Work zone safety construction course set

A free two-day training course titled “Construction Site Safety in Work Zones” is being held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 at Environmental Health & Safety Service LLC at 1539 River Oaks Road East, Suite C, in Elmwood.

The course is being sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and University of Texas Arlington’s division of enterprise development.

Disadvantaged business enterprises and minority-owned, women-owned and veteran/disabled-owned businesses are encouraged to participate in the grant training.

Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion from UTA’s Public Works Institute and an OSHA 10-hour construction industry outreach course completion card.

To register for limited seating, contact Douglas Castro at (504) 838-8900 or email

Growing Farm Profits workshop scheduled

A free “Growing Farm Profits” workshop is being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 24 in room 191 at the Southern University AgCenter in Baton Rouge.

The center’s agricultural and natural resources programs will host the workshop.

The training is geared toward diversifying horticultural producers by helping farmers make smarter decisions to improve their profits.

Topics include managing your farm as a business; using the Veggie Compass, a whole farm profit management tool; using individual crop budgets; budgeting for machinery/equipment; and discovering prices, setting prices and managing labor costs.

To register or get additional information, contact Dawn Mellion-Patin or Zanetta Augustine at (225) 771-2242 or email at

Company launching hydrating mouth guard

Hydra-Guard, a new tenant in the Louisiana Business and Technology Center at LSU, will be launching and selling a hydrating mouth guard.

The mouth guard is capable of hydrating athletes throughout a game without the athletes leaving the field. It also can be used by industrial workers who are unable to take drinks into confined areas.

“Hydra-Guard is an excellent example of an innovator discovering the need for a product and turning to the entrepreneurial side to create a product that can meet market needs,” LBTC Executive Director Charles D’Agostino said.

“The resources of the LBTC at LSU Innovation Park can now help the company develop a business model that gives the company sustainability.”

Hydra-Guard plans to develop a business plan at the business incubator, establish distribution and get contracts for its product with multiple colleges.

Gifted Healthcare starts interim leader division

Staffing company Gifted Healthcare in Metairie has launched a division to place mid-level and senior leadership clinical and administrative professionals with clients on an interim basis.

The company already provides supplemental staffing, direct hire, travel nursing, private nursing care, companion care and new mother/baby care.

Gifted Healthcare operates regional offices in Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.