Business Briefs for Feb. 8, 2015 _lowres

Brady Flavin, Brady Flavin State Farm Insurance Agency

State Farm agency changes name

The Jerry Cuevas State Farm Insurance Agency has changed its name to the Brady Flavin State Farm Insurance Agency.

The change was the result of Cuevas retiring.

The office location remains at 9270 Siegen Lane, Building 302. The new website for the agency is and The new email address is The phone number remains as (225) 766.0361.

Center hosts guests from Latin America

The Louisiana Business and Technology Center at LSU hosted Latin American entrepreneurs from Chile, Peru, Columbia and Mexico for a two-week, specialized training session this month.

The visitors were participants in the Latin American Idea Partnership Incubator Program, which was designed to support new, innovative companies with high-growth potential.

Louisiana business people helped to educate the entrepreneurs on business operations in the U.S. and provided networking opportunities.

“This has been a great interchange between our Latin American partners that will bring commerce and possibly new businesses to Louisiana through our Soft Landings Program,” LBTC Executive Director Charles D’Agostino said.

EmployBR, business schedule job fair

A job fair is being held to fill openings for crane operators, equipment operators, supervisors, material handlers and deckhands in the Greater Baton Rouge area.

Associated Terminals and Mayor-President Kip Holden’s EmployBR are hosting the event from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at the EmployBR Office at 4523 Plank Road. Representatives from Associated Terminals will conduct on-site candidate screening.

Requirements include the ability to pass a drug screen and physical and to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential.

To learn more about EmployBR no-cost programs and services for employers and jobseekers, go to or one of two locations: 4523 Plank Road and 1991 Wooddale Blvd.

Land conservation funds available

Federal funds are available to help landowners with the cost of installing conservation practices in priority watersheds in Acadia, Catahoula, Lafayette, Tangipahoa and Vermilion parishes

Funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program are being provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s National Water Quality Initiative.

To be eligible for this year’s first ranking period, a producer in Louisiana must submit an application to NRCS by Feb. 20.

Water sheds for which funds are available are the Indian Bayou Watershed in Acadia, Lafayette and Vermilion parishes; Lake Louis in Catahoula Parish; East Fork Big Creek and Big Creek in Tangipahoa Parish.

More information is available through local USDA Service Centers or

LSU offers masters in digital media arts

LSU has launched the state’s first professional master’s program in Digital Media Arts and Engineering to help meet staffing needs of the growing digital media sector.

Within the next three years, there will be more than 5,000 new technology jobs in the state as 12 technology companies establish offices here.

“This new program in Digital Media Arts and Engineering represents a smart step by LSU to capitalize on an important, promising trend in Louisiana’s economic development,” said state Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret.

“The fastest-growing industry sector in our state is now software and digital media. Targeted higher education programs like this one will be critical components in growing and sustaining this technology sector in Louisiana for years to come.”

“This program is designed to prepare our workforce to meet the needs of the existing and future film, technology and digital arts companies throughout the region,” Marc Aubanel, director of the Digital Media Arts and Engineering program, said.

Students in the two-year program will work together in teams in a studio environment on digital media arts projects, where they will take their ideas from concept to commercialization.

DMAE is housed in the LSU Digital Media Center, a building that is shared with major video game developer and publisher Electronic Arts.

Charter raises Internet speeds in 3 parishes

Charter Communications says it has doubled Internet speeds from 30 Mbps to 60 Mbps for customers in Lafourche, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes and surrounding areas.

The company launched its Charter Spectrum suite of TV, Internet and voice services in the area.

Customers also gained access to more than 200 high-definition video channels and advanced voice service that includes unlimited nationwide calling.