Legal seminar focuses on domestic violence

A continuing legal education seminar on domestic violence will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 4914 Constitution Ave., Baton Rouge.

The seminar is being hosted by the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ Louisiana chapter.

The seminar is titled “Domestic Violence in Our Community: Impact and Intervention.” The conference is designed for lawyers, judges, mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel and court employees.

An interactive workshop will allow participants to evaluate the impact of domestic violence on adult and child victims. Participants will learn about the motivation, behavior and courtroom presentation of perpetrators.

The conference is $160 per person and carries 6.25 hours of CLE/CEU credit.

Contact the Baton Rouge Bar Association at (225) 344-4803 or go to

SCORE plans franchise, marketing events

SCORE is holding a marketing seminar and a franchise exposition in mid-June.

The free “Building Your Own Marketing Toolkit” seminar will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 17 in the EBR Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

The free Louisiana Franchise Expo will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 18 at the University of Phoenix, 4th Floor, 2431 Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge.

Participants will learn about franchise opportunities in the capitol region, New Orleans and the state and get business and financing advice from SCORE and the SBA’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center. For more information or to register, go to

Two LSU AgCenter rice field days scheduled

Two rice field days are being held by the LSU AgCenter’s Rice Research Station to inform farmers about research projects being conducted to produce better crops more efficiently.

The Acadia Parish Rice Field Day will be at the Rice Station’s South Farm on June 12. Registration for both begins at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30 a.m.

Topics include insect and disease control, weed management, fertility, variety development, an update on this year’s crop and soybeans.

The Rice Research Station’s Annual Field Day on June 25 will start with field tours that stop at each researcher’s project for a brief presentation. The tours start at 7:15 a.m. and the last one begins no later than 9 a.m.

Presentations will be made on rice breeding, hybrid development, weed control, insects, diseases, agronomy, the farm bill, the current rice market, conservation opportunities for agricultural land, and trade constraints and opportunities facing the Louisiana rice market.

LSU AgCenter engineers also will demonstrate field use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.

For more information, go to

Funds program created for arts entrepreneurs

A new program has been established to provide business training and access to funding for entrepreneurs in the arts with an application deadline of 11:59 p.m. July 15.

The Catapult Fund was created by the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation partnering with New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Capital One Bank and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.

Eligible businesses are arts- and culture-based businesses in Louisiana, whose main area of focus is in dance, theater, music, film, visual art, digital media, design, culinary arts, literary or fashion.

Between 9 and 12 applicants will be accepted into the “Catapult Boot Camp,” a nine-session program over an eight-week period, of business development training. Topics include business plans, credit, budgeting, marketing, social media, financing, accounting, bookkeeping, networking and insurance.

A total of $50,000 in grants will be awarded to the best business plans. Those who complete the program will also have the opportunity to earn up to $1,000 in matching funds toward their business’ savings.

Guidelines and an application form are available at

Applicants can be filed at

LUBA Workers Comp rating affirmed

LUBA Workers’ Comp had its A-Excellent rating for financial strength affirmed by insurance rating service A.M. Best Co.

LUBA covers more than 155,000 employees through 4,500 policyholders that generate about $80 million in written premiums. Based in Baton Rouge, LUBA provides coverage in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas.