‘Starting Your Business’ workshop planned

A free workshop titled “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” will be held by the SCORE Baton Rouge chapter from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 7 at the EBRP Main Library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

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.

For more information, call SCORE at (225) 381-7130, email scorebr@scorebr.org or go to www.scorebr.org.

Leadership Livingston applicants sought

The Livingston Parish Chamber is accepting applications until noon July 24 for its 2016 Leadership Livingston program.

The program is for existing or potential leaders who live or work in Livingston Parish and is designed to make them aware of community and social topics.

The program begins with an overnight session in which the class participates in a “simulated society.” Participants then attend a one-day session each month focusing on a specific topic related to Livingston Parish. Topics include government, culture and tourism, community health care, leadership competencies, judicial system, diversity, education, social concerns and economic development.

For more information, contact the chamber at (225) 665-8155 or go to livingstonparishchamber.org.

‘Ethics First’ being discussed at event

An “Ethics First” program featuring Aaron Beam, co-founder and former chief financial officer of HealthSouth Corp., will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. July 10 by Christ in the City in the De La Ronde ballroom at 320 Third St.

As a co-founder of the company, Beam witnessed the accounting and stock manipulation and leadership failures that led to the $2 billion securities fraud scandal at HealthSouth. Beam served three months in federal prison for his role in approving fraudulent quarterly numbers in 1996, losing his CPA credentials and leading to his speaking career educating others about the importance of upholding ethical and legal business practices.

Beam discusses early warning signs, influences and bad choices he and others made at HealthSouth.

Tickets for the lunch program are $50. More information is available by contacting the Rev. David Melville at (225) 397-6393 or revmelville@cox.net.

LSU AgCenter rice field day scheduled July 1

The LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Annual Field Day will be held July 1 in Crowley.

Field tours start at 7:15 a.m.

Topics during the field day include rice breeding; hybrid development; agronomy; control of weeds, diseases and insects; an update on the rice market and the farm bill; and global competitiveness of American rice.

Interiors firm opening second retail gallery

Beth Claybourn Interiors will open a retail gallery in July at 401 Tchoupitoulas St. in New Orleans Central Business District.

The design of the 5,000-square-foot store features an industrial look, different from the look of its Baton Rouge location.

Beth Claybourn Interiors has 30 years of interior design experience and will offer New Orleans residents and tourists a selection of furniture, fabrics and accessories through the retail gallery and a redesigned website. Design services also will be available.

Beth Claybourn Interiors also has launched a bridal and special occasion gift registry service, featuring items such as fine china, crystals, linens, furniture and accessories.

Fruit, vegetable growers field day scheduled

A Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Grower meeting and field day will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 1 at the LSU AgCenter Botanical Gardens at Burden at 4560 Essen Lane, just off Interstate 10, in Baton Rouge.

The event is targeted to fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in the industry.

Topics include updates from Creole tomato and summer squash variety trials and a garlic variety demonstration, bitter rot in apples and brown rot in peaches, and a fresh produce sanitation demonstration.

A field tour will have tomato, squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, the All-America Selections Garden and fig plots.

Reservations can be made by contacting Kiki Fontenot at (225) 235-9968 or kkfontenot@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Environmental law enforcement event set

A free Environmental Law Enforcement Training Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 15 at the St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Drive, near Mandeville.

Federal, state and local law enforcement will discuss environmental crimes and laws, including information on illegal dumping and burning, water pollution, littering and air pollution.

The event is open to the public but targets law enforcement officials, justices of the peace, constables, state and city prosecutors, elected and appointed officials, environmental managers, code enforcement officers, public works directors and sanitarians.

The workshop is being hosted by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Enforcement Division and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Register by emailing Susan Russell at srussell@keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

AARP seeking volunteer award nominations

AARP Louisiana is accepting nominations until July 3 for its 2015 Andrus Award for Community Service.

The award honors Louisianians who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of their community.

Nominees must be 50 years or older and have achievements, accomplishments or service performed on a volunteer, nonpaid basis and that reflect AARP’s vision and mission.

Couples or partners in service together are eligible, but teams are not. This is not a posthumous award.

Nominations are accepted online at www.AARP.org/AndrusAward.