LSU group schedules entrepreneur speaker

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 on Tuesday 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.

LSU program starts MBA speaker series

The LSU Flores MBA Program’s Distinguished Speaker Series has been set for this spring and will feature Roy O. Martin III, Marianne Jennings and Shawn Usher.

Martin’s speech will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Distinguished Leaders Lecture Hall of The Auditorium at the Business Education Complex.

Martin is president and chief financial officer of Roy O. Martin Lumber Co. LLC and Martin Timber Co. LLC, two of the components of RoyOMartin. He is also a director and co-founder of Indigo Minerals LLC, a Houston-based oil and natural gas exploration company, and Perforex Forest Services LLC, a Louisiana logging company.

Jennings, a professor of legal and ethical studies in the College of Business at Arizona State University, is scheduled March 8. Usher, president of Sparkhound, is scheduled April 26.

All Distinguished Speaker Series lectures are open to the public. Professional attire is required.

For more information, contact the LSU Flores MBA Program at (225) 578-8867.

Midcity business competition planned

A small-business growth plan competition to help small businesses in the Midcity area of Baton Rouge grow and create jobs is being sponsored by the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and Capital One Bank.

Winners of the “Grow Mid City” competition will receive a cash award to invest in their business: $10,000 for first, $7,000 for second and $3,000 for third place.

The three also will receive technical and professional assistance in areas that include marketing, legal, human resources, technology and finance.

The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. March 22.

Key requirements to compete include the business must be in the Midcity area; revenues in the most recent fiscal year must have been $1 million or less; applicant must have owned the business since before Jan. 15, 2012; the applicant/owner must demonstrate the potential or desire to grow and create jobs in the Midcity community.

To compete, applicants will complete and submit an online form that provides an overview of their business. Each applicant is assigned two Capital One business bankers to help fine-tune the application. Revised applications must be submitted no later than April 8.

Six finalists will be notified in mid-April. In early May, each finalist will make an 8-10 minute business presentation to a panel of community and business leaders. The panel will base its selection of winners on creativity, innovation and likelihood to succeed and create jobs in the Midcity area.

Applications will be accepted at The site provides detailed information about the competition, eligibility guidelines and a pre-screening checklist.

Food processors conference set

Value-added processing, one of the state’s most important economic development segments, will be a major topic at the 2013 Louisiana Food Processors Conference, set for March 13-14 in Baton Rouge, according to organizers.

Several presentations will focus on foods and obesity and diabetes, and others will address using local ingredients and marketing through social media.

Topics also include information on new regulations in the areas of food safety and security, marketing challenges, global trade, required processing training, emerging pathogens and record keeping.

For more information or to register, call Ashley Gutierrez at (225) 578-5207 or email

LSU AgCenter plans mold control course

The LSU AgCenter is offering a three-day mold control and remediation training course 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 26-28 at the LaHouse Resource Center at 2858 Gourrier Ave. on the LSU campus.

The course fulfills the initial training requirement for a mold remediation contractor license in Louisiana. The class also qualifies for 24 CEUs for Louisiana residential contractors.

Discounts are available for members of the Louisiana Home Builders Association, Louisiana Realtors, LaHouse Gold-plus Key Contributors, government, students, LSU faculty and employees of nonprofit organizations.

Registration, course fees, course topics and additional information are available at the Seminars and Events link of More information is available by calling (225) 578-2378 or emailing

Acadian Ambulance moves BR center

Acadian Ambulance has moved its Baton Rouge operations center to its new facility on Interline Avenue from the location on Florida Boulevard.

The new facility will serve as the main location for Acadian’s ground ambulance operations and crews in the capital area, as well as the Baton Rouge administration offices. Acadian bought the two-story, 18,000-square-foot building in February 2012 and recently completed renovating the facility.

Ampol announces new locations

NEW IBERIA — American Pollution Control Corp. has opened new locations in Texas, Louisiana and it’s first in South America.

AMPOL, an oil spill response and environmental company, said it opened an office in the Beaumont area to meet increased demand and growth in Texas. The company already has a location near Nederland, Texas.

AMPOL opened an office in Lima, Peru, in December. The office serves as the main operations center for AMPOL Latin America LLC. The site provides a range of environmental services, including oil spill response, tank cleaning, site and soil remediation and pollution control product sales in the region.

AMPOL recently finalized the acquisition of Berry Brothers Remediation in Bayou Vista, giving it a third location in Louisiana.The facility is intermodal, with a five-acre dockside loading zone for vessels, and a large unloading zone for interstate traffic. The location also allows for immediate access to the Gulf of Mexico, the company said.

Harvey Gulf signs various agreements

HARVEY — Harvey Gulf International Marine said it has signed an agreement with Bollinger Shipyard to expand five of its recently acquired offshore supply vessels from 230 feet to 270 feet in length.

Harvey Gulf also agreed to sell one of its two dry-docks to Bollinger Shipyards.

In addition, Harvey Gulf signed a $100 million four-year charter with DOF Subsea for its 310-foot multipurpose construction vessel, the “Harvey Deep Sea.” The vessel is under construction at Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City, Fla. When completed this summer, the vessel, with its NOV AHC 165-ton crane, will be capable of delivering 100 tons of cargo to a 10,000-foot water depth.

The expansion of the five offshore supply vessels will increase their deck space to 10,000 square feet and cargo capacities to 10,000 barrels of liquid mud plus 10,000 cubic feet of dry bulk.

With the new contracts, Harvey Gulf will have vessels under construction at four different shipyards: two in Louisiana, one in Florida and one in Mississippi, Harvey Gulf founder and CEO Shane Guidry said in the news release.