Roundtables taking business applications

Louisiana Economic Development is expanding its statewide network of Small and Emerging Business Development Roundtables provided through the Small and Emerging Business Development Program.

Applications are being accepted for 2019-20 sessions that begin in July and August for the peer-to-peer roundtables that bring together 10 to 15 business leaders of small and emerging businesses for a yearlong collaborative learning and problem-solving experience.

Business owners meet 10 times throughout the year to share business challenges and discover solutions. Louisiana companies that have been certified by LED’s SEBD program can apply.

“The SEBD Roundtables program encourages our emerging business leaders to tap into their collective wisdom and address the challenges that arise when running a company,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “Access to peer-to-peer knowledge helps business owners to avoid pitfalls and costly mistakes. Through this program, business owners are able to identify new opportunities to expand and sustain their businesses and spur business growth in Louisiana.”

Currently recruiting for the SEBD Roundtables from the area are the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Small Business Development Center, Greater New Orleans and Bayou Region — New Orleans; Microbusiness Enterprise Corp. of Ascension in Gonzales; Small Business Development and Management Institute at Southern University, New Orleans; Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond; Small Business Development Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; TruFund in Baton Rouge; and the Urban League of Louisiana in New Orleans.

Intermediaries can be contacted about the application process. Information also is available from Tatiana Bruce, senior program manager, at tatiana.bruce@la.gov or (225) 342-5663.

Architecture firm expands to Covington

RHH Architects is expanding its operations footprint with the opening of an office in downtown Covington to better serve clients in southeast Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast.

The office, at 410 E. Lockwood St., is the firm's first outside of Baton Rouge.

“This new office is a logical move for our business to support the growth of our services in this area,” said Trula Remson, principal of RHH Architects.

Current projects in the area include the renovation of the Resource Bank Annex Building and renovation and addition to Kidz Karousel Early Childhood Development Center. Recently completed projects in the Florida parishes include the renovation of two branch banks for Investar Bank and multiple residential projects.

Livingston Future 5 nominations sought

The Livingston Parish Chamber is accepting nominations for its Livingston Future 5, recognizing young professionals who live, work and/or volunteer in Livingston Parish.

They must also be between the ages of 21-40, growing and excelling in their prospective fields, and planning to involve and engage young professionals in advancing causes, community issues, governmental relationships and free enterprise.

The deadline for nominations is 11:59 p.m. July 11. Nominees will be asked to complete an application detailing their involvement in the areas of concentration with an additional deadline to complete it. Awards will be presented to five winners at the Livingston Young Professionals Annual Meeting on July 30.

Information is available at www.livingstonparishchamber.org or (225) 665-8155.

BRAC honoring health innovation

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber  is accepting applications through July 25 for  its inaugural Capital Region Employee Health Innovation Award.

The award, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, will recognize companies in the community that have implemented and promoted innovative practices which led to healthier and more productive employees in the workplace.

An honoree will be selected in both a small and large business category from within the nine-parish Capital Region.  

“This award will not only allow us to recognize and celebrate companies for providing a healthy workplace, but also to help good ideas spread and encourage more companies to get smarter about employee health," said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. “The war for talent is intense, and businesses who embrace these types of internal programming often see better retention and employee engagement.”

To qualify for the award, a business must have an employment presence within the nine-parish region; be able to demonstrate internal innovations and/or programs implemented by the company or its employees that are recurring or ongoing related to topics such as exercise, nutrition, health education, external activities, behavioral health, transportation or organizational policies; and provide documentation related to the innovations or programs.

Awards will be presented at BRAC's monthly lunch on Sept. 10. Information and applications are at brac.org/healthinnovation.

Development program set in St. Bernard

The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation and St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce have released information about “Grow St. Bernard,” a joint program aimed at providing professional development opportunities to business owners and their staff.

The six-part series takes place from July 23 through Oct. 1 and is open to all professionals representing new, growing and pre-revenue small and mid-sized businesses. The series is being held at the St. Bernard Port and Torres Law Firm in Chalmette. All sessions begin at 8 a.m. with coffee, networking and a light breakfast. 

The series includes 90-minute presentations and panel discussions on a variety of topics, including time management, accounting, marketing, social media, human resources, business development and sales.

The cost is $100 for all six sessions, an individual Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment and the option to receive business mentoring services. Registration for a single session is $20 per attendee.

The schedule, speaker lineup, contact information and registration are at www.sbedf.org/growstbernard.