Contractor licensing program scheduled

Enrollment has started for a statewide program to help small and emerging construction companies learn the basics of the industry and prepare for the state’s licensing exam.

The Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute's six-week course will be held Oct. 2 to Nov. 8, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It provides information about construction management and how to prepare for the business and law portion of the contractors licensing exam.

The program is sponsored by Louisiana Economic Development, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors.

The interactive distance learning will be held at locations throughout the state. Area sites are River Parishes Community College's Gonzales campus; Delgado Community College's New Orleans City Park campus; South Central Louisiana Technical College's Reserve campus; Fletcher Technical Community College's Schriever campus; SOWELA Technical Community College's Lake Charles campus; South Louisiana Community College's Lafayette campus; Northshore Technical Community College's St. Tammany Center in Mandeville; Baton Rouge Community College; and Nunez Community College in Chalmette.

Topics include the bid process; contract management; estimating; equipment management; scheduling; occupational safety; risk management; financial and business management; bonding and access to capital; certifications and available resources; and entrepreneurship training.

Enrollment is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a $200 fee for the course and materials. Information and registration are at

Global investment course planned

A course on "Winning Global Investment in a Globalized Market" will be held Sept. 19-20 at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond by the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association.

The elective course is designed for those seeking accreditation as a certified Louisiana economic developer. Registration closes Sept 8.

Topics include the importance of foreign direct investment in corporate site selection; how culture shapes expectations of foreign investors; how to communicate and present effectively to global prospects; and how Asian, European and Latin American cultures differ in their approach to business.

Registration and the agenda are at

Keep La. Beautiful conference set 

Registration has started for Keep Louisiana Beautiful's annual state conference and Everyday Heroes Awards Banquet being held Sept. 20-21 at the Galvez Conference Center in downtown Baton Rouge.

Highlights include keynote speaker Helen Lowman, Keep America Beautiful president and CEO, and a presentation on Mississippi’s wildflower highway trails initiative.

Industry experts, environmental experts, civic officials and anti-litter advocates will share best practices that encourage environmental stewardship in practical ways that attendees can take back to their communities. The conference provides resources and education for those interested in establishing zero-waste practices, recycling programs, beautification projects and environmental education initiatives.

Participants include teachers, Keep Louisiana Beautiful partners, volunteers, community leaders, state agency representatives, nonprofit organizations, and parish and city officials 

Exhibit opportunities are available. Registration, at $125, and conference details are at Nominations for awards are being accepted at the website until Aug. 25.

NPR station hosting NY Times editor

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet will be the keynote speaker for National Public Radio Station 89.3 WRKF-FM's third annual Founders Luncheon at noon Sept. 22 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4728 Constitution Ave., Baton Rouge.

A native of New Orleans, Baquet holds the top position in The New York Times newsroom and received the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council.

WRKF's board of directors also will present its Founders Award to the Reilly family, who are longtime station supporters.

Tickets are $75; $60 for WRKF members. Tables of 10 start at $750. Go to Sponsorship information is available from Barbara Clark,

Whitney Bank reopens on Greenwell Springs

Whitney Bank has reopened its Greenwell Springs Financial Center at 9494 Greenwell Springs Road in Baton Rouge.

The branch took on 6 feet of water in the August 2016 flood. The bank quickly reopened in a mobile facility. Just shy of one year since the flood, Whitney completed the restoration of its 2,722-square-foot branch with a more contemporary design.

"Our bank has a long history of helping our clients and friends through tough times, and the reopening of this branch is another step toward normalcy since the flooding last August,” said regional retail manager Stephen David.

Banking services include lobby and drive-up tellers, ATM, night depository, safe deposit boxes, and consumer, commercial, private banking, investment and mortgage services.

Facility managers set education day

The International Facility Management Association's Baton Rouge chapter is holding its annual continuing education day Aug. 15 at the Belle of Baton Rouge, 103 France St.

The event starts 11:30 a.m. with registration and a trade show, followed by a luncheon speaker from noon to 1 p.m., educational sessions from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a reception until 6 p.m.

The luncheon speaker is Jerome Congleton, an emeritus professor at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center–School of Public Health, who will discuss the “Office of the Future."

Topics for afternoon sessions for continuing educational credits for architects and interior designers are biophilic design; flooring for health care; changing health care market; contributing to sustainability; WHY design; modern medicine; design for seating spaces; and daylight harvesting.

Costs are lunch only, $25 members and $35 non-members; classes only, $30; classes and lunch, $40 for association members and $50 for nonmembers.

Register at

Around the Table event scheduled

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber has started registration for Around the Table, presented by the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 28.

Twenty community "connectors" — ranging from CEOs to university presidents and entrepreneurs — will host dinners in their homes for 225 participants, designed to help connect newcomers with longtime locals for conversations.

“BRAC's talent development program not only works to attract and retain top talent to the Baton Rouge Area but also to incorporate newcomers into our region," said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. "Around the Table is a fun and engaging way for folks to get plugged in and to meet new people in an authentically Baton Rouge way — over a great meal."

Registration is $30. Information and registration are available at

SCORE chapter sets marketing workshop

SCORE - Baton Rouge will sponsor a free "Marketing 101" workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Main Library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. in Baton Rouge.

Topics include advertising methods; communicating digitally with customers; selecting and creating marketing collateral; establishing a marketing budget; and fundamentals for devising a marketing plan.

Seating is limited. Register at

Propeller Club plans BP oil spill speaker 

A discussion of the BP oil spill by Patrick Juneau, of the Deepwater Horizon Settlement Program, will be part of the The Propeller Club and Port of New Orleans lunch and learn program Sept. 14.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Southern Yacht Club, 105 N. Roadway St., New Orleans.

The cost is $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight. Register by Sept. 7 at