Restaurant group planning scholarships

The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation is accepting scholarship applications until April 10 from individuals pursuing a career in the culinary and/or hospitality industry.

Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted in a bachelor’s and/or associate degree-seeking program, pursuing a career in the restaurant, food service, tourism or hospitality industry.

Scholarship awards may vary based on available funds and are merit-based.

Applications can be downloaded at

Atelier Vie products distributing statewide

New Orleans-based Atelier Vie’s products are available statewide with the appointment of International Wine & Spirits Inc., Louisiana, as its wholesale distributor for the state.

“We’re excited to work with International and look forward to people in every part of Louisiana being able to discover our spirits,” said Jedd Haas, president of Atelier Vie.

“Our portfolio includes many carefully selected boutique spirits from around the world; we were intrigued to finally add a local spirits brand which complements our list,” said Floriano Taviani, vice president of International Wine & Spirits.

Atelier Vie’s products include Toulouse Green, Absinthe Verte; Toulouse Red, Absinthe Rouge; Euphrosine Gin No. 9; Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey; and Buck 25 Vodka.

Fidelis group forms ocean cargo division

Covington-based Fidelis Group Holdings LLC and its national marine insurance subsidiary, Continental Underwriters Ltd., have formed an ocean cargo division.

The division will be based out of FGH’s Chicago office. Doug Fischer and Crystal Prout were named managing directors of the division.

The FGH cargo group will underwrite an ocean cargo portfolio on an international level through FGH’s long-standing relationship with Houston Casualty Co., a subsidiary of HCC Insurance Holdings Inc.

Group Industries starts foundations company

Baton Rouge-based industrial construction company Group Industries LLC has formed Group Deep Foundations LLC.

The new company specializes in pile driving, auger cast piles, limited access piles and limited access auger cast piles, drilled shafts and limited access drilled shafts.

“Group’s expanded capabilities will support surrounding industries, general contractors and other specialty construction companies, while creating jobs throughout in this region,” said David Arrighi, president of Group Industries.

Group Industries LLC is located at 15055 Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge, with offices in Lake Charles and Houston. Founded in 1996, the company operates two other subsidiaries: Group Contractors, an industrial construction company, and Arrighi Construction, a commercial construction company.

Workshop scheduled for military, veterans

A free workshop on starting a business is being held Jan. 27 for military personnel and veterans at the St. Tammany Administrative Complex, Building B, room 325, 21454 Koop Drive, Mandeville.

The event includes two four-hour sessions. The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University and several partners will present the workshop.

An 8 a.m. to noon seminar is titled “Starting Your Veteran-Owned Small Business.” Topics include St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation programs and services; starting and financing a business; obtaining assistance with government contracting; Small Business Administration programs and services; and Louisiana’s small business loan and incentives programs.

A 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. seminar is designed for established small businesses. Topics include St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation programs and services; finding and securing government contracts; expanding business through SBA loan programs and international trade; Louisiana’s small business loan and incentives programs; a veteran-owned small-business panel discussion; and LSBDC support and assistance to small-business owners.

Additional sponsors include the Louisiana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE Northshore, Louisiana Technical Procurement Assistance Center, Louisiana’s Economic Development Department and the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation.

Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, contact LSBDC Southeastern at (985) 549-3831 or Online registration is available at

LSU launching program to fast-track degrees

LSU’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department and the Health Sciences Center-New Orleans will launch a fast-track program that will cut the time it takes students to earn engineering, medical and doctoral degrees.

The triple-degree program, known as Fast Path, will begin in the fall. The time it takes to earn all three degrees would be cut by one to three years when compared with the traditional path from the doctor of medicine program that also counts towards bachelor of science and doctor of philosophy degrees.

“This innovative program will forge together two of the strengths of LSU — engineering and medicine — that will advance health care for our patients and create jobs for Louisiana,” said Dr. Steve Nelson, dean of LSU Health New Orleans’ School of Medicine.

The program also will serve as a platform for developing a Biomedical Engineering Research Institute focused on translational research, a critical activity for the developing biomedical industry in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Only 10 students will be admitted into the program each year. Students must have an ACT score of 30 or higher and are expected to enter LSU with significant Advanced Placement credit in math, English and some arts, humanities and social sciences.

Workshop scheduled on starting business

SCORE is holding a free workshop titled “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

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

For additional information, contact the SCORE office at (225) 381-7130, or

Lafayette General changes clinics’ name

Lafayette General Health’s two Family Health Plaza Urgent Care clinics are changing their name to Lafayette General Urgent Care.

The clinics are located at River Ranch in Lafayette and Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville.

The name change is being made to reflect Lafayette General’s recent designation as a Certified Urgent Care provider by the Urgent Care Association of America and guarantees of service that come with that certification.