Music industry event for women set 

A Sync Up workshop titled "Women Changing Music" will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in New Orleans to help women find careers in the music industry outside of performing.

The free workshop will at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, 1225 N. Rampart St. It is the third workshop jointly hosted by the New Orleans Business Alliance and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and first in a new series of programming in partnership with Loyola University and the Recording Academy to shed light on and address the lack of women employed in various roles throughout the music industry.

"As we seek to expand economic opportunity, we must not overlook the music industry as a cultural asset for creating more opportunities for women, and especially women of color, to access wealth-generating business opportunities beyond performing," said Quentin L. Messer Jr., president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance.

The workshop will feature a discussion with Michelle Thomas, a New Orleans-area native who runs one of the top record labels in Los Angeles and has worked with some of the top talents in the music industry, including Jimmy Iovine, Enrique Iglesias, The Black Eyed Peas, Dr. Dre, Eminem, U2, Sheryl Crow and Sting.

In addition, production, engineering, touring, artists management and law experts will discuss how women can take advantage of the growing opportunities in the music industry.

Information and registration are at

Bollinger delivers 36th Coast Guard cutter

Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport has delivered its 36th fast response cutter to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard took delivery of the USCGC Daniel Tarr on Nov. 7 in Key West, Florida. The 154-foot Sentinel-class vessel is the first of three fast response cutters that will be home-ported in Galveston, Texas, where it will be commissioned in January.

Ochsner urgent care clinic opens

Ochsner Urgent Care and Occupational Health Highland Park has opened at 18308 Old Perkins Road East, Suite 304, serving the south Baton Rouge, Shenandoah, Old Jefferson and Prairieville areas.

The clinic offers a variety of walk-in services for adult and pediatric patients, ages 6 months and up, and is equipped to treat common ailments, including cough, cold and/or sore throat; fever and/or flu-like symptoms; urinary tract infections; earaches; pinkeye; rash and/or skin irritation; sinus problems; stomach aches; allergies; cuts needing stitches or minor burns; and sprains, fractures or broken bones.

The clinic also offers occupational health services such as preemployment physicals; immunizations and workers compensation initial post-injury care with Occupational Safety and Health Administration-trained providers.

The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend, with limited hours on holidays. The phone number is (225) 236-5980.

HUB International moves to United Plaza

The Baton Rouge operations of HUB International have relocated to 8550 United Plaza.

The firm was on Sherwood Forest at Mead Road for the past seven years.

HUB will occupy nearly 11,000 square feet at Two United Plaza, housing 53 employees. HUB International, headquartered in Chicago, is a full-service global insurance broker providing property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services.

Patient Plus opens Prairieville clinic

Patient Plus Urgent Care has opened Patient Plus Prairieville at 17513 Old Jefferson Highway across from Oak Grove Primary School.

The location is the company's fifth urgent care clinic and its first outside Baton Rouge.

The 2,300-square-foot clinic is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and does not require an appointment. Patient Plus Urgent Care treats minor illnesses and injuries — the sniffles, rashes, fevers, aches, breaks and other conditions that need prompt treatment, but are not serious enough to require a visit to an emergency room. Onsite diagnostic services include X-Rays, flu and strep tests, EKGs and drug screenings.

A grand opening is being held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4. The website is

Business group promoting New Orleans East

The New Orleans Business Alliance announced a multi-layered strategy to promote economic and community development to propel growth for the approximate 85,000 residents in New Orleans East.

The strategy includes promotional messaging designed to reach hundreds of thousands of people, with local- and nationally focused initiatives to drive business growth.

The promotional component most residents and out-of-state travelers will see is a three-month digital billboard campaign. It is located adjacent to the I-10 High Rise bridge. The rotating messages are expected to result in nearly 300,000 weekly impressions.

The billboard campaign was timed to cover the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, as well as the Bayou Classic, the R+L Carrier New Orleans Bowl, the Allstate Sugar Bowl and NCAA National Football Championship.

The first round of billboards will highlight specific sectors, including advanced manufacturing; consumer products; health care; and retail.

In addition to advertising, the alliance is using various other data-driven tools, partnerships and investment opportunities to drive retail and business growth in New Orleans East.

“While the Business Alliance is the economic development organization for the entire city, it’s important to clearly communicate the value of New Orleans East,” said Quentin L. Messer Jr., president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance. “With numerous available high traffic retail sites, significant local talent and infrastructure, New Orleans East is well-positioned for accelerated economic expansion.”

Xavier signs med school agreement

Xavier University of Louisiana has signed an agreement that will provide an opportunity for Xavier premedical students to attend medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

"We are excited to welcome Xavier University of Louisiana as our founding partner with the Mission SMART Initiative," said Dr. Aron Sousa, interim dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine.

According to data compiled by the Association of American Medical Colleges, Xavier ranks first among the nation's colleges and universities in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school.

Preference for Mission SMART will be given to students who meet one of the following criteria: a first-generation college student; graduated from a low-income high school; are eligible for or a recipient of an undergraduate Pell Grant or institutional need-based grant; graduate from an underserved urban or rural area; demonstrate interest in a high-need medical specialty area.