Business Briefs for April 26, 2015 _lowres

Steve DeRouen, ISC Corp.

SCORE plans starting business workshop

A free workshop titled “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” is being held by SCORE from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m May 5 at the EBRP Main Library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

Topics include myths and realities of entrepreneurship; critical success factors; knowing options; components of business ownership; making it legal; funding and cash management; and business plan basics.

Reservations can be made at

ISC Constructors opens in Lake Charles area

ISC Constructors LLC is opening a Lake Charles-area office on 115 Hood Road in Sulphur, adding to its locations in Baton Rouge, Houston and Beaumont, Texas.

Steve DeRouen, of Iowa, was named vice president of Lake Charles operations. His was with W.R. Grace. He held a position as a global director of engineering and maintenance with responsibilities providing management, capital planning, engineering and maintenance leadership for 95 sites operating in 40 countries.

ISC is an industrial electrical, instrumentation and controls company offering engineering, construction and maintenance services. The company employs more than 2,500 people primarily in the southern region of the United States.

Primoris companies locate in new offices

James Construction Group and James Industrial Constructors have located in new offices at 18484 E. Petroleum Drive, off Highland Road, in Baton Rouge.

James Construction Group, is one of Primoris Services Corp.’s largest subsidiaries and James Industrial Constructors is part of Primoris Energy Services.

Primoris, headquartered in Dallas, provides a range of construction, fabrication, maintenance, replacement, water and wastewater, and engineering services to major public utilities, petrochemical companies, energy companies, municipalities and other customers.

Since December 2009, Primoris has more than doubled its size and the company’s national footprint extends from Florida, along the Gulf Coast, through California into the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

BRAC speaker to discuss STEM skills

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Signature Speaker event May 12 will feature Marcus Lingenfelter, vice president of state relations at the nonprofit National Math + Science Initiative.

Lingenfelter will address the importance of science, technology, engineering and math, referred to as STEM skills, in workforce preparedness.

“A pipeline of STEM-skilled workers is critical to our region’s economic growth,” said Adam Knapp, BRAC president and CEO. Registration is available at

Within the Capital Region, NMSI provides STEM teacher training in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. In conjunction with the Signature Speaker event, BRAC will present five Excellent STEM Educator Awards to recognize public middle and high school teachers from the Baton Rouge area.

More information, including eligibility requirements and the application, are available online.

Loyola adding degree in computer information

Loyola University New Orleans is introducing a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems in the fall.

The course will include 21 hours in computer science and computer information systems, 15 hours in the supporting area of management science and five credit hours of practical experience through a project or internship.

“It is designed to appeal to students who are looking to go into business,” said Ralph Tucci, professor of mathematics and director of computational science. “It will give a person a good, solid background in computers and show them just how computers are needed to conduct business.”

The College of Humanities and Natural Sciences currently offers a major in computational mathematics and an interdisciplinary computational science minor. These programs emphasize mathematics and are more theoretical. The new major will add more practical knowledge and is more career-oriented.

Horticulture industry lecture, open house set

The Margie Jenkins Azalea Garden Horticulture Lecture Series and Industry Open House will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 at the Hammond Research Station.

The station is at 21549 Old Covington Highway (La. 1067), east of Hammond.

The educational event is designed for nursery growers, landscape contractors, landscape maintenance firms, retail garden center owners, managers and their employees.

Topics include problem solving in dogwoods, roses and hydrangeas; the use of south Louisiana natives and some of the improved varieties; and also garden tours and plant trials.

There is no registration fee, but reservations are required A RSVP is needed to get a count for the hamburger lunch that will be served in the gardens.

Additional information is available by calling Allen Owings at (985) 543-4125 or visit Hammond.

USDA rural business grants available

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for grants to support rural businesses and help create jobs.

More than $28 million is expected to be available nationally under the Rural Business Development Grant program. Eligible applicants include public bodies, government entities, Indian tribes and nonprofit organizations.

The program is designed to assist the startup or expansion of small and emerging private businesses and/or nonprofits in rural communities.

The grants can be used to acquire or develop land, buildings, plants and equipment; build or improve access roads, parking areas, utility extensions, and water and waste disposal facilities; provide technical assistance; establish revolving loan funds; and to support rural distance learning programs that provide educational or job training.

For additional information on how to apply, contact the Rural Development state office or see Page 15,665 of the March 25 Federal Register.

Classes set for code verifiers, contractors

Two classes for contractors and code verifiers to help ensure homes meet provisions of Louisiana’s new residential building energy code will be offered April 28-30 at the LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Resource Center.

HVAC for Home Performance will be held April 28-30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Duct and Envelope Tightness Verifier certification will be April 29-30.

Those who satisfactorily complete the two-day DET training and written and field exams will be designated Southface Energy Institute certified DET verifiers qualified to perform the diagnostic testing now required for new homes by the 2009 IRC energy chapter.

The three-day HVAC class includes DET training and certification testing plus insights into building science concepts key to prevent, diagnose and solve heating, cooling and ventilation problems.

LaHouse is located on the LSU campus on Gourrier Avenue.

Registration, course fees and more information about the classes are available at on the Seminars and Events page.

Editor's Note: The headline on one of the business briefs was changed on April 28, 2015, to correct the name of ISC Constructors.