At Home opens decor superstore in Slidell

At Home, a chain of home decor superstores, has opened at 150 North Shore Blvd. in Slidell.

The 90,000-square-foot store is the chain’s second location in Louisiana. It employs 25 workers.

A grand opening ribbon-cutting will be held at 3:30 p.m. June 28 with the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.

At Home carries more than 50,000 items, including seasonal and holiday decor, patio furniture, home furnishings, wall art and decorative accents, rugs and housewares.

At Home, headquartered in Plano, Texas, operates more than 100 stores in 28 states. Its website is www.athome.com.

Sweet Pea & Tulip opens Toulouse shop

Sweet Pea & Tulip Boutique has opened at 610 Toulouse St. in the French Quarter.

The shop is near the original boutique at 618 Chartres St. and carries more dresses, accessories, graphic T-shirts and gifts.

The shop was opened in 2001 by Mignon Parent.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Its website is www.sweetpeaandtulip.com.

Law firm rebranded as Fisher Phillips

Fisher & Phillips LLP, a management-side labor and employment law firm with an office in New Orleans, has rebranded as Fisher Phillips.

The firm has a new logo, tagline, website and URL: www.fisherphillips.com. Gone is www.laborlawyers.com.

Fisher Phillips has 350 attorneys in 32 offices.

Website matches education, careers

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance has launched a “match and fit” college access and career planning website.

The website at www.unlockmyfuture.org uses the agency’s “five-point match” approach to selecting a career and provider for postsecondary education.

“Our goal for the website is to help each student discover that special talent or attribute which allows them to do something better than anyone else,” said Sujuan Boutté, executive director of the financial aid office. “Our mission is to help them target that talent toward a career choice, which in turn leads to the college choice that provides the best fit for them.”

The site provides information on salary ranges and demand status for jobs; education costs and financial aid forms; social and emotional considerations in choosing an educational institution; and success and retention rates.

Economic development course scheduled

LSU Executive Education will offer the strategic planning in economic development course June 14-15 at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business.

The registration deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The course is an elective in the Certified Louisiana Economic Developer Program and is certified with the International Economic Development Council.

The interactive class will review the fundamentals of developing and implementing an effective strategic plan that can lead to a community or region achieving a more competitive location for encouraging business investment and the attraction of a talented workforce.

The strategic planning course utilizes case studies and sample plans to highlight best practices in economic development strategic planning.

The full agenda and registration are at www.executive.lsu.edu.

Field day focuses on crops, pests

The LSU Agricultural Center’s Northeast Research Station, 4589 La. 605, St. Joseph, will hold its annual crop production and pest management field day at 8:30 a.m. June 16.

Topics will include how herbicide and water volume affect weed control efficacy; new herbicide technologies; cotton pest management; sugar cane aphid management; field crop pathology research; using soil moisture sensors and surge valves in row crop irrigation; irrigation water quality testing; and using winter wheat filter strips to reduce runoff.

For information, contact resident coordinator Donnie Miller at (318) 766-4607 or dmiller@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Ochsner partners with data network

Ochsner Health System has partnered with TriNetX, an international clinical research data network, to improve Ochsner clinicians’ ability to participate in clinical trials, making new therapies available to Ochsner patients sooner.

“It also means that Ochsner researchers have access to new tools with which to analyze data on our own patients and refine treatments. It can also help connect them with other institutions to enhance our research potential,” said Dr. Sohail Rao, system vice president for research at Ochsner.

The TriNetX global network represents 27 health care institutions with more than 37 million patients and is expanding monthly.

Industry sponsors are leveraging the network to design protocols with data and to more accurately match industry-sponsored clinical trials with the right sites and the right patients. Ochsner is the first health care institution in Louisiana to join the TriNetX network.

Acquisition expands firm into Tangipahoa

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bobby Tallo Realty has acquired Pezant Real Estate for an undisclosed sum.

The deal between the two Hammond-based firms will add 13 agents to Bobby Tallo Realty. The acquisition also expands the company’s footprint in Tangipahoa Parish. Bobby Tallo Realty has offices in Hammond and Denham Springs. The company’s service area covers southeast Louisiana.

Bob Pezant has owned and operated Pezant Real Estate since 2000 and will continue with Bobby Tallo Realty.