Entrepreneur fund deadline approaching

Entrepreneurs have until Dec. 31 to apply for the Delta I-Fund, a new program that could provide training and up to $50,000 in funding to the startups accepted.

Delta I-Fund is an early stage, proof-of-concept fund formed to capitalize and train entrepreneurs in the eight-state Delta Regional Authority territory. The fund is administered by the Innovation Hub at Winrock International, in partnership with entrepreneurial support organizations throughout the Delta region, including the Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge.

Each program will include about 15 teams. Each team must have at least two team members, and a minimum of three is preferable. Single-founder companies are ineligible. An experienced mentor from the business community will be assigned to each team.

The fund is looking for business models that include patented university research; software and other information technology solutions; and any other patented or proprietary technology or innovation that provides a competitive advantage.

Information and applications are at www.deltaifund.com.

LSU Tax Seminar planned Jan. 4-5

The 2018 LSU Tax Seminar designed for tax practitioners, lawyers, accountants, auditors and enrolled agents is being held Jan. 4-5 at the Business Education Complex at LSU.

The first day's session will include an update on federal tax developments affecting tax returns for the coming season. The second day will cover real estate taxation and focuses on real estate used in business or held for the production of rental income.

Keynote speaker is James Hasselback, a professor at Clarion University of Pennsylvania who retired from Florida State University after 27 years. He previously taught at the University of Florida, Texas A&M University and Eastern Michigan University. Hasselback has published more than 150 papers in professional and academic journals.

The seminar is sponsored by the Department of Accounting in the E. J. Ourso College of Business. Each day is worth eight CPE hours. Registration closes Jan. 2. The fee is $100 per day. Information and registration are at https://business.lsu.edu/Accounting/Tax/Pages/Tax-Seminar.aspx.

General opens Bluebonnet clinic

Baton Rouge General has opened a Louisiana Internal Medicine Associates clinic, offering comprehensive medical care for adults and seniors, in Medical Tower 2 on the Bluebonnet campus.

The clinic offers same-day appointments and manages patients' overall health, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management of chronic and complex conditions, and palliative care. In addition to primary care, providers will focus on improving the health of adults over 65.

The clinic offers free valet parking. It is located at 8585 Picardy Avenue, Suite 410, Medical Tower 2. The appointment number is (225) 763-4111 or go to brgeneral.org/LIMA.

Ochsner offering Connected MOM

Ochsner Health System has introduced Connected MOM, a maternity online monitoring digital medicine program that allows expectant mothers to use advanced wireless technology to manage prenatal health.

The program is available at Ochsner Baptist and Ochsner Health Center - Clearview.

Ochsner said the standard prenatal care model for low-risk pregnancies recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists can average 12 to 14 in-office prenatal visits. By staying connected to their obstetrics team though digital tools, expectant mothers can reduce three or more of the required number of in-person visits for greater flexibility and convenience.

Participants receive a wireless scale, wireless blood pressure cuff and an at-home urine protein test kit. Through the use of a smartphone, patients can send their weight, blood pressure readings and urine protein test results digitally from their homes. Results are sent directly to their MyOchsner account, the system’s online patient portal, which connects directly to the patient’s Electronic Medical Record. The data is reviewed and medical recommendations are made as needed.