Journalist group to hold luncheon

The Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists will hold its third Annual Scholarship Luncheon to benefit future journalists from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23 at Boudreaux’s, 2647 Government St., in Baton Rouge.

Guest speaker is Rachel Emanuel, the director of communications and development support for Southern University Law Center. She also is the editor of Reflections, the SULC magazine, and produced the documentary “Journey for Justice: the A.P. Tureaud Story.”

The organization also will honor as pioneering journalists John Williams, former Advocate photographer, posthumously; Jean West, former WAFB Channel 9 anchor; Ivory Payne, owner of The Weekly Press; and Genevieve Stewart, former host of “Question of the Day” on KQXL-FM.

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships to Southern University and LSU journalism students.

Tickets can be purchased online at or eventbrite at

JD Bank opens Lafayette branch

JD Bank has opened a bank branch at 300 Verot School Road in Lafayette.

JD Bank has been in business for more than 65 years and offers full-service personal and business banking through 23 branches.

Trade mission planned to Yucatan, Campeche

A Gulf States Trade Mission to Mexico has been scheduled for April 21–24 to Yucatan and Campeche.

The trade mission is being led by the World Trade Center of New Orleans, Committee of 100 business leaders group and Mississippi Manufacturers Association.

The mission will focus on economic opportunities in maritime and ports trade activity, oil and gas services and technology, health care services and technology, water management and coastal erosion, wood products, and used construction equipment and parts.

The World Trade Center was appointed to the Gulf States Accord Task Force, a group of business leaders working to develop economic ties among the United States and Mexican states of Yucatan and Campeche.

Plans to form a task force were announced during a November meeting convened by the Consul General of Mexico in New Orleans and the Committee of 100. More than 50 business and government representatives attended from the states of Campeche, Yucatan, Mississippi and Louisiana.

The meeting was a first-step toward renewing a Gulf States Accord, with support from the private sector to sustain the accord.

For information or to join the trade mission, contact Eliza Brierre at the WTC at (504) 619-9834 or email

Women business event set at SLU in Hammond

A “Women Mean Business 2015” conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 26 in the Student Union Grand Ballroom at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

The event is being held by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University and Tangipahoa Professional Women.

The conference will provide strategies to help women of all ages survive and thrive individually and professionally, said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the LSBDC.

The event also will feature a panel of experts addressing the top wellness issues for women in 2015.

Table, vendor and ad sponsorships are available for businesses.

The conference cost is $35 in advance and $45 on the event day.

It includes lunch.

Southeastern students may attend at no charge, but advance registration is required.

To register or receive more information about table sponsorships, go to or contact LSBDC at (985) 549-3831 or

Sanderson Farms CEO giving lecture at SLU

The chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms Inc. will deliver Southeastern Louisiana University’s James and Evelyn Livingston Business Ethics Lecture on March 24.

The event is at 7 p.m. in SLU’s Student Union Ballroom A.

Joe F. Sanderson Jr., who is also chairman of the board of the third-largest poultry company in the nation, will discuss “Sanderson Farms: Growing the Right Way.”

The lecture is presented by the College of Business and is free and open to the public.

Sanderson Farms, based in Laurel, Mississippi, has operations in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina and employs 11,747.

Harvey Energy LNG vessel put in service

The Harvey Energy, the first liquefied natural gas-powered vessel operating in the United States, has been put into service supporting Shell Upstream America’s deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group announced.

The vessel, which also can operate on diesel, is the first of six LNG offshore vessels being built for Harvey Gulf International Marine. It is a 310-by-24.5-foot platform supply vessel.

The vessel will refuel at Harvey Gulf’s new LNG bunkering facility at Port Fourchon, which provides access to more than 600 oil and gas rigs and platforms within a 40-mile radius.

Affordable housing training program starts

An affordable housing program has been designed to provide qualified employees of Louisiana nonprofits and community development entities with information to master the home development process for single-family residences.

The free program seeks to address the shortage of capable, nonprofit housing developers that exists throughout Louisiana through three training components: classroom instruction, a CAP Lab and project mentoring.

Forty-two participants from 26 nonprofit organizations have been selected to learn about the home-construction permitting process, how to buy land, how to select the style of a house and how to select a contractor.

Through a partnership with Capital One Community Development Corp., Louisiana Housing Alliance, Louisiana Housing Corporation, Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance and NeighborWorks, the seven-month program will offer this unique training opportunity to community housing development groups from across Louisiana.

Two nonprofits from Baton Rouge — Urban Restoration Enhancement and Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance — will participate in the program.