Events set to assist businesses, jobseekers

A series of free events are being held the first week of June to foster growth opportunities for small, woman-owned and minority businesses, and individuals seeking employment.

The events are being hosted by East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden. Register in advance at and click on the “Business with BR” link in the top right-hand corner.

The events are:

A networking event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 1 at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel, 777 L’Auberge Ave., involving the Women’s Business Enterprise Council, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana and the Southern Regional Minority Supplier Development Council.

A technology recruitment fair with employment opportunities will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 at L’Auberge. Targets for employment are business consultants, designers, certified professionals, programmers and other highly skilled technical professionals. Participants should dress appropriately and bring several copies of their résumé.

The fourth annual Small Business Development Summit will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 at L’Auberge to help local businesses explore possible contracting opportunities with the city-parish. Representatives will be on hand from purchasing; the Mayor’s Office of Community Development; East Baton Rouge Parish Library; Downtown Development District; Sanitary Sewer Overflow Program/Department of Public Works; fire department; Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; Division of Human Development and Services; Juvenile Services; and Information Services.

BR Bar plans annual exposition, conference

Sponsorships and exhibitor booths are available for the Baton Rouge Bar Association Fall Expo & Conference.

The event will be held Sept. 17 at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge.

The conference will offer three hours of continuing legal education for attorneys.

It will feature a legislative update and a seminar on ethics.

As many as 40 sponsors and exhibitors will be at the event. Businesses that register and pay prior to mid-June can qualify for “early bird” pricing and save $75 off of booth rental. Contact Pamela Labbe, communications coordinator for the Baton Rouge Bar Association at (225) 214-5560 or for sponsorship information.

Moreau opens new clinic in Plaquemine

Moreau Physical Therapy has opened a clinic at 59295 River West Drive in Plaquemine.

Aquatic therapy will be part of the clinic’s services.

The clinic is Moreau’s ninth and first for the Plaquemine area.

The phone number is (225) 238-2955.

Tour scheduled for farms north of BR

A tour of small local family farms north of Baton Rouge is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. May 17.

The event is sponsored by the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program and designed for consumers to see how local businesses are involved in the local food system, said Carl Motsenbocker, LSU AgCenter horticulture professor and one of the tour coordinators.

The program is a collaboration between the Southern University Agricultural Center and the LSU AgCenter.

Participating farms produce fruits and vegetables, pastured poultry, goats and sheep and include a dairy, allowing participants to see a variety of operations.

The tour is self-guided, with participants driving themselves and following a map that gives details of each of the five participating farms.

Registration is requested and is available online at

Family Center offers perinatal psychiatry

The Family Center at O’Donovan, part of Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group, is offering perinatal psychiatry services for women struggling with mood and anxiety issues.

The clinic provides mental health care for women who are pregnant, postpartum or who may be considering pregnancies. Babies born to mothers with untreated depression have been shown to be more likely to have low birth weight, premature birth and are at a higher risk to need care in a neonatal intensive care unit.

The phone number is (225) 374-0400.

La. gets NASA grant for aerospace activities

Louisiana has received a $125,000 per year grant over a three-year period from NASA to help bolster competitiveness in technology research and development.

Through its Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR program, NASA awards Research Infrastructure Development grants every three to five years to areas that have not participated equitably in aerospace and aerospace-related research activities. EPSCoR programs are managed by a program director, usually a faculty member of a university in the area, who oversees the process of submitting grant proposals and the work performed with grant funding.

Work funded by these grants must address areas of science and technology research and development that support NASA’s current and future missions.