LSU offering paired entrepreneur degree

The E. J. Ourso College of Business will begin offering a bachelor of science in entrepreneurship in the fall semester as a paired degree earned in conjunction with another bachelor’s degree from any college at LSU.

“Our new entrepreneurship degree is an important step in helping our graduates create new businesses, launch exciting careers and contribute to the economic development of the region,” said E.J. Ourso College Dean Richard White Jr.

The entrepreneurship degree will be offered through the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems, recently renamed in honor of benefactors Emmet and Toni Stephenson.

LSU students not wishing to pursue the paired degree can earn a minor in entrepreneurship, previously offered by the E. J. Ourso College's Rucks Department of Management.

LNG, trade, finances focus of WTC summit

Thomas Hudson, president of liquefied natural gas export company G2 LNG, will be the keynote speaker at the World Trade Center’s Future of Trade Summit being held May 9 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge.

Hudson will highlight the global significance of LNG and the impact the emerging sector will have on the Louisiana economy.

The summit also will feature two panel sessions focused on trade policy and free trade agreements followed by trends in financing, banking and currency.

Information and registration are at

Law firm opens offices in Ga., Fla.

Adams and Reese is opening offices in Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, initially bringing on board 10 lawyers.

This is Adams and Reese's first office in Georgia and its sixth in Florida. The additions give the firm about 300 attorneys and advisers across 18 offices in the southern United States and Washington, D.C.

Ron C. Bingham II is the partner in charge of the firm's Atlanta office; Christopher Y. Mills leads the Fort Lauderdale office.

"We've spent years looking for the right opportunity to expand to Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale. This team brings the exact mix of legal talent, pragmatic business sense and entrepreneurial vision we want for clients and for our firm," said Adams and Reese Chairman Bill McElveen.

The firm is known for its litigation, transactional and public policy work in the financial services, energy and insurance sectors.

University Hospital completes ER work

University Hospital & Clinics in Lafayette has completed renovations and an expansion of its emergency department on the Bertrand Drive side of the hospital at 2390 W. Congress St.

The expansion brings the total square footage to 10,383 from 2,450. UHC now has 10 curtain bays, up from six; 20 private exam rooms, up from three; six fast-track rooms; and a reconfigured registration, triage and waiting area. The entrance to the ER also received a new exterior look.

UHC treats over 47,000 patients annually in its ER.

U-Haul signs two neighborhood dealerships

U-Haul Company of Louisiana has signed on City Town Tire Shop at 2595 N. Sherwood Forest Blvd. and City Town Market at 7144 Greenwell Springs Road as neighborhood dealers serving the Baton Rouge community.

Ryan Saleh is the owner of both locations, which offer rentals of U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support items and in-store pickup for boxes.

City Town Tire Shop's hours for U-Haul rentals are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; phone is (225) 774-5574.

City Town Market's hours for rentals are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day; phone is (225) 341-7745.

After-hours drop-off is available at both locations. Reservations also are available at

Bluefin Data wins $10,000 pitch prize 

Bluefin Data received $10,000 during Propeller's New Orleans Entrepreneur Week seventh Annual Water Challenge for VESL, a software designed to simplify and consolidate government reporting for the seafood industry.

The event featured a $15,000 pitch competition for entrepreneurial ideas to protect coastal environments, improve urban water management and create jobs in the local water economy.

Winning entrepreneur Andrew Peterson's next steps for Bluefin Data will include expanding to additional government agencies and using collected data to help fishermen and dealers make business decisions. As more users join the platform, Bluefin Data will be able to share information like historically productive fishing grounds and trends in seafood availability and health.

The Water Challenge also awarded a $2,500 nonprofit prize to Susannah Burley of Sustaining Our Urban Landscape. Her project Ya Dig? works to ensure equitable reforestation throughout New Orleans neighborhoods of all demographics and income levels.

William Belisle took home the $2,500 prize for pre-revenue ideas and the Audience Favorite Award for his oil spill remediation containment net, a patented product that can be attached to vessels to collect oil and keep it from spreading through bodies of water.

Business group's event focuses on acceptance

Nonprofit business organization Stay Local is holding a panel discussion titled “Hate Has No Place Here" from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on April 26 at 1426 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in New Orleans.

This event brings together lawyers, equity experts and local business owners to share insights and tools on how businesses can impact the community through actions that demonstrate acceptance of all people beyond the walls of businesses.

Information and reservations are at

The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Crawfish Boil from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 19 under the covered outdoor facility at the chamber’s office building at 3421 N. Causeway Blvd. in Metairie.

The event includes food, music and opportunities to establish new business connections. Chamber member tickets are $50; prospective member tickets are $60. Proceeds support the business organization’s efforts in public policy, advocacy and quality of life initiatives. Tickets are available at or (504) 835-3880.

HomeSmart Realty South has opened at 145 W. Harrison Ave., Suite B, in New Orleans.

The office is Scottsdale, Arizona-based HomeSmart International's first in Louisiana.

The brokerage is owned by franchisees Paul and Vickye Slater. Vickye is also a licensed Louisiana attorney, while Paul is an operations executive.

HomeSmart International will act as a marketing, call center and recruiting staff for HomeSmart Realty South. Founded in 2000, HomeSmart began actively franchising in 2009. The brand has more than 100 offices in 17 states and about 11,000 agents nationwide.

The website is, and phone is (504) 908-7653.