CEO Roundtables applicants sought

Louisiana Economic Development is taking applications through March 31 for CEO Roundtables, a peer program through which executives explore business challenges with one another under the guidance of a facilitator.

The roundtables begin in July.

Launched in 2014 to help established small businesses grow revenue and jobs, the regional CEO Roundtables convene 15 to 18 qualified key decision-makers from the pool of applicant businesses. Participants meet 10 times for half-day peer-to-peer learning, business networking and support in the yearlong program. Executives explore business and personal solutions that spur business growth.

CEO Roundtable participants typically operate high-growth companies with annual revenue of $600,000 to $50 million and employment of five to 99 people.

Roundtable topics have included marketing, strategic planning, operational efficiency, organizational structure, delegation, cybersecurity, finding and maintaining top talent, and business continuity.

The last series of CEO Roundtables took place in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans, Schriever and Shreveport. Depending on demand, the agency hopes to expand the program in July to include Lake Charles and the Monroe/Ruston area.

For more information, visit or contact Darrell Johnson at (225) 342-4680 or

Women Mean Business event set

Women Mean Business 2018 is being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22 in the Student Union Ballroom on the Southeastern Louisiana University campus in Hammond.

The conference is being hosted by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern and Tangipahoa Professional Women.

Presenters include a negotiations coach, a marketing director and a communications executive. A leadership success panel will concentrate on areas of growth and success for female business owners and professional women.

The cost is $40 in advance or $50 on event day and includes lunch. Southeastern students can enter free with the code WMBLIONUP, but advance registration is necessary.

Register by visiting; calling (985)-549-3831; or emailing Table, vendor and ad sponsorships are available for businesses.

Welding inspection program starting

Performance Contractors, an industrial construction, management and fabrication firm in Baton Rouge, is partnering with Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond to create a new academic concentration in welding inspection and supervision.

Art Favre, co-founder and CEO of Performance Contractors, made a $1 million donation to Southeastern in support of the partnership.

“We need well-prepared and trained industrial team members at the professional level, and Southeastern is committed to providing opportunity to students to become job-ready in those areas,” Favre said.

The partnership will enable Southeastern’s Industrial Technology program to develop the concentration and increase enrollment to graduate students in the fields in support of Louisiana’s industry-heavy economy.

Anthony Blakeney, instructor of industrial technology specializing in materials and processes, said many of the state’s technical and community colleges are graduating certified welders, but there is a significant need for graduates in that field at a more advanced level.

The university's industrial technology degree program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering, and the new concentration would make Southeastern the first university in the country to have it as part of an association-accredited program, he said.

Coastal geohazards atlas being developed

The Louisiana Geological Survey and New Orleans Geological Society have partnered to lead the development of a Louisiana Coastal Geohazards Atlas.

The focus will be on landforms in a variety of underlying geologic settings, which are affected by faulting, subsidence and flooding. The atlas will have a landforms base map that will provide information for technical analysis and for use by governments, the private sector and residents in planning land use and infrastructure development. Text, diagrams, graphs and charts will be in the booklet accompanying the landform map.

A final draft of the atlas is scheduled for review in late December, with production planned for mid-2019.

“While much work has been done to better understand these processes, the results have not been compiled and combined in a format that brings them together to portray their influences on the coastal plain of south Louisiana,” said Chip Groat, Louisiana Geological Survey acting director. “The atlas will serve as a valuable resource to our state and region.”

Groat will serve as administrator of the project, and Chris McLindon, president of the New Orleans Geological Society, will share in project oversight. John Johnston III, of Louisiana Geological Survey, will serve as editor and coordinator of the participants.

Geologists and cartographers from Louisiana Geological Survey will participate in the project and experts from the LSU Department of Geology & Geophysics, Tulane, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of New Orleans, two environmental consulting firms and the petroleum industry will write sections of the atlas.

Ethics lecture set at Southeastern

A free annual ethics lecture is being held at 7 p.m. March 6 in the third-floor Grand Ballroom in the Student Union Ballroom on Southeastern Louisiana University’s campus in Hammond.

Featured speaker is Cynthia Cooper, an author, consultant and internationally recognized speaker on ethical leadership and corporate governance best practices. Cooper was named a Time magazine Person of the Year for her role in uncovering the fraud at WorldCom. The lecture is titled “Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century” and is sponsored by Southeastern's College of Business.

West Feliciana partners on mammography

West Feliciana Hospital has partnered with Woman’s Hospital to offer 3-D and 2-D mammography on site at the new hospital in St. Francisville.

The hospital will supply the space and equipment for the 3-D mammography, along with coordination of the program. All breast-imaging studies are interpreted by two board-certified radiologists. Patient data is accessible through Woman’s Hospital, which will provide a technician along with any necessary follow-up treatment.

Information is at

The Storage Spot signs with U-Haul 

U-Haul Co. of Louisiana has signed on The Storage Spot LLC at 11598 Florida Blvd. as a neighborhood dealer to serve Walker.

The Storage Spot will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pickup for boxes. The Storage Spot's owner is Tom Theriot.

Business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. After-hours drop-off is available.

The phone number is (225) 791-3536.

Sewage treatment system class set

A free class on sewage treatment system maintenance is being held March 7 for homeowners and owners/operators of on-site sewage treatment systems as part of an effort to protect Bayou Lafourche from receiving improperly treated sewage.

The class is from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 301, Gouaux Hall, Nicholls State University.

Free one-hour, hands-on demonstrations also will be held March 8 at 560 and 562 La. 308 in Thibodaux. Times are 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Information is available from Jesse Means, state Department of Environmental Quality geologist, at (225) 219-1827.

Workforce, HR webinars planned

A series of 20-minute “Virtual Coffee Talks” webinars on workforce and human resource topics important to local businesses is being held for employers in St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.

The first seminar at 8:40 a.m. March 9 is about cash grants for on-the-job training that can help increase the job candidate pool, improve employee retention and lower the costs of doing business.

Greater New Orleans: Tri-Parish Works Business & Career Solutions is launching the series. Registration is in advance at and click on Events.