Series for community arts educators to begin

Young Audiences of Louisiana and the Academy of the Sacred Heart will host a professional development series for community arts educators starting at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at Sacred Heart, 4521 St. Charles Ave.,

The program will feature a talk by artist and educator Russel Granet, executive director of the Lincoln Center Institute.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Please RSVP by Jan. 22 to or call (504) 523-3525.

Future topics will include “Understanding the National Core Arts Standards” (March), “Integrating the Arts and Common Core State Standards” (April) and “Arts-Integrated Residency Design” (June).

‘Transportation Choices’ to be discussed

Ride New Orleans and other local organizations will present “Voices for Transportation Choices” from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Ave., New Orleans.

Transit riders, community and business leaders and public officials will discuss transportation priorities, quality transit standards, plans and priorities for local buses, streetcars and ferries, and how communities can work together to improve transportation service.

After registration and breakfast from 8:30 to 9 a.m., panels, presentations and conversation will take place until noon, when there will be a networking lunch.

The following organizations are involved: AARP Louisiana, Bike Easy, the Center for Planning Excellence, the Central City Renaissance Alliance, the Crescent City Community Land Trust, Greater New Orleans Inc., the Institute for Women and Ethnic Studies, the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, the Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans, the Neighborhood Partnership Network, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and the Women’s Caucus of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1560.

Jeff groups offer series for small businesses

The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will hold an educational seminar series for small businesses in 2015. The series, titled “Prosper Jefferson,” is designed to assist small business owners in Jefferson Parish.

Over the next year, the two organizations will host 10 seminars featuring speakers from the local business community. Topics will include: “Business Valuation,” “Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch,” social media marketing, emergency preparedness, technology to support efficiency and growth in your business, human resources, branding, business financing, public relations and sales.

Events will rotate between the new JEDCO Conference Center in the Churchill Technology and Business Park on the West Bank and the East Bank Regional Library.

The first session is scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 28 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Keith Naccari with Simmons and White will focus on business valuation and how to pitch to an investor.

The event is free to attend, but those wishing to attend are asked to register in advance on the JEDCO website or the Jefferson Chamber website.

“Nearly two-thirds of Jefferson Parish’s 18,000 businesses are considered small,” Jefferson Chamber President Todd Murphy said. “This collaboration with JEDCO to bring valued educational resources to the lifeblood of our business community is just another way the Jefferson Chamber brings value to the business community.”