Chamber group plans ‘Biz to Biz’ event

The New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce will host a “Biz to Biz” Breakfast and Trade Fair on Dec. 11 in the Celestin and Storyville Ballrooms at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave.

Registration begins at 8 a.m.; breakfast at 9 a.m.; and the trade fair, which is free and open to the public, at 10:30 a.m.

Large companies from across the New Orleans area will meet with more than 90 small-business owners for business opportunities.

Breakfast keynote speaker will be Clifton Taulbert, an author, speaker and president and CEO of The Freemount Corp., an international human capital development company. Cheryl R. Teamer, senior vice president for public affairs at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, also will be a featured speaker.

Breakfast tickets are $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Businesses also can purchase tables of 10 for $300 for members and $350 for nonmembers.

Trade fair booths are available for $495 for nonmembers, which includes a one-year membership to the chamber and two breakfast tickets, or $395 for members, which includes two breakfast tickets.

“Biz to Biz” sponsorship packages range from $395 to $5,000.

For more information on the event, sponsorships, booths and for registration, visit www.norbchamber.org or contact Taylor Jackson at (504) 948.0991.

Firm adds business immigration practice

New Orleans law firm Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard added a business immigration practice.

The division will provide services for domestic and foreign clients with legal matters such as business formation, compliancy, corporate governance and obtaining work visas for employees. The firm also helps employers develop and implement in-house immigration policies and training programs and represents clients in Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security administrative proceedings.

Founded in 1986, the firm specializes in core practice areas, including admiralty and marine, bankruptcy, insurance, litigation and real estate. It has offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Houston.

ISC opens office in Lake Charles area

Baton Rouge-based ISC Constructors opened a Lake Charles regional office at 115 Hood Road, Sulphur, in support of southwest Louisiana’s industrial market.

ISC is an industrial electrical, instrumentation and controls company offering engineering, construction and maintenance services.

The Lake Charles office includes a training center designed to train and assess craft and supervision in the area.

“The Lake Charles office is a standalone operation but has the luxury of leveraging the entire company’s assets and abilities,” said Donnie David, ISC’s executive vice president.

ISC has offices in Baton Rouge, Houston and Beaumont, Texas, employing about 2,500 people in the Gulf Coast.

The Lake Charles office will be led by Vice President Steve DeRouen.

Restaurant insurers’ fund paying dividend

The Louisiana Restaurant Association Self Insurer’s Fund for Workers’ Compensation declared a dividend of $2.4 million to be disbursed to eligible plan participants. The trust is a group fund providing worker’s compensation to Louisiana’s hospitality and retail industries, as well as related supply businesses.

For the 28th consecutive year, the fund has declared a dividend to be returned to members totaling more than $106 million in surplus and safety dividends to eligible members.

This surplus will include eligible participants from the fund years 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012 to be paid in April.

Environmental law enforcement event set

A free Environmental Law Enforcement Training Workshop will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Monroe Public Safety Center, 1810 Martin Luther King Junior Drive, Monroe.

Federal, state and local law enforcement will discuss environmental crimes and environmental laws, covering topics such as illegal dumping and burning, water pollution, littering and air pollution.

The event is open to the public, but law enforcement officials, justices of the peace, constables, state and city prosecutors, elected and appointed officials, environmental managers, code enforcement officers, public works directors and sanitarians are encouraged to attend.

The workshop is being hosted by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Enforcement Division and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Register by sending an email to Courtney Hornsby at: chornsby@westmonroechamber.org.