Tom Boon, of Ford, Bacon & Davis LLC

Engineering firm opens Saudi Arabia office

Ford, Bacon & Davis LLC, with seven offices in Louisiana and South Carolina, is opening an office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Tom Boon will be senior vice president and general manager, Saudi Arabia, to develop operations there. Boon previously was location manager for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain with WorleyParsons. His experience includes the refining, petrochemical, infrastructure and power industries globally. He has over 17 years of operations experience in the Middle East, including 13 years in Saudi Arabia.

Ford, Bacon & Davis, LLC is a privately held engineering, procurement, project management and construction management company with offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles, West Monroe and Greenville, South Carolina.

SBA accepting small business nominations

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Louisiana District Office is accepting nominations for its 2015 National Small Business Week Awards.

The deadline is 2 p.m. Jan. 5.

Award categories are:

Small Business Person of the Year; Phoenix Awards recognizing outstanding accomplishments during disaster recovery; Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year; Small Business Subcontractor of the Year; the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence recognizing large prime contractors who have used small businesses as suppliers and contractors; SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year for recent graduates of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program; Exporter of the Year; Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award; Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award; Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award; and Small Business Investment Company of the Year.

All nominations must be submitted online at, emailed to or postmarked or hand delivered to the Louisiana District Office at 365 Canal Street, Suite 2820, New Orleans.

High school challenge to promote La. seafood

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is challenging high school students to create marketing plans that promote Louisiana seafood.

Its B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration is sponsoring the Louisiana Business Challenge with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and Associated Grocers Inc., a food supply company based in Baton Rouge.

Teams of two to four students will develop national marketing plans that promote “wild-caught” Louisiana seafood. Teams must register by Oct. 31 to compete in the contest.

A total of $25,000 in scholarships to attend UL Lafayette will be distributed among the top teams. Contest organizers are also working to secure additional scholarship funds that could be used to attend other schools, including universities located out of state.

Students can focus on the entire Louisiana seafood industry, or specific categories. Those categories are: alligators, crabs, crawfish, finfish, oysters and shrimp.

Six teams will be selected by a panel of judges to compete in the finals that will be held March 5-6 at UL-Lafayette.

Register at

Southern University ag members in China

Five members of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center faculty and staff are in China to exchange agricultural knowledge and technology with Chinese scientists and officials.

The Oct. 17-30 visit is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service’s Scientific Exchange Program with China.

The objective is to promote bilateral scientific exchange to promote agricultural cooperation, development and trade between the United States and China. The Southern University Ag Center hosted six scientists from China in June 2012.

The delegates are Fatemeh Malekian, professor of food science and nutrition; Oscar Udoh, coordinator for planning and evaluation; Sebhatu Gebrelul, professor of animal science; Doze Butler, associate dean of the college of agriculture and professor of design and merchandising; and Bridget Udoh, communications specialist.

The group is meeting with Chinese scientists who visited Southern, the staff of the National Agro-Tech Extension and Service Center, the college of economics and management at the China Agricultural University, the division of market information at the Agricultural Committee of Heilongjiang and Guangxi Provincial Department of Agriculture; extension agencies; manufacturers of ag-products, grains and poultry farms.

DEQ schedules air permit training sessions

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is offering free training sessions to help the public understand the DEQ air permitting process and the permitting of air emissions

“DEQ Air Permitting 301: Understanding Permitted versus Actual Emissions” will focus on the typical sources for determining emission rates and establishes a level of accuracy for each type. The presentation explains how those rates can be adjusted for different operations and other variables. The differences between the permitted emissions and actual emissions will be discussed and how those emissions are used in prevention of significant deterioration applications, inspections/enforcement and submissions to the emissions reporting and inventory center.

Session locations in the local area are:

BATON ROUGE: Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to noon; DEQ Conference Center, Oliver Pollock Room

602 N. Fifth St., Baton Rouge.

NEW ORLEANS: Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to noon; Jefferson Parish Library, Napoleon Meeting Room,

4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. If you would like to attend any of these workshops please register online at For information, call (225) 219-3954 or visit the Enviroschool website at

LSU AgCenter planning timber tax workshops

The LSU AgCenter will host two timber tax workshops in November to provide the latest information to those in the industry.

The registration deadline is Nov. 7 for meetings Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge and Nov. 20 in Pineville.

The workshops are designed to educate forest landowners, foresters, tax preparers and others on special issues related to timber taxes. Topics include key concepts of timber taxes: expense deductions, basis and record keeping, timber casualty losses, reporting timber sale income, planting-cost deductions and reporting cost-share payments.

For the Nov. 19 event, contact Brian Chandler at (225) 683-3101 or For the Nov. 20 session, contact Robbie Hutchins at (318) 767-3968 or

Georges to discuss media wars at Loyola

John Georges, CEO of Georges Media Group and publisher of The Advocate newspapers, will discuss “Media Wars: The Impact of Entrepreneurship” in a lecture for Loyola’s newly created Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development and the School of Mass Communication.

The free, public talk is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the St. Charles room in the Danna Student Center on the university’s main campus.

Georges’ lecture is the first event of Loyola’s National News Engagement speaker series, which aims to get more millennials engaged in the news and current events.

Georges acquired The Advocate in 2013, expanding coverage in south Louisiana with The New Orleans Advocate and The Acadiana Advocate, while maintaining Baton Rouge’s daily paper, The Advocate. The Advocate also recently acquired four weeklies.