Hispanic conference, trade show scheduled

The fifth Annual Hispanic Business Conference and Trade Show is being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at Harrah's, 228 Poydras St., in New Orleans.

The event is designed for Hispanic businesses to market their goods and services, focusing on business owners, corporate supply chain executives and nonprofit resource partners.

A roundtable discussion will be held from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. with representatives from the Convention Center, Port of New Orleans and the airport discussing contracting opportunities within those organizations. That will be followed with a workshop by Bill Ganon, of the Ganon Group, on "Raising Your Communication Game."

The trade show floor opens at 10:30 a.m., with more than 60 companies participating.

Information is at www.hccl.biz.

State program plans Southland job fair

Louisiana's FastStart workforce training program is supporting a job fair for Southland Steel Fabricators Inc. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Northshore Technical Community College campus, 111 Pride Drive, in Hammond.

The company is seeking structural welders, flux-core welders, combination welders and welder-fitters for its new manufacturing facility in Amite. Based in Greensburg, Southland Steel announced in February that it will complete an $18 million expansion at the former Bradken foundry in Amite.

Southland Steel, which employs 176 in Greensburg, plans to fill 70 new positions in Amite with an average annual salary of $46,000, plus benefits.

Qualified candidates should bring a résumé and be prepared to receive a scheduled date and time to conduct a welding test, dependent upon their interviews.

Starting business workshop scheduled

A "Simple Steps to Starting a Business" workshop is being held by the SCORE Baton Rouge chapter from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the East Baton Rouge Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., in Baton Rouge.

Topics include myths and realities of entrepreneurship; critical success factors; knowing options; components of business ownership; making a business legal; funding and cash management; and business plan basics.

Information is at batonrougearea.score.org.

Dog Stop day care opens in Metairie

The Dog Stop of Metairie has opened at 3201 Transcontinental Drive.

Services include room, bedding, bowls and a full day of day care, with other add-on fee services available. Dogs who cannot play in day care will receive one-on-one attention during their stay.

Before boarding or day care, owners must provide proof of certain vaccinations from a vet.

Call (504) 233-8068 or go to metairie@thedogstop.com.