Nonprofit gets $75,000 for home assistance

Urban Restoration Enhancement Corp., a Baton Rouge nonprofit that helps low- to moderate-income families buy homes, has been awarded $75,000 through the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s Baton Rouge Community Revitalization Fund.

The nonprofit will use the money for rehabilitating blighted and vacant homes in distressed north Baton Rouge neighborhoods. The nonprofit also will use a portion of the money for outreach and educational seminars on homeownership, home improvement and foreclosure prevention.

“It is our vision to see purposeful reinvestment made in urban neighborhoods to counteract the devastating damage to Baton Rouge neighborhoods resulting from foreclosures, predatory lending and alleged unlawful marketing and maintenance practices,” Fair Housing Action Center Executive Director Cashauna Hill said.

For more information about Urban Restoration Enhancement Corp. and its programs, call (225) 356-887.

Hospital signs pact with Lafayette General

Jennings American Legion Hospital has signed a clinical affiliation agreement with Lafayette General Health system.

The clinical affiliation is neither a purchase nor an acquisition; each organization’s ownership and governance structure will remain the same.

The affiliation will enhance the economies for both organizations and will allow for sharing best practices for quality, coordinated care for the residents of Jefferson Davis Parish and surrounding areas.

The clinical affiliation allows the Jennings hospital to treat more patients locally and rely on Lafayette General Medical Center’s trauma program for severe injuries.

Starting business workshop planned

The SCORE Baton Rouge chapter will hold a free workshop titled “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the main library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

Topics include myths and realities of entrepreneurship; critical success factors; knowing your options; components of business ownership; making it legal; funding and cash management; and business plan basics.

Register at

Capitol City health renamed CareSouth

Capitol City Family Health Center has changed its name to CareSouth and named a new chief executive officer.

With locations in Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville and Plaquemine, the new name is more inclusive of the communities the health centers serve, the company said.

The health center also hired Matthew Valliere as CEO. He joined the board in January. Valliere was deputy director for the Center for Community and Preventive Health within the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office of Public Health.

Market research for the 19-year-old company, completed in the fall, revealed the need for a rebranding effort and a reintroduction to the community, the company said.

“The research showed that even in our neighborhood, we were not well known,” said Terrence Lockett, CareSouth’s board president. “It was surprising given the lack of access to health care in the areas around our three locations.”

A list of services and providers is available at

United Properties joins Berkshire network

Baton Rouge-based United Properties has joined the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices United Properties is at 7926 Wrenwood Blvd., Suite B, in Baton Rouge.

The local brokerage firm, founded by local real estate veterans Jonathan Starns and Chase Muller with 15 agents offers residential and commercial real estate brokerage services.

Berkshire Hathaway’s services include relocation and referral networks, agent access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Global Network Platform, a suite of online tools, applications and services, plus professional education, national marketing support and the company’s Luxury Collection program for high-end and resort listings. Resources also include lead generation, a social media platform, mobile app and custom video-production app.

The Irvine, California-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brokerage network has grown to more than 42,200 agents and 1,211 offices in 47 states since its launch in September 2013.

Website matches education, careers

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance has launched a “match and fit” college access and career planning website.

The website at uses the agency’s “five-point match” approach to selecting a career and provider for postsecondary education.

“Our goal for the website is to help each student discover that special talent or attribute which allows them to do something better than anyone else,” said Sujuan Boutté, executive director of the financial aid office. “Our mission is to help them target that talent toward a career choice, which in turn leads to the college choice that provides the best fit for them.”

The site provides information on salary ranges and demand status for jobs; education costs and financial aid forms; social and emotional considerations in choosing an educational institution; and success and retention rates.

Economic development course scheduled

LSU Executive Education will offer the strategic planning in economic development course June 14-15 at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business.

The registration deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The course is an elective in the Certified Louisiana Economic Developer Program and is certified with the International Economic Development Council.

The interactive class will review the fundamentals of developing and implementing an effective strategic plan that can lead to a community or region achieving a more competitive location for encouraging business investment and the attraction of a talented workforce.

The strategic planning course utilizes case studies and sample plans to highlight best practices in economic development strategic planning.

The full agenda and registration are at

Field day focuses on crops, pests

The LSU Agricultural Center’s Northeast Research Station, 4589 La. 605, St. Joseph, will hold its annual crop production and pest management field day at 8:30 a.m. June 16.

Topics will include how herbicide and water volume affect weed control efficacy; new herbicide technologies; cotton pest management; sugar cane aphid management; field crop pathology research; using soil moisture sensors and surge valves in row crop irrigation; irrigation water quality testing; and using winter wheat filter strips to reduce runoff.

For information, contact resident coordinator Donnie Miller at (318) 766-4607 or

Acquisition expands firm in Tangipahoa

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bobby Tallo Realty has acquired Pezant Real Estate for an undisclosed sum.

The deal between the two Hammond-based firms will add 13 agents to Bobby Tallo Realty. The acquisition also expands the company’s footprint in Tangipahoa Parish. Bobby Tallo Realty has offices in Hammond and Denham Springs. The company’s service area covers southeast Louisiana.

Bob Pezant has owned and operated Pezant Real Estate since 2000 and will continue with Bobby Tallo Realty.

Ochsner partners with data network

Ochsner Health System has partnered with TriNetX, an international clinical research data network, to improve Ochsner clinicians’ ability to participate in clinical trials, making new therapies available to Ochsner patients sooner.

“It also means that Ochsner researchers have access to new tools with which to analyze data on our own patients and refine treatments. It can also help connect them with other institutions to enhance our research potential,” said Dr. Sohail Rao, system vice president for research at Ochsner.

The TriNetX global network represents 27 health care institutions with more than 37 million patients and is expanding monthly.

Industry sponsors are leveraging the network to design protocols with data and to more accurately match industry-sponsored clinical trials with the right sites and the right patients. Ochsner is the first health care institution in Louisiana to join the TriNetX network.