Business program applicants sought

Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. Friday for a “Getting Down to Business” small business development program in greater Baton Rouge.

The 14-course, in-depth curriculum was developed by Capital One bankers and local partners that include the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, Money Management International, SCORE, Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University, the city of Baton Rouge, ACCION and Seedco Financial.

The free program for 10 participants begins May 28. The program is offered over a six- to seven-month period and provides qualified small-business owners with information and guidance to help them grow their businesses.

The program will be held on Tuesday evenings at Capital One’s branch at 5220 Government St. in Baton Rouge.

Participants learn about credit, budgeting, marketing, business plans, financing, accounting best practices, networking and insurance. The program includes a matched savings component up to $2,000 that business owners can use for operations, staffing or the purchase of supplies upon completion of the program. Participants also are paired with professionals and volunteers who serve as mentors during the class sessions and for a year after the program.

Applications can be submitted online at

For information on how to apply and about the curriculum, email Cheri Ausberry at, or call her at (225) 663-3547.

State supporting shipyard job fair

RESERVE — The state’s workforce development program is supporting a job fair for Edison Chouest Offshore, a marine transportation company, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at South Central Louisiana Technical College at the River Parishes Campus at 181 Regala Park Road in Reserve.

The company is hiring for skilled hourly positions at its La Ship shipyard in Houma. Positions being targeted, with two to five years of shipyard experience, are structural flux arc welders, pipefitters, ship fitters, electricians and carpenters. Starting wages range from $15 to $20 an hour. Work shifts are 10 hours.

The Chouest La Ship facility plans to hire 250 to 500 skilled employees in the next six to eight months. Applicants go through a job-screening and pre-employment assessment process and are required to pass a drug screening and background check.