La. entertainment summit scheduled

The second annual Louisiana Entertainment Summit is scheduled 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 28 at the L’Auberge Casino Hotel, 777 L’Auberge Ave., in Baton Rouge.

The summit provides networking opportunities among entertainment industry professionals, local businesses, content creators, and regional and local industry allies from across the state. Participants will learn how the entertainment industry impacts the state and how programs have produced opportunities for independent filmmakers, video game developers and others, and include an outlook for the entertainment industry in Louisiana.

Speakers include Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson; Bradley Bissette, of Netflix production services — studio operations, physical production; Michael N’dolo, vice president for Camoin Associates Inc.; Fallon Young, executive director of the New Orleans Film Society, moderator; Gregory Kallenberg, director and producer; Nicelle Herrington, producer; Alissa Kantrow, film producer; Garrett Bradley, independent producer and director; Marcus Brown, producer, moderator; Matthew Findley, inXile Entertainment; Marcus Morton, Asteri Networks; and Dan Clifton, producer.

Tickets are $50 until March 22, then $75; and $100 at the door. Information and registration are at

Emerging leaders applicants sought

Applications are being accepted for the U.S. Small Business Administration 2019 Emerging Leaders Initiative for executives of small businesses poised for growth in emerging markets.

Area recruitment for the 2019 training cycle is ongoing at the Louisiana SBA District Office in New Orleans. There is no fee to attend. Training starts April 2.

Over seven months, participants work with experienced mentors, attend specialized workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and the financial community. The curriculum focuses on business development and expansion strategies, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts.

Since its inception in 2008, the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative has trained more than 5,000 small-business owners, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing and securing over $3.16 billion in government contracts, the agency says.

Registration is at

Disney Institute course set at LSU

LSU Executive Education is sponsoring Disney Institute's professional development course from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. April 16 at the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business, Business Education Complex Auditorium, 501 South Quad Drive, in Baton Rouge.

The Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence event focuses on leadership values, establishing customer loyalty and insights into strengthening organizational culture. Participants learn about systems and processes that can make exceptional customer service achievable and how to integrate personal creativity and organizational processes to support continuous improvement within their organization.

Registration is $425 per person. For groups of four or more registering together the rate is $375 per person. Registration closes on April 1. Information and registration are at

Paralegal studies program approved

The Paralegal Studies Program at Baton Rouge Community College has received approval from the American Bar Association through 2026.

BRCC Chancellor Larissa-Littleton-Steib said the approval allows the college to better recruit students for its program and possibly improve its ability to assist them with job placement upon graduation.

The Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies began at BRCC in fall 2011. It provides the general education and skills applicable to the paralegal profession while educating students in the theory and philosophy of the law, as well as the ethics of legal practice. Students are taught the practical skills necessary to assist lawyers in the private or public sectors, based on their choice of electives. The program of study is not designed for college transfer to four-year colleges or universities, although students may transfer credits to BRCC for completion of the paralegal studies degree.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the paralegal job field is expected to grow at a rate of 8 percent through 2024, with the strongest job growth for paralegals at finance and insurance firms, consulting firms and health care providers. A 2015 National Association of Legal Assistants & Paralegals study on paralegal salaries indicated that the national average annual paralegal salary was $55,188.

Forestry forums set in Alexandria, Hammond

The LSU AgCenter will sponsor forestry forums in Alexandria and Hammond in April. 

  • The central Louisiana forestry forum will be April 3 at the State Evacuation Shelter on U.S. 71 adjacent to the LSU-Alexandria campus. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., and presentations begin at 9 a.m.

Topics include federal cost-share programs for forest landowners, a wildlife update, forestry tax tips, wildfire protection and arson investigations. Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and Buck Vandersteen, Louisiana Forestry Association executive director, will discuss developments in forestry and general issues facing the timber industry.

Attending the event will provide six credit hours of continuing education from the Louisiana Forestry Association and the Louisiana Logging Council. Registration before March 29 is $25, but $40 at the door. Information is available from Robbie Hutchins at (318) 427-4424.

  • The 29th annual Florida Parishes forestry forum will be held on April 5 at the University Center at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. The forum starts with registration at 7:45 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m.

The forum will provide information on local and national trends, emerging markets, options for timbered land and invasive species such as the southern pine beetle.

Registration is $20 before March 26 and $40 after. For more information or a program with a registration form, contact LSU AgCenter area forester Whitney Wallace at (985) 748-9381 or

Starting business workshop scheduled

A free workshop on starting a business is being held by the Baton Rouge SCORE chapter from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 19 at Luke 10:27 - A Community of Faith, 536 Centerville St. NE, in Denham Springs.

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

Information and registration are at

St. Tammany group offering scholarships

Professional Women of St. Tammany is taking scholarship applications from women living in St. Tammany Parish who have plans to attend college or are already in the workforce and continuing their education.

There are no age restrictions. The organization will present 12 scholarships. The program is funded through proceeds generated from events throughout the year and individual donations.

Criteria include grades, activities and accomplishments as well as financial need. The judging committee also looks for women who have pushed through challenges, distinguished themselves by their actions or found ways to be a positive force.

Applications and recommendation forms can be found at and must be postmarked no later than March 31. Scholarships will be awarded to recipients at the Professional Women of St. Tammany’s monthly luncheon on June 11. The Scholarship Program was established in 2009 and has awarded more than $150,000 in total scholarships.

Jefferson Chamber plans legislative talk

The Jefferson Chamber will host its Legislative Breakfast on March 27 at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Hotel. The event will discuss Louisiana’s economic development and the challenges and opportunities for the business community in the 2019 state legislative session.

The discussion features Louisiana Association of Business and Industry President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Waguespack; and GNO Inc. President and CEO Michael Hecht.

Networking starts at 8 a.m., followed by the breakfast and speakers from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $75 for members and $125 for nonmembers. Information and tickets are at or (504) 835-3880.

Orleans assessor sets session on forms

The Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office will be holding a question-and-answer session at 9:30 a.m. March 27 in its fourth-floor City Hall office at 1300 Perdido in New Orleans.

The session will help business owners better understand how to manually file their LAT 5 Business Personal Property Self-Reporting form as well as learn how to complete the form electronically at

The LAT 5 is a declaration of a business’s merchandise/inventory, if applicable, and the cost and year of purchase of fixed assets, such as equipment, furnishings and leasehold improvements. The sessions are free and will offer direct staff assistance regarding completion and online submittal of the form, as well as general questions about the form.

Reservations can be made at (504) 897-6110 or