevard and on Siegen Lane. It has 16 branches statewide.

Animation, graphics professional to speak

A free Louisiana Entrepreneurship Day event, featuring PDI/DreamWorks research and development supervisor Marty Sixkiller, will be held 2-6 p.m. Friday at the Kean Miller law offices at 400 Convention St. downtown.

Sixkiller will discuss his work in the fields of animation, computer graphics and technical production and his work developing his own business, Killer Designs, and how resources in Baton Rouge helped prepare him for his career.

He has worked on such DreamWorks films as “Shrek,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Antz.”

The day also will feature workshops on copyright protection and state tax incentives and address legal concerns for entrepreneurships in the film, video gaming and related technology industries.

To register, go to

Entrepreneurship week scheduled

Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week has been scheduled for Nov. 11-20 by a consortium of local businesses and entrepreneurship, economic development and educational organizations.

Featured speakers include Milun Tesovic, of, the top-ranked music lyrics website; Catherine Cook, of, the fifth-largest social network in the United States; and Marlo Scott, of Sweet Revenge, cupcake, beer and wine bar turned bistro.

The week is being coordinated by the Regional Innovation Organization, along with Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Louisiana Business and Technology Center, the Stephen Entrepreneurship Institute at LSU, LSU Continuing Education, Louisiana Technology Park, CMO Accelerator, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and SeNSE.

For more information, visit

Safety and health conference set

The Louisiana Governor’s Safety and Health Conference will take place Wednesday and Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 4728 Constitution Ave.

The conference will have more than 40 training sessions applicable to personnel in safety, health, emergency response, emergency preparedness, corporate training, wellness and operations.

Topics include influencing others, establishing rapport, detecting deception, investigating fraud, negotiating business deals, exposing the top causes of stress and dealing with regulatory groups, domestic violence in the workplace, business continuity planning, trench and scaffolding safety, air quality in the workplace, ergonomics for the aging worker and the new CPR.

Registration for the entire conference, individual days or individual luncheons is available at On-site registration will be available.

La. firms to pursue Brazil partnerships

Representatives from 23 Louisiana companies are traveling to Brazil on Wednesday, along with various representatives from governmental and nonprofit agencies, to pursue matchmaking opportunities between Louisiana and Brazilian companies.

The conference will be held Oct. 4-6 in Rio de Janeiro. Louisiana exporters will participate in two days of business meetings and site visits with Brazilian companies in the oil and gas sector. Exporters will exhibit at a private kiosk in the Louisiana booth within the U.S. Pavilion.

The trade mission is certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce and sponsored by LSU’s Louisiana Business and Technology Center, the Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Louisiana’s Economic Development department, GNO Inc., the World Trade Center, SW Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, the Louisiana Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

School health-care conference set

The Louisiana Assembly on School Based Health Care will hold its Fall Education Conference at 9 a.m. Oct. 4 at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana at 5525 Reitz Ave.

Sponsored by the BCBS Foundation of Louisiana, the full-day conference will feature several health-care speakers. The program was designed for nurses, social workers and counselors, especially those involved in school health.

To register, go to or call Cindy Bishop at (225) 923-1599.

Southern to host teacher job fair

Southern University’s College of Education will host its fall 2011 Teacher Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3 in Seymour Gym on the university’s campus.

Current and prospective teachers and school counselors can attend. More than 30 school districts in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and other areas will be represented and interviewing candidates in all certification areas.

Varsity Sports opens Elmwood store

Running specialty store Varsity Sports, owned by Jenni Peters, has partnered with Elmwood Fitness Center, making it the fourth location for the store.

Elmwood’s 175,000-square-foot health club is part of the Ochsner Health System and located at 1200 S. Clearview Parkway in Elmwood.

Varsity Sports Elmwood Running and Fitness trains runners through group runs and sponsors area races in addition to educating customers through professional foot and gait analysis and shoe fittings.

Peters founded Varsity Sports in Baton Rouge in 2000 and expanded to Mandeville and uptown New Orleans.

Greene’s Energy buys Houma firm’s assets

Greene’s Energy Group, a Houston-based provider of testing, rentals and specialty services, has acquired the assets of Houma-based Pro-Valve Services Inc. from owner Jeff Mike, Greene’s CEO Bob Vilyus announced.

Vilyus said the acquisition will broaden the after-market production valve services provided by GEG’s Wellhead and Valve division. Greene’s will offer repair, remanufacture and operational services for drilling and production valves. The acquisition broadens GEG’s capabilities in major U.S. oil- and gas-producing shale plays. Greene’s employs more than 700 people worldwide with its group headquarters in Houston.