Journalists group sets media workshop

A workshop titled “Making the Media Work for You” is being held by the Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at The Advocate at 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Participants will learn how to get events in the media, how to write a news release, and how to conduct themselves during an interview.

The cost is $10 per person, which includes breakfast. Payments can be made at the door, but advance reservations are required by sending your name, organization and the number of people attending to

Business startup workshop planned

HAMMOND — The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University and SCORE Northshore chapter will hold a two-day workshop to test new business ideas and help entrepreneurs start businesses.

Before the workshops, there will be three free introductory “Start up Basics” seminars for individuals to determine if the workshop series is right for them.

The introductory seminars will be held 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in Hammond at the SBDC at 1514 Martens Drive; Feb. 19 in Mandeville at the St. Tammany Center at 21454 Koop Drive; and Feb. 26 in Slidell at Living the Word International Church Training Center at 1000 Caruso Blvd.

The Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Series teaches the basics of concepts involved in assessing a business idea, marketing products or services, understanding business financials and how they work, and ways of funding and financing a business.

The Simple Steps series will be held 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 6-7 in Mandeville at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center at 21454 Koop Drive.

The cost for the two-day workshop is $75 for registration before March 5, when it goes to $100. One additional attendee from the same company may attend the series at no cost.

Scholarships are available for veterans and their families, provided by the Walmart Foundation. For more information on scholarships, visit

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

Engineers to discuss developing countries

A seminar on engineering for developing countries will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 21 in the auditorium of the Coastal, Environmental and Energy Building at LSU.

The seminar is sponsored by the Baton Rouge Section American Institute of Chemical Engineers; Baton Rouge and LSU chapters of Engineers Without Borders; and LSU Department of Environmental Studies.

Speakers will discuss projects in developing countries.

Registration for professionals is $60, which includes lunch. There is no cost for student Engineers Without Borders members.

For more information or to register, go to

Barringer, Holliday consolidate firms

Attorneys Dale R. Baringer and James S. Holliday Jr. have consolidated their law practices under The Baringer Law Firm LLC.

Holliday will be of counsel to the firm, while Evest A. Broussard III, has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

The firm’s practices include transactions and litigation in the fields of business and commercial law; business organizations; corporate law; limited liability companies; employment law; real estate law; mediation and arbitration; construction; securities law; tax law; 1031 like-kind exchanges; wills, trusts and estate planning; successions and probate law; bankruptcy; business reorganizations; life health and accident insurance; and personal injury.

The firm is located at 201 St. Charles St. in Baton Rouge. The telephone number is (225) 383-9953 and website is

Maritime company with La. offices sold

Drew Marine announced the completion of the acquisition of Alexander/Ryan Marine & Safety and Sea Technology, which is based in Houston and has operations in New Orleans and New Iberia.

Alexander/Ryan is a distributor for equipment manufacturers and certified service facility for a variety of rescue and survival craft. It also provides technical services, inspections and field certification for systems found in offshore and marine applications.

Drew Marine provides technical services to the marine industry, specializing in fire safety and rescue, water treatment, cleaning and coatings, fuel management, welding and refrigeration and sealing products.

Drew Marine was acquired in August 2009 by investment affiliates of J.F. Lehman & Co., a private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace and maritime sectors. The firm has offices in New York and Washington.

Coastal ecotourism workshop scheduled

BRAITHWAITE — A “Coastal Ecotourism Workshop” will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 12 at the Stella Plantation at 4881 La. 39 in Braithwaite.

The workshop is being sponsored by Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter. It is targeted to coastal landowners, farmers, charter fishermen, marina owners, swamp tour operators and others interested in income opportunities from nature-based tourism.

Topics to be discussed include revenue potential from natural resource enterprises; business plan development; and liability and legal considerations. Afternoon sessions will take place in the field, so participants should be prepared to walk or ride in a trailer.

Registration is $20 before March 6 and $25 at the door.

For more information or to register, contact Twyla Herrington, Louisiana Sea Grant and AgCenter fisheries agent, at (504) 858-9826 or email or contact Dora Ann Hatch, AgCenter agritourism coordinator, at (318) 927-9654 or email

LSU series features entrepreneur Feb. 19

Aaron Dirks, president of the Louisiana chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and co-founder of the Association of Corporate Growth Louisiana chapter, will address the LSU Executive Education’s Breakfast to Business Feb. 19 at LSU’s Business Education Complex.

Dirks’ presentation is titled “Train to be a World Class Entrepreneur: Lessons Learned from the Training of World Class Athletes.”

Dirks will share his experiences as an Army soldier and lifelong entrepreneur. His business portfolio includes companies with interests in luxury transportation, health care, real estate and renewable energy.

Registration is $25, which includes breakfast. The cost is $20 for LSU students, staff and faculty, members of SCORE, Louisiana Tech Park, Louisiana Business and Technology Center and Center for Emerging Technology.

Registration can be completed online at For more information, contact Robin Kistler at or (225) 578-1190.