Food incubator getting faster equipment

The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator has received a $25,000 grant from the Louisiana Economic Development Business Incubation Support Program.

The funds were awarded through the Louisiana Business Incubator Association and will be used to purchase faster, more efficient processing equipment.

“Adding faster processing equipment to our line will enable food companies to produce more product per processing day, which saves them money,” said Gaye Sandoz, food incubator director.

The Food Incubator provides small food entrepreneurs with kitchen space, processing equipment and assistance from AgCenter marketing and food science experts. It serves 18 tenants. Six more tenants are expected to join soon.

Conco Industrial opens Gonzales office

Conco Industrial Services has opened an office and operations facility at 2930 South Ruby Ave. in Gonzales. The facility was opened to better serve customers and grow the company’s business in the area.

“The petrochemical industry is expected to have substantial growth in the next 10 years, and we want to grow along with the industry to meet the needs of our customers,” said Jason Wilburn, vice president.

CIS provides petrochemical customers technology-based cleaning and certified nondestructive testing services. Its website is

LSU plans event for business students

Jumping into Business, an event for students of the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business, will be held Sept. 16-18 at the Business Education Complex.

Alpha Kappa Psi and Pi Sigma Epsilon, in conjunction with the Business College Council, will host the event.

Students will learn about the college’s student organizations; a Dean’s Advisory Council panel discussion followed by a reception; and a rapid résumé review in which recruiters critique students’ résumés in a “speed-dating” type setting.

For more information about activities and participating organizations, visit

Women’s health center opens in Lafayette

Women’s Health and Treatment Center of Acadiana has opened at 1700 Kaliste Saloom Road, Suite 601, Lafayette.

The center was opened by Dr. Lauren F. Luke, a family medicine practitioner, who treats general health and wellness, including weight loss and medical-grade aesthetics, among other conditions. She performs screenings, exams, tests and procedures.

The phone number is (337) 806-9161.

Lafayette company forms safety division

Progressive Safety Innovators has been formed as a division of Lafayette-based Oilfield Innovators Limited.

Progressive will provide medium- to small-sized companies with safety regulatory compliance support, said Don Harrington, president of Oilfield Innovators Limited.

Progressive will focus on companies in the oil and gas, industrial construction and transportation industries.

Joey Munn, a 10-year veteran of the safety industry, will lead Progressive as safety director.

Financial boot camp planned for educators

The annual statewide Financial Education Boot Camp for Educators will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 3 at the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s Professional Development Center, 3000 N. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The event is being held by the Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and Louisiana Council for Economic Education.

The event is open to all teachers, home-school educators, youth program leaders, summer camp instructors, banking professionals and anyone who works with middle and high school children.

Topics include the psychology of money, dynamics of poverty, building wealth, money management, budgeting, saving, investing and managing credit and debt. Participants earn up to 5.5 CEUs/CLUs.

For more information or to register, visit

LSU energy summit topics announced

Topics have been announced for the LSU Center for Energy Studies’ Energy Summit 2014 being held Oct. 22 in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium at the Energy, Coast & Environment Building on the LSU campus.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The summit, titled “The Future of Louisiana Energy,” is from 9 a.m. until 5:45 p.m., followed by a reception until 7:45 p.m.

The summit looks at the future of the Haynesville Shale; Tuscaloosa Marine Shale and unconventional liquids production in Louisiana; regional wholesale power markets; Louisiana industrial usage and development; energy exports; Louisiana’s energy workforce; and Louisiana energy and the environment.

Preregistration is available at

Tulane forum highlights business successes

Business leaders will share the secrets of their successes and best business practices in the Tulane Business Forum’s 35th program, “Taking Flight: Business Leaders Executing Plans for Success,” from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

The forum highlights achievements of renowned local, national and international organizations and the visionaries behind the scenes.

Keynote speakers are David D. Dunlap, president and CEO of Superior Energy Services Inc. in Houston, and Laurie Ann Goldman, former CEO of Spanx in Atlanta.

Dunlap will offer his perspective on how unconventional resource development has resulted in new opportunities in the oil and gas services market and how Superior Energy Services is effectively competing with industry giants.

Goldman will draw on her past experience at Spanx and illustrate how successful startups can become lucrative mainstays if complacency is not part of the business equation.

The event is being sponsored by the Tulane Association of Business Alumni and being presented by IberiaBank Corp.

Other presenters’ topics include reforms at Louis Armstrong International Airport since May 2010; tactics and strategies that work in Washington for business; growth of LCMC, a locally based nonprofit health care system founded in 2009; and advantages that led Wan Kim, CEO of Smoothie King, to make Metairie his company’s headquarters.

Forum registration is $160 for the general public and $130 for Tulane alumni. Accountants can earn five continuing professional education credits, and engineers can earn five professional development hour credits.

For more information or to register, go to